Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) announced it is the exclusive manufacturer of Costco Kirkland Signature™ brand K-Cup® packs for the Keurig® single cup brewing system. The new offerings bring together the broad consumer appeal and value of Costco's premium store brand with the quality and convenience of the Keurig® single cup brewing system and its Keurig Brewed® coffee and beverage brands.
GMCR has developed two blends exclusively for Costco with 100 percent Arabica coffees: Breakfast Blend, a smooth, balanced light roast; and Pacific Bold, a robust, extra bold dark roast. The varieties, packaged in 100-count boxes, will be available beginning in mid-November in Costco warehouses where K-Cup® packs are currently sold, as well as on Costco.com.
"We believe Kirkland Signature K-Cup® packs provide an incremental opportunity that complements our broad portfolio of coffee and beverage brands and creates more options for value-oriented consumers," said T.J. Whalen, vice president of marketing and sales, GMCR's specialty coffee business unit, in a prepared statement. "This collaboration aligns with our strategy to partner with strong brands that help us expand the adoption of the Keurig® system to a broader consumer base. We are pleased to have the Kirkland Signature brand join our system and benefit from our leadership in single cup, our brewer and beverage brand strength, and our manufacturing expertise."
Kirkland Signature K-Cup® packs join an expanding selection of GMCR brands in K-Cup® packs in Costco, including Green Mountain Coffee®, Tully's Coffee®, Newman's Own® Organics, Donut House®, and Caribou Coffee®. Costco has also recently brought on specialty beverages such as the Café Escapes® line of dairy-based indulgent drinks, Celestial Seasonings® Perfect Iced Teas, and Green Mountain Naturals® Hot Apple Cider.
Kirkland Signature K-Cup® packs will feature the Keurig Brewed® seal, which is displayed on all authorized product packaging as the mark and promise of genuine Keurig® quality. Keurig Brewed® is a guarantee to the consumer that the item endorsed will work effectively with Keurig® single cup brewers and is the "genuine article," endorsed, tested and subjected to Keurig's high standards for taste, quality, and safety. The Keurig Brewed® seal, combined with the K-Cup® and Vue® pack trademarks, designate only those single cup beverage packs that are made exclusively by, or under license from, GMCR.