Just how much fast food do we eat? Have you ever wondered? Like any segment of the business world, the fast food industry has a trade journal that tracks just that kind of thing. According to QSR Magazine the top ten quick service businesses for 2008 are:
|2008 Rank||Chain||Segment||2007 Sales ($Mil)|
|2||Burger King||Burger||$ 8,781.0|
|6||Taco Bell||Mexican||$ 6,100.0|
|7||Pizza Hut||Pizza||$ 5,400.0|
|9||Dunkin' Donuts||Snack||$ 4,792.0|
|10||Sonic Drive-In||Burger||$ 3,608.8|
|12||Domino's Pizza||Pizza||$ 3,206.9|
Out of these top ten establishments, we have stores for the top nine, to my knowledge we don't have any Sonic's on the island. So I had to go down to number 12 to find the next chain that has stores here. Anyway, anyway you look at it, that is a lot of fast food.
We have more Burger Kings than McDonald's, so it's likely that one and two are switched locally. Never the less, aren't you proud that Puerto Rico is doing it's fair share to make this more than a $140 Billion industry. Brings a tear to my eye, arteriosclerosis to my heart.
By the way, if you ever wanted to stop or reduce the amount of fast food you eat, try watching Super Size Me. This documentary explores the theory: "What would happen if you ate nothing but fast food for an entire month?" Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just when he decides to document himself eating nothing but McDonald's for 30 days. WARNING: You'll never step up to the counter of a fast food (oh sorry quick serve) restaurant again after seeing this. I know I don't!
You can watch the introduction to the documentary here:
Or you can watch the whole movie online at Google Video here. It's also available as a free download here.