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Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2013 07:21 PM
It just got more difficult to find a cup of coffee (and many other beverages) without Starbucks' imprint on it. The company vastly expanded its arrangement with an extension of its agreement with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, tripling the number of branded items made for Keurig single-serve coffee machines.
Starbucks saved analysts and journalists the trouble of evaluating the deal by calling it a "global single-serve coffee industry game changer" and a "win-win-win agreement for both companies and for premium coffee consumers around the world" in its press release.
Specifically, Starbucks will add new single-serve cup cartridges for Keurig machines under the Seattle's Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia coffee, Teavana Teas and Starbucks Cocoa brands in addition to Starbucks branded coffees. Sales of Starbucks coffee K-Cup packs rose more than 75 percent in March compared with the prior year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2012 09:02 AM
3M plans to acquire ceramics maker Ceradyne.
Amazon comes under fire for offering Nazi death-camp puzzle.
AutoNation makes big digital push.
BMW brings performance school online.
Simon Cowell proposes truce in competition between his X Factor on Fox and The Voice on NBC.
Fender tries to stay plugged in.
Ford hits the road to tout new C-Max nameplate.
GM recalls cars over fuel leak problem.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on September 20, 2012 10:01 AM
Green Mountain Coffee is in a pot of trouble. And that's even before Starbucks introduces Verismo, its own single-serve brewing system for consumers that's rolling out in October (and already available on Verismo.com), to challenge the iconic K-Cup system by Green Mountain that features its Keurig pods.
The brand has been a darling of consumers for several years, on a continued growth tear as K-Cups led a revolution in how Americans consume much of their coffee by making the single-serve system de rigeur in homes and offices. The company fed strong double-digit sales growth by continuing to proliferate the types of pods, to include "iced" drinks and juices as well as coffees and teas.
Green Mountain also had been a darling of investors seeking to cash in on a boom that, for the six years after the Vermont-based company acquired Keurig, managed to thrive without attracting the competitive interest of Starbucks.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on June 14, 2012 03:57 PM
K-Cups are everywhere in the news now that Starbucks is rolling them out from coast to coast. Yet in the grocery aisle, those little "K-Cups" designed for single serving Keurig brewing machines are highlighting the battle between store brands (private labels) with name brand consumer packaged goods for shelf space.
Both Kroger and Safeway, two major U.S. grocery chains, are launching private label "coffee pods" for the Keurig machine. Safeway announced it will bring to market five types of Keurig-compatible filtered coffee pods. The chain already makes three store brand instant products for the machine.
The move by Safeway and Kroger caused shares of Green Mountain, the company that sells K-Cups along with Keurig brewing machines, to plummet. Since September, in fact, its stock has dropped 82 percent, according to Reuters. Two of the patents that cover the K-Cup design will expire in September 2012, which means other companies, not just Green Mountain, could manufacture Keurig-compatible cups.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 7, 2012 09:01 AM
PepsiCo wins fight with Coca-Cola in German court over bottle design.
Foxconn sees arrests after unrest at Apple plant in China.
Samsung names new CEO.
Alibaba foresees strong growth.
ASKY pan-African airline faces tough take-off.
Baker & Taylor signs e-books distribution deal with Harry Potter-based Pottermore site.
Bob Evans looks to restaraunt remodels and value pricing for sales traction.
Facebook faces scrutiny as it goes for younger kids as NASDAQ chief apologizes for stock exchange's role in IPO debacle.
Fanatics.com sports-apparel site valued at $1.5 billion.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 10, 2012 09:03 AM
A&P to make CEO its spokesman in new marketing campaign.
Bed Bath & Beyond sees novelty in buying Cost Plus.
Brad Pitt is the new face of Chanel No. 5.
Burger King spurs sales with turnaround efforts.
Cadillac to debut instrument console that functions like an iPad.
Cisco sees grim outlook for tech sector.
Coca-Cola redefines its marketing around Super Bowl, and signs Danica Patrick as ambassador.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 9, 2012 08:59 AM
Apple wins legal round in U.S. over iPad trade name in China.
Birds Eye commits to "GenVeg" effort to get kids to eat vegetables.
Chase pitches pre-paid debit cards.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo carry calorie fight into New York subways.
Delta pulls ads from Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
Disney gets earnings boost from cable.
Dole considers breakup.
Domino's gluten-free crust challenged.
Facebook IPO bandwagon moves to Boston, ditches video.
Ford struggles with Thai suppliers after last fall's floods.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 4, 2012 09:03 AM
AOL shrinks Arianna Huffington's role.
Audi documentary on LeMans to debut on Speed TV.
Barnes & Noble positions new Nook feature as marriage-saver.
Best Buy digital head takes over departed CMO's role.
Chicken of the Sea introduces no-drain tuna.
Demi Moore rebrands her Twitter account from @mrskutcher to @justdemi.
Einstein Bros. parent to explore merger or sale possibilities.
Facebook values itself at up to $96 billion in IPO as roadshow frenzy begins.Continue reading...