Lessons for Burger King from the Tim Hortons-Wendy’s merger

The relationship between Wendy’s and Tim’s didn’t go well. Here’s a timeline of tips for Burger King.
Murad Hemmadi, Canadian Business

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It all started so promisingly. Two folksy brands, Canadian coffee mainstay Tim Hortons and U.S. burger slinger Wendy’s International joined hands in 1995 to form the continent’s third-largest fast-food conglomerate. But after just over a decade of being bound together, Tim’s was spun off and the relationship ended.

With the news that Burger King is looking to acquire Tim’s in a move motivated by Canada’s favourable tax climatethe most valued brand in Canada is again for sale. But the Wendy’s deal should provide a cautionary tale for those enthusiastic about this latest burger-coffee collaboration.