May 01, 2007

Food ordering kiosks in Ireland

Tim Hortons Inc. today announced that SPAR Ireland, Ireland's leading convenience food retailer with over 440 franchised locations, has opened its 50th Tim Hortons coffee and donut self serve kiosk in SPAR Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland, with plans to make the concept available to SPAR store owners nationwide over the next few years.

The self-serve kiosks, featuring Tim Hortons coffee and a selection of donuts, were tested and introduced over the past few months. The rollout is being managed by Cuisine de France, under license from Tim Hortons, and the
kiosks are operated by independent SPAR retailers. Cuisine de France is a leading provider of lifestyle foods in the Irish marketplace and is a subsidiary of IAWS Group, plc, a publicly traded food and agribusiness. At present, the distribution of coffee and donuts through SPAR with respect to these self-serve kiosks is not expected to be a material contributor to Tim Hortons net income, although it will result in incremental warehouse sales and royalties.

"Our decision to partner with Tim Hortons and Cuisine de France was part of a new Food Strategy that we launched at the end of 2005 which featured innovative store layouts, new food and beverage offerings and new partnerships with third-party premium brands such as Tim Hortons. The success of this strategy is evident from the milestone that we have achieved today with the roll-out of our 50th joint offering", said Leo Crawford, Chairman, SPAR Ireland.

Commenting on behalf of Tim Hortons, Paul House, Chairman and CEO of Tim Hortons Inc. said: "The rollout of Tim Hortons into SPAR Ireland has been a great success and we are delighted with the response of Irish consumers to our
coffee and baked goods concept."

Posted by staff at May 1, 2007 01:47 PM