SOURCE: Franchise Direct

Franchise Direct

August 20, 2009 11:06 ET

California Franchises Dominate Franchise Direct's List of Top 100 Global Franchises for 2009

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Franchises based in California have dominated Franchise Direct's inaugural list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. Thousands of franchises worldwide were considered for these rankings. Franchise Direct's exclusive list shows the growing economic clout of California business in the global economy.

Franchise Direct used objective methodology in compiling this list of the Top 100 Global Franchises, factoring in commercial matters like units and revenue as well as corporate citizenship issues, like environmental and social policy. With national portals in seven major economies in North America and Europe, Franchise Direct is a top name in international franchising and in a perfect position to examine international franchises.

This list clearly highlights the financial muscle of California during the global economic downturn. A large number of the businesses on the Top 100 Global Franchises are based in California, which makes it the number one state for international franchises. California-based franchises as diverse as Taco Bell (#18), Vanguard Cleaning (#25), Merle Norman (#40), Jazzercise (#44), Mathnasium (#64), American Leak Detection (#68), Budget Blinds (#73) and Sir Speedy (#82) are all represented.

The Top 100 Global Franchises paints a telling picture of the franchising world during global recession. Food franchises are the best franchise industry in the world, taking seven out of the top ten places on the Franchise Direct list. Cleaning, internet and senior care franchises are all represented in the Top 100, which shows many different business models can succeed internationally.

Every franchisor will discover a blueprint for future expansion in this list. Each franchise here boasts a clear brand identity, an easily-replicated business model, strong franchisee support, an innovative streak and environmental awareness.

Despite the global credit crunch, California-based franchises are succeeding all around the world. Franchise Direct's Top 100 Global Franchises shows that franchising continues to remain a vibrant economic force in America and beyond. It also shows how important California is to the American and indeed, the global economy.

Franchise Direct is one of the world's leading franchise portals. Their American center is in Atlanta, Georgia and they can be contacted on 1-866-325-9830

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