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Caribou Coffee, Following Starbucks, Dumping Monsanto's rBGH-Tainted Milk

Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBOU), the second largest U.S.-based, company-owned gourmet coffeehouse operator, today announced that beginning next week it will begin converting more of the Caribou Coffee coffeehouses to offering rBST free milk.

Working in conjunction with its dairy partner, Schroeder Company, it will convert the Caribou Coffee locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to offer rBST free basic milk products including skim, 2 percent, and whole milk. This follows the conversion in the Colorado and the Washington, D.C. metro markets that occurred earlier this year.

"We appreciate the work of our business partners at the Schroeder Company, who are helping make this possible for Caribou Coffee," says Kathy Hollenhorst, SVP of Marketing for Caribou Coffee. "Our customers are very interested in fresh, natural ingredients in all of our products; this is another step ensuring that we continue to offer the highest quality beverages possible."

With this conversion of the Minnesota and Dakota locations, Caribou Coffee will now offer hormone free milk at approximately 60 percent of stores in the United States. The company continues to monitor rBST free milk supply in other markets and plans to convert additional stores as supply becomes available.

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