BeaverTails take on Saudi Arabia

DEREK PUDDICOMBE, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:19 PM ET

They are becoming as Canadian as maple syrup and hockey.

They are so popular the President of the United States made a special stop to pick one up earlier this year in the Byward Market while on his first state visit to the capital, and now anyone looking to get away from the sweltering streets of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia will be able to bite into one.

BeaverTails, those sweet tasty deep-fried dough delicacies shaped like a beavers tail, made their debut in Jeddah’s Red Sea Mall in early 2008. A second opened in the city earlier this year.

The popular Canadian winter treats are usually cooked up in outdoor stands from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, just part of the winter experience, but temperatures in Jeddah, on the west coast of the country near Mecca, are so hot the franchises are located indoors.

“Most people spend their time inside in the malls,” said Justin-Barry Mahoney, a spokesman for the now Montreal-based BeaverTails Canada Inc. “Part of the experience (in Canada) is being outside but it’s normal to be inside (in Saudia Arabia).”

BeaverTails were introduced in 1978 when company founder Grant Hook opened the first stand in the Byward Market. More than 30 years later there are 88 BeaverTails locations across the country.

The company is now in talks with interested franchise operators in Japan, Lebanon and Egypt.

derek.puddicombe@sunmedia.ca


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