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We opened our doors on July 13, 1937. Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts on July 13, 1937 to local grocery stores.   The delicious scent of cooking doughnuts drifted… Read more »


Improving the doughnut making process through innovations. By now there was a small chain of stores, mostly family-owned. They all used the Krispy Kreme recipe, but each store made its doughnuts from scratch. For Rudolph and Krispy Kreme, the results were always good but not consistent enough. So Krispy Kreme built a mix plant and developed a distribution system that… Read more »


Our stores are familiar gathering places for friends. During the 1960s, Krispy Kreme enjoyed steady growth throughout the Southeast and began expanding outside its traditional roots. The design of Krispy Kreme stores became consistent including the hallmark green tile roofs and heritage road signs. Veron Rudolph, our founder, died in 1973, and growth slowed as… Read more »


The hot doughnut experience… everyone was talking about us! In 1982, a small group of our early franchisees bought Krispy Kreme back from Beatrice Foods. A renewed focus on the hot doughnut experience became a priority for the company. Krispy Kreme began to expand outside the Southeast and opened its first store in New York City in 1996…. Read more »


Expansion, Innovation, extending the Krispy Kreme experience. In April 2000, Krispy Kreme held an initial public offering of common stock. It opened the first international store in Canada just outside of Toronto in December 2001. The first stores outside North America opened in Sydney Australia and in London, England in 2003. Since then, Krispy Kreme stores have opened… Read more »


Krispy Kreme is about yesterday, today and tomorrow. Whether you’ve been a Krispy Kreme fan for years, or have just tasted a hot Original Glazed doughnut for the first time, we thought you might be interested to learn a bit about our long history. You may not know that we’ve been around for more than 70… Read more »