Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2011

Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

by Paul W. Marshall, Thomas R. Eisenmann, Shikhar Ghosh and Lauren Barley

Abstract

Provides background information for a negotiations exercise in which students will represent either Keurig, a startup that has developed an innovative "portion pack" coffee brewing solution, or Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), a fast-growing premium coffee roaster interested in licensing Keurig's technology. The negotiation will determine the royalty to be paid to Keurig by GMCR, which will bear capital expenditures, and whether GMCR secures exclusive distribution rights to Keurig's system.

Keywords: Negotiation; Food and Beverage Industry;

Citation:

Marshall, Paul W., Thomas R. Eisenmann, Shikhar Ghosh, and Lauren Barley. "Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters." Harvard Business School Case 812-101, December 2011.