A short follow-up to my comment to Katrinka’s “Green Mountain Coffee Rackets” on 3/11/14 concerning H756 (aka Green Mountain Coffee K-cup exemption), back in March 2012, and its possible unintended consequences.
In case you haven’t seen the FreePress this morning:
Keurig [Green Mountain] and Peet’s plan to launch a selection of Peet’s K-Cup packs by the end of the summer. Keurig said Peet’s will continue to roast the beans for its K-Cup packs at its facility in Alameda, Calif., and the roasted beans will be transported to Keurig for grinding and packaging in K-Cup packs.
I don’t think this is quite what the Lege had in mind, do you? That a transnational holding company (Coca-Cola) might one day acquire Green Mountain Coffee and turn what was meant as a limited exemption for a valued local business into a nationally-expanding business plan, on Vermont’s dime. (Starbucks was admitted to the K-Cup club just hours before the announcement was made about Peet’s.)
Just wait until Coca-Cola starts pressing for an exemption for on-site retail water bottling…