Top 40 Food and Beverage Franchises for 2016

Just like types of food, there are a wide variety of food franchise concepts including quick service restaurants (QSR), fast casual, and full-service restaurants, as well as dessert or beverage focused retail stores, vending machines, kiosks, mobile trucks, and delivery-only options. Franchise companies may offer several models at different investment levels and many combine food types, such as a smoothie shop that also serves wraps, while other concepts morph over time to offer a variety of products. These factors make classifying certain concepts challenging, as the lines between competing brands are getting less defined.

In this report, we take a look at a variety of food franchise concepts and provide a list of the Top 40 brands overall. Download the report to see the full list. 

The list below features some of the brands from this list that have indicated they are actively seeking new franchisees to join their brand:


top food franchises 2016


Franchise Name Industry Minimum Investment Profile 50
Captain D'sFood & Beverage$771,000963
Checkers & Rally'sFood & Beverage$96,414951
East Coast Wings & GrillFood & Beverage$658,875917
Smoothie KingFood & Beverage$225,650876
Zoup!Food & Beverage$386,860814

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