7. Pizza Hut
Last Year's Rank: 8
Investment Range: Over $1 Million
Along with popular food chains KFC and Taco Bell, the largest pizza chain in the world is operated by Yum Brands. Since 1971, Pizza Hut has been the top pizza brand in the country in terms of both unit count and revenue.
The company is split into several different restaurant formats including original family-style dine-in locations, storefront delivery and carryout locations, and hybrid locations that include both.
Alongside many other fast food establishments, Pizza Hut announced in May 2016 that it would remove more artificial ingredients from their pizzas throughout the next year.
Global Sales: $12,000,000,000*
US Units: 7,766
International Units: 8,297
Total Units: 16,063
Percent Franchised: 83%
% International Units: 52%
US Franchised Units: 7,255
International Franchised Units: 6,109
Sales Growth %: -1.60%
Unit Growth %: 2.90%*Franchise Times Estimate