The fast food industry has evolved with the changing lifestyles of the young population. With the low preparation time outweighing the less nutrition value, fast food has taken over the streets of this world. Well, not debating about its advantages and disadvantages, which we very well know, here are some of the most famous fast food chains that link different countries and their people by serving flavorsome and delectable food items.
McDonald’s – Serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 36,538 outlets, it is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. The legends behind this company, Richard and Maurice McDonald started it as a barbecue restaurant in United States in 1940. In 1955, Ray Kroc who joined it as a franchise agent, purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth. It primarily serves hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, French fries, soft drinks, milkshakes, and desserts expanding its menu to include salads, fish wraps, smoothies and fruit.
KFC – Kentucky Fried Chicken, this finger lickin’ good restaurant chain specializes in fried chicken and has its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Controlled by Yum! Brands, which also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bells, it has almost 20,000 locations globally in around 123 countries. Founded by Harland Sanders, KFC emerged from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, during the Great Depression, beating all odds and challenging the dominance of hamburgers.
SUBWAY – With 44,692 restaurants in 111 countries, Subway’s core product is the submarine sandwich (or “sub”), also selling wraps, salads, and baked goods. Its best selling sandwich, the BMT, which originally stood for Brooklyn Manhattan Transit, now stands for “Bigger, Meatier, Tastier”.
PIZZA HUT – Subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain famous for Italian- American cuisine including pizza and pasta and other side dishes and desserts. With over 15,000 locations worldwide, Pizza Hut was founded in 1958 by two Wichita State University students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney. It is also known for developing a pizza which could be used as space food in 2001, which was delivered to International Space Station. Vacuum sealed and about 6 inches in diameter, it was launched on a Soyuz and successfully eaten by Yuri Usachov in orbit.
STARBUCKS – This American coffeehouse chain founded in 1971 has its roots in Seattle, Washington. Started by three partners who met while they were students at the University of San Francisco, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker, it popularized darkly roasted coffee.