The food industry has always been one of the top performing franchise industries. In fact, the food industry comprises almost half of all franchise establishments in America. This equates to 65 percent of all franchise employment.
The food franchise industry can be split into three general categories: full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, and retail food. While the quick service category (more popularly known as fast food) is currently the most popular, all three categories of food franchise experience growth in sales each year and are projected to do so in 2019.
Given the consistent expansion of the food industry, consider these popular food franchises in your next business venture:
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Bruce Reed opened the first Bruster’s location opened in 1989 with a commitment to fresh products and ingredients. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is made with slow kettle processing in order to create and preserve the one-of-a-kind Bruster’s flavor. This homestyle mix is served at every Bruster’s location and keeps the customers coming back.
Currently, there are nearly 200 independently owned Brtuster’s across the country, including locations in Guyana and South Korea. Each location offers a large variety of premium flavors and artisan desserts made directly in store. All Bruster’s locations also offer customized cakes or desserts for all the important occasions in your life.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is the epitome of a success story. The origins of the franchise date back to 1941 when Travis Dickey opened the first location in Dallas, TX. With a love for authentic slow-smoked barbecue, the restaurant’s first menu only contained barbecue meat, beans, potato chips, beer and soda.
Dickey’s began as a family business and was taken over by Travis Dickey’s two sons who continued his legacy. Currently, Dickey’s has locations across the country. While Dickey’s has come a far way since Travis Dickey’s first restaurant, the restaurants still serve the same quality barbecue recipes handed down for generations.
Hwy 55 started with Kenney Moore in 1993. While he initially struggled to keep his restaurant afloat, Moore began to invest his energy into customer service, putting his guests first. Moore also spent time choosing quality ingredients for his food. Before long, business began to boom, continuing to this day.
With more than 1,000 locations Hwy 55 has retained its commitment to customer service and quality with a business model that has proven successful over 25 years. Hwy 55 promises a welcoming, family friendly experience at all locations.
Teriyaki Madness combines two of the fastest growing subcategories in the food industry: fast casual restaurants and Asian cuisine. Asian fast food restaurants have grown exponentially in popularity and have, in fact, quadrupled since 1999, which is the fastest growth in any food category. With a simple, delicious menu, the Japanese restaurant is a family-friendly go-to.
Teriyaki Madness promises good quality ingredients and a thorough franchisee-training program. The restaurant also has six years of consecutive same store sales growth.
After living in France, founders Rosalie Guillem and her daughter, Audrey Guillem-Saba wanted to share the French macaron with the rest of the world. With a strong admiration for the delicate French dessert cookie, the two wanted to bring the distinctive taste and texture to the American palate.
Rosalie and Audrey opened Le Macaron French Pastries in 2009 and, before long, their customers began demanding more locations. The mother and daughter duo decided to franchise in 2012, opening new locations across the country.