Like many coffee shops around North America, Tim Hortons has seen a number of changes throughout the years. 10 things on this list is a comparison of how the company has changed since 2000.
1. Frozen items:
Almost all items come frozen at Tim Hortons. They are not fully cooked when they are delivered to Tim Hortons stores. Stores use conventional and always fresh ovens to finish the baking and cooking process.
About 6 years ago, Tim Hortons introduced a breakfast program to compete with McDonald’s and other chains which were already serving breakfast sandwiches. Before the introduction of breakfast sandwiches, customers only could choose from bagels and egg salad sandwiches.
3. Pre-cut bread:
Breads have also changed within the last few years. Tim Hortons staff no longer have to cut the bread. The items come frozen and precut. The breads are not fully cooked until they are placed in an always fresh oven.
4. Cups sizes:
In January of 2012, the cup sizes changed. Tim Hortons no longer uses the small, medium, large and extra-large model. They now have the extra small, small, medium, large and extra-large cups. Their XL is the biggest cup on the retail market.
5. No Cakes:
Previously Tim Hortons sold cakes and other items which were not their originals (i.e. eclairs, coffee cakes). Most stores have eliminated this and have focused their attention on donuts, cookies, muffins, croissants & danishes.