The doughnut, unofficial national sugary snack
Is there such a thing as Canadian cuisine? The idea of ordering "Canadian" may have some scratching their heads. But Canada has given the world its share of gastronomic delights. From peameal bacon to poutine to pemmican, CBC Archives digs in to some distinctly homegrown fare.
• Coffee is the favourite beverage of adult Canadians, other than tap water. The average coffee drinker consumes 2.6 cups of coffee a day according the Coffee Association of Canada.
• Tim Hortons is the most popular doughnut chain in Canada. There are currently over 2,500 Tim Hortons shops across Canada selling over three million doughnuts a day.
• The business is named after its founder Tim Horton, who played in the National Hockey League for 22 years. Horton opened the first Tim Hortons in 1964 in Hamilton, Ont.
• In 1965, Ron Joyce, a former Hamilton police constable, took over the original Tim Hortons store. Back then a dozen doughnuts cost 89 cents. Currently (2004) a dozen Tim Horton doughnuts will set you back $4.95.
• In 1974 Tim Horton died in a car crash while travelling to Buffalo. Not long after Horton's death, Ron Joyce paid Lori Horton (Tim's widow) $1 million for her shares in the chain, which included 40 stores at the time.
• Years later Joyce Horton took Ron Joyce to court claiming the deal between them was unfair. She lost the lawsuit in 1993, and was declined for appeal in 1995.
• In 1995, Tim Hortons merged with American hamburger chain Wendy's in a deal worth $580 million.
• Tim Hortons faced competition when American-based Krispy Kreme opened its first doughnut shop in Mississauga, Ont. in December 2001. First day sales at the Mississauga branch exceeded $70,000, setting a new opening day sales record for Krispy Kreme.
• Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. has committed to opening 32 doughnut stores during its first six years in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
• Along with doughnuts, Canadians consume more Kraft Dinner than anyone else in the world. The bright orange instant macaroni and cheese product is the most purchased packaged grocery item in the country. In 1996, Canadians bought some 75 million boxes of Kraft Dinner. Watch CBC Midday's Tina Srebotnjak investigate the popularity of Kraft Dinner with two KD enthusiasts.
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: Sept. 1, 1994
Reporter: Beth Harrington
Last updated: June 14, 2013
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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