Keurig® Vue® Will Be Recognized at Edison Awards Gala on April 25 in Chicago
Reading, Mass. (February 14, 2013) – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, today announced the Keurig® Vue® Brewing System has been named a 2013 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The Keurig® Vue® is a Finalist in the consumer packaged goods beverage preparation category, one of twelve categories honored by the Edison Awards. The distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring creative minds to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
“More than any year, this year's slate of Finalists demonstrate the enormous value of teamwork, experimentation, consumer focus, market awareness and game-changing success,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “It’s exciting to see companies like GMCR and its Keurig® Vue® Brewing System continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking.”
“We are deeply honored to be named a finalist in such a prestigious award program saluting the best of innovation,” said Michelle Stacy, president of GMCR’s Keurig business unit. “The Keurig® Vue® brewing system represents the most advanced system in Keurig’s single-serve beverage delivery and is a great example of GMCR’s commitment to delivering sustained innovation. By adding features that allow consumers to brew what they love the way they love it – stronger, bigger and hotter – we’ve further enhanced consumer choice and we believe broadened the appeal of the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing System.”
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards is judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award criteria of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Panel includes members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), the American Association Advertising Agencies (4As) the Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO), the Design Management Institute (DMI), the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Association of Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Also on the Panel are hundreds of past Edison Award winners, marketing professionals, scientists, designers, engineers and academics.
Award winners will be announced April 25, 2013 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the Grand Ballroom at historic Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The 2013 Edison Awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communications, Science Channel, and USA Today. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
Celebrating 15 years of innovation in 2013, the Keurig® Single Cup Brewing System has revolutionized the way people consume their beverages both at home and at the office. The single cup technology behind the Keurig® brand has disrupted consumer behavior and made quality coffee and other specialty beverages a staple option. The Vue® commercial brewer, V1200, received the Gold Award for Innovation in the OCS & Water Equipment Category at the 2012 National Automatic Merchandiser Association’s One Show for its innovative offerings. In addition, Keurig® was named coffee maker "Brand of the Year" in the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Study. According to NPD Group, a leading syndicated data provider, in the fourth quarter of the 2012 calendar year (October-December) the Vue® brewing system ranked #8 in the coffee/espresso maker category in dollar sales and was the #1 brewer based on dollar and unit sales for brewers priced above $175.
About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), 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 a portion of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.
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