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15 largest fast food companies in the world

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In this article, we will list the 15 largest fast food companies in the world. Click to move forward and go to 5 largest fast food companies in the world.

No matter where you are in the world, if you live in a big city, or even any urban area, you wouldn’t have to wait more than a few minutes to stumble upon a fast food restaurant. Fast food is a way of life for most of us now, and it’s pretty hard to think back to a time when fast food wasn’t even an option. Indeed, although fast food is a relatively recent conception, the term was not recognized until 1951 by the Merriam Webster dictionary. However, fast food is believed to have originated in the 1860s when the first fish and chip restaurant opened in the UK.

The global fast food industry is worth approximately $ 650 billion. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of restaurants serving fast food around the world, with some major brands having thousands of restaurants on their own. So why has fast food exploded in popularity since its inception? Well, part of the answer is in the name. It doesn’t take long to create and the world is busier than ever with people having less and less time for regular activities, including cooking. For these people, who make up a large portion of the population today, fast food presents a convenience that steak and potato dinners lack. In addition, fast food is most often absolutely delicious. There are now, with perhaps a slight exaggeration, millions of ways to create a burger, fries, and pizza, and oddly enough, most of those options are still pretty good! And even when a pizza is bad, it’s still pretty good. And the third and perhaps most important reason is the fact that in most countries fast food is a cheap option and, therefore, is preferred by many. A lot of people can’t afford to eat well, perhaps because they don’t have a well-paying job, or don’t have a job at all, and fast food presents a cheap and delicious alternative to fill their stomachs.

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Of course, now we know that too much fast food is really bad for you, and even though science has been saying the same thing for decades, a lot of people refuse to accept it. If you persist on a diet that contains a large amount of fast food, you are at a higher risk of obesity, digestive problems, depression, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and even premature death. Obesity is perhaps one of the biggest epidemics in the world right now, as the total number of obese people around the world has increased dramatically over the past decades. In 2016, almost 40% of all people in the world were overweight, while 13% were obese. The prevalence of obesity nearly tripled from 1975 to 2016, and the advent and widespread availability of cheap fast food may have been the main reason for the increase. If you take a look at the most obese countries in the world, you will even find many countries where the obesity rate is close to 50% while the overweight rate can even exceed 90%!

However, many people are starting to realize the negative effects of fast food and are moving towards a much healthier lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular exercise and workouts. Fast food companies have also gotten this and are moving towards an attempt to be healthy, as witnessed by Subway, which advertises itself as making healthy sandwiches, while the new rise in veganism has also seen a new competitor for traditional fast food, which these companies have also tried to incorporate by making plant-based burgers, but with a meaty taste. It also has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly, as vegetable protein rather than meat is much more environmentally friendly. These new plant-based burgers have been extremely popular over the past year and have helped restaurants increase their income.

Of course, the fast food industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed nearly 1.4 million lives and seen nearly 60 million cases in 2020. To cope with the pandemic , most countries have initiated closures, which have seen restaurants also have to close, only allowing take-out and delivery to some locations. As restaurants inside closed and incomes of course dwindled, online orders increased as people began to stay home and isolate themselves. Even though restaurants in some countries have reopened, there are a lot of standard operating procedures to follow, with only a small number of people authorized at a time. In my own town, new restrictions mean restaurants can only operate outdoors; a city where there is very little outdoor space available.

The world’s largest fast food companies generate billions of dollars in revenue and own some of the world’s most popular brands, opening hundreds of locations around the world every year. To rank these countries, we used their market capitalization, assets, income and net income, assigning a higher weight to the first two measures. So let’s take a look at which companies and brands are most likely to be among your favorites, starting with number 15:

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 1.2

Total company revenue (in billions of dollars): 1.3

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 2.4

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 117

Based in Dallas, Dave & Busters has 137 locations across the United States and Canada and is unique in that it also has a proper video game room along with the restaurant.

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14. Brinker International (NYSE: EAT)

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 2.4

Total company revenue (in billions of dollars): 3.2

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 1.3

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 155

Brinker International has nearly 1,700 restaurants and over 56,000 employees and is famous for its Chili’s Grill & Bar as well as Maggiano’s Little Italy.

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Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 1.5

Total Company Revenue ($ Billion): 4.1

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 3.6

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 104

Bloomin Brands has nearly 1,500 restaurants and 93,000 employees and owns several US chains, including Bonefish Grill and Outback Steakhouse.

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Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 5.4

Total Company Revenue ($ Billion): 2.7

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 2

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 182

Texas Roadhouse specializes in Western-themed steaks and has over 56,000 employees and 563 locations.

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Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ: TXRH)

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Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 5

Total company revenue (in billions of dollars): 1.7

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 5

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 145

Wendy’s has more than 6,700 employees and the vast majority of its business (approximately 92%) is based in North America.

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10. Autogrill

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 1.4

Total Company Revenue ($ Billion): 5.6

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 4

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 230

Autogrill is based in Italy and is one of the few fast food companies on our list that is not from the United States. It currently operates in 31 countries and has more than 60,000 employees.

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9. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ)

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 15.1

Company’s total revenue (in billions of dollars): 3.7

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 1.4

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 430

Dominos is the world’s largest pizza company and currently has 17,000 locations worldwide, with approximately 300,000 employees.

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8. Mexican Grill Chipotle (NYSE: CMG)

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 35.3

Total Company Revenue ($ Billion): 5.7

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 5.2

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 338

Chipotle operates not only in the United States, but also in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France, providing famous Mexican dishes such as tacos and burritos and has more than 2,600 locations and nearly 65,000 employees worldwide.

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7. Restaurants Darden (NYSE: DRI)

Total market capitalization of the company (in billions of dollars): 14.8

Total Company Revenue ($ Billion): 8.8

Total company assets (in billions of dollars): 10

Total operating profit of the company (in millions of dollars): 636

Darden has approximately 185,000 employees and more than 1,500 locations with extremely famous restaurant chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, among others.

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