SOURCE: Packaged Facts

July 15, 2008 10:27 ET

The Coffee Market Rejuvenates by Putting Packaged Versions of Specialty Brands on Retail Shelves

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Java-junkies aren't ready to put down their coffee cups just yet. Taking the lead over the soft drink industry for the first time, the coffee market (inclusive of both retail and foodservice sales) was valued at $44 billion in 2007. According to an updated study from Packaged Facts, "Coffee in the U.S.: Retail, Foodservice and Consumer Trends," the coffee market will brew to an estimated $59 billion by 2012.

Foodservice venues are currently the largest channel for coffee sales, accounting for 87% of the market in 2007, while ground coffee dominates the retail category. Due to new economic constraints Packaged Facts believes that sales of coffee through retail channels will grow at a faster pace than foodservice as more consumers exchange their favorite coffeehouse for packaged premium coffees they can brew at home.

Marketers and retailers competing against the foodservice segment have successfully introduced premium packaged versions of recognizable foodservice brands, such as Seattle's Best, Starbucks, and Peet's. 2008 figures, thus far, indicate that specialty coffee products represent 30% of retail market sales. Between consumers dusting off their home coffee makers and marketers expanding packaged offerings, the segment could eventually command 45%.

"The specialty coffee industry is at the forefront of offering ethical, eco-friendly products. Although this is a niche market, it is rapidly touching mainstream," notes Tatjana Meerman, Publisher of Packaged Facts. "For example, in April 2008, Wal-Mart launched a line of six premium packaged ground coffees that are either Fair Trade Certified, USDA Certified Organic, or Rainforest Alliance Certified."

Packaged Facts' updated report, "Coffee in the U.S.: Retail, Foodservice and Consumer Trends," 5th Edition, analyzes in depth the broad and complex trends affecting the coffee market, including the effects of the economy, worldwide green coffee prices, changing coffee consumption trends, competition from other beverages like sodas and energy drinks, corporate social responsibility and health and wellness benefits. In addition to examining foodservice sales, it also thoroughly examines the myriad retail channels for purchasing packaged ground, whole bean and ready-to-drink (RTD), including supermarkets, mass merchandisers, supercenters, warehouse clubs and convenience stores. For further information visit: http://www.packagedfacts.com/Coffee-1486845/.

Packaged Facts publishes market intelligence on a wide range of consumer industries, including consumer goods and retailing, foods and beverages, demographics, pet, and financial products. Packaged Facts also offers a full range of custom research services. For more information visit www.packagedfacts.com, or contact Jenn Tekin at 240-747-3015 or jtekin@marketresearch.com.

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