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Here are the biggest beverage and snack chains in the U.S.

These beverage and snack-focused concepts had the most sales in 2021, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.
Photograph courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie's strong pandemic recovery vaulted it into the top spot among other beverage and snack chains. Here are the largest such chains, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. 

2022 RankChain Name2021 US Sales ($000,000)2021 US Units
52Tropical Smoothie Cafe$9481,047
61Krispy Kreme$818*373
76Smoothie King$6021,053
81Auntie Anne's$5761,133
88Jamba$505757
115Nothing Bundt Cakes$351*426
159Cinnabon$224939
162Wetzel's Pretzels$221350
227Kung Fu Tea$135278
237Great American Cookies$132*373
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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