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.
Starbucks Corp. .. (Nasdaq: SBUX) said Tuesday that it will be selling single-serving K-Cups for the Keurig coffee machine in grocery stores in November, signaling a challenge to Dunkin’ Brands Inc. .. (Nasdaq: DNKN), which this month began selling K-Cups in Dunkin’ Donuts franchises only.
QSR Web reports that Dunkin’ Donuts has long been a morning staple for its coffee as much as for its famous Munchkins. Consumers may soon be able to enjoy that distinguished java at home. A handful of markets are currently testing “Dunkin’ One Cup” single-cup packaged coffee that can be brewed with most equipment.
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.