Emily Bryson York reports at Breaking News Chicago that Dunkin’ Donuts and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are hooking up to make Dunkin’s coffee available in K-cups for Keurig machines.
Beginning this summer, at participating Dunkin’ cafes in the U.S. and Canada, the K-cups will be sold in 14-packs, available in original, decaf, French vanilla, hazelnut, and Dunkin’ dark. Some cafes will also be selling Keurig brewers.
This news comes on the heels of a Chicago Tribune report that Starbucks was looking at a variety of single-serve coffee partners coming out of the coffee-chain’s relationship with Northfield-based Kraft Foods Inc. Starbucks expects to take over its packaged coffee business March 1.
The chain, which has been tied to an exclusive deal with Kraft’s Tassimo machine, has said it will partner with Courtesy Products to provide Starbucks coffee in single-serve format for a number of hotels. However, the company as promised more announcements are to come.
Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain owns Keurig, and holds patents on the K-cups. Keurig owns the vast majority of the single-serve coffee market in the United States. Canton, Mass-based Dunkin,’ citing NPD/Crest data, says it is the nation’s largest seller of hot coffee and tea.
“[Green Mountain’s] agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system,” Green Mountain CEO Lawrence J. Blanford, said in a statement.