Casual Dining Now Represents Nearly 17% of Sales

Burgers are synonymous with American life. They are a staple of cookouts, family reunions and summer afternoons, so it’s no surprise that burger/limited service restaurants (LSR) are at the top of the country’s bestselling restaurant segments, according to Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Top 200 report.

Burger/LSR restaurants had a 28.5 percent share of the top 100 in 2017, generating $83.1 billion in U.S. systemwide sales, the report said. The next largest segment was casual dining, which had 16.8 percent market share and $49.9 billion in sales. Beverage-Snack restaurants came in third, with an 11 percent market share and $32.1 billion in sales. Chicken restaurants were fourth with 8.3 percent market share and $24.1 billion in total sales. Finally, just behind chicken was pizza, which earned 7.9 percent market share in the latest year and $23.1 billion in U.S. systemwide sales.

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