Jamba Juice

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Jamba, Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQJMBA)
Founded San Luis Obispo, California (1990)
Headquarters Emeryville, California, U.S.
Number of locations 849
(in 4 countries)
Key people James D. White,
Chairman & President/CEO
Revenue Increase US$228.8 million (2012)
Net income Increase US$0.3 million (2012)
Total assets Increase US$93.2 million (2012)
Website www.jambajuice.com
Jamba Juice headquarters in Emeryville
A typical Jamba Juice store
A Jamba Juice store located along the CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood

Jamba Juice Company is a restaurant retailer headquartered in Emeryville, California, with over 800 locations operating in 26 states, the Bahamas, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico and South Korea. There are approximately 287 company-owned locations and 517 franchise-operated stores in the United States of America, in addition to the 45 international stores.1

History

Jamba Juice was conceived and founded in April 1990 by Kirk Perron, an avid cyclist and healthy-lifestyle advocate who opened his first store in San Luis Obispo, California. He was later joined in the business by three friends: Joe Vergara, Kevin Peters, and Linda Ozawa Olds.2 It was incorporated in 1990 as Juice Club, Inc. in San Luis Obispo.34

Jamba Juice acquired all nationwide Zuka Juice, Inc. stores in March 1999.5 Zuka Juice was founded in Orem, Utah, by Dave Duffin and also was a prominent smoothie company at the time. Since then, Jamba Juice has expanded to become a well known smoothie chain. The first location in New York was at Columbus Circle and 59th Street in the basement of the Time Warner Center and is part of the Whole Foods Market seating area. Other locations include one south of Union Square, Times Square, Tribeca, and one in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

On March 13, 2006, Jamba Juice agreed to be acquired by Services Acquisition Corp. International for $265 million. Services Acquisition is headed by Steven Berrard, former CEO of Blockbuster Inc. Upon the closing of the transaction, the publicly traded Services Acquisition changed its name to Jamba, Inc.6

In June 2008, Jamba, Inc. announced that it had completed a $35.0 million convertible preferred stock transaction. The convertible preferred stock becomes redeemable by Jamba, Inc. at the election of the purchasers in June 2016 unless converted earlier and includes an 8% annual dividend. The preferred stock is convertible into common shares at a price of $1.15 per share.

The funding was led by a $19.55 million investment by Mistral Equity Partners, a private equity fund focused on consumer products and services companies, with the remaining $15.45 million investment made by a company controlled by the Serruya Family, a successful entrepreneurial Canadian-based family who founded the Yogen Früz frozen yogurt and smoothie chain. “We are very excited about Jamba and the potential growth opportunities available to the company as it extends the brand through licensing and franchising opportunities,” said Andrew Heyer, managing partner of Mistral Equity Partners. “This transaction complements our focus exclusively on investing in consumer businesses with strong management teams that capitalize on emerging demographic or psychographic trends.” Yogen Früz CEO Michael Serruya said his company would provide Jamba with insights into global franchise operations. Effective upon the closing of the transaction, Andrew R. Heyer, Jennifer N. Aniston, and Michael Serruya joined the Board of Directors.

In December 2008, Jamba began a strategic move to transform the company from a smoothie shop to include a line of wraps, sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads.7 Jamba currently has over 750 locations in 26 states across the U.S. with a small number of international outlets.

In July 2009, in promoting its new line of products, Jamba Juice was criticized for running an advertising campaign which was described as a "ripoff" of the work of cartoonist David Rees.8 The ad campaign looked similar to Rees' "Get Your War On" series. Rees was informed of the Jamba Juice ads by a fan who sent in a letter. Rees stated that "Jamba Juice bit my style, with no credit, and it's kind of disrespectful."8

2007 Nestlé deal and entrance into breakfast foods

In December 2007, it was announced that Jamba would be partnering with Nestlé to lend its name to a line of healthy, ready-to-drink beverages under the Jamba brand; they would offer two different products: Smoothies and juices.9 On December 19, 2008, a press release from Nestle USA and Jamba Juice announced suspension of Jamba ready-to-drink products due to "...challenges...with manufacturing on a consistent basis, resulting in inventory and out-of-stock issues."10

Flavors

As of January 2014:

  • Seasonal: Pumpkin Smash, Eggnog Jubilee
  • All Fruit Smoothies: Mega Mango, Peach Perfection, Pomegranate Paradise, Strawberry Whirl
  • Brewed by the Cup: Organic House Blend, Organic House Blend Decaf
  • Classic Smoothies (Classic Smoothies now have the "Make It Light" option, with 1/3 fewer calories, carbs, and sugars): Aloha Pineapple, Banana Berry, Caribbean Passion, Mango-a-go-go, Peach Pleasure, Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up, Razzmatazz, Strawberries Wild, Strawberry Surf Rider11
  • Creamy Treats: Chocolate Moo'd, Matcha Green Tea Blast, Orange Dream Machine, Peanut Butter Moo'd
  • Fruit and Veggie Smoothies: Apple N' Greens, Berry UpBEET, Orange Carrot Karma, Tropical Harvest
  • Pre-Boosted Smoothies: Acai Super Antioxidant, Protein Berry Workout, Orange-C-Booster
  • Fit 'N Fruitful Smoothies: Berry Blend, Strawberry Raspberry Banana, Peach Mango
  • Whole Food Nutrition Smoothies: Kale-ribbeon Breeze, Carrot Orange Fusion, PB Chocolate Love
  • Fresh Juice Blends: Orange-Berry Antioxidant, Kale Orange Power, Triple Revitalizer
  • Wellness Bowls: Chunky Strawberry Bowl, Berry Bowl, Peach Mango Bowl

Previous (December 2011):

  • Seasonal: Apple Cinnamon Cheer, Pumpkin Smash, Sweetheart Smoothie, Berried 'n Chocolate, Kona Berry Blast
  • All Fruit Smoothies: Five Fruit Frenzy, Mega Mango, Peach Perfection, Pomegranate Paradise, Strawberry Whirl
  • Brewed by the Cup: Organic House Blend, Organic House Blend Decaf
  • Classic Smoothies: Aloha Pineapple, Banana Berry, Blackberry Bliss, Caribbean Passion, Mango-a-go-go, Orange-A-Peel, Peach Pleasure, Pomegranate Pick-Me-Up, Razzmatazz, Strawberries Wild, Strawberry Surf Rider
  • Creamy Treats: Chocolate Moo'd, Coffee Craze, Matcha Green Tea Blast, Mocha Mojo, Orange Dream Machine, Peanut Butter Moo'd
  • Fruit and Veggie Smoothies: Apple N' Greens, Berry UpBEET, Orange Carrot Karma
  • Probiotic Fruit and Yogurt Blend: Strawberries Alive, Vibrant Blueberry, Thrivin' Mango
  • Pre-Boosted Smoothies: Acai Super Antioxidant, Protein Berry Workout, Orange-C-Booster
  • Jamba Light Smoothies: Berry Fulfilling, Mango Mantra, Strawberry Nirvana
  • Toppers: Chunky Strawberry Topper, Berry Topper, Peach Mango Topper, Acai Topper

See also

References

  1. ^ "2013 3rd Quarter Earnings". Jamba Juice. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jamba Juice Company - Company History". Fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ Gregg H. Hawkins | A Recipe For Success
  4. ^ Jamba Juice: UFOC freefranchisedocs
  5. ^ [1], freefranchisedocs.com
  6. ^ JAMBA JUICE COMPANY AND SERVICES ACQUISITION CORP. - INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE MERGER, SEC
  7. ^ Jennings, Lisa (June 11, 2009). "Jamba Juice to offer sandwiches and salads". NRN.com. 
  8. ^ a b "Has Jamba Juice's Controversial Ad Just Pureed Its Billion-Dollar Dreams?", FastCompany
  9. ^ "Nestle USA and Jamba Juice Blend Their Expertise to Create Healthy Ready-to-Drink Products", Jamba Inc., Business Wire 2007, available at http://ir.jambajuice.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=279609.
  10. ^ "Nestlé USA and Jamba Announce Suspension of Jamba Ready-to-Drink Products," Jamba Inc., Business Wire 2008, available at http://ir.jambajuice.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=355145.
  11. ^ Classic Smoothies

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