NEW YORK (AP)- Wendy's has dethroned Miami-based Burger King as the country's second biggest hamburger chain.
Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. The report is set to be released next month.
Wendy's had sales of $8.5 billion in 2011, compared with $8.4 billion for Burger King. McDonald's remained far larger than both with $34.2 billion in sales.
The figures are based on Technomic's estimates of system-wide sales at franchise and company-owned restaurants, rather than corporate revenue.