McDonald’s plans to sell Krispy Kreme donuts in all of its more than 13,500 U.S. locations by the end of 2026.

The rollout will begin in the second half of this year and it will take about 2.5 years before Krispy Kreme donuts are added to McDonald’s nationwide menu as the baking company ramps up its distribution to meet the partnership, the fast-food giant announced announced on Tuesday.

The move, previously reported by CNBC, marks an exclusive partnership between McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme in the US for the life of the agreement.

McDonald’s plans to offer three of Krispy Kreme’s most popular donuts — original glazed, chocolate ice cream with sprinkles and filled with chocolate ice cream — at more than 13,500 locations in the U.S. by the end of 2026. Robert Molenaar

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Krispy Kreme donuts will be in McDonald’s outposts after the rollout is complete in 2026, at which point McDonald’s customers will be able to order the original glazed, chocolate ice cream with sprinkles and chocolate ice cream filled donuts. individually or in packs of six, a Krispy Kreme spokesperson confirmed to The Post.

The donuts are for sale all day.

To celebrate the partnership, Krispy Kreme said it will give a free original glazed donut to all guests who visit its U.S. bakeries today, Tuesday, March 26, between 5 and 9 p.m.

To supply thousands of Golden Arches locations, Krispy Kreme will use a “hub and spoke” model, just as it does to deliver its popular fried and glazed treats to the 6,800 third-party stores where the donuts will be sold starting December 31 . .

Manufacturing hubs – either Krispy Kreme stores or donut factories – send freshly made donuts to retail locations such as supermarkets and gas stations every day, according to CNBC.

“We believe we can serve approximately 6,000 restaurants, primarily donut shops, that have excess capacity with our existing infrastructure,” Krispy Kreme CEO Josh Charlesworth told CNBC.

McDonald’s already offers Krispy Kreme donuts at about 160 locations in Kentucky and Indiana. gargantiopa – stock.adobe.com

However, McDonald’s has another 7,500 restaurants – and has unveiled plans to open 900 new locations in the US by 2027.

Although Krispy Kreme is increasing its production capacity primarily for the McDonald’s partnership, Charlesworth noted that the deal is a big opportunity for the donut shop — which operates more than 300 company-owned locations — to expand its reach, CNBC reported.

Krispy Kreme will also take the opportunity to enter supermarkets and convenience stores that favor national suppliers.

“That means the overall efficiency and productivity of our distribution network will improve significantly over time, not just because of all those local deliveries,” Charlesworth added, per CNBC.

Efficiency will also come in the form of less waste, as Krispy Kreme locations often produce more treats than they can sell in a given day.

With the additional demand from McDonald’s and other new sellers, Krispy Kreme will be able to produce more donuts without breaking the bank on additional production costs.

“That’s why it makes our system more profitable to grow the daily fresh channel, and McDonald’s is an accelerator of that,” Charlesworth told CNBC.

Krispy Kreme is ramping up its production efforts to meet the demands of the McDonald’s partnership. Getty Images

A McDonald’s spokesperson also told The Post that “this partnership will create additional growth opportunities for McDonald’s restaurants across the country – especially during breakfast (because who doesn’t love a fresh donut with their McCafé in the morning?) but also throughout all day. day.”

Krispy Kreme’s relationship with McDonald’s began in late 2022 when the fast-food chain sold the brand’s beloved donuts at nine locations in Kentucky.

During the successful pilot, McDonald’s added Krispy Kreme donuts to an additional 146 restaurants in the state, according to McDonald’s website, as well as to more than a dozen locations in Indiana.

McDonald’s customer demand during the tests exceeded both chains’ expectations, Charlesworth said, according to CNBC.

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