Yum Brands and Dunkin' Brands both recently released their corporate social responsibility reports, detailing everything from efforts to build more energy-efficient restaurants to dietary guidelines. Dunkin' is working on reducing salt, fat and sugar in its menu items while Yum plans to switch to sustainable palm oil at all KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants by 2017.
Subway tops the roster of best global franchises, followed by 7-Eleven, McDonald's, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Hut, according to Franchise Direct's fifth annual list. Franchise companies are evaluated on several criteria including number of units, company sales and support for prospective and current franchisees.
Franchising is finally on the upswing, and a slew of restaurant chains made Entrepreneur magazine's list of Top 500 franchises for 2013. Subway, McDonald's and Pizza Hut made the top 10, coming in at 2nd, 9th and 10th respectively, and 10 more made the top 50, including Jimmy John's, Dunkin' Donuts, Hardee's and KFC.
QSR Magazine's annual Top 50 list of the biggest quickservice and fast-casual brands holds few surprises, with McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, Wendy's and Starbucks taking the top five spots, but a second list of contenders includes a few that aim to gain on the industry leaders in the coming years. Auntie Anne's Pretzels, McAlister's Deli and Moe's Southwest Grill lead the race to make it to the main list.