Chobani, known for its Greek yogurt and coffee creamers, has made a significant move in the coffee industry by acquiring La Colombe for a total value of $900 million. This acquisition, announced in December, includes a mix of cash, loans, and the absorption of Keurig Dr Pepper’s minority equity stake in La Colombe. Despite the takeover, La Colombe will maintain its independent brand identity. Chobani’s strategic move into the ready-to-drink canned coffee category, worth $5 billion, reflects the growing demand for cold coffee beverages, with 75% of coffee drinkers enjoying them year-round.
The acquisition aligns with Chobani’s portfolio expansion and the broader trend among industry giants like Starbucks and Nestlé, who are increasingly focusing on cold coffee offerings. La Colombe’s commitment to quality and sustainable sourcing complements Chobani’s brand image. Interestingly, Chobani’s CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, was a primary investor in La Colombe before Keurig’s involvement, underscoring his personal connection to the brand. This strategic partnership may have been hinted at earlier in the year when the two companies co-hosted a booth at a natural products summit.
This decision presents Chobani with the opportunity to tap into La Colombe’s customer base, including convenience retailers, cafes, and restaurants. Furthermore, La Colombe’s presence in James Beard Award-winning eateries and its 32 cafe locations across the U.S. offer valuable distribution channels. As Chobani aims for continued growth, they are also focusing on developing lower-sugar canned coffee options with natural sweeteners and no artificial additives. With this acquisition, Chobani is poised to make a significant impact on the coffee market……….[read more]
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