Beverage News: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR)’s Accounting Standards, Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)’s Legal Battle & Sodastream International Ltd (SODA)

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR), Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO), Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT)

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) Makes Turnaround with New Management, Remains Competitive with Keurig Brand (TWST)
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) has made a significant turnaround due to its new management team from The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), who instilled new rigorous accounting standards, and the company is still remaining competitive with its powerful Keurig brand, says Munish Malhotra, Co-Manager at Marsico Capital. “Back in 2010, 2011, Green Mountain Coffee had some major issues around accounting transparency. The stock lost almost 75% to 80% of its value in the course of 12 months. And we actually thought that there was a real opportunity to come into the name.

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Moody’s Reviews Starbucks for Upgrade as Profits Improve (WSJ)
Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) Investors Service put Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) on review for an upgrade, citing in part the coffee giant’s improving profits. Moody’s currently has Starbucks’ senior unsecured rating at Baa2, two notches into investment grade. The ratings firm’s review comes after Starbucks proposed a new note offering, which Moody’s believes will offer more liquidity. Along with improved earnings and cash flow, the note offering will help mitigate the company’s liability related to a legal battle with Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) and Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Moody’s said.

Sodastream International Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (SODA) (DailyPolitical)
Shares of Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Thursday. Stock traders bought 5,532 put options on the stock, American Banking and Market News reports. This represents an increase of approximately 118% compared to the average daily volume of 2,543 put options. Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Longbow Research initiated coverage on shares of Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) in a research note to investors on Wednesday, August 21st. They set a “buy” rating and a $79.00 price target on the stock.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Joins the Sustainability Consortium (FortmillTimes)
The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is pleased to welcome Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) as a new member. GMCR will be participating in the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture working group, as well as the Electronics and Packaging working groups. The company will also participate in the General Merchandise Committee where knowledge products for small appliances, like personal coffee makers, are made.

Starbucks Corporation : More Than 200 Million Sold: Fans Celebrate the Return of the Original Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks (4-Traders)
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) today welcomes the return of the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), back for its 10th anniversary. Starbucks is celebrating the beloved beverage’s 10th season as a fall tradition, which fans have established as the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time, having purchased more than 200 million beverages since it was first introduced in 2003.

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Can the Recent Uptrend Continue for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR)? (Nasdaq)
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) has been on the move lately as the stock has risen by 12.3% in the past four weeks, and it is currently trading well above its 20-Day SMA. This is a pretty solid move higher, but the question that has to be on investors’ minds right now is; can this trend continue? While there can be no telling for sure, it is certainly encouraging that earnings estimates have risen in the past few weeks on the company, suggesting that sentiment on GMCR is moving in the right direction…

Starbucks Corp. Director Sells $1,400,133.84 in Stock (SBUX) (WatchListNews)
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) Director James Shennan, Jr. sold 19,698 shares of Starbucks Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.08, for a total transaction of $1,400,133.84. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 10,402 shares of the company’s stock. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. A number of research firms have recently commented on SBUX. Analysts at Ned Davis Research upgraded shares of Starbucks Corp.

Starbucks to get more Colombians drinking coffee, rival hopes (BRecorder)
The Juan Valdez cafe chain, owned by farmers and beloved by Colombians, expects the imminent arrival of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) to help it boost surprisingly low consumption of the beverage in a nation that grows much of the world’s tastiest arabica. The Seattle-based coffee chain will open about 50 stores serving Colombian-only coffee in the Andean country in five years starting in 2014, it announced this week. The company is already the single-biggest exporter of coffee from Colombia.

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