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A new initiative by McDonald's (MCD -0.4%) to sell bagged coffee in stores in Canada could...

A new initiative by McDonald's (MCD -0.4%) to sell bagged coffee in stores in Canada could challenge Starbucks (SBUX -1.5%) and Tim Hortons (THI -0.5%) in the nation, according to analysis. Though small in scale, the plan is big in potential after the venture by McDonald's into premium coffee went much better than naysayers dreamed it would. What to watch: Is a supermarket deal in Canada on tap?
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  • Richard Adams
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    It will be interesting to see how McDonald's franchisees feel about selling products in their restaurants that ultimately encourage customers to by-pass the restaurants.
    26 Oct 2012, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • chasingalpha
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    Exactly, why risk losing your drive thru business to advanced grocers that have delis that serve hot meals to order? Or to fight for limited shelf space and shared margin?
    26 Oct 2012, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • txbadonetoo
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    I'm sure there would be some detraction from McDonalds drive-thru business but I would think most people use McDonalds restaurants for the convenience of not having to make anything at home and/or if you're alreaady on the road..
    27 Oct 2012, 04:41 AM Reply Like
  • BlueSeas
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    It will be interesting to see if there is a loss of foot/drive traffic. The folks I know that are hooked on Starbucks still bought it at the store even after it came to the store shelves. So maybe bagged is going to tap a NEW market.
    31 Oct 2012, 06:12 PM Reply Like
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