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2023 Top 500 Chain Report

Take a look at the largest and fastest-growing restaurant chains.

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Datassential’s 2023 Top 500 Chain Report

Here’s your ticket to a closer look at the performance of the nation’s largest restaurant chains, including how segment leaders, largest and fastest-growing chains, have navigated their way through a year of post-COVID challenges.

Datassential’s highly-anticipated Top 500 chain report, formerly the Firefly 500+, will offer you an insider’s view of their performance last year and a look at how it’s shaking up the industry.

The biggest chains raised prices faster than smaller competitors – did it pay off in overall sales? Did the biggest restaurant companies get bigger yet again? And what does this mean for consumers?

We’ll also offer a glimpse at the impact of broader industry themes like hours reductions and digital-only locations, and a look at how major restaurant segments ranked among their competitors, from burger and chicken chains to salads and desserts.

What’s inside?

  • How the nation’s largest chains fared in the rapidly changing consumer environment
  • The fastest-growing foodservice chain in the U.S. in 2022
  • Which segments grew fastest and what that means about consumer behavior

Highlights from this issue:

  • The Top 500 grew in terms of both units and sales in 2022
  • Salad and healthy chains collectively had the largest unit growth
  • The fastest-growing chain is a dessert chain, again
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