1. Basis of Presentation
The “Company” and “Caribou” refer to Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. and its affiliates, collectively.
The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally
accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all information and footnotes required by U.S.
generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, these statements include all adjustments considered necessary for the fair presentation of all interim periods reported herein. All adjustments
are of a normal recurring nature unless otherwise disclosed. Management believes that the disclosures made are adequate for a fair presentation of the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flows. These condensed
consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the year-end consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 000-51535).
Principles of Consolidation
The Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. and affiliates that it
controls. The affiliates are Caribou MSP Airport, a partnership in which the Company owns a 49% interest and that operates six coffeehouses, and Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc., a licensor of Caribou Coffee branded coffeehouses. The Company
controls the daily operations of Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc. and accordingly consolidates their results of operations. The Company provided a loan to its partner in Caribou MSP Airport for all of the partner’s equity contribution
to the venture. Consequently, the Company bears all the risk of loss but does not control all decisions that may have a significant effect on the success of the venture. Therefore, the Company consolidates the Caribou MSP Airport, as it is the
primary beneficiary in this variable interest entity. All material intercompany balances and transactions between Caribou Coffee Company, Inc., Caribou MSP Airport and Caribou Coffee Development Company, Inc. have been eliminated in consolidation.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”)
requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. Actual results may differ from those estimates, and such differences may be material to the consolidated
Fiscal Year End
The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Sunday falling nearest to December 31. Each fiscal year consists of four 13-week quarters in a 52-week year and three 13-week quarters and one 14-week
fourth quarter in a 53-week year. Each fiscal quarter reported herein consists of two four-week months and one five-week month.
The Company’s sales are somewhat seasonal, with the fourth quarter accounting for the highest sales volumes. Operating results for
the thirteen week period ended September 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of future results that may be expected for the year ending December 30, 2012.