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2016 Top 500: Chicken chains

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

The chicken category increased sales by 8.6% to $20.1 billion, and units by 3.2% to 13,456. Boosted in recent years by sandwich, wing and chicken finger specialists, the category has seen its bone-in traditionalists fight to maintain leadership. Popeyes is a good example of one that is succeeding, thanks to ongoing menu development that doesn’t stray from its brand story.

2016 Rank

Chain Name

2015 U.S. Sales ($000)

2015 U.S. Units

8Chick-fil-A6,291,000*1,950
15KFC4,001,490*4,270
25Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen2,720,250*1,970
41Zaxby's1,478,400*748
45Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'N Biscuits1,150,651659
52Church's Chicken855,800*1,145*
54Wingstop768,622786
55El Pollo Loco753,340*433
71Boston Market610,000*452
74Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers567,269249
99Pollo Tropical368,175160
232Golden Chick132,400*152

*Technomic estimate

 

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