The juice and smoothie craze has been going strong for over a decade at this point, and it shows no sign of slowing down. No chain has been able to capitalize on it better than Jamba Juice, which has 868 locations around the world and counting.
Jamba Juice was founded in 1990 in San Luis Obispo, California, by Kirk Perron, a cyclist and healthy lifestyle advocate, along with three of his friends. According to the company, the name is a play on an African word, jama, which means “to celebrate.” It was an immediate hit, and by 1999 had made enough money to buy out one of its competitors, Utah-based Zuka Juice. Since then it’s racked up a whole host of big-name investors and has expanded into 26 states, the Bahamas, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, and South Korea.
Jamba has done anything but rest on their laurels. In 2008, they rolled out a line of wraps, salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads, and in 2014, they vastly expanded their selection of fresh juices, with options incorporating kale, beets, cucumber, ginger, chia seeds, and cayenne. Other options include açaí bowls, oatmeal, Belgian waffles, apple cinnamon pretzels, a (probably unnecessary) four-cheese kids’ pizza, and Talbott Teas.
Even though more and more people are realizing that most smoothies, if not exactly unhealthy, are very high in sugar, Jamba Juice is still going strong. What’s more, they’ve found renewed success by offering high-quality items besides their flagship smoothies. Even if you’re a daily visitor, we bet there are some things you don’t know about Jamba Juice; read on for nine of them.
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