Source: Technomic Global Foodservice Navigator Program
Pizza is popular—now, in the pandemic era, perhaps more so than ever. It’s convenient, adaptable to myriad flavoursand toppings, can be premium or budget, healthy or comforting and, importantly, highly suitable for delivery.
Among Technomic’s Global 150 ranking of the largest global restaurant chains by unit count, 11% are pizza or Italian/pizza. That’s a huge chunk relative to other major categories, on par with burger (10.5%) and besting chicken (9.3%) and sandwich (3.3%).
Not surprisingly, the vast majority (76%) of the top pizza chains are limited service, with four full serves on the list (all from Europe and North America). Leaders include well-known brands such as Pizza Hut (LSR in some markets, FSR in others and both in many), Domino’s and Papa John’s.
Ranked No. 6 among global pizza chains by unit count, South Africa-based Debonairs Pizza is the top brand not based out of America. The South Africa-based chain is followed by Canada’s Pizza Pizzaand the U.K.’s PizzaExpress (AKA PizzaMarzano in many parts of the world).
Learn much more about the global pizza landscape from a post-pandemic perspective with Technomic’s new 2021 Global Pizza Category Report.
Note: Global rankings by unit count;
Chains based in the United States must operate in two or more international markets and have a meaningful locationfootprint outside of the U.S. to be eligible for inclusion