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2016 Top 100 Global Franchises: Introduction

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Franchise businesses are expected to grow at rates exceeding non-franchise business growth for the sixth year in a row, according to the Franchise Business Outlook: 2016.


Each year, Franchise Direct ranks many of the foremost internationally-operating franchise companies from around the globe. This world-class list details prospering franchises operating in at least two countries. 


The Top 100 Global Franchises have been selected from a pool of hundreds of franchises that have invested time and resources in expansion efforts around the world. The most recent and accurate data possible on these franchise systems was gathered through self-reported company statistics, Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, and published industry sources.


The data was then entered into a formula designed to be as objective as possible, incorporating a host of criteria including, but not limited to:


  • System size (number of units)
  • Franchise longevity (years franchising and company age)
  • Company sales revenue
  • Stability and growth
  • Environmental policies
  • Positive corporate citizenship
  • Support for prospective and current franchisees


All of the Top 100 Global Franchises share the keys to business success at any level including: a well-defined business identity, a clear business plan, a commitment to training and support, sensitivity to environmental issues, and the ability to innovate to keep pace with ever-changing social and economic conditions. 


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In addition to these qualities, each of the franchises in the Top 100 has acquired the necessary cultural sensitivities to grow their respective businesses beyond their home borders. The Top 100 Global Franchises thus serve as models for early-stage franchises looking to expand, as well as those companies considering the benefits of the franchise business model.


Please note that the Top 100 Global Franchises Ranking and Report are not intended to endorse, advertise, or recommend any particular franchise system nor is it a definitive list. The ranking and report are simply meant to offer an objective look at some of the world’s top franchise operations.


And with that, on to this year’s Top 100…


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