Will These Franchises From Down Under Come Out on Top in America?

Take a walk down the street in Sydney or Brisbane, Australia, the worlds most franchise-crazy nation, and you might see a few familiar American brands like Subway and McDonalds. But citizens of Oz are more likely to opt for a popular, homegrown brand like Donut King, Muffin Break, Bakers Delight, Mad Mex or Dymocks bookstore. Down Under, Wendys isnt Dave Thomas hamburger kingdom; its a South Australia-born ice cream franchise.

Concepts that might have a hard time taking off in the U.S., like Melbourne-based Rolld, which sells Vietnamese street food, and Schnitz, a Polish-owned purveyor of pan-cooked schnitzel, are franchise hits, while popular U.S. franchises like Taco Bell have turne