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The Bedford Report

August 29, 2011 08:16 ET

Coffee Holding & Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Navigate Higher Cost

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Coffee Holding and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - After skyrocketing for most of 2011, coffee stocks are finally beginning to cool off. While coffee demand continues to outpace supply, the surging price of Arabica beans has boosted costs at coffee franchises. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Coffee Sector and provides investment research on Coffee Holding Co. Inc. (NASDAQ: JVA) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Coffee prices are set to remain high, as farmers increased maintenance and fertilizer use will not boost production enough to match growing demand. The International Coffee Organization estimates that global coffee consumption rose 2.4 percent to a record 134.0 million 60-kg bags in 2010, while world 2010/11 coffee output is forecast at 133 million 60-kg bags.

Several coffee companies are raising prices to offset surging costs. Recent earnings reports show that boosting prices has done little to cut demand (so far).

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In its most recent quarter, Coffee Holdings said that cost of sales was $33,732,594, or 90.3% of net sales, as compared to $17,068,938, or 85.7% of net sales for the year earlier period. The company said the "increase in cost of sales reflects the increased cost of green coffee."

Over the last year GMCR has signed a licensing deal to sell coffee refills under nearly all the major U.S. coffee brands including Smucker's Folgers, Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands Group's Dunkin' Donuts. The Company operates in two business segments: the Specialty Coffee business unit (SCBU) and the Keurig business unit (Keurig).

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