Tim Hortons to offer Beyond Meat products
Fast food chain Tim Hortons has partnered with Los Angeles’ Beyond Meat to bring the plant based meat substitute to its menus.
Three breakfast sandwiches will be added to its menu: the Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwich, the Beyond Meat Farmers Breakfast Wrap and the Beyond Meat Vegan Sandwich. All are made with Beyond Meat’s 100% plant-based Breakfast Sausage patty.
Initially the products will be limited to select stores, with Tim Hortons saying they will roll out nationally by the end of summer as long as the market tests go well.
Tim Hortons envisions the products will align with its development of other “better-for-you” options, such as the newly announced high protein Omelette Bites. Alex Macedo, President of Tim Hortons, said: “Canadians are looking to incorporate plant‑based options into their diets and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat® to test three Beyond Meat Breakfast Sandwiches – including an entirely vegan offering if the market test confirms the potential we see for the platform. With roughly 4,000 locations in Canada, we’re looking forward to being able to offer Canadians from coast‑to‑coast a truly accessible meat alternative that they can feel good about.”
As CNBC reports, the news sent Beyond Meat’s shares to an all time high of $93. “We're excited to team up with Tim Hortons to bring the health and environmental benefits of our plant‑based Beyond Breakfast Sausage patty to more consumers,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s founder and CEO. “A national launch would allow us to further our mission of making delicious plant‑based products more readily accessible to Canadians nationwide.”
The news comes at something of a moment for meat alternatives, with Burger King partnering with Impossible Foods to bring their plant-based substitute to market in the Impossible Whopper. Both Burger King and Tim Hortons are subsidiaries of Canadian company Restaurant Brands International.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.