Green Mountain’s Expiring K-Cup Patents Attract Coffee Rivals

Leslie Patton reports at BusinessWeek that – Sept. 16, 2012, is D Day — or at least K Day — for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. That’s when it will lose the main patents on K-Cups, the coffee pods that helped make Green Mountain the largest player in the $1 billion-plus U.S. single-serve coffee market.

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Dunkin’ Brands: Menu, marketing drive 3Q sales growth

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, reported Tuesday a decline in third-quarter income, driven by expenses surrounding its initial public offering in July, but discussed positive sales trends and aggressive expansion plans.

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Starbucks K-Cup Packs Hit Shelves

Starbucks coffee K-Cup Portion Packs for the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system hit store shelves this week at major food, drug, mass, club, specialty, and department store retailers throughout the U.S.

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Two Bain Capital Partners Get an Early Holiday Gift from Dunkin’ Brands

Lisa van der Pool of the Boston Business Journal reports that Dunkin’ Brands(DNKN) is brewing a cup of holiday cheer for a pair of private equity investors at Boston’s Bain Capital. Bain managing directors Andrew Balson and Mark Nunnelly are among a selkect group of executives, former executives and directors who are free to sell shares they personally hold in the company as of Wednesday – about two months ahead of scheduled end of a lock-up period on such sales.

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