9.12.2003: Meldung: Green Mountain Coffee, Inc.: Vertriebserfolg (engl.)
WATERBURY, Vt.-- Dec. 8, 2003--Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has placed a selection of Newman"s Own(R) Organics coffees on the shelves of over 330 stores. Stop & Shop, a member of the AHOLD (NYSE: AHO) family of companies, is the largest food retailer in New England with over 57,000 associates serving customers in five states. Newman"s Own(R) Organics coffees are roasted and packaged exclusively by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Stop & Shop currently offers Green Mountain Coffee, packaged and by the cup, to customers in approximately 140 stores.
Four pre-ground Newman"s Own(R) Organics Fair Trade coffees are now available in the grocery department of all Stop & Shop supermarkets. These coffees, which guarantee small-scale farmers a fair price for their crop, are grown using organic agricultural techniques that preserve biodiversity and vital habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. The coffees include Newman"s Special Blend, Nell"s Breakfast Blend, Newman"s Special Blend Decaf, and a delicious flavored coffee, Cafe Almond Biscotti.
Don Barberio, Vice President Supermarket Channel, said, "In offering coffees from Newman"s Own(R) Organics, Stop & Shop is providing customers with an opportunity to sample some excellent coffees while making a positive difference in the quality of life and the quality of the environment where these coffees are grown. I look forward to working with Stop & Shop to develop this program that represents a real win-win for everyone involved."
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, Massachusetts and part of the AHOLD family of companies, employs more than 57,000 associates and operates 336 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is a leader in the specialty coffee industry and has been recognized by Forbes Magazine for the past three years as one of the "200 Best Small Companies in America." Green Mountain Coffee seeks to make the world a better place for present and future generations by operating in an environmentally and socially conscientious manner. The Company contributes at least five percent of its pre-tax profit annually to support socially responsible initiatives, many of which it has supported for over 10 years. In 2003, the Rainforest Alliance recognized Green Mountain Coffee Roasters with its highest award as its "Corporate Sustainable Standard-Setter" for the Company"s commitment to sourcing coffee in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Business Ethics magazine recognized these efforts by ranking Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 8th overall on its 2003 list of "100 Best Corporate Citizens."
The Company roasts high-quality arabica coffees and offers over 90 coffee selections including single-origin, estate, certified organic, Fair Trade, signature blends, and flavored coffees that it sells under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters(R) and Newman"s Own(R) Organics brands. The majority of Green Mountain Coffee"s revenue is derived from its wholesale operation that serves supermarkets, convenience stores, offices, and other locations where fine coffees are sold. Green Mountain Coffee also operates a direct mail business and an e-commerce website (http://www.GreenMountainCoffee.com) from its Waterbury, Vermont headquarters.
CONTACT: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Rick Peyser, Public Relations Director, 866/881-7475
SOURCE: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.