From the Executive Director: Striking Out Cheaters

Before the coronavirus worsened and jeopardized the 2020 baseball season, there was much discussion about the Houston Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that may have fueled their 2017 World Series Championship. Since the scandal broke, a number of people have lost their jobs, including the Astros manager and general manager, as well as the manager…

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Independent Joe #60 February/March 2020

Before the coronavirus worsened and jeopardized the 2020 baseball season, there was much discussion about the Houston Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that may have fueled their 2017 World Series Championship. Since the scandal broke, a number of people have lost their jobs, including the Astros manager and general manager, as well as the manager…

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Competitor News

In its Q4 earnings call with investors just over one week ago, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) CEO Jose Cil confessed that earnings from the Tim Horton Brand had dragged overall results for RBI. The Canadian coffee and donuts chain saw comparable store sales drop 4.3% in the fourth quarter while system-wide sales growth dropped almost…

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Competitor News

As more QSR brands engage their customers with plant-based additions to their menus, Tim Hortons is going the other way with an announcement this week that the company has removed its Beyond Meat offering from all stores within the provinces of Alberta and Calgary. Tim’s had previously ceased offering plant-based options in all Canadian stores…

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Independent Joe #59 December 2019/January 2020

Each year at the turn of the calendar, we see an abundance of stories recapping the year that was. The Year in Review gives us a chance to review what has happened, what we’ve accomplished and where we’ve failed to reach our objectives over the past 12 months. Though generally vanilla and predictable, the Year…

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Competitor News

Earlier this past summer, Canadian-based Tim Horton’s introduced its new plant-based Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich and Beyond Burger as limited-time offers across Canada. With sales for the meat substitutes running higher than expected, the RBI-owned coffee and donut chain will continue to offer both at most stores in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.…

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Competitor News

After opening new corporate offices and a test kitchen, Krispy Kreme opened a newly designed store in Charlotte a few weeks ago. Their first comprehensive redesign in over 10 years, the new store boasts digital and interactive features along with an expanded menu. Likewise, Tim Hortons unveiled their first new “Innovation Café” on the first…

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Competitor News

In a classic understatement, Tim Horton’s owner, RBI held its first ever analyst day this week. In his presentation, Tim’s President Alex Macedo admitted “as we expanded Tim’s south into the US, we did not get the sales levels we expected”. Tim’s currently has about 700 stores in the US, with half of those in…

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Competitor News

Tim Hortons sales growth missed investor expectations last week with the company reporting same store sales drop of 0.6%, down 0.3% from the prior year and blaming the drop on bad weather in Canada early in the quarter. Trying to put a shine on that sneaker, CEO Jose Cil pointed to enthusiastic guest reactions to…

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Competitor News

The only Tim Horton’s franchisee in Minnesota filed suit against the brand and its parent, Restaurant Brands International, last week in US District Court. The franchisee, Tim-Minn, had planned to open 280 stores in the state, but in its lawsuit, claims the brand used false and misleading information to attract Tim-Minn participation. According to the…

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