Quick, cheap and reliable, fast food is the
ultimate comfort food for many people. While

we all have our favorite restaurant chain,
the battle between each franchise for who

is top dog in the fast-food game is a fierce
one. With that in mind, we look to the future

to see which fast food joint will earn that
top spot. Here are the Top 10 Fast Food Chains

in America
in 2020.

Panera Bread

The only new comer to the list in 2020 is
Panera Bread! Panera has recently announced

their plans aimed at expanding their reach.
They want to continue to grow in both locations

and sales in 2020. They’ve already got a very
loyal core group of fans and are looking to

spread into more wide appeal, as their fresh,
health conscious offerings are becoming more

popular with the fast food consuming public.
Panera was acquired by a holding company back

in 2017 for the massive sum of $7.5 billion
dollars and this has spurred their recent

growth. They’ve also revamped their coffee
menu, and are working hard at rounding out

their dinner menu with items like artisan
flatbreads, bowls and hearty side. There is

clearly a plan to grow beyond the lunch crowd,
which they’ve already captured. This growth

is obvious as they’ve made the top 10 fast
food chains in 2020.

Dominos

Dominos is the only Pizza chain to make the
top 10 fast food chains in 2020. Keep in mind

this list is based off of sales, so don’t
be upset if you prefer Pizza Hut, Little Ceasar’s,

Papa john’s or any other pizza chain, as this
just means Dominos did more sales than the

rest. This goes to show Dominos has had an
increased dominance in the fast food pizza

space over the years with their plentiful
advertising, innovations like their pizza

tracker, intuitive online ordering and lighting
fast delivery that have given them a step

up on the competition. While the pizza chain
industry as a whole has been flat sales wise,

Dominos has shown growths of around 20%. They
are showing no signs of slowly down in 2020

as they are projecting similar same store
sales growth and are planning to open up to

2000 more locations by 2025. The future is
definitely bright for this pizza giant.

Dunkin’ Donuts

This baked goods and coffee chain has seen
many changes and updates over the past few

years, including removing “donuts” from their
name. They’ve been working hard on modernizing

their stores with things like digital menus,
new espresso machines, new drinks, two lane

drive-thrus, all to make the customer experience
an even better one. Other changes include

modernizing the interior of the stores, with
things like front facing bakery cases, instead

of everything behind the counter and an expanded
“grab-and-go” section. All of this, and the

exterior facelifts many stores received have
really given Dunkin’ a more contemporary feel

that the modern consumer is drawn to. So while
Dunkin’ has actually dropped a few spots on

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the list from years past, they are clearly
aware of that fact and they have re-branded

and re-focused heavily on giving customers
an improved experience and modernizing which

we believe will move them back up the list
in the years to come.

Wendy’s

‘Where’s the beef?’ One of the biggest rises
and transformations in fast food in recent

years has been Wendy’s. The ‘old fashioned’
style food restaurant has seen a dramatic

facelift as they look to take on burger big
shot McDonald’s. Famous for its square burger

patties, and fresh-never-frozen beef, Wendy’s
was founded in Columbus, Ohio by Dave Thomas

in the late 1960s. Naming the restaurant after
his fourth daughter, Thomas wanted to produce

good, old fashioned food that the whole family
could enjoy. The inspiration for Wendy’s famous

square patties actually came about when Thomas
visited the burger restaurant Kewpee Hamburgers.

Because the square patties stuck out of the
side of the bun, customers could see the quality

of the meat, which is exactly the spirit Thomas
wanted to instill in his new restaurant: good,

quality food. While it may have taken Wendy’s
a little longer to reach the top end of the

fast-food royalty, The company has taken steps
to modernize the brand to keep it strong and

relevant in the future. The focus is still
on quality as well as new procedures in place

to source better and more animal-friendly
meat for its burgers, plus stepping up their

healthier option game by adding more nutritious
meals to their menus, Wendy’s has also been

working hard on productivity and cutting wait
times, while still maintaining their high

standards of food. All of these reasons go
a long way to ensure that the red-haired queen

of burgers is rising ever higher in the fast-food
world.

Burger King

Burger King was steadily falling on this list,
but are now making comeback! Going into 2020,

Burger King is on the rise and there are a
few factors that are responsible for this.

They’ve made some really clever advertising
initiatives including their recent “Whopper

Detour promotion” in which Burger King offered
the classic Whopper for one cent if customers

used to the BK app to order it within 600
feet of any McDonald’s locations. The BK app

topped the charts in Apple’s App Store during
the campaign. Another unforgettable Ad was

their 45-second long Super Bowl ad which featured
old stock style footage of Andy Warhol slowly

unwrapping and eating a Whopper. They’ve also
partnered with “Impossible foods” to release

a plant-based version of the Whopper called
the “Impossible Whopper” which has been a

huge success for the company. The Impossible
Whopper was limited to certain stores but

they now plan on rolling it out to many more
locations in the near future. Another avenue

they plan on increasing is breakfast, having
recently released a coffee subscription program

that offers customers unlimited coffee for
only $5 a month. So look for Burger King to

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continue this growth moving forward. They
even plan on reaching 40,000 stores globally

by the year 2030, which would be more locations
then even McDonald’s!

Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A is one of the biggest family-owned
businesses in the country. It prides itself

on its family-themed image. Starting from
humble beginnings, the company was founded

in Georgia by S.Truett Cathy. After years
of making a living, just about, in the fast-food

industry, Cathy came across a pressure cooker
that could cook chicken as fast as a burger.

Following this ‘Eureka’ moment, Cathy trademarked
the name Chick-fil-A in the 1960s and made

it his mission to bring great-tasting, and
fast, chicken to the country. Focusing on

the chicken sandwich, Chick-Fil-A soon became
one of the country’s leaders in great tasting

chicken products. Chick-Fil-A takes great
care and pride when it comes to speed of food

and the quality of service it provides its
customers, as Chick-Fil-A continues to be

the largest chicken focused fast-food chain
in the country. And that includes the fact

that every single restaurant closes on Sundays.

Taco Bell

Next, we come to the biggest Mexican-American
fast food restaurant in the country. Taco

Bell was founded in the early 1960s by Glen
Bell. Incidentally, Bell tried his hand at

pretty much every item of fast food before
he settled on tacos. Starting with a hot dog

stand in San Bernardino, Bell then moved to
sell hot dogs and burgers. Soon he added tacos

to his menu, which proved to be more popular,
so he focused on them and opened taco stands.

Once the 1960s hit, Bell was ready to unleash
Taco Bell on the world. Originally, Taco Bell

was a window-service-only restaurant and had
no indoor seating or drive-thru. Taco Bell

started to take off, and the company grew
into the chain we love today. Famed for its

tasty tacos, as well as being a lot of peoples
‘go-to’ place for late-night snacks, Taco

Bell continues to hold its own against the
big hitters of the fast-food world and this

trend looks set to carry on in 2020.

Subway

Subway is one of the fast-growing restaurant
chains in the history of fast food. In fact,

it has so many outlets that in the US alone
Subway almost has more restaurants than McDonald’s

and Starbucks combined, which is a staggering
number. Famed for selling sub sandwiches,

Subway paved the way for the healthier option
in fast food. The other big concept that set

Subway apart from other fast-food chains in
the beginning was that you could actually

see your meal being made. Rather than having
it prepared out of sight by people you couldn’t

see, Subway made your sandwich in front of
your very eyes. Add to that the fact that

you could tailor everything about your meal
– bread, filling, sauce, etc – Subway became

a real fast food trailblazer. Of course, many
restaurants and fast-food outlets do the same

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thing now, but Subway was one of the first.
While being among the first means they’ve

built a stable of loyal customers over the
years, it’s the great sandwiches and low prices

that really keep them coming back over and
over again. Some of their best sellers include

the Spicy Italian, Turkey Breast, Roast Beef,
Subway Club and Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki.

Subway continues to be a fast-food giant coming
into 2020 and stand firmly in the top 3.

Starbucks

Starting out in Seattle, Starbucks burst onto
the fast-food scene and very quickly became

one of the hottest names in food and coffee.
Creating more of a concept and lifestyle rather

than just a restaurant, Starbucks found itself
as the forerunner and face of a whole pop

culture movement during the 90s. Even decades
later, Starbucks continues to promote its

unique concept and brand management, and we
the public are still lapping it up. Not only

has Starbucks prided themselves on their style
but also their customer care. After all, has

anyone ever been served by a grumpy or rude
staff member? There may be the odd exception

but we certainly haven’t. Starbucks takes
a lot of time and effort with its staff and

it shows. It is no wonder that Starbucks is
still the biggest coffee outlet in the world

and now the second biggest fast-food chain
overall. While many many coffee shops and

chains have opened up since Starbucks made
it big, they all pale in comparison to the

true leaders and rulers of the coffee world.

McDonald’s

Was there seriously any doubt which fast-food
chain would come out as number one? Whether

you’re scoring based on financials, popularity,
or brand awareness, McDonald’s continues to

be world leader and number one. Starting
out as a simple burger stand back in the 1940s

by the McDonald brothers Richard and Morris,
their new concept of fast food proved a big

hit. However, it wasn’t until entrepreneur
and salesman Ray Kroc got involved that the

McDonald’s brand really started to sell. Kroc
franchised the new system across the country

and turned it into the fast-food leader we
know and love today. It has been reported

that McDonald’s sells an average of 75 fast
food items per second across the globe and

this could increase as they have now entered
the delivery market with third party companies

such as Uber Eats and DoorDash. McDonald’s
has been at the forefront of fast food for

decades and they look to stay number one for
decades to come. All this talk of fast food

makes us want a Big Mac!

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