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Top 100 Global Franchises 2013 - Intro & Methodology


Top 100 Global Franchises 2013-1


Each year, Franchise Direct ranks 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 candidate pool of hundreds of franchises that have invested time and resources in international expansion efforts. 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 converted into a formula based on an objective methodology that incorporates a host of criteria including, but not limited to:

  • System size, based on number of unitsTop 100 Global Franchises 2013-1
  • Company sales revenue
  • Number of years in franchising
  • Stability and growth
  • Support for prospective and current franchisees
  • Environmental policies
  • Corporate citizenship


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.


In addition to these qualities, each of the franchises in the Top 100 have acquired and combined necessary language skills with 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. They offer an objective look at some of the world’s top franchise operations.


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