Australian chain Lukumades makes US debut

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Melbourne-based doughnut and coffee chain Lukumades has opened its first US outlet in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. 

Founded as a food truck business by Exarhos Sourligas in 2016, Lukumades now operates nine stores in Australia and 13 international sites across six markets.

The chain sells Greek-inspired loukoumades – bite-sized deep-fried dough balls – alongside espresso-based beverages, iced drinks, milkshakes and ice cream. 

“Our journey to the US marks an exciting new chapter for Lukumades. We are proud to introduce our irresistible vegan-friendly Greek doughnuts, homemade gelato and freshly ground coffees to Americans,” Mr Sourligas said.

“The US market’s vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene presents an incredible opportunity to share our delicious little doughnut balls with a completely new audience.”

Lukumades has selected Florida-based St. John as its US agency of record to support outlet growth and is expected to launch a US franchise programme later this year. 

Source: worldcoffeeportal.com

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