Donut King

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Donut King
TypeSubsidiary and franchise system
Founded1981; 40 years ago (1981) in Sydney, Australia
HeadquartersGold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Number of locations
360 +
ProductsCoffee, doughnuts, soft drinks, ice creams, milkshakes, thickshakes, frozen carbonated beverages, hot dogs,
OwnerRetail Food Group

Donut King is an Australian coffee and doughnut company, as well as a quick service restaurant. They specialise in classic Australian-style Doughnuts and coffee. Their signatures are hot cinnamon donuts and the classics, and are also offering Quakeshakes, Thickshakes and Milkshakes, and barista-made DK Coffee Blend.


Donut King store in a shopping centre in Doncaster East, Victoria

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 license, by the Gold Coast-based Retail Food Group Limited. Retail Food Group also manages Gloria Jeans Coffee, Michel's Patisserie, Brumby's Bakeries, [1] 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 and China, and two stores in 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]

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.[4]

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. ^ "World's largest D'oh Nut". 5 December 2007. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.