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.
Sam Allardyce admits he has endured a miserable few days as the club continues to struggle to recruit new talent. Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Newcastle at Upton Park was the latest setback in a disappointing season that has left Allardyce desperately seeking to add quality to his squad. Defender Roger Johnson, on loan from League One Wolves, is his only capture to date and Allardyce said: “I had a terrible day (on Friday) when I thought that one player was signing for us and then I found out he wasn’t.” “In all the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle I’m nervous and I will be nervous until it shuts,” he said. “I think like all Premier League clubs, everybody’s for sale at some price. “We’re very conscious that we’ve got a good team and we’re trying to keep it together and push on from where we are. We’re not far behind the guys who are having such a dominant season in the top seven. We’re really kind of hanging in there and hopefully we can have an impact on that.” One man who is likely on the radars of several clubs is midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who scored twice in Saturday’s win, but Pardew was giving away little over the Frenchman’s future at the club. “I don’t really want to talk about it,” he said. “I think that’s a bit unfair after a game like this one. “He’s a class player, it’s obvious, and he’s had a great day for us, but I thought everybody played well in my team.” Press Association That was Monaco striker Lacina Traore, despite the Hammers having agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 club. They had even applied for a work permit for the 23-year-old and, following reports Everton have hijacked the deal, Allardyce admits there is little he can do. “They can apply for the work permit now. They’d have to do a separate application obviously. If we got it, they’d know they’ll get it,” he said. The Hammers boss also admitted a move for Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen was out of their reach. “I think under the circumstances at Arsenal, in the position that they’re in, in the Champions League and cup matches, they’ve had to use him as soon as any of the two defenders have been injured,” he said. “So I don’t think there’s any chance we’ll get somebody of his quality. It would be nice if I we could. “I’ve had targets and I haven’t got one yet apart from Roger Johnson, so I’ll keep going and hope we get some.” The picture is much rosier at St James’s Park, although Alan Pardew admits the transfer deadline cannot come soon enough for him as he fears losing players from his current squad.
Nigeria’s most capped footballer, Vincent Enyeama, on Saturday, apologised to Nigerians for the controversy surrounding his exit from the Super Eagles.The goalkeeper, on Thursday, following a clash with the coach of the national team, Sunday Oliseh, had announced on Instagram that “I am out of the team. I am no more available for international duties.”Oliseh on Tuesday had stripped Enyeama of the captaincy of the Super Eagles and handed it to CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa, forcing the Lille keeper to end his international career in controversial circumstances.The goalkeeper, on the social networking site, alleged insults to his late mother as well as being thrown out of the national camp by hotel security in Verviers, Belgium.But the coach, while debunking the claims on Friday, expressed sadness over Enyeama’s retirement from the national team, which he said had turned many fans against him, following the team’s 2-0 loss to Congo in a friendly on Thursday night.Enyeama, on his Instagram account on Saturday, however, expressed sombreness, saying he was “humiliated,” which led him to quit the national team. “Who would be happy after just burying your mother that carried you nine months in the womb and suffered for you day and night, jumping on a six-hour plane to represent your fatherland only to be stripped of the captainship and humiliated at the first meeting in front of everyone after serving the nation for 13 years?“I have honoured about 99 per cent of the national team’s invitations, no matter where the match is played. Anyway, my decision to quit the national team is for the best interest of the nation. I don’t want to be the reason that Nigerian football house is divided.“I want Nigeria to get back up to where it belongs. It’s a professional decision made for the blessing of the nation. I am very sorry for being the reason that all these things are happening. God bless Nigeria,” he said.Meanwhile, there were indications on Saturday that the Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, held talks with Enyeama in Brussels, Germany, in a bid to convince the veteran player into changing his mind about his sudden exit from the Super Eagles.It is not clear what the ‘keeper’s final decision will be. –