Juice maker Jamba
What sets Jamba apart is its focus on smoothies, plus a wider range of options compared to the big two competitors. This is perhaps why Jamba's same-store sales have been on the rise.
The juice maker recently saw its company-owned same-store sales rise by 12.7% in its first quarter, helped by an increase in store traffic as well as a rise in the average check. Even better, this was the sixth straight quarter of comps growth at the California-based company.
Jamba is also looking to expand its global presence. It added 10 new stores this quarter, which includes four franchise stores in the U.S. and six internationally. This year, Jamba is looking to double its global presence. The company rolled out an express version of its stores, christened "JambaGo," last year, which allowed it to move into unconventional locations such as college campuses. CEO James White said Jamba intends to open somewhere between 400 to 500 stores by the end of this year.
These expansions are a very positive step for the company and should put it in a much better position to compete with Starbucks and McDonald's.
As White says of Jamba's BLEND Plan 2.0 strategy, unveiled at the start of the year: "Our BLEND Plan 2.0 priorities are to make Jamba a top-of-mind healthy food and beverage brand, embody a healthy, active lifestyle throughout our entire enterprise, accelerate global retail growth through new and existing formats, build a global CPG platform in Jamba-relevant categories and reduce our costs and increase productivity."
I think if Jamba can execute that strategy well, it should be headed for better things. The main challenge for the company will be to be establish itself as a well-recognized brand -- the way people know a Starbucks or a McDonald's. It won't be a simple job, but it is something Jamba will have to do to remain competitive.
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