On Thursday, Dunkin' Donuts announced that it will launch a line of branded, bottled coffees in the U.S. in early 2017. Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report will manufacture, distribute and sell the product. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Historically, Starbucks -- which partners with PepsiCo (PEP) - Get Report to distribute its ready-to-drink coffee -- has cleaned up in the bottled coffee market with an array of bottled frappuccinno flavors. Starbucks is now in the process of rolling out its cold brew coffee to supermarkets.
Net revenues for Starbucks channel development segment, which includes sales of bottled coffees as well as its popular K-Cups, grew 9% from the prior year to $440.8 million in the most recent quarter.
Dunkin' joins Starbucks in what has been a red-hot market overall. The U.S. ready-to-drink coffee market has been growing by double digit percentages annually since 2011, according to Euromonitor, and is projected to reach nearly $3.6 billion by 2020. The global market stood at $18 billion in 2015.