USA – McDonald’s USA has entered into long-term master licensing and distribution agreement with Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) for McCafé packaged coffee in the US.

Under the new partnership, which brings together the national McCafé brand with Keurig Dr Pepper’s leadership in specialty coffee and tea, KDP will continue to be the exclusive manufacturer of McCafé K-Cup pods in the US.

KDP will also take on responsibility for coffee sourcing, distribution and marketing of the McCafé brand in K-Cup pods and bagged and canned coffee formats in all classes of trade, including retail and e-commerce, beginning in the second half of 2020.

With this partnership, McCafé will continue to be marketed alongside KDP’s market leading single-serve brewing systems in addition to in the coffee aisle.

“We are prioritizing making McCafé a go-to coffee brand for our customers, and we are confident this move will strengthen the impact of the McCafé brand in retail,” said McDonald’s USA Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda Van Gosen. 

“We would like to thank our current partner Kraft Heinz for a successful partnership in McCafé packaged coffee.  We are looking forward to the next chapter and working with Keurig Dr Pepper, a leader in innovation and marketing of single-serve coffee pods.”

McDonald’s, Kraft Heinz and Keurig Dr Pepper will work together to ensure a smooth transition in the second half of 2020.

“McCafé is emerging as one of the power brands at retail, and we are pleased to welcome the brand as a new member of our licensed brand family,” said Derek Hopkins, Chief Commercial Officer at KDP.

“We look forward to innovating with McCafé for our leading Keurig brewing system and bringing our sourcing, roasting, distribution and marketing expertise to further drive growth and expansion of the brand in homes throughout the U.S.”

The partnership represents the next phase of growth in the McCafé packaged coffee business that launched with Kraft Heinz in 2014.

“We are incredibly proud of our successful partnership with McDonald’s and the growth we have seen in McCafé packaged coffee since the launch into retail in 2014,” said Peter Eck, General Manager of Coffee for Kraft Heinz. 

“Kraft Heinz will support the transition for McCafé, and we remain fully committed to the coffee category as a whole. We are actively exploring all options to grow, innovate and win in coffee with our own brands, as well as with our other licensed brands.”