The Daylight Donut Flour Company, LLC, is a privately held enterprise with nearly a thousand retail outlets in 28 states and close to a dozen international markets.
From its founding in 1954, the Daylight Donut Flour Company has embraced an entrepreneurial culture, with all stores independently owned and operated by business people who are free to keep all the profits they earn from their stores.
In 1954, Tommy and Lucille Day set out to create a new kind of donut mix — one with a distinctively light texture and flavor. The Day’s light donut recipe became Daylight Donuts. And over the years, their Tulsa-based enterprise grew into a worldwide network of independently owned retail outlets numbering nearly 1000… and growing.
Tommy and Lucille Day started the Daylight Donut Flour Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They produced their famous light donut mix each morning and sold it to shops in the afternoon, mostly from the trunk of their car.
Sales of Daylight Donuts products increased so much that the Days were able to hire two more employees and build a 20,000 square foot facility to house their business.
The Days retired, selling their company to Jerry and Linda Hull. By this time, Daylight Donuts shops numbered more than 200; a fleet of Daylight Donuts trucks soon followed.
John and Sheila Bond purchased the company from the Hulls. The Bonds continue to offer new products and ideas in an expanded, 65,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
Daylight Donuts celebrated its 60th anniversary with a renewed commitment to serving store owners with continuously improving ingredients, products, production techniques and business practices.
After many decades of operation, Daylight Donuts’ expansion continues at a steady pace, with an average of 35 locations opening each year.