To make the most awesome doughnuts on the planet every single day.
Giving back to our communities through fundraising and philanthropic work is at our core.
Things are better enjoyed together, especially the sweet fluffy clouds of deliciousness we call doughnuts.
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.
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.
OUR TIMELESS ORIGINAL GLAZED DOUGHNUT
Times may change but one thing our customers can count on is the Original Glazed Doughnut staying the same.
OUR BOWTIE LOGO GETS TRADEMARKED
The iconic Krispy Kreme bowtie logo with familiar red and green coloring is trademarked.
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.
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.
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.
THE HOT LIGHT
The iconic Hot Light NOW sign was introduced to signify that there are hot, fresh, doughnuts rolling off the line.
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
KRISPY KREME OPENS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Krispy Kreme opended its first store in Adelaide, Australia 15 July 2014, in West Croydon.