Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Eight O'Clock Coffee reach multi-year agreement to make Eight O' Clock coffee, Tetley tea, Good Earth tea available in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig Single Cup Brewing systems
MONTVALE, New Jersey and WATERBURY, Vermont
May 2, 2012
– Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR - News), a leader in specialty coffee and single serve brewing systems, and Eight O’Clock Coffee Company (a member of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands), America’s #1 Whole Bean Coffee brand in grocery (Nielsen, 52 Wks Ended March 31, 2012), announce the companies have reached a multiyear agreement to make Eight O’Clock® coffee, Tetley® tea, and Good Earth® tea available in K-Cup® and Vue™ packs for Keurig® Single Cup Brewing systems. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Eight O’Clock Coffee Company and GMCR plan to make a select offering of Eight O’Clock® coffee K-Cup® packs available through in-home and away-from-home channels, as well as on GMCR’s consumer direct websites, www.Keurig.com and www.GreenMountainCoffee.com, throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning in fall 2012. In the U.S, Tetley® teas, and in the U.S. and Canada, Good Earth® teas intend to join the K-Cup® pack collection in 2013.
"For generations, millions of coffee lovers have enjoyed brewing the fresh taste of high-quality Eight O'Clock® coffee. Now they will have a whole new, convenient way to make America's original gourmet coffee with Keurig®, America's favorite single cup brewing system," says David Allen, Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing at Tata Beverage Group’s US Region. "We look forward to working with GMCR to make the top-selling whole bean coffee brand into a successful single cup coffee."
The choice of coffee-loving Americans since 1859, Eight O’Clock® coffee is best known for its #1-selling whole bean coffees in grocery (Nielsen, 52 Wks Ended March 31, 2012), offering a full line of gourmet coffee varieties in retailers throughout the country. Over 150 years later, Eight O’Clock® is as fresh as ever, entering the fast-growing, high-quality, and ultra-convenient world of single serve coffee with Eight O’Clock® coffee K-Cup® packs.
“This new relationship will provide Keurig® brewer owners with additional choice by having Eight O’Clock® coffee, Tetley® tea, and Good Earth® tea readily available for their brewers,” says Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR President and CEO. “With this agreement, we are excited to once again deliver upon our promise of supplying unsurpassed quality, variety, and convenience in the Keurig® system.”
GMCR’s Keurig® Single Cup Brewers for in-home and office use utilize patented, innovative brewing and single-cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa every time at just the touch of a button. According to the NPD Group®, Keurig® Single Cup Brewers were the top four bestselling coffee makers during GMCR’s fiscal second quarter 2012 by dollar sales.
About Eight O’Clock Coffee
Eight O’Clock Coffee has been delighting coffee lovers for over 150 years and was named one of ‘America’s Greatest Brands’ in 2010. Best known for their #1-selling whole bean coffee in grocery and top-rated 100% Colombian coffee, Eight O’Clock offers a full line of gourmet coffee varieties in ground and whole bean forms. Eight O’Clock Coffee is headquartered in Montvale, NJ,is roasted and packaged in Landover, Maryland and available at most U.S. retailers where groceries are sold. Eight O’Clock is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands. For more information about Eight O’Clock Coffee, visit www.EightOClock.com.
About Tetley Tea
Tetley has been known as an industry leader in creating a variety of delicious teas since it began producing tea over 170 years ago. Tetley is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands and has a long-standing relationship with the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization that monitors living and working conditions on tea estates. All Tetley branded tea, including flavored and decaffeinated varieties, will also be part of the Rainforest Alliance certification program, which is scheduled for completion by 2016. To learn more about Tetley Tea, visit www.TetleyUSA.com.
About Good Earth Tea
One of the first American herbal companies and a leader in specialty tea, Good Earth Tea brings authentic, full flavored teas from around the world to the U.S. via a wide variety of unique blends. Good Earth Tea offers a tea adventure like no other, combining rich flavors from around the world into aromatic blends such as Sweet & Spicy, Green Tea Lemongrass, and Superfruit White Tea with Mangosteen and Mango. Good Earth Tea is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands. For more information, visit www.GoodEarthTea.com.
About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR - News), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.
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