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Donut King

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Donut King
Company typeSubsidiary and franchise system
Founded1981; 43 years ago (1981) in Sydney, Australia
HeadquartersGold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Number of locations
360 +
OwnerRetail Food Group
Donut King store in a shopping centre in Doncaster East, Victoria

Donut King is an Australian-based multinational doughnut company, as well as a quick service restaurant. It specialises in classic Australian-style Doughnuts and coffee. Signature items on the menu include: hot cinnamon donuts, Quakeshakes, Thickshakes and Milkshakes, and barista-made DK Coffee Blend.


The Donut King chain was founded in 1981 in Sydney.[1] The Donut King Brand System was established in Australia in 1989 and has been operating as a franchise system since 1991. It is currently managed, under licence, by the Gold Coast-based Retail Food Group Limited. Retail Food Group also manages Gloria Jeans Coffee, Michel's Patisserie, Brumby's Bakeries, Crust Pizza, and bb's Café, with a total of 1050 stores within Australia and New Zealand.

As of January 2020, there were over 250 Donut King stores in Australia[2] and a number of stores internationally across New Zealand, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, China and the United Kingdom. In July 2008, Donut King entered into a master licence agreement with Shanghai-based Mak Brands, marking the Australian brand's first foray into the China market. There are now 14 stores in China.[3]

Donut King is not related to a restaurant with the same name that is located in St. Charles, Missouri, United States,[4] or several other Donut King located across the United States.

World's Largest Doughnut[edit]

On 5 December 2007, Donut King oversaw construction of the World's Largest Doughnut, in order to celebrate The Simpsons Movie's DVD release. It was created from over 90,000 doughnuts, using half a tonne of pink icing and 30 kg of sprinkles from Donut King. Taking 40 people over nine hours to build, the giant doughnut measured six metres and weighed 3.5 tonnes.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FAQ - frequently asked questions - About Donut King". Retail Food Group (Australia) Limited. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Donutking - FAQs". DonutKing. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Donut King Heads to China". Australian Food News. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ "STORY - donutkingstcharles.com". www.donutkingstcharles.com. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  5. ^ "World's largest D'oh Nut". News.com.au. 5 December 2007. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.