Bubble chart of 10 largest QSR chains in US.

Top 10 Quick Serve Restaurants

Chick-Fil-A is the leader among quick serve restaurants in sales per unit and is second to Panera in unit growth, as shown in this bubble chart. McDonald’s is by far the revenue leader with almost twice the US sales of #2 Starbuck's. Subway trails its peers with the lowest unit growth and lowest sales per unit. Subway had 4% fewer units in 2019 than 2018. Among the top 10, three are burger, two are snack, two are sandwich, and one each are pizza, chicken and global food chains. Data are from QSR Magazine.

Top 10 Quick Serve Restaurants in a Bubble Chart

Bubble chart of 10 largest QSR chains in US.

How I Made this Bubble Chart

The quick serve restaurant data for this chart is presented below:

Bubble chart of 10 largest QSR chains in US.

Here's how I made the bubble chart:

  • copy the data from the QSR website into Excel
  • compute the growth rate based on units in 2018 and 2019
  • create a data range with sales per unit as x value, growth as y, sales as bubble size and category as group as above
  • make a chart in PowerPoint based on this data range
  • add bubble values
  • format bubble values and axis labels
  • adjust internal margins and axis maximums to spread out the bubbles
  • add legend, horizontal and vertical quadrant lines, axis titles and reference bubble labels
  • move and edit bubble labels to place them in 2 lines and next to their respective bubbles

Take This Chart and Make It Your Own

Download this chart and edit it using Mekko Graphics. See more bubble charts in our chart gallery. Here are some other charts that may be of interest: