The Vermont Grocers' Association named Green Mountain Coffee Roasters "Supplier of the Year" at its annual convention and exposition in Killington, Vermont. Members of the Vermont Grocers' Association, a statewide organization representing over 750 stores and 160 suppliers to the industry, honored Green Mountain Coffee for its strong commitment to quality and service to its customers. The Company was also recognized for its strong support of local and global community organizations including the Vermont Food Bank, Conservation International(TM), and Coffee Kids(TM).

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters was founded in 1981 in Waitsfield, Vermont. The Company roasts, packages, and distributes high quality arabica coffees to wholesale, mail order and E-commerce customers. The majority of Green Mountain Coffee's revenue is derived from its wholesale operation. The Company had fiscal 1999 sales in excess of $64 million, with over 5,000 wholesale customers and more than 425 employees.

Doug Tschorn, VGA Chairman and Green Mountain Coffee customer said, "We are pleased to recognize Green Mountain Coffee Roasters on their achievements and are pleased to have their product at our store. Their product and service is excellent."

In accepting the "Supplier of the Year" Award, Bob Stiller, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. said, "Work is one part of life, and skills and interests at work should be transferable to other areas of life. We work hard to make a difference, as a successful business, and as active members of our communities. It is an honor to be named "Supplier of the Year" by the Vermont Grocers' Association, and a pleasure accept this award on behalf of everyone at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters."

Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is a leader in the specialty coffee industry. The Company roasts high-quality arabica coffees and offers over 60 varieties including single-origin, estate, certified organic, Fair Trade, proprietary blends, and flavored coffees that it sells under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters(R) brand. The majority of Green Mountain Coffee's revenue is derived from its wholesale operation which services restaurant, supermarket, specialty food store, convenience store, food service, in-room hotel hospitality, university, airline, train, and office coffee service customers. Green Mountain Coffee also operates a direct mail operation and e-commerce website with secure on-line ordering for customers from its Waterbury, Vermont headquarters.