2021 Top Food Franchises Ranking

Food remains one of the largest and most popular franchise categories, with more than quarter of the 1,000+ companies that apply for our annual Franchise 500 ranking made up of restaurants and other food-based franchises. If you think you’ve got a taste for buying a food franchise, start your search here with our annual ranking of the Top Food Franchises.

The franchises in this list are ranked within their respective categories, from acai bowls and candy stores to pizza and sports bars. The rankings reflect how each company scored in this year’s Franchise 500, based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

Remember as you read that this list is not intended as an endorsement of any particular franchise. If you’re craving a food-based franchise opportunity, take this ranking as a stepping-off point for your own research to find the brand that’s the best fit for you. Read the company’s legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant, and talk to as many current and former franchisees as you can.