Top 200: Chain Census

The NRN Top 200 report, now in its 43rd year, ranks the largest restaurant chains and parent companies based on U.S. sales, with subsequent additional rankings of those qualifying chains by unit counts, growth, market shares and other metrics. The annual, industry-leading report has been used as a benchmarking tool for restaurants, suppliers, distributors and analysts to track restaurant brands, private-equity ownership and segment growth or decline.

To submit your restaurant chain for consideration, all fields below must be completed and submitted to NRN.

All information is subject to verification, which may result in the changing of data based on proprietary formulas and industry insight by NRN database managers, editors and their sources.

You are now on the Top 200 CHAIN form, which collects information on restaurant chain sales and unit counts. To submit COMPANY revenue data, please see the Top 200 COMPANY form.

More Information:

The full 2016 Top 200 special reports will be available in the June 20 and July 18 issues of Nation's Restaurant News.

For questions on Top 200 data, please contact Alan J. Liddle, NRN's Data & Event Content Director.


Include end date for fiscal years under way, ending on or before June 30.

Systemwide sales includes sales from company-owned and franchised units.

Include only domestic (U.S.) operations, excluding Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Please be clear in specifiying $ millions, billions, or thousands.

Project full-year results for fiscal years under way, ending on or before June 30.

The United States systemwide average net sales per unit (AUV) for two consecutive fiscal years, including projection for fiscal years ending on or before June 30, 2016.

Please show to tens of thousands of dollars.

If systemwide information is not available, please indicate in parenthesis if reported AUVs are for franchisee or franchisor-operated U.S. locations.

***Optional information that is reported by NRN if available but is not required to qualify for a Top 200 ranking. 

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