HAPPINESS THROUGH DOUGHNUTS

OUR MISSION

To make the most awesome doughnuts on the planet every single day.

OUR COMMUNITY

Giving back to our communities through fundraising and philanthropic work is at our core.

OUR BELIEF

Things are better enjoyed together, especially the sweet fluffy clouds of deliciousness we call doughnuts.

OUR HISTORY

  • July 13th, 1937

    WE OPENED OUR DOORS!

    On that day, Vernon Rudolph, with a secret recipe received from a French chef, began making the now famous doughnuts to be sold at grocery stores. The smell of fresh doughnuts was too irresistible for passersby and soon they were beign sold directly from the North Carolina location.

  • 1944

    BIRTH OF THE DISPLAY CASE

    After the war, a glass showcase was designed and added to our first store. The top of the case served as a counter while the bottom offered an attractive display of cake doughnuts, cake sticks and yeast doughnuts. The display case became iconic to our stores, which you can still see when entering our stores today.

  • 1945

    OUR TIMELESS ORIGINAL GLAZED DOUGHNUT

    Times may change but one thing our customers can count on is the Original Glazed Doughnut staying the same.

  • 1955

    OUR BOWTIE LOGO GETS TRADEMARKED

    The iconic Krispy Kreme bowtie logo with familiar red and green coloring is trademarked.

  • 1963

    AUTOMATION IS INTRODUCED

    The popular automated doughnut production line is installed in stores, replacing hand production with a carefully timed process that ensures perfect doughnuts first time, every time.

  • 1970

    VERNON RUDOLPH: 1915 - 1973

    Following the passing of founder Vernon Rudolph, Krispy Kreme, which has grown into a southeastern chain of 60 shops, is held in trust for three years.

  • 1989

    FIRST RETAIL-ONLY STORE OPENS

    The first retail-only store opened on High Point Road in Greensboro, NC, bringing doughnuts out to customers on the signature 180-degree curved production line. An innovative menu system is introduced which allows shops to order products at a much faster pace than the former paper ordering system. Our Information Services Department continues to research innovative solutions to ensure the best experience for our guests and team members.

  • 1992

    THE HOT LIGHT

    The iconic Hot Light NOW sign was introduced to signify that there are hot, fresh, doughnuts rolling off the line.

  • 2003

    KRISPY KREME OPENS IN AUSTRALIA

    Krispy Kreme opended its first store outside of America on the 19 June 2003 in Penrith, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Krispy Kreme is now found in over 28 Countries righ across the globe

  • 2014

    KRISPY KREME OPENS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    Krispy Kreme opended its first store in Adelaide, Australia 15 July 2014, in West Croydon.