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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JM Smucker Q3 beats Street, signs Green Mountain deal

Rueters reports that J.M. Smucker Co (SJM.N) posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings as its Folgers coffee business continued to drive improved results, and the company signed a deal to sell coffee packs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc’s (GMCR.O) brewers.

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Green Mountain Has More Upside Brewing

The real story in coffee recently has been in the single-cup coffee market — a market where Starbucks hasn’t been able to make meaningful inroads. The dominant company here is Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. “K-cups,” which contain a filter and a single serving of coffee, are used in Green Mountain’s fast-selling Keurig coffee brewers, a brand it acquired in 2006.

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Peet’s Coffee to Buy Diedrich Coffee for $213M

Steven E.F. Brown reports in the San Francisco Business Times that Peet’s Coffee & Tea Co plans to buy Diedrich Coffee Inc. for $213M in cash and stock. Emeryville-based Peet’s (NASDAQ: PEET) will pay $26 per share for Irvine-based Diedrich, which has about 150 workers. Diedrich’s brands include Gloria Jean’s, Black Tiger and Flor de Apanas.

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