It’s no secret that Canadians drink coffee like water. In fact, according to the Coffee Association of Canada, coffee is the most popular beverage amongst adult Canadians over the age of 16, beating out good old-fashioned H2O. With two thirds of adult Canadians consuming at least one cup of joe a day, there’s no shortage of places across the country to read the paper and enjoy a freshly roasted brew and a tasty treat to get your day started.
Here, we take a look at franchises where coffee and baked goods are the name of the game. We’ll get your franchising ideas percolating with a comprehensive guide to cafes, espresso bars, donut shops, and other coffee and baked goods franchises.
An authentic Italian experience, B Espresso Bar features a menu of espresso, cappuccino, and lattes, along with an extensive array of Panini’s, salads, soups, pizzas, and gelatos. B Espresso Bar’s unique modern Italian store design provides an authentic experience as guests enjoy coffee blends that are crafted from scratch. A local roaster oversees the coffee production process from the harvesting of the beans all the way to the packaging phase.
Franchisees of the B Espresso Bar brand receive comprehensive barista training along with ongoing marketing and operational support. The company is seeking franchisees who have a passion for coffee, delivering an authentic Italian experience to guests, and who possess an entrepreneurial spirit
Brumby’s Bakery is one of Australia’s most iconic bakeries. With a history of baking fresh bread every day since 1975, the franchise has fostered a loyal legion of customers who buy more than 10.5-million loaves of bread each year. Now expanding into Canada, the franchise features more than 200 stores across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Brumby’s Bakery is owned by Retail Food Group, a global food and beverage company with over 2,400 outlets across over 80 territories worldwide and nine brand systems, including Brumby’s Bakery. Area Developers or Country Master Franchise Partners receive the benefits of being supported by an established franchisor with full training of the brand system, ongoing support via a Market Development Manager, Marketing and Communications support including brand assets, promotional campaigns, point of sale material, website, and public relations support, along with product innovation via a dedicated team of food experts, and supply chain and procurement support.
Café Depot specializes in serving coffees from all over the world using only 100 per cent Arabica beans. When it comes to delicious food and treats, they serve sandwiches and desserts in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Café Depot is looking for franchisees to help expand their operations. With over 50 locations in Quebec, including a new Café Dépôt Express concept, Café Depot plans to expand within Canada in the upcoming years.
A leader in its field since 1976, Café Van Houtte specializes in the retail sale of a broad range of breakfast products, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, croques, quiches, cakes, muffins, French pastries, croissants, brioches, bottled juices, soft drinks, filtered coffee, tea, and specialized coffee (such as expresso, cappuccino, latte, moka coffee). Café Van Houtte franchises typically operate in commercial environments in quick service restaurant bistros located throughout Canada.
The company is seeking franchisees with an aptitude for customer service and strong leadership skills who are excited by the idea of owning a franchise of a well-established and highly respected brand. Café Van Houtte franchisees benefit from the brand’s extensive marketing experience pertaining to fine and sought after products, along with support in site selection, lease negotiations, business planning, financing, training, management, advertising, promotional campaigns, research and development.
Canada Bread is the largest commercial bakery operation in Canada. Canada Bread has operated as a franchisor since the 1960s and provides premium branded and private label bakery and food service products through franchisees from coast-to-coast. Canada Bread joined Grupo Bimbo in 2014, and is one of 12 business units in their global portfolio. Grupo Bimbo is the largest baking company in the world.
Canada Bread is seeking franchisees to share in the company’s business philosophy of mutual growth and success driven by a unique core values system. Canada Bread franchisees benefit from ownership by one of the world’s largest baking companies in terms of production and sales volume and strong relationships with grocers such as Sobey’s, Metro, Wal-Mart, Save On Foods, Safeway, and Costco. They also have strong working relationships with quick service restaurant brands such as A&W, Harvey’s, and Burger King.
Cinnaholic is a quick service restaurant concept offering 100 per cent vegan cinnamon rolls in a variety of different flavours. Made using only the highest quality ingredients, all of their products are free of dairy, lactose, egg, and cholesterol. Cinnaholic was listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 Top New Franchise list in 2018.
Cinnaholic is now expanding across the U.S. and Canada. Their franchise start-up package includes everything needed to launch a successful Cinnaholic store, including support with real estate and site selection, construction, training, marketing, grand opening, and more. Once franchisees are up and running, Cinnaholic provides ongoing operational and marketing support and a dedicated commitment to the franchise partnership.
Founded in 2010, Clever Cupcakes was created in response to the new guidelines for food and beverage sales in British Columbia schools, in an effort to eliminate junk food and improve student health and achievement. With a unique line of handcrafted cupcakes made in a peanut and tree nut free facility, their products include only natural ingredients with options that are free of gluten, egg, sugar, and dairy.
COBS Bread is a trusted national brand with over 100 bakeries in Canada and is part of a global bakery network with over 700 locations. COBS Bread is proud to have been recognized as a Franchisees’ Choice Award winner for eight consecutive years in a row. COBS Bread is driven to ignite a passion for bread and the freshest baked treats through a business model focused on delivering exceptional products, friendly service and a welcoming environment for all customers.
COBS Bread franchisees benefit from the strength of a nationally recognized brand to grow their businesses and give back to the community. To date, COBS Bread has donated over $250-million in unsold products to local charities since 2003. No baking or business experience is needed to start a franchise. The company provides a comprehensive 16-week training program, which is designed to get franchisees up to speed on everything they need to operate a COBS Bread bakery.
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Since 2006, Coffee Culture Café has served freshly brewed coffee, tasty soups, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, wraps, delicious desserts and rich specialty coffees, all made to order. Each location features unique elements, combining a comfortable and relaxing ambience, soft leather chairs, booths and café-style seating with distinctive fixtures suited to the individual location.
The company is seeking franchisees who are looking to join a successful coffee franchise. The benefits of becoming a Coffee Culture Café franchisee include being a part of a brand with great purchasing power, recognized marketing initiatives, and unmatched culinary development. Franchisees receive training at their corporate head office located in Mississauga, Ontario, and the ability to stay connected with all departments.
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Since 1982, the focus at Coffee Time has been on their customers, products and business partners. As a result, the franchise has grown and continues to build business around the globe with 75 locations across Canada.
For over 25 years Coffee Time has been pleasing customers with the finest blends of coffee, specialty drinks, baked goods, soups and sandwiches. As one of the largest franchise businesses of its kind in Canada today, Coffee Time has grown from one coffee shop in Bolton, Ontario to a brand with locations in Canada and other parts of the world. The company is seeking franchisees to help expand the brand nationally, and internationally.
In 1963, the first County Style opened in Toronto featuring a combination of great-tasting coffee and over 50 varieties of freshly baked doughnuts, served in a friendly environment. Country Style now offers a wide assortment of fresh baked goods plus an all-day breakfast and deli lunch menu. The quick service restaurant franchise has a range of restaurant concepts from free-standing, shopping mall and fuel/convenience locations.
Country style is currently looking for new franchise partners to expand across Canada. The company seeks hard working franchisees with great leadership skills and an eagerness to be their own boss. Franchising options include full-store and express locations.
Dunkin’ Brands Inc. is one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the third quarter 2015, Dunkin’ Brands’ nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 11,500 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants.
Dunkin’ Brands Inc. has franchising opportunities with both its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins stores. Franchising with Dunkin’ Brands means working with a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. It means taking advantage of our vast support network and franchising experience. Dunkin’ Brands has more than 1,100 corporate employees to support their franchise systems.
Good Earth Coffeehouse has been creating authentic community coffeehouses since 1991, serving ethically sourced coffee and fresh, wholesome food. The quick service franchise makes food in their own kitchens for every meal of the day. Good Earth’s environmental commitment runs deep, with sustainability initiatives built into the fast casual’s business model.
The company is looking for community-minded franchisees to help them continue to grow across Canada. Franchisees benefit from ongoing training, high quality marketing, and involvement in community-building initiatives such as their work with Foodbanks and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Kekuli Café Coffee House is a Canadian Indigenous cuisine fast-casual restaurant. Kekuli Café serves their fresh handmade signature “Bannock” and other fine First Nations foods. They serve organic fair-trade Spirit Bear Coffee, organic espresso, tea, and original Saskatoon smoothies. Kekuli’s patrons are of all ages and love their home-style original menu, which offers Pow-Wow Indian fry bread tacos, bison bannock burgers, bannock sandwiches, fresh salads, chili, baked bannock scones, and other treats.
Franchises are available to people with a passion to own their own business and provide excellent one of a kind customer service, food, beverages, and bannock.
Michel’s Bakery Cafe features a fast casual dine-in experience inspired by French favourites such as quiches, gourmet sandwiches, salads and signature French onion soup, and an array of fresh pastries and baked goods. All bakery products are baked daily on the premises. The franchise’s design resembles a classic Parisian cafe’ with rich woods, stone walls and floors, decorative mosaic and faux-finished walls.
The first new Michel’s Bakery Café opened in 2010 with a refreshed, updated store design, name and logo. The franchise is looking to expand its operations in Ontario, and is seeking dedicated franchisees to join the team. The ideal franchisee has experience in food service, customer service, and management experience.
A Nestle Toll House Café by Chip franchise brings universally recognized Nestle-branded products to a café environment, with a variety of baked goods, cookies, coffee, ice cream, smoothies, and savory products such as crepe, Paninis, flatbreads, and wraps. The franchise concept offers multiple cafe models from kiosk to a dine-in store with seating, providing maximum flexibility with the real estate.
Nestle Toll House Café seeks financially qualified brand ambassadors with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive for success to become café owners. They have opportunities across the United States including Puerto Rico, throughout Canada and in select countries in the Middle East.
Presse Café is known for its dynamic atmosphere, exclusive coffee recipes and delicious food. Featuring muffins, pastries and full breakfasts to delicious Paninis, salads, soups and desserts, Presse Café’s menu is set to please. Presse Café is now expanding across Canada and abroad with new stores in Paris, Sydney, Morocco and Cyprus.
Since its inception in 1975, Robin’s has grown from one store in Thunder Bay, Ontario to become one of the top grossing donut chains in Western Canada. With over 120 locations Robin’s has established itself as one of the senior franchise organizations in North America. Robin’s is a privately owned, 100 per cent Canadian corporation with focus on offering high quality products at a value price in a clean and friendly environment.
Robin’s Donuts continues to focus on growth throughout Canada and internationally. They are seeking to build strong franchise relationships with people who have a passion for the coffee industry and a drive to succeed. No food service experience is required. There are a number of facility types that Robin’s develops, including the full-bake prototypical outlet, non-bake outlet with or without drive thru, non-traditional facilities, kiosks, and carts.
With over 300 locations across Canada, Second Cup Coffee Co. is Canada’s largest specialty coffee retailer, serving premium coffee since 1975. Second Cup Coffee Co. franchises expertly handcraft over 1-million beverages every week, and sell over 7,100 pounds of fairly traded coffee each day.
Second Cup Coffee Co. franchisees have a proven track record in the retail/restaurant sector, a passion for coffee, a demonstrated ability to hire, train, and motivate teams, and a strong customer service background. Second Cup Coffee Co. provides franchisees with intensive management training and ongoing marketing and operational support.
Serious Coffee began roasting coffee in 1994, and since then the quick service restaurant franchise has been committed to using only Arabica beans. This choice, along with the company’s air-roasting system, provides its 25 franchise locations across British Columbia with an exciting coffee experience.
Serious Coffee is seeking franchisees to continue the company’s commitment to providing guests freshly roasted coffee. Serious Coffee franchisees benefit from the company’s own bakery, which delivers baked goods and coffee via their own delivery trucks. The Serious Coffee franchise chain provides full support to franchisees in training, procedures manuals, equipment selection, design and operational fundamentals. The company is constantly consulting with café owners and regularly perform inspections and ongoing training at each site.
Tim Hortons offers quality fresh baked goods to enjoy with their famous premium blend Tim Hortons Coffee. With thousands of locations from coast to coast in Canada and in the north central United States, Tim Hortons has become a part of everyday living for many local customers.
Tim Hortons seeks franchisees with prior management experience in the food service sector. Prospective Tim Hortons franchisees should have strong communication skills and leadership qualities, along with a keen understanding of how to recruit, train, and manage staff.
From hand-rolled pretzels to lemonade, everything at Wetzel’s Pretzels is made with only the freshest ingredients. You can find Wetzel’s in stadiums, airports and tourist locations, but primarily in malls across Canada and the United States. A mall-based business allows operators a better quality of life as their store is open during mall hours, not restaurant hours.
Wetzel’s Pretzels franchisees can focus on growing their business with the franchise’s simple menu and food preparation. The ideal Wetzel’s Pretzels franchisee has an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for food, and a desire to delight guests. Wetzel’s Pretzels is ideal for a new business owner looking for a simple business that is easy to start, easy to run and easy to scale. The company partners closely with franchisees, providing a support and guidance system that has been perfected over a period of 20 years. For franchising opportunities, contact Cory Reddekopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.