Revenue of the fast food restaurant industry in the U.S. from 2002 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)

2002 138.3
2003 151.22
2004 172.1
2005 180.58
2006 189.54
2007 186.5
2008 184.77
2009 178.59
2010 183.99
2011 190.25
2012 195.19
2013 199.49
2014 203.68
2015 208.16
2016 210.29
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This graph depicts the total revenue of the U.S. fast food restaurant industry from 2002 to 2016. In 2002, the revenue was 138.30 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. fast food industry - additional information

The fast food industry’s revenue peaked in 2006 before taking a dip in 2009 as a result of the global recession. Despite this setback, the industry is forecast to generate increasing revenue year-on-year until at least 2016. As a result of its increasing popularity, the U.S. fast food industry remains the largest in the world, with over 320,000 outlets forecast to be operating in 2014.

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 90 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. McDonald’s has been operating since 1955. In 2013, the company had over 35,000 restaurants worldwide, 14,278 of which were in the United States.

Almost a quarter of U.S. consumers eat at fast-food restaurants at least once a month and more than 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.

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