Which industry trends are gaining
traction? What's garnering
consumer interest? These
emerging chains are the growth
vehicles to watch—the ones poised
to be major industry players in the
coming years. The fastest-growing
small chains in America represent
a mixed bag of trends, but they
have one thing in common:
impressive growth in both sales
and unit count.

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Future 50: The Ranking

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How the research works

The Future 50 is a measure of the fastest-growing restaurant concepts with annual sales between $20 million and $50 million. Data is compiled by Technomic. Rankings are based on percent change in systemwide sales from 2017 to 2018; chains must have also opened new units in 2018 to qualify. Unit counts are as of Dec. 31, 2018. When data was not provided, Technomic estimated sales based on public information, comparable concepts, market and other factors. Visit Technomic Ignite Company Data for more information.

10 Trends From The Fastest-Growing ChainsSEE WHAT’S HOT

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Chain executives have learned lessons and picked up on trends as their brands have expanded. And growth means something a little different now than it did when the brand was much smaller. Hear from Carl Segal, CEO of Roti Modern Mediterranean, on the chain's path to growth and what he's learned along the way. Hear more from Segal and other growth chain CEOs on the trends they have their eyes on, plus more on their growth.

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