Revenue of the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry in the United States from 2002 to 2020 (in billion U.S. dollars)

This statistic shows the revenue of quick service restaurants in the United States from 2002 to 2014, with a forecast to 2020. In 2013, the revenue of the QSR restaurant industry in the United States was 196.1 billion U.S. dollars.


U.S. fast food industry - additional information

The fast food industry includes worldwide famous brands such as McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King, all of which were founded in the United States. Other American brands, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Taco Bell, are also beginning to build an international reputation. McDonald’s is by far the most valuable fast food brand in the world, with a value that exceeded 80 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. McDonald’s has been operating since 1955. In 2015, the company had over 35,000 restaurants worldwide, 14,259 of which were in the United States.

Around a quarter of U.S. consumers eat at fast-food restaurants at least once a month and approximately ten percent visit them at least once a week. According to the World Health Organization, it is the unregulated frequency of such visits that is causing obesity and its related health problems in the United States. Many of the leading fast-food brands in the U.S. specialize in high-calorie foods, such as burgers, pizza and fried chicken.

Although McDonald's is the largest quick service restaurant in terms of brand value, Subway is by far the largest QSR in the United States in terms of number of Units. In 2014, the sandwich chain had 27,205 restaurants in the United States, that was almost 13,000 more than its closest competitor McDonald's

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 Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
2002 159.2
2003 166.3
2004 173.7
2005 178.1
2006 180.8
2007 181.2
2008 185.9
2009 185.1
2010 190.5
2011 193.1
2012 194.8
2013 196.1
2014 198.9
2015* 203.2
2016* 206.3
2017* 209.6
2018* 214.8
2019* 219.3
2020* 223.9
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