ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Feb 19, 2014) - For the sixth consecutive year, Franchise Direct has published its Top 100 Global Franchises list, a definitive ranking of the best franchises in the world. This ranking is unique in that it recognizes a franchise's global growth and expansion.

Subway retains its position as the top franchise, while McDonald's slips back into the runner-up spot after a brief absence. KFC, Burger King and 7-Eleven round out the top five. The Top 10 in this year's list are:

1 Subway Food
2 McDonald's Food
3 KFC Food
4 Burger King Food
5 7-Eleven Convenience Store
6 Pizza Hut Food
7 GNC Health & Beauty
8 Wyndham Hotel Group Hotel
9 Dunkin' Donuts Bakery/Coffee
10 Dia Grocery Store
 Top 10 Global Franchises for 2014   

Outside the Top Ten, EmbroidMe, the promotional products' franchise, makes the largest leap this year, moving up 58 places from 2013, with Naturhouse, the Spanish food franchise, advancing 50 places.

Some newcomers to the Top 100 are:

  • CruiseOne (#40)
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (#45)
  • Budget Blinds (#68)
  • Precision Tune Auto Care (#81)
  • Furniture Medic (#93)

Thirty-five leading food franchises appear in the Top 100. Cleaning claims the second position with nine franchises, while automotive hits the third spot with eight franchises.

The Top 100 companies were selected from hundreds of franchises that have grown their networks through international expansion. The most recent data on these franchise systems was collected through self-reported company statistics, FDDs, SEC filings and published industry sources, and then subjected to a range of analytical criteria.

The Top 100 have overcome linguistic and cultural challenges to successfully replicate their concepts in different markets around the world. They serve as role models for other franchises looking for growth opportunities, and they are proof that quality products and services characterize successful business development everywhere.

In the United States, the franchise industry has emerged from the recession stronger than others, creating jobs at a faster rate than the economy as a whole. Many franchises are growing through global expansion as huge new markets open up in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Brazil.

Franchise Direct is the world's leading franchise portal, operating 11 franchise websites across 5 continents.

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