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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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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