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12. Taco Bell

Last Year's Rank: 12

Investment Range: $175,000 - $2,622,400

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Taco Bell is the largest taco and burrito chain in the world. Like top brands KFC and Pizza Hut, it is operated by Yum Brands.

Founder Glen Bell opened the first location in 1964 in Downey, California. Just two years later, the first franchise opened in Torrance, California, and the chain has now grown to over 6,800 locations in 26 countries. Like other fast-food brands, Taco Bell offers unique options in different countries, such as the Chicken Tikka Masala burrito in India and the Kimchi Quesadilla in Korea.

Vegan and vegetarian options can also be found at the fast-food chain known for its witty social media personality and creative campaigns. 

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $10,145,000,000

US Units: 6,446

International Units: 403

Total Units: 6,849

Percent Franchised: 90%

% International Units: 6%

US Franchised Units: 5,799

International Franchised Units: 397

Sales Growth %: 5.02%

Unit Growth %: 3.71%

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