The Largest Fast Food Chains in the World

Fast food is very popular today. This is due to the rise in demand for fast and cheap food. Similarly, there are many fast food chains. These chains were established many years ago and have been able to grow due to the popularity of their food along with creative marketing. The fast food industry is very large, catering to billions of people. The industry is highly competitive with many fast food companies. There have been certain issues due to fast food, mainly obesity and these continue to be a problem. This hasn’t driven the demand down but people have to be more careful when consuming fast food on a regular basis. Here’s a list of the largest fast food companies in the world.


Subway is the world’s largest fast food chain with over 45,000 stores in 112 countries. The company was founded in 1965 by Fred De Luca and Peter Buck. Further, Subway primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads. The company is also the fastest growing fast food chain in the world.  Subway was able to surpass McDonalds in the end of 2010. The companies advertising slogan, eat fresh is to highlight their fresh ingredients. Due to most food not being deep fried, Subway is a relatively healthy restaurant chain. Having its fair share of controversies, the company has been able to successfully expand all across the world.


McDonald’s is an American, hamburger fast food chain. The company was founded in 1940 by two brother, Richard and Maurice McDonald. The McDonald’s logo is one of the most recognized logos in the world. McDonald’s has over 37,000 outlets in 100 countries. The company has faced criticisms due to the unhealthy nature of their food, which in turn prompted them to add healthier option son their menu such as salads, fish, smoothie and fruits. McDonald’s is also the world’s second largest private employer after Walmart. The key figure in McDonald’s advertising, Ronald McDonald was first introduced in 1965 and today, is one of the most known figures.


Starbucks is the third largest fast food chain and the largest coffee house chain in the world. The company has outlets in over 27,000 locations worldwide. The first Starbucks opened in Seattle, Washington in 1971 by three students at the University of San Francisco. The company has expanded immensely in a short time despite the initial slowdown in its sales. The company obtains high quality coffee directly from suppliers.  The company has faced many criticisms over the years but has been able to overcome these issues.

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