Portland Roasting Coffee Launches 100% Compostable Single-Serve Coffee Pods

Sold at all Sprouts Farmers Market stores, line features PῧrPod100™, the world’s first BPI® certified, 100% compostable single-serve coffee pod

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 8, 2017) — Portland Roasting Coffee, a Portland-based, sustainable specialty coffee roaster, has launched its first line of compostable single-serve coffee pods. The line, featuring PῧrPod100™, the world’s first certified 100% compostable single-serve coffee pods, will be sold in all Sprouts Farmers Market stores. Sprouts Farmers Market, which operates approximately 250 stores in 13 states, has a mandate that by 2017 all single-serve coffee products on its shelves must be 100% compostable.

“Given the huge consumer demand for a more convenient way to enjoy coffee at home, it was important to us that there was a sustainable packaging solution in sight before we entered the single-serve market last year,” said Portland Roasting Coffee founder and president, Mark Stell. “At Portland Roasting, we believe that innovation drives change, so we’re optimistic that our compostable pods represent the future of our company’s long-term goal of delivering a truly great-tasting cup of coffee while dramatically reducing associated waste.”

PῧrPod100™ was developed by Toronto-based Club Coffee in response to consumer concerns about the waste associated with traditional single-serve pods and the need for an alternative that would still deliver a great taste experience. Certification by BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) confirms that PῧrPod100™ breaks down fully in large-scale commercial composting processes.

Portland Roasting Coffee’s compostable single-serve pods are available in five varieties including: Organic French Roast, Organic Tanagers Song, Organic Portland House, Morning Blend and Goose Hollow and are available in either 12- or 24-cup packs. Suggested retail price is $9.99 for a 12-cup pack. PῧrPod100™ pods are compatible with most Keurig®-style brewing systems.

About Portland Roasting Coffee
Since 1996, Portland Roasting Coffee has provided high-quality specialty coffees to independent coffee shops, grocers, restaurants and hotels. Their coffee has been grown with great care for the land, the laborers, and the legacy of their presence in local communities. Portland Roasting Coffee takes great pride in its farming partners and does all it can to support their growth and success. The coffee company’s commitment to farmers and environmental impact has resulted in an ever-growing list of global projects to improve life quality and environmental sustainability. When you enjoy a cup of Portland Roasting coffee, you join their mission to improve the world’s coffee growing regions. For additional information on Portland Roasting Coffee, please visit www.portlandroastingcoffee.com.

About Club Coffee
Since 1906, Club Coffee has built a reputation for quality and innovation. It has close to 500 custom label products and more than 200 Club Coffee branded products, making it the largest roaster, contract manufacturer and distributor of packaged coffees that Canadians buy from grocery stores. Club Coffee fully meets the stringent requirements for Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade and Kosher certifications, and is a leader in developing sustainable coffee solutions.

About BPI
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is a not-for-profit organization that educates, advocates, and certifies materials as compostable in large-scale composting facilities. All certified products and materials must meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 test requirements, as performed in a BPI-approved laboratory, whose results are then certified by an independent third party. The BPI is the largest certification organization for compostable products in North America and its Compostable Logo is recognized by composters and manufacturers across the continent.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast.

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