Krispy Kreme is automating its production process as the company is looking to improve its financial position with a new hub and spoke production model, Additionally, the company has begun testing new technology in its shops that would cut back on repetitive labor, and expects to automate about 18% of its total doughnut production over the next 18 months. Preliminary company projections point to an overall annual savings in production costs of $2 million. Further north, Tim Hortons is stepping up their sustainability program in a bigger way as the company is transitioning to wooden and fiber cutlery early next year. The environmental effort will include eliminating single-use plastics, including single-use bags and certain plastic lids as well as plastic cutlery. It’s also undertaken an effort to redesign breakfast and lunch wrappers to be more environmentally conscious.