McDonald's will soon start selling its McCafe coffee beans in grocery stores. According to a press release (below), the burger chain has teamed up with Kraft Foods to sell "ground, whole bean, and on-demand single cup McCafé coffees" at retailers across the nation. Burger Business writes that the 12-ounce bags of coffee will come in flavors like Premium Roast, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Colombian, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut and will be priced around $7.29. Single-Cup pod coffees will be offered in Premium Roast, French Roast, and Premium Roast Decaf.
Other fast food chains have also entered the coffee market: Chick-fil-A recently announced that it is now serving "socially responsible" beans and cold brew iced coffee McCafe coffee will hit shelves in early 2015 rendering it practically impossible for basically anyone to escape the Golden Arches.
McDonald's USA and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Bring McCafé Coffee to Retail Outlets Nationwide in 2015
Today, McDonald's and Kraft will be giving coffee lovers across America
another reason to enjoy the morning. The global leading food service retailer and one of North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies announced a collaboration to expand the manufacture, marketing and distribution of the McDonald's McCafé brand in the U.S. by packaging its signature coffee for sale in grocery stores and other retailers nationwide. Consumers will be able to enjoy a variety of ground, whole bean and on-demand single cup McCafé coffees in the comfort and convenience of their own homes, beginning in early 2015.
"We understand there is huge demand for at home options and we've built great success with our McCafé coffee in restaurants. So, it was a natural next step to provide customers with McCafé coffee to enjoy in their own home," said Greg Watson, senior vice president, McDonald's U.S. Menu Innovation. "We have always been committed to serving delicious, high quality beverages at a value and we're happy to provide consumers another great way to enjoy McDonald's McCafé coffees."
Made with 100% Arabica beans, McCafé packaged coffees will offer consumers a way to enjoy the McCafé experience at home with the quality, convenience and value they've come to expect from McDonald's restaurants. Formats and varieties to be introduced include:
Roast and Ground: Premium Roast, Breakfast Blend, French Roast, Colombian, Premium Roast Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and French Roast Whole Bean (12 oz. bag)
On-Demand Single Cups: Premium Roast, French Roast and Premium Roast Decaf
"In a competitive category that is growing rapidly and changing every day, this new partnership with McDonald's represents a whole new era in the world of at-home premium coffee," said Nina Barton, vice president of Coffee for Kraft Foods. "This partnership will allow us to leverage each company's best-in-class capabilities, putting us in a prime position to drive further category growth and deliver one of America's largest, fastest-growing coffee brands to coffee lovers nationwide."
Added Barton, "By tapping into the loyal McCafé fan base already built by McDonald's and leveraging our deep coffee category expertise here at Kraft, we have the ability to reach a larger audience than ever before, really giving this brand room to thrive." McCafé varieties will be available in grocery, mass merchandise, club and drug retail locations beginning in early 2015.