You’ll Never Guess What the Leading Brand of Coffee Is

by | August 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM | Drink


If you guessed Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, you’re wrong.

By Marcy Franklin, Editor

Sorry, fourth-wave coffee lovers and Starbucks/Dunkin’ Donuts addicts: your coffee choice isn’t top dog. In fact, it’s the brand at the supermarket that you usually skip over — Folgers — that’s still the country’s number-one choice for coffee.

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New reports from Businessweek show that Folgers outsells any other brand at the grocery store (so no, it doesn’t count your multiple midday coffee runs); its parent company, JM Smucker, increased its volume output by 4 percent just in the last quarter. Folgers has a hold of just more than15 percent of the market; the next leading brands are Maxwell House, Green Mountain, and Starbucks. (Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is also sold by JM Smucker, and Dunkin’ is growing, too. The same reports share that Dunkin’s packaged coffee grew by 6 percent in the same period.)

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 In the last year, JM Smucker sold about $2.3 billion in coffee, up from $1.9 billion in 2011. Experts say it could be that Folgers has captured a growing market thanks to its marketing efforts, such as this jingle contest (featuring some very Mumford and Sons-looking musicians). So you know, hipsters aren’t just drinking Blue Bottle these days.

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