The Outlook for the Top 25 Fast-Casual Concepts in the U.S.

By Mark Kalinowski Published on April 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Of the large sectors of the U.S. restaurant industry (quick-service, fast-casual, midscale/family dining, casual dining, and fine dining), the fastest-growing one yearin and year-out continues to be the fast-casual sector. In 2018, the fast-casual segment’s sales rose by +7.6% to $55.4 billion, now representing about 10% of the U.S. restaurant industry’s $556.4 billion in total sales. For 2019, Technomic projects that the fast-casual sector will expand by +7.3%, greater than its forecasted growth rate of +3.9% for the restaurant industry as a whole. In our view, fast-casual’s growth will continue to outpace that of the industry for years to come, due to the quality of the food offerings, the speed of service, and the relative discount that guests enjoy relative to much of full-service dining. That said, as the data in this report shows, the rising fast-casual tide is NOT lifting all boats, and we do not expect that to be the case going forward. Individual concepts and their various attributes (including the management of those concepts) continues to matter greatly. We note the following:

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A Quick Look at the Fastest-Growing Restaurant Brands in the U.S.

By Mark Kalinowski Published on April 10, 2019 at 12:00 AM

During 2018, 175 restaurant brands generated at least $200 million in U.S. systemwide sales, according to data compiled by Technomic. For these 175 brands, which ones were the fastest growing? In this report, we look at the top 20 brands of these 175 that expanded their U.S. systemwide sales at the fastest rate last year.

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