Tim Hortons Inc. Building $30-Million Coffee Roasting Facility in Hamilton, Ontario



    
    State-of-the-art operation extends control from "bean to cup"; Capable of
    annually producing hundreds of millions of cups of rich, consistent
    coffee

    (All amounts in Canadian dollars)
    

    OAKVILLE, ON, April 29 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons has built its reputation and
customer loyalty on coffee, from harvesting the world's finest grown beans to
creating a proprietary blend that delivers a rich, consistent cup every time.
    Today, the company expanded its 45-year commitment to coffee excellence,
announcing a $30-million, state-of-the-art coffee bean production and roasting
facility. The Hamilton, Ont.-based operation will improve efficiencies and
quality control from "bean to cup," and will ensure Tim Hortons store owners
continue to provide the best coffee for the best value in North America.
    "Coffee is the foundation of our success," said Don Schroeder, President
and CEO, Tim Hortons Inc. "This $30-million investment in coffee research and
production is one of the largest of its kind in Canada and reinforces our
commitment to delivering the best cup of coffee every time to every customer."
    The 74,000-square-foot plant will be capable of producing hundreds of
millions of cups of coffee a year through an advanced processing, roasting and
high-speed packaging system. The facility will also house an innovative
research and development centre to help preserve Tim Hortons' unique coffee
blend.
    Tim Hortons operates a second coffee plant in Rochester, New York. When
fully operational, the two plants will produce approximately 75 per cent of
the company's coffee requirements.
    "We're especially proud to invest in Hamilton, where the Tim Hortons
chain was born," said Mr. Schroeder. "Hamilton city officials at all levels
worked tirelessly to attract and secure our investment. Hamilton's economic
development team in particular helped expedite all necessary utilities and
services to ensure the plant will be up and running as soon as possible."
    The plant construction, which includes the latest technology in
environmental and safety controls, will generate an estimated 80 construction
jobs. When fully operational, the plant creates another 50 permanent positions
and will be capable of expanding to accommodate additional products.
    "Tim Hortons' $30-million investment showcases Hamilton as a destination
of choice for major corporations," said Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton.
"Tim Hortons franchisees also hold a special place in the hearts of
Hamiltonians. For decades they have contributed to local jobs and continue to
support community sports, environmental and charity programs. The city
couldn't ask for a more valued anchor to its next phase of economic
development at the Ancaster Business Park."
    Construction is underway. The plant is expected to be operational by the
fourth quarter of 2009.

    Tim Hortons Inc. Overview

    Tim Hortons is the fourth largest publicly-traded quick service
restaurant chain in North America based on market capitalization, and the
largest in Canada. Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes,
with a menu that includes coffee and donuts, premium coffees, flavored
cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches and fresh
baked goods. As of December 28, 2008, Tim Hortons had 3,437 systemwide
restaurants, including 2,917 in Canada and 520 in the United States. More
information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Tim Hortons: David Morelli, (905) 339-6277, or
morelli_david@timhortons.com; Mayor of Hamilton: Sofia Mavumba, (905)
546-4106, or smavumba@hamilton.ca


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