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|Type||Wholly owned subsidiary|
|Industry||Food and Beverage|
|Area served||United States, Canada, Middle East, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Philippines, Thailand and El Salvador|
|Products||Doughnuts • Coffee • Bagels|
International Multifoods Corporation (1970–1990)
Allied Lyons (1990–2008) Dunkin' Brands (2008-present)
Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツ Misutā Dōnatsu ) is a fast food franchise founded in the United States in 1956, now headquartered in Japan, where it has more than 1,300 stores. The primary offerings include donuts, coffee, muffins and pastries. After being acquired by Allied Lyons in 1990, most North American stores became Dunkin' Donuts. Mister Donut also maintains a presence in Taiwan, South Korea, China, Philippines, Thailand, and El Salvador.
Corporate history 
North America 
Harry Winokur worked with William Rosenberg in Dunkin' Donuts. After Winokur broke his partnership with Rosenberg, he went on to create Mister Donut with his son-in-law David Slater in 1956, with stores in most of North America.
The Mister Donut business became so popular that Winouker and Slater decided to go into franchising. As a result, Mister Donut began a rapid expansion that resulted in the opening of 275 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
It was the largest competitor to Dunkin' Donuts, which was founded in 1950, before being acquired by Dunkin' Donuts' then-parent company, Allied-Lyons, in February 1990.
After the acquisition of Mister Donut by Allied-Lyons, all Mister Donut stores in North America were offered the chance to change their name to Dunkin' Donuts. Now, few Mister Donut stores remain.
Japan and Asia 
In 1983, Duskin Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan acquired the rights to franchise Mister Donut throughout Japan and Asia. Mister Donut is the largest donut chain operating in Japan.
Marketing presence 
Mister Donut has a distinctive orange and white logo in the likeness of a moustachioed chef. More recently, the chain developed a set of mascot characters based on its donuts. One character in particular, "Pon de Lion" (ポン・デ・ライオン Pon De Raion , a lion with a mane shaped like its "pon de ring" (ポン・デ・リング Pon De Ringu ) donut line) has become equally recognizable (if not more so) to customers in Japan.
One popular Mister Donut advertising jingle featured a song sung by two people in various settings:
- Hey, Mister, that's a doughnut!
- Hey, Mister, that's a Mister Donut doughnut!
Global stores 
Today, the Mister Donut brand survives in Japan, Thailand, China, and the Philippines, and the company is expanding into other areas of Asia such as Taiwan and South Korea. In Taiwan, the chain is owned by a joint venture between Duskin and the Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, which also operates 7-11 and Starbucks stores in Taiwan.
In Japan, Mister Donut is owned by Duskin Co., Ltd., a part of the Mitsui Keiretsu. Mister Donut is the largest Donut franchise chain in Japan. Many Mister Donut stores in Japan house Yamucha sub-stores that serve a small variety of dim sum. These sub-stores are usually advertised with the phrase "San Francisco Chinatown", reinforcing the chain's American image even while selling Chinese food.
In the Philippines, Mister Donut is the second largest donut chain. Its main competitor is Dunkin' Donuts. While most donut outlets in the country are located in storefronts, on the streets or in malls, Mister Donut outlets are mostly stands, sometimes located in high-end shopping malls in Manila. Donuts from Mister Donut are also sold in 7-Eleven stores and KFC restaurants.
In Thailand, Mister Donut has been a leader in the Thai donut market since 1978. It is known for its concept "Donut for Fun". Mister Donut has more than 250 branches across Thailand with more opening yearly. They include stand-alone stores as well as branches at shopping malls and supermarkets.
Europe, Middle East & Africa 
On 31 March 1987, Elie G. Saheb and associates acquired the Mister Donut Trade Mark rights for the United Kingdom and opened the first Mister Donut bakery and pilot shop in Fulham, London. Saheb was credited for introducing the American Donut culture in Europe, and on May 2, 1988 The Trade Marks rights for the European markets were acquired followed on 14 October 1995 by the Middle East & Africa region.
Central America 
El Salvador 
There are numerous Mister Donut stores in El Salvador. These Mister Donuts also offer El Salvador's dishes such as pupusas.
North America 
Mister Donut operations downsized in the late 1990s; the final surviving three in the Toronto, Ontario area closed quietly around or prior to 2010.
United States 
There were many stores in the Pennsylvania and Ohio region that remained Mister Donuts, mostly due to being close to then-existing Dunkin' Donuts stores. Nine Mister Donut owners formed a cooperative to continue to receive bulk pricing on materials. These stores are now known as Donut Connection, serving the same items as Mister Donut stores. Hundreds of Donut Connection franchises are in the eastern U.S. Some businesses retained the Mister Donut name; fewer than 10 stores continue using Mister Donut; most folded while others are now Dunkin' Donuts. Only one business still uses the Mister Donut name; it is in Godfrey, Illinois.
Some locations of the Donut Connection partnership have retained the original fixtures of the original Mister Donut location. The Donut Connection store in Shakopee, Minnesota still has the orange motif and an original Mister Donut price board.
- Official Mister Donut website
- Official Mister Donut Japan website (Japanese)
- Official Mister Donut Korea website (Korean)
- Official Mister Donut Taiwan website (Chinese (Taiwan))
- Official Mister Donut China website (Chinese)
- Official Mister Donut Philippines website (English)
- Official Mister Donut Thailand website (Thai)
- Official Mister Donut El Salvador website (Spanish)
- Brief history of Dunkin' Donuts and Mister Donut (English)
- A Tale of 2 Donuts (English)