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Tim Hortons and Alibaba's retail chain join hands to wow coffee drinkers

Tim Hortons and Alibaba's retail chain join hands to wow coffee drinkers

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Tims China, operator of Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in China, has partnered with Alibaba Group’s omnichannel retail chain Freshippo to introduce co-branded coffee products for sale exclusively through Freshippo’s online channels and physical stores.

The initial co-branded coffee products, Velvet Cocoa Coffee and Chestnut Latte, will be available for sale in December. Freshippo will sell these products online through its official app and also offline through its over 300 brick-and-mortar stores located in 27 cities across China, according to the release.

Tims China and Freshippo will work together on research and development of the co-branded products, collaborating on product design, positioning, promotion, and pricing.

Yongchen Lu, CEO of Tims China, said: “We are delighted to embark upon a two-year partnership with Freshippo, Alibaba’s technology-driven ‘new retail’ supermarket. Our co-branded products will provide Tims’ excellent coffee products with the convenience of Freshippo’s multiple channels to reach millions of consumers across China.”

Jiayu Zhao, chief merchandising officer of Freshippo said: “Freshippo is committed to providing a one-stop grocery shopping experience for consumers in pursuit of living a fresher life. Our collaboration with Tims China will broaden the choices we offer consumers through providing more coffee products with new experiences and flavours.”

Tims China is the parent company of the exclusive master franchisee of Tim Hortons coffee shops in China, including Hong Kong and Macau. The brand's philosophy is rooted in world-class execution and data-driven decision making and centered on true local relevance, continuous innovation, genuine community, and absolute convenience.

Launched in 2015, Freshippo is Alibaba Group’s proprietary retail chain for groceries and fresh goods. Freshippo operates three different types of stores: “Freshippo Store”, “Freshippo X Member Store”, and “Freshippo Outlet”. It exemplifies the creation of a new shopping experience through the convergence of online and offline activities by using retail stores not just to sell to consumers, but also to fulfill online orders, in addition to offering a rich and fun experience to customers who shop in-store.

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