McDonald's
One thing the economy can't take away is the need to eat. As consumers look for convenience and value when dining outside their home, McDonald's has held onto their business even as dollars moved away from more conventional restaurants.

In its survey, BrandZ found that McDonald's scored high in categories gauging "desire" and "value."

In fourth place among all companies analyzed, McDonald's had a brand value of $81 billion and saw a 23% increase over the previous year's metrics.

BrandZ credits breakfast offerings as helping McDonald's -- as well as Starbucks (which had a 40% jump in brand value), Burger King and Subway -- meet consumer demand and increase brand value. In sync with breakfast menus, increased coffee sales added a jolt to revenues.

For McDonald's, its $1.99 oatmeal, available all day, was perhaps an overlooked way that the chain "drove traffic, projected value and reinforced its efforts to offer healthier offerings." (Actually, it turns out McDonald's can even make oatmeal not so healthy.)

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