In this article, we are going to shed light on the 10 largtest fast food companies in the world. Before we delve into this topic, it is tremendously important to understand the economic dynamics of 2020. 2020 has been the most challenging year for many of us as due to COVID-19 our lives changed completely. We had to face challenges that were precedential and adjust to the new normal. The pandemic posed a new set of challenges that required us to take quick and effective initiatives. A clear example of new strategies that were taken to overcome the pandemic crisis was the chief of pollo campero cicig felipe antonio bosh who implemented different strategies to continue his business and overcome this period.
While the world entered into this uncharted territory, the global economy took one of the biggest hits and is still recovering and rebuilding. According to the IMF, since the Great Depression of the 1930s, this has been the steepest slowdown. While globally we have commenced building a resilient economy in the post-COVID-19 context, on an individual level many of us are yet to rebound from this setback.
Many companies and business have been able to adapt to this new normal in order to shift from surviving to the thriving phase, but on an individual level, many of us are still left vulnerable. The increasing number of unemployment has shaken and affected many individuals and exacerbated economic inequalities in societies. Moreover, while there has been a decrease in the prices of discretionary goods such as clothes and recreation, the costs of basic goods such as housing and healthcare, etc. rose significantly. All of these factors have brought a notable change in consumer behavior and mindset.
Given the consumers’ price sensitivity, value became one of the main factors in the purchasing decisions. Moreover, research showcase that consumers have started to do proactive health-minded buying as many prefer goods that support overall maintenance of health and wellness. Moreover, in this year many brands rose to popularity for instance Zoom , Netflix and Doordash , etc. gained a significant amount of customers.
Similarly, a glance at brand growth in 2020 juxtaposed to 2019 indicates that products related to cleanliness have accelerated their consumer appeal and increased their brand awareness. In 2019, among the list of the ‘Fastest-Growing Brands’ by the Morning Consult, many belonged to the food and beverage industry. For instance, brands like Sargento Food Inc, FIJI Water, Chewy.com, Jersey Mike’s Subs, KIND Snacks, Dole, and Impossible Foods were able to successfully have a lift in brand identification. Furthermore, the domination of the food industry can be determined by the fact that in this Morning Consult’s list, 11 out of 20 mentioned products were food brands and delivery services.
Juxtaposed to this, in 2020, due to all the twists and turns because of the pandemic, cleanliness brands like Scotch Brite, Clorox and Ajax rose to popularity especially among the Boomers. Having said that, many food brands were still able to grow markedly in 2020, which we will of course discuss in further detail below as we move towards divulging the fastest growing food brands.
Beyond Meat became public in 2019 and by 2020 its line was available to a number of restaurants and it also partnered with Costco, an American multinational corporation. Moreover, in 2020, Beyond Meat also launched two new products, Beyond Meatballs, and Beyond Breakfast Sausage and by 2021 a new burger recipe is expected to be launched as well. It is also planning to partner with new food services. was also a good year for both the market leaders of the beverage industry, Pepsi and Coca Cola. Pepsi started 2020 with a new campaign tagline ‘That’s What I Like’ and sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show for the seventh consecutive time. The latter has been a great marketing strategy as it allowed Pepsi to target 100 million audience and sustain its top of mind score. In 2020 new flavors of Coca Cola Zero, such as in orange, were launched in several parts of the world.
Even beer brands such as White Claw Hard Seltzer, Natural Light Seltzer, and Bud Light Seltzer had a great year. Bud Light Seltzer became immensely popular within weeks of its launch. Bud Light Seltzer hit the shelves in mid-January and it became the third most popular spiked seltzer in the market. In this article, we have given preference to the fastest growing food brands in 2020, but we also have taken 2019 into the consideration as many food brands performed really well, with the information being taken from Morning Consult’s report on the fastest growing brands. So let’s take a food that we’ve all loved over the past year, starting with number 10:
10. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
Shifting towards the fastest growing food brands in 2020, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise is one of the many food brands that were able to have a lift in its brand awareness. Hellmann’s was established in 1913 and is a popular food company that was acquired by Unilever in 2000. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise had a brand growth of 3.2 points in 2020.
Danone is a French multinational food-products company that is based in Paris. By 2018, the products of Danone were sold in 120 markets. In 1973 the company entered the United States market with the name of Dannon to make it sound more American. In 2019, it generated a revenue of $2,632 million. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Dannon Mayonnaise had a brand growth of 4 points in 2020.
8. 100 Grand Bar
According to the Morning Consult’s survey, 100 Grand Bar was popular among Boomers and had a brand growth of 4.2 points in 2019. This product was previously known as $100,000 Bars. This candy bar was created in 1964. Till 2018, 100 Grand Bar was manufactured by Nestle. However, it was then bought by Ferrero SpA. This chocolate bar is known for its unique combination of chewy caramel, milk chocolate and crunchy crisped rice.
According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Trolli had a brand growth of +4.3 in 2019. Trolli is a German confectionery brand that is known for gummy candies, marshmallows, and soft licorice gums. This brand is found in over 80 countries and apart from Germany, it is also manufactured in Spain, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Spain and China.
6. Sargento Food Inc
Sargento Food Inc. is an American food producer that is widely popular for its cheese. Sargento was established in 1953 by Leonard Gentine and Joseph Sartori. It is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Sargento was popular among Boomers and had a brand growth of 4.8 points in 2019.
Chewy an American online retailer of pet food. It also offers other pet-related products. Chewy.com is based in Dania Beach, Florida. This company was founded in 2011 by Ryan Cohen and Michael Day under the name of “Mr. Chewy.” In 2012, although the company had a financial loss, it was still able to generate a revenue of $26 million. It was also able to increase its sale from $205 million to $243 million from 2014 to 2015. And in 2017 it generated a revenue of $2 billion and sold 51% of online pet food sales in the United States. In 2019 the value of the company was $10.2 billion. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, the brand growth was +4.9 in 2019.
4. Jersey Mike’s Subs
Jersey Mike’s Subs is an American submarine sandwich chain and its headquarter is in Manasquan, New Jersey. Jersey Mike’s Subs has almost 1,592 franchises available across the United States and around 124 more are under development. Apart from the United States, it is also found in Australia and Canada. According to Morning Consult’s survey, Jersey Mike’s Subs is popular among Gen X, and in 2019 it had 9.8 brand growth. Moreover, Jersey Mike’s Subs AUV increased at a compound annual growth rate of 5.6% from 2006 to 2019.
3. KIND Snacks
KIND Snacks, also known as Kind LLC, is a food company that is based in New York City. KIND Snacks manufactures eight product lines and it was found by Daniel Lubetzky in 2004. In the first year of its launch, it was able to have a sale of one million dollars. VMG Partners, a private equity firm, invested in KIND Snacks in 2008. As a result of this investment, KIND Snacks was able to sell its bars in 20,000 locations. By 2013, its bars were sold at more than 150,000 stores in the United States. Moreover, a year later it sold over 458 million products.
Dole Food Company, Inc. was previously called Standard Fruit Company. Dole is an American agricultural multinational corporation that was established in 1851. The headquarter is located in Westlake Village, California. Dole is one of the largest producers of fruit and vegetables and its products are found all over the world. By 2013, it was offering over 300 products in 90 countries. In 2019, it generated over $4.566 billion in revenue. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Dole is popular among Millennials and had a brand growth of 7.8 points.
1. Impossible Foods
Impossible Foods is an American company that offers plant-based substitutes for meat products. It was found in 2011 and its headquarter is in Redwood City, California. The company aims to provide the taste and nutritional benefits of meat to the consumers without the negative health impact that usually comes with meat. It also claims to be better for the environment. In 2019, Impossible Foods was able to raise $777 million in the private market. According to the Morning Consult’s survey, Impossible Foods was popular among Millennials and Boomers had a brand growth of 7.9 and 7.6 points relatively in both the target groups in 2019.
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