Competitor News: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Krispy Kreme has reached agreement with Green Mountain Coffee which will result in a Krispy Kreme coffee brand in K-Cups being put out to the market in the grocery and retail channels by the end of 2014.  Speaking of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, they were just hit with a lawsuit by Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods, Inc.…

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Next Keurig Machine Will Only Work With Licensed K-Cups

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, looking to solidify its market share in home brewed coffee, has developed Keurig 2.0 brewers as the vehicle to do so.  Keurig 2.0 brewers, according to GMCR president and CEO Brian Kelley, will not work with K-cups produced by unlicensed manufacturers.  Speaking of the Keurig Brewing machine, GMCR opened its first…

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Green Mountain Cutbacks

The still-weak global economy is having an impact on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. as the company announced last week that it will close its Toronto coffee plant next March and merge the facility’s operation into the company’s Montreal plant.  Read the story here.

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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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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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Singular pursuit: Dunkin’ Donuts tests expansion in home market

Katie Johnston Chase reports in The Boston Globe that earlier this week in a limited number of local stores, the Canton-based company started selling Dunkin’ One Cup, individual packets of coffee used in single-cup home brewers. “It’s a great way to get more people drinking more Dunkin’ coffee,’’ said Karen Raskopf, senior vice president of communications at Dunkin’ Donuts, who declined to say which or how many stores are participating in the test.

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Is Green Mountain Winning the Coffee Wars?

Jake Lynch writes at TheStreet.com/Globe and Mail: Remember when Starbucks drinkers were elitists, Dunkin’ Donuts adherents feared non-English languages and McDonald’s coffee became coff-“ay”? Thankfully, the coffee wars are over, but who won?

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Peet’s Ups Bid as it Duels Green Mountain for Diedrich Coffee

USA Today reports that coffee chain retailer Peet’s Coffee & Tea said Monday it has raised its offer for the wholesale roaster and distributor Diedrich Coffee about 24% to $265 million. Peet’s (PEET) said Monday its revised proposal is valued at $32 a share, up from the $26 a share, or $213 million, proposed in November. It includes stock and cash.

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