Notwithstanding significant past struggles with going international, an agreement with investors to develop Tim Hortons stores in the Philippines was announced last week. Now owned by Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International, the company is looking to replicate the successful Burger King international growth model for the Canadian coffee and donut chain. Tim’s also reported their Q2 results yesterday with US same store sales +5.9%, driven by coffee, new blended drinks, iced beverages and breakfast sandwiches. This was down from 7.0% last year, but still stronger than both Dunkin’ and Starbucks. Notwithstanding, they had low US net new growth of only two units. They noted a 14 year NDA was signed for the Minneapolis market, but didn’t mention any associated unit development target. We also noted that Little Caesars pizza chain has (sort of) thrown its hat into the breakfast competition with a new breakfast sandwich being tested in a handful of stores around the country, although we can only identify one store in Michigan thus far. Cott Corp. is reported to have reached agreement to acquire family-owned S&D Coffee & Tea for a reported $335 million.