• Mar. 23, 2016, 8:31 AM
    • Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) -2.4% premarket after announcing that CEO Robert Gamgort will leave the company at the end of April to take the CEO job at Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR).
    • PF says it is evaluating external and internal candidates to find a new CEO, and expects to the search to conclude in time for a "seamless transition."
    • Gamgort has been PF's CEO since 2009; prior to joining PF, he held executive positions at General Foods, Major League Baseball Properties and Mars International.
    Mar. 23, 2016, 8:31 AM | 9 Comments
  • Mar. 3, 2016, 5:33 PM
    • Apartment REIT UDR is up 2.1% after hours as it's headed into the S&P 500 from a previous spot on the MidCap 400.
    • The firm will replace Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) after the close tomorrow, following Keurig's successful acquisition by JAB Holding. Meanwhile, SmallCap 600 constituent Healthcare Realty Trust (HR +0.8%) takes UDR's spot in the MidCap 400.
    • Moving down the chain, Proto Labs (PRLB +0.7%) will replace Healthcare Realty Trust in the SmallCap 600. It's up 4.3% after hours.
    • Previously: Coffee giant takes control of Keurig Green Mountain (Mar. 03 2016)
    Mar. 3, 2016, 5:33 PM
  • Mar. 3, 2016, 9:14 AM
    • JAB Holding completes its acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR).
    • The transaction brings Keurig under the same corporate umbrella as Caribou Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Bach Espresso, Bravo, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, and Espresso House.
    • By swallowing up Keurig, JAB has raised the stakes in its battle with Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGY), and JM Smucker (NYSE:SJM) for coffee dominance. For now, Starbucks plans to stick with its Keurig partnership, although on the last SBUX earnings call Howard Schultz called the future of the relationship unresolved (earnings call transcript). The other companies will also have to shift strategy to the new coffee matrix.
    • JAB is a privately-owned company with power divided up between the children of Albert Reimann.
    Mar. 3, 2016, 9:14 AM | 21 Comments
  • Jan. 29, 2016, 1:41 PM
    • Susquehanna notes that a strong U.S. dollar is likely to force 2016 EPS estimates lower on major global food and beverage names.
    • The blended drop vs. the U.S. dollar of the Euro, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound, Mexican Peso, and Brazilian Real is -10%, analyst Pablo Zuniac. Other firms are likely to have factored in a less disruptive F/X market with their 2016 estimates.
    • Companies in harm's way include KO, MDLZ, BUD, TAP, GMCR, WWAV, CCE, KHC, and K.
    • Related ETF: PBJ.
    Jan. 29, 2016, 1:41 PM
  • Jan. 22, 2016, 8:31 AM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) fired a warnings shot at JAB Holding yesterday during its post-earnings conference call.
    • CEO Howard Schultz said the company is committed to staying in the K-Cup business, although it's "unresolved" if that will be with JAB acquisition Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) or on its own.
    • JAB is a major coffee rival with stakes in Caribou Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, and Jacons Douwer Egberts.
    • Starbucks earnings call transcript
    • Previously: Starbucks pulls strong comp in FQ1, guidance doesn't dazzle (Jan. 21 2016)
    Jan. 22, 2016, 8:31 AM | 13 Comments
  • Dec. 29, 2015, 5:28 PM
    • Coffee prices continue to fall as strong El Nino rains in Brazil help to boost crop yields. The next harvest in the nation is forecast to be up 20% Y/Y at 58M bags.
    • Even with Arabica prices down 28% this year, analysts see another swing lower for coffee in 2016 due to the oversupply situation.
    • Weak currencies in South America are also providing a strong incentive to local producers to sell as much as they can.
    • The trend toward low coffee prices is helping to lift margins for many coffee sellers with U.S. retail prices only down 4% to 5% this year. Companies light on hedging positions are seeing the biggest benefit.
    • Most execs play coy over the bottom line benefit of lower coffee commodity prices, but even Starbucks CFO Scott Maw had to concede that pricing looked a "little bit favorable" during the firm's last earnings call (transcript).
    • Coffee futures chart
    Dec. 29, 2015, 5:28 PM | 22 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2015, 7:40 AM
    • Added to the Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ), effective Dec. 21 will be: Ctrip (NASDAQ:CTRP), Endo International (NASDAQ:ENDP), Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), Maxim Integrated (NASDAQ:MXIM), Norwegian Cruise Lines (NASDAQ:NCLH), T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS), and Ulta Salon (NASDAQ:ULTA).
    • To be removed: C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ:CHRW), Expeditors International (NASDAQ:EXPD), Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR), Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), VimpelCom (NASDAQ:VIP), and Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN). Also to be removed: LiLAC Class A Shares (NASDAQ:LILA), and LiLAC Class C Shares (NASDAQ:LILAK).
    • Source: Press Release
    Dec. 14, 2015, 7:40 AM | 10 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2015, 12:48 PM
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  • Dec. 7, 2015, 9:50 AM
    • The buyout of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) is creating a buzz in the beverage sector.
    • Shares of GMCR are up 74% to $89.91 vs. the deal price of $92. The moonshot in share price is a positive for Coca-Cola (KO +0.2%) which owns a 17% block and not so great for Greenlight Capital which went short (for the second time) when shares were in the triple-digits.
    • SodaStream (SODA +9.8%) and Coffee Holding (JVA +11.9%) are both up sharply with the M&A in the sector raising their profile.
    • Coffee names Farmer Brothers (FARM +0.9%) and TreeHouse Foods (THS +0.8%) are also ahead of broad market averages. National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ +1.4%) is catching some bids as it Coca-Cola distributor Embotalledora (AKO.A, AKO.B) with a +1.2% gain.
    • An interesting side note on the deal is if it could impact ongoing speculation over a Mondelez International (MDLZ -0.6%) and PepsiCo (PEP +0.1%) food combination. Mondelez is a coffee JV partner of JAB Holdings which is now a bit closer to Coca-Cola through the GMCR deal.
    Dec. 7, 2015, 9:50 AM | 13 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2015, 9:19 AM
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  • Dec. 7, 2015, 8:11 AM
    • Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) announces it will be acquired by privately-owned JAB Holding Company for $92 per share in a deal valued at $13.9B. JAB Holding is an experienced collector of large consumer product brands.
    • GMCR stakeholder Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) says it backs the buyout and indicates it will work with JAB to stay on as a major Keurig single-serve partner.
    • The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
    • GMCR closed at $51.70 on Friday. Shares are currently on a trading halt, but will soon skyrocket.
    Dec. 7, 2015, 8:11 AM | 28 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2015, 7:59 AM
    • Trading in shares of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) has been halted with news pending.
    • GMCR was down 4.79% on Friday and is off 39% over the last six months.
    Dec. 7, 2015, 7:59 AM | 5 Comments
  • Nov. 25, 2015, 10:50 AM
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  • Nov. 24, 2015, 11:12 AM
    • Keurig Canada (NASDAQ:GMCR) announces the launch of Keurig Kold across Canada
    • The beverage system will include Coca-Cola and Canada Dry Mott's brands as well as a few Keurig offerings.
    • The Kold product has a suggested retail price of $399.99.
    Nov. 24, 2015, 11:12 AM | 7 Comments
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