#1 on the Franchise 500: Even Without the 'Donuts,' Dunkin' Takes the Cake #2 on the Franchise 500: Delivery and Booze Are Boosting Taco Bell's Sales #3 on the Franchise 500: McDonald's Had a Bumpy Year, But Still Leads in Innovation #4 on the Franchise 500: How Sonic Drive-In Uses Artificial Intelligence to Improve Customer Service #5 on the Franchise 500: The UPS Store Meets Customers Where They Are #6 on the Franchise 500: Ace Hardware Is Fusing Online Sales With In-Person Service #7 on the Franchise 500: Planet Fitness Knows You Don't Want to Go to the Gym #8 on the Franchise 500: By the End of 2020, Jersey Mike's Will Hit $2 Billion in Sales #9 on the Franchise 500: At Culver's, Community Is Key #10 on the Franchise 500: How Technology and Takeout Are Saving Pizza Hut Cryotherapy Franchises Are Hot.
The companies that ranked in the Franchise 500 this year had a total of 555,142 units open and operating as of July 31, 2019 (our marker for data submissions), which is an increase of 18,343 (3.4 percent) over the previous year.
A full quarter of all applicants to the Franchise 500 this year came from food companies, and seven out of the top 10 on our list -- as well as more than a quarter of the top 100!
Of those food franchises, 86 are quick-service brands; last year, there were 94 quick-service brands on our list.
There are 103 food franchises ranked in our Franchise 500 list this year, compared with 120 last year.