Top Food Franchises

These award-winning brands were identified based on survey feedback from thousands of  franchise owners across today’s leading food franchise brands. Each survey participant answered 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems including training and support, operations, culture, and financial opportunity.

“The food franchise sector delivers a tremendous return on investment for many,” said Eric Stites, founder and CEO of Franchise Business Review. “The key is to choose the right brand. The award-winning brands on our list of the Top Food Franchises rate 15% – 25% higher on average in overall franchisee satisfaction over other food competitors. That data provides actionable insight for someone considering investing in a franchise.”

This year’s list of Top Food Franchises includes brands that are outperforming their competitors and franchise owner expectations. Before you buy a franchise, we invite you to explore franchise opportunities with the brands that have the highest franchisee satisfaction in the food and drink franchise sector.

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Another Broken Egg

Industry: Food, Retail

Another Broken Egg Cafe® offers a universally appealing menu of fresh, nutritious dishes that ‘Foodies’ can indulge in every day. Driven by attention to detail – the upscale cafe of…

Investment: $811,000 - $1,203,000 Cash Required: $500,000

Aroma Joe's

Industry: Food, Retail

Aroma Joe’s built success by aligning the spirit of the community’s favorite coffee shop with a mind for business and an eye on the planet. With a keen focus on customer experience and the com…

Investment: $296,000 - $1,046,500 Cash Required: $150,000
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Includes owner satisfaction report
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Bahama Buck's

Industry: Food, Retail

As the nation’s premier tropical dessert franchise, no one does Sno® better than Bahama Buck’s. You will find yourself surrounded by fresh, innovative products, new creative ideas, and an uncompl…

Investment: $445,000 - $1,180,000 Cash Required: $100,000
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Ben & Jerry's

Industry: Food, Retail

Ben & Jerry’s is a popular ice cream brand known for its high-quality ingredients and innovative ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet flavors.

Investment: $152,200 - $546,800

BIGGBY COFFEE

Industry: Food, Retail

Biggby Coffee is a neighborhood cafe with offerings that include espresso-based beverages, coffee, tea, other beverages, sandwiches, baked goods, and other food products as well as whole bean coffee, …

Investment: $276,000 - $439,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Checkers & Rally's

Industry: Food, Retail

Checkers & Rally’s drive-thru restaurants specialize in hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and milkshakes. 

Investment: $790,797 - $2,368,316 Cash Required: $250,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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Chicken Salad Chick

Industry: Food, Retail

Chicken Salad Chick serves more than a dozen scratch-made, southern-style flavors of chicken salad made daily.

Investment: $742,300 - $980,300 Cash Required: $250,000
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Clean Juice

Industry: Food, Retail

Dedicated to health, wellness, and to the power of positivity, Clean Juice believes in the simple and inherent goodness of fresh, wholesome ingredients, offering organic juices, smoothies, bowls, toas…

Investment: $279,000 - $523,000 Cash Required: $120,000
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Culver's

Industry: Food, Retail

Culver’s is an American casual fast food restaurant chain that operates primarily in the Midwestern U.S. The brand is known for its “butter burgers” and frozen custard. It also offer…

Investment: $2,398,000 - $5,432,000 Cash Required: $500,000
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Donatos Pizza

Industry: Food, Retail

Donatos Pizza is a pizza delivery restaurant franchisor headquartered in Gahanna, Ohio. It has nearly 200 locations in eleven states. Donatos is also served at several venue outlets including Ohio Sta…

Investment: $386,500 - $698,900 Cash Required: $200,000
Includes owner satisfaction report
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East Coast Wings + Grill

Industry: Food, Retail

East Coast Wings + Grill full-service restaurants serve over 50 unique flavors of chicken wings along with a wide variety of other menu items.

Investment: $427,968 - $981,275 Cash Required: $200,000
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Eggs Up Grill

Industry: Food, Retail

Eggs Up Grill–home to the whole neighborhood–has been a place where the local community can gather and catch up with family, friends, and neighbors over breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Investment: $412,888 - $764,575 Cash Required: $150,000

Ellianos Coffee Company

Industry: Food, Retail

“Italian Quality at America’s Pace” is the goal of Ellianos Coffee Company, a double-sided drive through coffee brand whose vision is to position themselves as a dominant regional brand,…

Investment: $397,500 - $690,000 Cash Required: $150,000
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Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Industry: Food, Retail

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is an American fast casual restaurant chain specializing in Baja-style Mexican cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fuzzy’s operates more than 150 locations in 1…

Investment: $370,500 - $1,224,600 Cash Required: $150,000
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Golden Chick

Industry: Food, Retail

The Golden Chick franchise is a family-oriented, quick-service restaurant (QSR) with dine-in, drive-thru, take out, and third-party delivery services.

Investment: $915,370 - $1,438,000

Happy & Healthy Products

Industry: Food, Retail

Happy & Healthy Products, Inc. (H&H) believes that snack options should taste great without the added fat and calories. Happy & Healthy Products delivers flavorful, convenient, individuall…

Investment: $74,999 - $114,241