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2. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
3-year average
Revenue Growth: 63%
Profit Growth: 69%
Total Return: 120%
Green Mountain is known as much for its K-cups, the single-serve coffee pods that are ubiquitous in corporate offices these days, as it is for its coffee. The company dominates the single-serve market and boasts customers such as ConAgra Foods, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts, which use K-cups for hot cocoa, teas and coffees. Some 82% of company sales stem from the pod and the "Keurig Brewing System."

It's lucrative for Green Mountain, which charges the equivalent of $35 a pound for coffee in K-cups, according to Greg Fraser of the GRT Absolute Return fund. But Green Mountain faces the loss of patent protection for the K-Cups in 2012, which could crimp revenues and profits going forward.
Get stock quote: GMCR
Revenue ($ millions): $1912.4
Net Income ($ millions): $113
Industry: Beverages
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From the September 26, 2011 issue.
Revenue and profit figures reflect the four quarters ended on or before April 30,2011.
Total return is through June 30, 2011.

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