More angst in the Great White North (Franchisee Association, that is) as Tim Hortons US franchisees have filed suit against the Canadian coffee and donut chain alleging unreasonable charges for food and supplies. Tim Horton’s owns the supply chain and is alleged by the owners to be charging considerably more than other brands. The franchisees’ filing claims Tim’s charges franchisees over $75 for a box of Coke or Diet Coke against Dunkin’ costs of only $27.31 and a case of Applewood bacon at $174.53 against Dunkin’ costs of $64.19 for the same product. The ongoing strife within the US Horton franchisee community is expected to continue to have a negative impact on Tim’s overall performance. Starbucks held its Q2 earnings call yesterday and reported global SSS were up 1% overall, just past the 0.8% consensus estimate, while transactions were down 3 points for the quarter but offset by the 4% hike in ticket/pricing.