Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Climbs Forbes’ “200 Best Small Companies in America” List WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) has been named by Forbes as one of the “200 Best Small Companies in America” for the seventh time since 2000. The Company was ranked 55th on the list, up from 88th in 2007.Forbes singled out GMCR as an “Every Day Tech Star” for using technology that affects people’s every day lives. “Its Keurig Single-Cup Brewer has revolutionized coffee making for those not interested in making a whole pot,” the article says. “Single-cup penetration is still only 5% of U.S. households, leaving lots of room for growth.” Keurig is the single-cup market leader at retail in dollar sales and units sold, according to the NPD Group.”We are excited to be recognized for our performance, especially during a turbulent year for the market,” said Larry Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. “It’s gratifying to know that our strategy of creating a superb coffee experience, and leading with single-cup coffee, keeps us on the Forbes list, year after year.”The criteria used to screen the Forbes list of the “200 Best Small Companies in America” were rigorous. The ranking is based on return on equity, sales growth, and profit growth over the past 12 months, and over five years. A company’s stock performance was compared with that of its industry peers.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.
LifeNews 4 August 2013The day after Stephanie Blessing learned she had been conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor and that the man she knew and loved as her father for 32 years was not her father, she went into shock. She remembers sitting in her rocking chair, staring into space. It was so bad, her husband had to remind her to do something as basic as changing their baby’s diaper.“I was just catatonic,” she said.The shock turned into depression, as she began to mourn what she had lost. “I was a daddy’s girl. I had a great childhood, and was the apple of my non-biological dad’s eye. [I] adored my dad,” said Blessing, a homeschooling mother of five, who lives in Tennessee.“It really hurt to find out [my dad] wasn’t mine in the way I thought he was,” she said. “I grew up hearing about his dad being a cowboy. Everybody on dad’s side of the family could tool leather like nobody…my grandmother, who is about to turn 100…they aren’t mine anymore,” she said.Then, she began to mourn the loss of her biological father. “As much as my dad adored me, it hurts to know that the man who helped create me chose to have nothing to do with my life,” said Blessing. “People are deceiving themselves if they think they can love somebody enough to make up for the person who isn’t there.”http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/04/woman-deals-with-shock-pain-after-learning-her-father-was-a-sperm-donor/