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2. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Rank: 2 (Previous rank: 11)
CEO: Lawrence J. Blanford
Address: 33 Coffee Ln.
Waterbury, VT 05676-8900
Forget about coffee by the pot. Green Mountain is buzzing along by convincing a growing number of java heads to fuel their habit one "K-Cup" at a time. The makers of Keurig single-serving brewing systems, which have become fixtures in offices and hotel rooms, Green Mountain shipped 1.6 billion K-Cups in 2009, a 63% surge from the prior year.

The Vermont-based company has pushed westward in the last two years by swallowing up Tully's, a Seattle-based roaster popular in supermarkets and southern Californian roaster Diedrich Coffee. It's still a long way from Starbucks, but at $1 billion-plus in revenues, Green Mountain has delivered a jolt to the coffee business.

--D.M.

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  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 1,087.0 55 13
Net income** 65.7 ó ó
Total return ó 64 2
Earnings per share ó 96 18
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $31.01
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 45
Industry: Food
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 2 1,087.0
2 Zhongpin 17 776.5
3 Medifast 29 191.6
4 Cal-Maine Foods 44 901.7
5 Ralcorp Holdings 75 3,934.1
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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