Fastest Growing Fast-Casual Food Chains

by Angela Nazworth | May 16, 2012 3:37 pm

Business is booming for many restaurant chains categorized as fast-casual. According to a recent Technomic[1] report, the top 150 fast-casual chains increased sales by about 8% to $21.5 billion in 2011.

“Fast-casual operators continue to outshine every other segment within the U.S. restaurant industry,” Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic said in a press release. “Fast-casual restaurants fill the gap between quick service and casual dining. People want fast, fresh, quality meals at a fair price point. This segment seems to hit that sweet spot right now.”

Here’s a look at the industry’s top seven segments and the restaurant chains that demonstrated the fastest growth in each one, according to Technomic. The sales results are from 2011.

Want to learn more facts about the fast-casual dining experience? You can download the full report at Technomic’s website[4].

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