Tim Hortons Bets on Michigan Expansion

Jennifer Youssef of The Detroit News reports that as Starbucks Corp. shutters stores in Michigan — seven closed last year and 11 more are on the chopping block — Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc. is moving in to serve coffee-drinkers left in the lurch.

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Tim Hortons Arriving in Capital Area — at UAlbany

Steve Barnes reports at The Times Union that Tim Hortons, a 46-year-old Canadian chain of coffee and doughnut shops, will open its first Capital Region location in the fall, at the University at Albany’s Campus Center. The arrival seems a likely indicator of more local Tim Hortons to come, in plazas and as standalone stores, given the company’s precedent of growth once it moves into a region.

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Increased Sugar Prices May Soon Leave Bad Taste in Consumers Mouths

Misty Harris in Canwest News Service writes that Canadians with a sweet tooth may soon find cavities in their wallets as sugar prices soar to their highest level in three decades. Production shortages have seen the cost of sugar nearly triple in the last year, flirting with 30 cents U.S. per pound in comparison to the 11 cents at which it formerly hovered. Analysts predict things will get worse before they get better, with potential price implications for everything from cupcakes to double-doubles.

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Cold Stone Talks Dual-branding, New products

The more than 1,450-unit Cold Stone ice cream franchise chain has a slew of new products planned for 2010, including ice cream cookie sandwiches to be sold in four packs. It also plans to continue growing combined units with both candy maker Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Canada-based, fast-casual chain Tim Hortons.

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Tim Hortons Heats up Battle over Breakfast

Hollie Shaw at the Canadian National Post reports that Tim Hortons has fired off another round in the breakfast war among Canada’s quick-service giants, introducing its own version of rival McDonald’s Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

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Nigel Travis on CNBC: Economy & Increased Competition

Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain, has seen increased competition lately with McDonald’s McCafe and Tim Horton’s growing presence in the US. Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin Donuts, discusses the company’s outlook with CNBC.

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A Battle in Canada Over Drive-Through Idling

KATE GALBRAITH reports in the New York Times Canadians are debating whether or not the drive-through lanes at Tim Hortons, a doughnut and fast-food chain, should be part of an anti-idling ordinance in Kingston, Ontario. According to Bill Glover, a councilor for the city, Kingston plans to restrict development of future drive-throughs. Tim Hortons, he said in an e-mail message, “seems to be rather belligerent about this” and is threatening to appeal the plan.

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