Number of McDonald's restaurants in Latin America 2016-2018, by country

Within the Latin American region, fast food giant McDonald’s operated and franchised the largest number of restaurants in Brazil, accounting for 968 units in 2018. Mexico held second place with 388 McDonald’s establishments in the same financial year.

Brazil – McDonald’s success story in Latin America

Brazil was not only the country with the largest amount of McDonald’s restaurants among Latin American countries in 2018, but also the country which had the most McCafé locations and highest priced Big Mac burger. The so-called 'Big Mac index' is regarded as an indicator for the purchasing power of an economy. The average price for a Big Mac burger in Brazil was estimated at 4.5 U.S. dollars in January 2019, making it the highest in Latin America.

Restaurants worldwide

On a global scale, there were approximately 38 thousand McDonald’s restaurants worldwide in 2018; over 21 thousand of them conventionally franchised restaurants. In Latin America, McDonald’s largest franchisee is Uruguay-based Arcos Dorados Holdings.

Number of McDonald's restaurants in Latin America from 2016 to 2018, by country*

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Source

Release date

April 2019

Region

Central and South America

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Includes all countries reported under the category "Latin America" by McDonald's.

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