The limited-service Asian/Noodle category is small, at less than $4.6 billion, but fast-growing. Thanks to chains like Panda Express, which increased sales by 14% in 2016, and Noodles & Company, which grew sales 8%, the menu category is up 10.7% over 2015. Asian/Noodle chains among the Top 500 have 5.2% more units overall.
2016 U.S. Sales ($000)
2016 U.S. Units
|77||Noodles & Company||559,008||530|
|102||Pei Wei Asian Diner||365,594||214|
*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report