Krispy Kreme, Inc. is an American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain.

Krispy Kreme was founded by Vernon Rudolph, who bought a yeast-raised recipe from a New Orleans chef, rented a building in 1937 in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and began selling to local grocery stores.

Steady growth preceded an ambitious expansion as a public company in the period 2000 to 2016, which ultimately proved unprofitable.

In 2016, the company returned to private ownership under JAB Holding Company, a private Luxembourg-based firm.

In July 2021, Krispy Kreme became publicly traded again on the Nasdaq.