Starbuck Mobile Coffee Trucks, Kraft Foods Group-Keurig Green Mountain Agreement

Aside from the Burger King buys Tim Horton’s news, we took note of a couple of other relevant stories this week . . . Starbucks announced that they will begin testing mobile coffee trucks this fall on three targeted college campuses.  Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia and South Carolina’s Coastal Carolina University…

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Other Food News of Note

Maybe they see more “help” coming from Uncle Sam or maybe it’s something else, but Kraft Foods announced this week that they have removed artificial preservatives from their Kraft Single slices of cheese.  The announcement came on the heels of Subway announcing that they were stopping the use of azodicarbonamide, a dough conditioner, in their…

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Starbuck Loses $2.8 Billion Arbitration Fight With Kraft Foods

The final arbitration decision in a case begun back in 2011 when Starbucks terminated a contract it had entered with Kraft Food Group, has been decided.  The arbitrator in the case found against Starbucks, ordering them to pay $2.3 Billion in damages and another $527 million in interest and attorney fees.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John…

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McDonald’s Announces Major Push on Coffee

This past week, McDonald’s Corp noted via its Investor Day that it would be aggressively pushing coffee products and menu extensions, both in restaurants and via the CPG channel.  Ironically, Kraft Food Group (same as in above story) won the McDonald’s business to work the CPG business.  McDonald’s described its multi-year coffee thrust and indicated…

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Kraft and McDonald’s Testing Coffee Partnership

Kraft Foods is teaming with McDonald’s for a coffee deal.  After being rumored for several years, the two companies have announced plans to test McCafe Coffee products in test markets.  This provides Wall Street analysts some new news to talk about and reinforces the so-called ‘portfolio effect’, where restaurant products are leveraged through the consumer…

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Starbucks ends distribution terms with Kraft Foods on not such a ‘good note’

Images Food reports that Starbucks criticised Kraft Foods recently for disclosing the terms of a distribution agreement for packaged Starbucks coffee. Kraft Foods has been distributing Starbucks’ packaged coffee to retail outlets since 1998, but according to Starbucks, it informed Kraft in October that it intends to end the distribution agreement

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