This article is part of NRN's first International Top 25 special report, a ranking of the 25 largest restaurant chains and companies, by worldwide sales, with headquarters outside of the U.S. and Canada. NRN partnered with business intelligence specialist Euromonitor International for this report, which is available in full only to Nation’s Restaurant News magazine subscribers in the August 20 issue. Subscribe here.
NRN presents a breakdown of the top foodservice chains, ranked by 2011 regional systemwide sales, in each of six regions of the world: Asia–Pacific, Australia–New Zealand, Latin America, Middle East–Africa, Western Europe and U.S.–Canada.
Owned by Tokyo-based parent company Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd., convenience store chain 7-Eleven leads the way in the Asia-Pacific region with $13.6 billion in 2011 regional systemwide sales.
Australia–New Zealand: Red Rooster
With $442.5 million in 2011 systemwide sales, quick-service chain Red Rooster comes out on top in the Australia-New Zealand region. The chain is owned by Balcatta, Australia–based Quick Service Restaurant Holdings Pty. Ltd.
Latin America: Habib’s
Habib's, a quick-service chain that serves Middle Eastern food, had the top 2011 systemwide sales in the Latin America region, with $769.1 million. Parent company Al Saraiva Empreendimentos Imobiliarios e Participacoes Ltda. is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Middle East–Africa: Nando’s
Quick-service chicken chain Nando’s is the leader in the Middle East–Africa region with $324.1 million in 2011 regional systemwide sales. The chain is owned by Nando’s Group Holdings Ltd., based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Western Europe: JD Wetherspoon
In Western Europe, bar/pub chain JD Wetherspoon rose above the pack with $1.8 billion in 2011 regional systemwide sales. Parent company JD Wetherspoon PLC is based in Watford, England.
With $51.8 billion in international systemwide sales, or sales generated outside the United States, quick-service burger chain McDonald’s stands out among chains in the U.S. and Canada. McDonald’s Corp., the chain's parent company, is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill.
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