Promotes Company's Health and Wellness Initiatives, Pushes for
Ratification of US-Korea Free Trade Agreement and Greater Small Business
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Mar 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
James D. White, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Jamba,
Inc (NASDAQ: JMBA) led a delegation of company executives to the
nation's capitol last week visiting several senior Obama Administration
officials. The meetings were organized to promote the Company's
long-standing commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles, small
business entrepreneurship, and to building healthier communities and
schools across America. White also joined a chorus of American companies
pledging their support for the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Jamba's itinerary included meetings with senior officials of the Let's
Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to combat the
nation's growing childhood obesity epidemic, staff at the President's
Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), executives at
the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the
organization that manages broad-based community service efforts in
education, health care, recreation and the environment. Company
executives also met with the White House Chef, where they highlighted
their partnership with the National Gardening Association (NGA) and the
Jamba's National School Lunch Program which includes all-fruit and fruit
and vegetables smoothies
Jamba continues to help lead the industry in developing nutritious
specialty smoothies made with whole fruit and 100% fruit and
vegetables juices, with 0g trans fat, no HFCS, no artificial
preservatives, and no artificial flavors. The Company has helped lead
the way in the state of California in promoting healthier eating
and physical fitness in schools and surrounding communities. In February
2010, Jamba and CAHPERD broke the Guinness Book of World Records by
organizing 88,000 children and adults to jump or skip rope across
California. Their work in promoting healthy lifestyles and partnerships
with like-minded organizations, such as the WNBA, NGA, and National PTA,
has been by recognized by California's former First Lady, Maria Shriver,
with whom Jamba partnered in support of the Woman's Conference during
the past two years.
Other meetings included an extended visit with U.S. Commerce
Secretary, Gary Locke, Deputy US Trade Ambassador, Demetrios Marantis,
and senior advisors at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
"Jamba Juice is at a very critical place in both the U.S. and global
market place. Jamba has been a leader in providing customers with
solutions to help simplify and inspire healthy, active living, for more
than 20 years. With the obesity crisis facing our nation and the global
focus on health and wellness, that mission has never been more relevant,
said James D. White, chairman, president, and CEO. "We were delighted to
meet with members of the President's team to discuss innovative ways we
can help promote healthier living, especially for the nation's youth."
In his meeting at the Commerce Department, White briefed the Secretary
and senior advisors on the Company's domestic operations and Jamba's
long-standing commitment to summer youth employment. He also urged
Secretary Locke to promote policies encouraging franchising as a viable
option to entrepreneurship and small business development in urban
communities across the country.
During his meeting at SBA, White applauded the agency for increasing its
borrowing limits for small businesses and committed to assist in raising
the awareness of franchising opportunities for women and minorities.
At USTR, White pledged his support for the President's US-Korea free
trade agreement and outlined the Company's master development agreement
with Paris Croissant, an affiliate of the SPC Group, to develop 200
Jamba Juice locations in South Korea over the next 10 years and its
planned global expansion into other parts of Asia and Europe.
"I was honored to have the opportunity to visit with Secretary Locke,
SBA officials and the Deputy Ambassador for Trade," said White. "The
level of access we were given and substance of the dialogue, I think,
further demonstrates the steadfast commitment the President and his
Administration have for the country's economic growth."
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About Jamba Juice Company
Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice (NASDAQ: JMBA) is a leading restaurant
retailer of better-for-you food and beverage offerings, including great
tasting fruit smoothies, juices, and teas, hot oatmeal made with organic
steel cut oats, wraps, salads, sandwiches, and California
Flatbreads(TM), and a variety of baked goods and snacks. As of December
28, 2010, Jamba Juice had 743 locations consisting of 351 company-owned
and operated stores and 392 franchise stores. Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA)
is a holding company which through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba
Juice Company, owns and franchises JAMBA JUICE(R) stores. To find out
more about Jamba-branded products visit the Jamba Juice website at www.jambajuice.com
or call 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).
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