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USAID and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Join Forces to Help Small-Scale Coffee Growers

Thursday, October 20, 2011

USAID and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Join Forces to Help Small-Scale Coffee Growers13:00 EDT Thursday, October 20, 2011 WASHINGTON & WATERBURY, Vt. (Business Wire) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, announced that they will work together to strengthen social, economic and environmental development in coffee growing communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The new partnership expands USAID and GMCR's existing joint projects in Brazil, Honduras and Nicaragua to the rest of the region. It will also link the U.S. Government's Feed the Future and Global Climate Change Initiatives to GMCR's support for the rural communities along its coffee supply chain. Future initiatives will focus on enhancing food security, improving nutrition and supporting climate change adaption in certain rural areas from which GMCR sources green coffee. “This new partnership is a win-win for all of us” said Mark Feierstein, USAID's Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean. “USAID harnesses new ideas and additional resources for development, small-scale farmers improve their livelihoods and GMCR accesses higher-quality sustainably grown coffee and promotes development in source communities.” USAID and GMCR hope to use the new partnership in Latin America to launch future collaboration in coffee-growing communities in other parts of the world. “Our long-term collaboration with USAID has been an important part of our broader efforts to encourage ongoing health and prosperity for the coffee farming families and communities in our supply chain,” said Michael Dupee, GMCR's Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. Feierstein and Dupee signed a Memorandum of Understanding during USAID's Public-Private Partnership Week, which runs from October 17-21, 2011 and celebrates 10 years of partnering with the business community to advance global development. About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (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 at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company's automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released. GMCR Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company's success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company's success in efficiently and effectively integrating the Company's acquisitions, the Company's success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under the Company's credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig's ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the Company experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company's level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related litigation or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company's filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management's analysis as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases. GMCR-C Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Suzanne DuLong, 802-882-2100Investor.Services@GMCR.comorUSAIDPress Office: 202-712-4320Public Information: