9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jamba Juice

This chain offers a lot more than just smoothies

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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. 

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Jamba Juice

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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. 

They Were Once Bought by a Former Blockbuster CEO

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In 2006, the company was acquired by the creatively named Services Acquisition for $265 million. Headed by Steven Berrard, the former CEO of Blockbuster, Services Acquisition changed its name to Jamba Inc. after the sale. 

An Experiment with Bottled Smoothies Failed

At the height of the smoothie craze in 2007, Jamba Juice entered into a partnership with Nestlé to offer ready-to-drink smoothies and juices under the Jamba Juice brand. But because of "challenges... with manufacturing on a consistent basis, resulting in inventory and out-of-stock issues," the initiative was cancelled one year later. 

There’s a Secret Menu

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“Secret menu” items include Fruity Pebbles (soy milk, raspberry, pineapple, lime, and orange sherbet); peanut butter and jelly (soy milk, frozen yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and peanut butter); and Pink Starburst (soy milk, lemonade, raspberry sherbet, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and strawberries). 

There’s a Rewards Club for Loyal Customers

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With Jamba Insider Rewards, you’ll earn rewards for every dollar spent at Jamba Juice. 

An Activist Investor Wants Them to Leave New York City

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New York is a very expensive market for Jamba Juice because of the high rents and labor costs as well as the bitter cold winters, when smoothies aren’t exactly hot items. Engaged Capital, an activist investor with a seven percent stake in the company, wants them to shutter their 15 company-owned stores in New York — they closed the one down the street from The Daily Meal's offices last year — and move them down to Texas or Florida, according to The Wall Street Journal.   

Their Unhealthiest Smoothie Contains 480 Calories

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The highest-calorie menu items are lurking under the “Creamy Treats” section. The most calorie-dense treat of all is the Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie, which is made with frozen yogurt, chocolate, soy milk, bananas, and peanut butter. It sounds delicious, but a 16-ounce serving contains 480 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 72 grams of sugar. 

You Can Buy Smoothie Kits, Fruit Snacks, and Juicers From Their Website

There’s a section of their website called Jamba Goods where you can order just-add-juice smoothie kits, organic fruit snacks, and appliances like juicers and blenders. 

You Can Join Their Consumer Research Panel

If you sign up for the Jamba Consumer Research Panel, you may be called upon to participate in taste tests and focus groups, as well as other research opportunities. If you’re a fan, let your voice be heard!

They Cater

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Want Jamba to cater your party? Just send them an email and they’ll send you a catering menu and deliver all the goods right to where you need them.