Brazil discusses selling more coffee to Tim Hortons, Burger King

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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's agriculture minister, Katia Abreu, traveled to Miami on Wednesday to try to increase the sale of Brazilian coffee to restaurant chains Burger King and Tim Hortons, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Tim Hortons, Canada's largest chain of coffee shops, currently imports 90,000 tonnes of coffee, a third of which comes from Brazil, the ministry said.

"We want to increase that amount by a lot," Abreu told reporters at a press conference in Brasilia before the trip.

Tim Hortons and Burger King are owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc (QSR.TO: Quote).

Abreu said she would meet Josh Kobza, chief financial officer of Restaurant Brands International, and billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, co-founder of investment firm 3G Capital and chairman of Restaurant Brands International.

(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

Tim Hortons employees prepare coffee before the company's annual general meeting in Toronto, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Peter Jones