HARIO introduces a coffee dropper with a new concept – Immersion dripper SWITCH

SWITCH Technical data

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spring of 2019, HARIO introduced a new coffee drop-off called SWITCH.

The brewing method can change the taste, aroma and strength of the coffee, even if it is brewed from the same beans. There are two basic ways to brew coffee. In one, the ground coffee is filtered with a device such as the V60. In this process, hot water is poured over the ground coffee several times at regular intervals. In the other method, the French Press or Siphon method, the ground coffee is dipped in hot water for a certain time, after which the coffee and ground coffee are separated ,

The SWITCH is easy to use. Put a paper filter in the dripper, pour water over the ground coffee and wait about 2 minutes. Then press the switch and the brewed coffee will run down.

An attractive feature of the SWITCH is the easy way to customize the brewing conditions. Simply vary the degree of grinding of the ground coffee and the brewing time to your taste.

The SWITCH offers the rich aroma of the French Press method with the clear taste of paper drop brewing, giving you the best of both brewing methods in a single dropper.

With the SWITCH you can always prepare coffee under the same brewing conditions. It will be a pleasure for you to compare the flavors of different coffee beans in this way.

With the SWITCH, HARIO will familiarize many customers with the infusion of coffee and introduce the excellent taste of the infused coffee.

For more information, please visit:  https://www.hario.jp

SOURCE: EuropaWire (In German)

Coffee Market in ASIA PACIFIC 2017 Industry Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecasts to 2021

Pune, India, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite having the lowest spend per consumer, Asia Pacific is the third largest contributor to the global coffee market. Driven by its large population and rising middle class, factors driving growth in Asia Pacific are different from those in North America and Western Europe.

Euromonitor International’s Coffee in Asia Pacific global briefing offers an insight into to the size and shape of the Hot Drinks market, highlights buzz topics, emerging geographies, categories and trends as well as pressing industry issues and white spaces. It identifies the leading companies and brands, offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market – be they new product developments, packaging innovations, economic/lifestyle influences, distribution or pricing issues. Forecasts illustrate how the market is set to change and criteria for success. The analysis can focus on both retail and foodservice.

Product coverage: Coffee, Other Hot Drinks, Tea.

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Starbucks partners will be among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee in Rwanda

Starbucks partners will be among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee in Rwanda

 

KIGALI, Rwanda, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — They came from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For the next four days, the 35 Starbucks partners from around the world will be immersed in the origin of coffee in the East African nation of Rwanda.

They are all part of a program called the Starbucks Origin Experience, which takes Starbucks partners from behind the store counters or office desks and places them among the people that grow, harvest and produce the coffee.

The annual trips to Costa Rica, Indonesia and Rwanda, three of the world’s coffee growing regions, are designed as a bridge between what Starbucks calls “the first 10 feet” – the coffee farms themselves – and the “last 10 feet,” where a customer orders and consumes a cup.

“Just as it’s important for a partner to put a lid on a cup and connect with a customer, it’s relevant to see farm workers and producers, picking (coffee), removing defects and grading, and rotating coffee during the drying process,” said Sergio Alvarez, a senior coffee specialist for Starbucks who is serving as an educator and trip leader during the Rwanda trip.

During the Origin Experience, the partners will visit farms, tour support centers where farmers learn about sustainability, help plant coffee trees and discover how the beans are processed. They will see drying tables where the coffee is dried and raked by hand by the coffee producers, and meet the people working in the fields. It’s also a chance to experience the pride and passion many people in Rwanda share about the strides they have made in recent decades.

In 1994, a 100-day Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi and moderate Hutu killed an estimated one million people, leaving the nation devastated by catastrophic loss. Since then, Rwanda has made significant strides in its social structure, technology and importantly, reconciliation among its people.

Coffee has been a part of healing, said Starbucks partner Arthur Karuletwa, director of Traceability, Global Coffee. Karuletwa, a native Rwandan, was 17 during the genocide. With many men killed, in prison or fleeing the country, much of the cash crop industry of coffee became the work of women. Coffee has helped revive devastated communities and is providing income to a once-ravaged nation.

Starbucks multimedia journalist Joshua Trujillo is traveling with the partners and will be sharing some of what they see and experience.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH and WATERBURY, VT, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN,) The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that more than 300 million Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods were sold in the first year since being made available at retail outlets nationwide, with sales totaling nearly $220 million in IRI retail scanned data. IRI Market Advantage, a market research company focused on the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, reported the results and included Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods on its list of Rising Stars in Food & Beverage.

According to IRI’s April 2016 report, New Product Pacesetters: Harvesting the Fruits of Innovation Done Right, over 10,000 new CPG products hit retail shelves each year with generally less than 10 new products capturing more than $100 million in their first year of sales and only half of those reaching the $200 million mark.

“We were extremely pleased with the successful launch of Dunkin’ Donuts varieties in K-Cup pods. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee consumers had been requesting this launch for quite some time and, as shown by consumer repeat rates, they are continuing to embrace the ability to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods wherever they shop for groceries,” said Steve Oakland, The J.M. Smucker Company Vice Chair and President U.S. Food and Beverage. “The momentum behind the brand remains strong and we are excited to expand our K-Cup portfolio by bringing consumers two new offerings, including Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice, two varieties that are consumer favorites.”

“The success of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods speaks directly to consumers’ love for the Dunkin’ brand and the great tasting, consistent experience they get from their Keurig brewing system,” said Mark Wood, Keurig Green Mountain’s Chief Business Development and Partner Officer. “The wide availability of Dunkin K-Cup pods has created new Dunkin’ fans, making it possible for them to enjoy their beloved Dunkin’ brand with Keurig quality and convenience.”

“The launch of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods in the retail channel went much more quickly than we expected and was very well received by retailers and consumers as evidenced by these remarkable sales results,” said Paul Carbone, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Financial Officer. “We are delighted that through our partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain that in our first year of sales we were able to get hundreds of millions of cups of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the hands of new and existing customers.  As we continue into the second year of our partnership with the Smucker Company and Keurig, we look forward to continuing to build Dunkin’ Donuts’ brand equity and to reinforce our brand’s overall coffee leadership.”

In support of the goal to drive its coffee leadership, the companies also announced that this summer two new K-Cup® pod varieties – Dunkin’ Dark® and Pumpkin Spice – would be available at grocery stores and retailers nationwide. Dunkin’ Dark coffee features a bold, rich taste with the signature smoothness expected from Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. New Pumpkin Spice offers a seasonal blend of favorite fall flavors including pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Both K-Cup® pod varieties are made with 100% premium Arabica coffee, and will be available at select retailers throughout the U.S. beginning this month.

In addition to retail outlets, Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods are also made available for sale online at OnlineStore.Smucker.com and Keurig.com, as well as DunkinDonuts.com. Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods are available in several varieties, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf®, French Vanilla and Hazelnut. Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut, Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® pods are available exclusively at retailers nationwide and select varieties are available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee, visit DunkinAtHome.com or DunkinDonuts.com, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About The J. M. Smucker Company
For nearly 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®,Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®,Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles ‘n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

The J.M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Pillsbury® is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC and Dunkin’ Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder LLC.

Dunkin’ Donuts® brand is licensed to The J.M. Smucker Company for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores.  This information does not pertain to Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants. Keurig® and K-Cup® are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. used with permission.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is reimagining how beverages can be created, personalized, and enjoyed, fresh-made in homes and workplaces. We are a personal beverage system company revolutionizing the beverage experience through the power of innovative technology and strategic brand partnerships. With an expanding family of more than 70 beloved brands and 445 beverage varieties, our Keurig® hot beverage system delivers great taste, convenience, and choice at the push of a button. As a company founded on social responsibility, we are committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through our work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, thriving communities, and a water-secure world. Keurig is a private business owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research
Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

Source: Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts to serve 100% espresso beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms by the end of this year

Dunkin’ Donuts espresso beverages in U.S. and 16 international markets to be made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso beans by end of 2016

Rainforest Alliance works around the world to support long-term sustainability and the quality of life for farmers, their families and their communities

CANTON, MA, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a coffee leader, Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to sustainable sourcing, incorporating certified products in its coffee portfolio and helping to make a positive impact on farming communities worldwide. Today, the brand announced that it will continue to fulfill this commitment by expanding its current work with the Rainforest Alliance to have all Dunkin’ Donuts’ espresso beverages served at Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants and in approximately 16 international markets made with 100% espresso beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms by the end of this year.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods so that the planet and people prosper together. Rainforest Alliance certification helps to protect wildlife; safeguard soils and waterways; and improve quality of life for workers, their families and local communities.

Findings in the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) / Rainforest Alliance Impacts Report, released early this year, show that Rainforest Alliance certification benefits small-scale producers. Smallholder farms applying the agronomic practices outlined in the SAN Standard were found to increase productivity and profitability, improve environmental quality and health, and had increased access to training. In addition, certification helps to improve working conditions and access to medical care and schools for their children.

Espresso beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms are the latest in several recent introductions of products by Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, that carry the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. In the U.S. and select international markets, Dunkin’ Donuts serves 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast Coffee, and 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified Iced Green Tea is available in select U.S. markets. In 2015, Dunkin’ Donuts offered 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified Colombian Packaged Coffee, the brand’s first-ever single-origin packaged coffee, for a limited time. Internationally, Baskin-Robbins launched Lemon Black Tea Sorbet and Raspberry Black Tea Sorbet, each made with 50% Rainforest Alliance Certified black tea, as limited time offers in 2014.

Additionally, since 2010, Dunkin’ Brands has granted more than $260,000 to the Rainforest Alliance to fund projects on coffee and tea farms in Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and India. With these funds, the Rainforest Alliance has provided technical assistance and training programs to coffee and tea farmers seeking to improve the sustainability and productivity of their farms. The grants have also helped certify more than 4,000 coffee farms, which now abide by comprehensive economic, social and environmental criteria developed by SAN, and provide training for farmers to assist them in better adapting to climate change.

According to Christine Riley Miller, Dunkin’ Brands Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, “Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to responsibly serving our guests, franchisees, communities and the interests of our planet. Rainforest Alliance encompasses the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability to help farmers, particularly small-scale farmers, achieve an increase in profitability and productivity. We are excited to grow our work with the Rainforest Alliance, and going forward we hope to continue to increase the number of certified items — both coffee and other products — we make available to our guests.”

“We’re proud to be working with a company that shares our vision for a future where people and the planet can prosper together,” said Alex Morgan, Director of Markets Transformation for the Rainforest Alliance. “By prioritizing sustainably sourced coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts is renewing their commitment to being environmentally, socially, and economically responsible.”

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts). To download and read Dunkin’ Brands’ Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Broadening Our Horizons, please visit http://dun.kn/CSR2014Report.

For more information on the work of the Rainforest Alliance visit www.rainforest-alliance.org or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RainforestAlliance), Instagram (www.instagram.com/rainforestalliance), Twitter (www.twitter.com/rnfrstalliance) and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/rainforest-alliance).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About the Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works around the world to conserve forests and natural resources while advancing sustainable livelihoods. Rainforest Alliance collaborates with foresters, farmers, businesses and workers to build healthy communities, protect habitat, and rebalance the Earth, working towards the vision of a world where planet and people prosper together.  To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

If you are member of the press, you may contact the Dunkin’ Brands Global Media Relations Office by email with your detailed inquiry and deadline at press@dunkinbrands.com. A member of the team will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email:lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin Donuts

Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

SEATTLE, 2015-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Conservation International, in partnership with Starbucks and other industry leaders, announced a call to action to make coffee the first sustainably sourced agricultural product in the world.

Today’s launch of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, at the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, comes as ministers gather to write a new climate agreement and as momentum builds for businesses to take direct action to combat climate change.

Currently nearly half of the world’s coffee is being produced according to a sustainability standard, a figure that does not yet account for a number of recent significant investments made by the sector to support farmers in their transition to more sustainable practices. Yet only 12 percent was sold as sustainable coffee in the market.

“We need a common definition of sustainability for the coffee sector,” said Peter Seligmann, chairman and ceo of Conservation International (CI). “This will require commitments by roasters to support increased demand for sustainability. It will also require improved measurement of how far the sector has come in the sustainability journey and just how far we have to go.”

Ensuring Farmer and Family Livelihoods for Generations to Come

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge will convene industry and conservation partners to develop a common framework for sustainability in the coffee sector.

“The longevity of the coffee industry is directly linked to the social, economic and environmental conditions of coffee communities around the world, and at Starbucks we are committed to sourcing all of our coffee in the most ethical way possible that is good for the planet,”  said Craig Russell, executive vice president, Starbucks Global Coffee. “We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a call to action for the industry focused on creating meaningful and lasting solutions to ensure farmer and family livelihoods for generations to come.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge comes at a time when nearly every major coffee producing region of the world is feeling the impacts of climate change. As demand increases – with consumers drinking 600 billion cups of coffee every year – warming temperatures, drought and changing weather patterns are impacting coffee production.

In addition to stimulating economic development across the industry, the effort will benefit the lives of 25 million coffee producers, the majority of whom are small-scale farmers. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge will also provide environmental benefits, including the conservation of vital forests that help fight climate change by storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and protection of freshwater resources.

CI kicks off the challenge with Starbucks and these key partners: Specialty Coffee Association of America; IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative; 4C Association; Allegro Coffee Company; Ceres; Committee on Sustainability Assessment; Counter Culture Coffee; ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd.; Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade; Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries; Keurig Green Mountain Inc.; Lutheran World Relief; Pelican Rouge Coffee Roasters B.V.; S&D Coffee & Tea; Solidaridad; and SustainAbility.

What Others are Saying about the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

“USAID is a strong supporter of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and related efforts aimed at enhancing both environmental stewardship and the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers in developing countries. Under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, USAID partners with local governments, NGOs, researchers and private companies to support coffee farmers in a dozen countries around the world. Efforts like this to better define, measure and expand the market for sustainable coffee are most welcome.”Kathryn Garcia – chief of the Private Sector Engagement Division of USAID’s Bureau for Food Security

“For all the progress made in the coffee sector of the past two decades, there is much work to be done. For all the great efforts of the standards setters, NGOs and farmers themselves, sustainability in the coffee sector will ultimately depend upon the commitment of the industry itself to drive and demand better practices. This initiative will help drive demand for sustainable coffee and in so doing can accelerate progress to an agricultural product that benefits the entire supply chain. This will be to the benefit of consumers and the entire industry, including the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend upon coffee.”Rob Cameron – executive director SustainAbility

“Sustainable agriculture is a critical component of solving the climate challenge, and to get it right we must simultaneously raise agricultural productivity, cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase climate resilience and respect the human rights of farm workers. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge offers great promise and could serve as a prototype for solving pressing sustainability challenges throughout our global agricultural system.” Mindy Lubber – president of the nonprofit sustainability advocacy organization, Ceres

“Root Capital has been working on improving farmer’s livelihoods for over 15 years. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge is an effort that goes hand to hand with our mission of delivering social, environmental and financial returns.” Willy Foote – Founder and CEO Root Capital

“The Bank is constantly exploring innovative ways of partnering with key stakeholders focused on improving the living conditions and resilience of smallholders across Latin America and the Caribbean. Demand-driven efforts such as the Sustainable Coffee Challenge can certainly complement our own efforts that will be implemented through the Sustainable Agriculture, Food and the Environment (SAFE) Platform.”Alejandro Escobar – lead agribusiness specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund, InterAmerican Development Bank

We commend an industry-wide effort to seek ways to make coffee sustainable. And just as we have farmers at the heart of Fairtrade America’s decision making, we urge stakeholders to have them at the heart of this initiative. For us, sustainability means building a better future for farmers, their families and their communities.  Hans Theyer – executive director, Fairtrade America

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

Starbucks: Only 12 percent of the world’s coffee was sold as sustainable coffee in the market

Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

New York, NY, 2015-2-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — An ordinary Monday turned to “instant pandemonium” when pop star Christina Aguilera walked into a New York Starbucks and bought customers coffee for an hour.

“Christina came in with a big group of people around 4:30 in the afternoon. She told one of our baristas she wanted to buy coffee for everyone for the next hour,” said Alexis Warren, store manager of Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse location. “Instant pandemonium is the best way I can describe it.”

Warren said Aguilera handed the barista several hundred dollars in cash and was surrounded by about 30 people within a few minutes who recognized who she was.

The singer, songwriter is also a judge on The Voice, which returns with a new season of contestants next week. Although Starbucks is a sponsor of the NBC TV show, Aguilera said her offer of “free coffee” was not related to any promotion, she just wanted to surprise people.

Warren, who’s been a Starbucks partner (employee) for 10 years, said the gift of “Coffee on me for the next hour! Head to 30 Rock!” – as Aguilera tweeted – made for a “really fun, high energy afternoon” for customers and partners.

Incidentally, Aguilera didn’t order anything from the store, but she did leave behind an autographed Starbucks cup with a lipstick kiss.

Starbucks partners pictured in the photo above  (clockwise from bottom left) Kaity, Kershawn, Alexis, Joseph, Valerie, and Carla. Not pictured are Sophiya, Natasha, Johnathan, and Khadim. 

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

Christina Aguilera bought customers coffee at Starbucks Rockefeller Center Concourse in New York

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. now the exclusive manufacturer of Meijer Brand K-Cup® packs for the Keurig® hot brewing system

New Meijer Brand K-Cup Packs Now Available at Meijer Stores

WATERBURY, Vt., 2014-10-24— /EPR Retail News/ — Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages with its innovative brewing technology, today announces that it is now the exclusive manufacturer of Meijer Brand K-Cup® packs for the Keurig® hot brewing system. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As a valued customer for many years, we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Meijer by welcoming them into the Keurig brand family,” said John Whoriskey, President of U.S. Sales and Marketing at Keurig. “With Meijer’s steadfast dedication to innovation, quality, and value and our expertise for delivering superior products for our Keurig system, we’re excited to provide Meijer shoppers with a fresh cup of Meijer coffee from their Keurig brewer.”

The new Meijer Brand K-Cup® packs are now available exclusively at Meijer stores. Launching with an assortment of coffees, all Meijer K-Cup® packs will be marked with the Keurig Brewed® seal indicating the product has passed rigorous testing, assuring the quality, taste, and integrity consumers expect from the Keurig® brand.

Keurig® hot system brewers use innovative brewing technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect single cup of hot or brewed over ice coffee, tea, cocoa, or fruit brews every time at just the touch of a button. With the launch of the next generation Keurig® 2.0 brewer, consumers are able to brew both a single cup and a carafe of coffee from a Keurig® brand pack. With Keurig 2.0 brewing systems, consumers continue to get the same Keurig quality, simplicity and beverage choice they expect with more than 50 brands and more than 275 beverage varieties currently available, all brewed with Keurig’s new beverage-optimizing brewing technology.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, Keurig Green Mountain (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning beverages, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. The Company has inspired consumer passion for its products by revolutionizing beverage preparation at home and in the workplace. Keurig supports local and global communities by investing in sustainably-grown coffee and by its active involvement in a variety of social and environmental projects. By helping consumers drink for themselves, we believe we can brew a better world. For more information visit: www.KeurigGreenMountain.com. To purchase Keurig® products visit: www.Keurig.com or www.Keurig.ca.

Keurig routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website,www.KeurigGreenMountain.com, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from Keurig as it is released.

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Certain information in this filing constitutes “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “aims,” “intends,” or “projects.” However, the absence of these words or similar expressions does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. These statements may relate to: the expected impact of raw material costs and our pricing actions on our results of operations and gross margins, expected trends in net sales and earnings performance and other financial measures, the expected productivity and working capital improvements, the success of introducing and producing new product offerings, the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations, the adequacy of internally generated funds and existing sources of liquidity, such as the availability of bank financing, the expected results of operations of businesses acquired by us, our ability to issue debt or additional equity securities, our expectations regarding purchasing shares of our common stock under the existing authorizations, projections of payment of dividends, and the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related litigation or additional governmental inquiry or enforcement proceedings. A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances, and those future events or circumstances may not occur. Management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made. However, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as of the date when made. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our Company’s historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those described in Part II, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2014, and Part II “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our fiscal 2013 Annual Report filed on Form 10-K, as amended, and elsewhere in those reports and those described from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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