Caribou Coffee Files Shelf Registration on Behalf of Shareholder

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBOU), the second largest company-owned gourmet coffeehouse operator in the United States based on the number of coffeehouses, today announced that it has filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering all of the 11,672,245 shares of common stock owned by the Company's largest shareholder, Caribou Holding Company Limited, an affiliate of Arcapita Bank B.S.C. (c). The registration statement provides that the shareholder may sell shares from time to time through underwritten offerings, in privately negotiated transactions, on the NASDAQ, or otherwise. Should the shareholder sell any shares of common stock, the Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., founded in 1992 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the second largest company-owned premium coffeehouse operator in the United States based on the number of coffeehouses. As of October 3, 2010, Caribou Coffee had 410 company-owned coffeehouses and 129 franchised and licensed locations. Caribou Coffee offers its customers premium coffee and hand crafted espresso-based beverages, as well as specialty teas, baked goods, whole bean coffee, branded merchandise and other coffee lifestyle items. In addition, Caribou Coffee sells products to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, office coffee and foodservice providers, hotels, entertainment venues and e-commerce channels. In addition, Caribou Coffee licenses third parties to use the Caribou Coffee brand on quality food and merchandise items. Caribou Coffee focuses on delivering a guest experience with a unique blend of expertise, fun and authentic human connection in a comfortable and welcoming coffeehouse environment. For more information, visit the Caribou Coffee web site at www.cariboucoffee.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this release, and other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of Caribou Coffee are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as management's current expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: fluctuations in quarterly and annual results, incurrence of net losses, adverse effects of management focusing on implementation of a growth strategy, failure to develop and maintain the Caribou Coffee brand and other factors disclosed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

SOURCE: Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.

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