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Coffee company distributes to retail chain

September 30, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Uncommon Coffee Roasters President Guy Darienzo predicts that cold coffee will be as big as hot coffee some day. Courtesy Uncommon Coffee Roasters

A local coffee roaster has secured a six-state distribution deal with a major retailer.

Saugatuck-based Uncommon Coffee Roasters said this month its cold-brew coffee is now available at 168 Meijer locations across the Midwest.

Walker-based Meijer is carrying two of the company’s packaged cold-brew varieties, half & half and chocolate milk. The 16-ounce packages retail for $2.99 each.

Production

Uncommon Coffee Roasters partnered with Guernsey Farms Dairy in Northville to package the dairy-style cartons.

The coffee company uses a special tank from Greenville-based Psycho Brew to make the cold brew.

The company said the tank came following the release of the cold-brew coffee line in the spring — when more than 60 retailers in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana sold more than 50,000 cartons in three months.

Ucommon

Founded in Saugautuck in 1994 as a café in Saugatuck, Uncommon Coffee Roasters began roasting its own coffee in 2000.

Wholesale of the roasted coffee began in 2010, and the company serves more than 200 customers in Michigan, northern Indiana and Illinois.

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