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Maxwell House, a coffee brand of Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., is redefining its 121-year-old brand to re-ground America in what is truly good about coffee, the brand says. As consumers seek products and experiences that are described as “awesome,” “amazing,” or “incredible,” Maxwell House is aiming to make itself more relevant to a new generation of coffee consumers by reminding people just how good “Good” is, it says.
Emeryville, Calif.-based coffee and tea chain Peet’s Coffee & Tea announced its first major retail launch in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The company opened its flagship Washington, D.C., location on April 7 and will open 22 more stores in a phased rollout across the market this year. The expansion will create approximately 350 local jobs and raise the chain’s total store count to 300 stores, the company says. Following the expansion, Washington, D.C., will be the company’s second-largest retail market, second to California, and its biggest East Coast retail footprint, it says.
At the request of fans of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” TV show, West Monroe, La.-based Duck Commander Family Foods and Prospect, Ky.-based Chinook USA announced the launch of new Uncle Si’s Iced Tea.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Emeryville, Calif., partnered with Internet radio service Pandora to create its own customized radio stations that will be played in all of its stores nationwide.
Oakland, Calif.-based Numi Organic Tea has partnered with Mississauga, Ontario-based Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee Inc.’s RealCup brand to present Numi’s tea blends in a single-serve format.
Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) has changed its company name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc., effective immediately.
As a result of Daylight Saving Time taking place Sunday, March 9, Pernod Ricard USA’s Kahlua coffee liqueur inaugurated a new holiday — National Cocktail Your Coffee Day — on Monday, March 10.
Brisk, an iced tea brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, announced the next phase of its Brisk Bodega platform, including a new marketing campaign — "Not Half Bad" — as a part of its efforts to better connect with its core consumer base. The new campaign is the result of ethnographic research on the demographic, which provided insights that Brisk has infused into all of its 2014 activations, according to the brand.
Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) and Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme have reached a multi-year agreement to bring Krispy Kreme signature coffee to K-Cup packs for the Keurig brewing system. The companies plan to launch Krispy Kreme coffees in Smooth and Decaf varieties in K-Cup packs online at keurig.com, krispykreme.com as well as at participating Krispy Kreme shops, grocery, retail and away-from-home channels throughout the United States by the end of the year.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR), Waterbury, Vt., have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world. In an effort to align long-term interests, the companies also entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement whereby The Coca-Cola Co. will purchase a minority equity position in GMCR.
In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)
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