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Friday Briefs: New drinkware from Tim Hortons; Minute Rice reveals new look

Quick bites to catch you up on the past week
Jillian Morgan, female, digital editor for Canadian Grocer
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Tim Hortons' new drinkware comes in a variety of sizes, formats and designs.

Tim Hortons releases new drinkware

Tim Hortons’ new Everyday Drinkware Collection is now available at participating restaurants across Canada.

The collection includes a 1.2 litre straw tumbler, available in black; a  740 millilitre straw tumbler, available in beige or black; and 590 millilitre and 473 millilitre stainless steel travel mugs, available in beige or black. 

Two other colour options – aqua and iridescent – are available at

Minute Rice rebrands

Riviana Foods Canada Corporation has unveiled a refreshed brand identity for all Minute Rice products, including the brand’s four varieties of Quick Cook Rice and eight varieties of Microwaveable Rice Cups. 

It has also added a new variety of Microwaveable Cup to the Minute Rice lineup: Mexican Style Rice.

"Minute Rice’s new campaign and refreshed packaging embodies the timeless essence of the brand while embracing the contemporary needs of today's consumers,” said Garima Patodia, senior brand manager of Riviana’s rice portfolio, in a release. “The brand relaunch not only reflects our commitment to quality and convenience but also demonstrates our dedication to ensuring Canadians can enjoy reliable and fulfilling meals, whether they are cooking for themselves, their family or even hosting friends."

Veal Farms of Ontario kicks of annual competition

The farmer-run organization is hiring Ontarians to eat veal sandwiches as part of its annual search for Ontario's Best Veal Sandwich.

Successful applicants will visit restaurants across the province to try their veal sandwiches. 

VFO will provide paid training and compensation for each qualified visit made. Judges will be expected to work incognito as they order the sandwich, take photos and videos and fill out a form.

The judging period begins May 9 and continues until July 11. 

After July 11, the top 10 scoring veal sandwiches in Ontario will receive a visit from John CatucciFood Network Canada host, along with the VFO head judging team. 

It will be Catucci and his team that will ultimately decide the top two restaurants that will be competing for the title of Ontario's Best Veal Sandwich 2024 on August 17 at the CNE Celebrity Kitchen Stage.

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