EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jul 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle company, rolled out the red carpet for a visit from Obama Administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. The Secretary was joined by advanced culinary students enrolled at the nearby Treasure Island Job Corps Center. Secretary Solis' visit included a roundtable discussion with Job Corps students and Company representatives on the future of jobs and careers in the culinary/food service industry.
"We were delighted to host Secretary Solis at our Company headquarters. Over the last several months we have worked closely with the Labor Department to provide jobs for young people across the country so that they can earn much needed funds to put towards their education and family needs," said James D. White, chairman, president and CEO, Jamba Juice Company. "President Obama and Secretary Solis have demonstrated a strong commitment to assuring youth employment and we are glad to do our part in support of these initiatives."
Secretary Solis' visit comes on the heels of Jamba's announcement in May to put 2,500 youth to work this summer in response to the Department of Labor's SummerJobs USA challenge. To date, Jamba has hired almost 2,700 young people as a part of that challenge and remains committed to helping America's youth find employment.
"Summer jobs help introduce young people to the demands of the workplace and the skills employers want to see, but they also help young people envision possibilities and explore interests that can become life-long careers. Employers like Jamba Juice understand this, and have made a strong commitment to expanding opportunities for our youth," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
In addition to career discussions with Jamba Juice team members, Secretary Solis and meeting participants toured the Company's test kitchen where Jamba's All Fruit(TM), Fruit and Veggie, and Fruit Refreshers with Coconut Water smoothies as well as other innovative, better-for-you menu offerings are created and tested.
Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice is a leading destination for specialty better-for-you beverage and food offerings, including great tasting real whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, hot beverages including organic coffee and tea, hot oatmeal made with organic steel cut oats, wraps, salads, sandwiches, California Flatbreads(TM), premium frozen yogurt, Whirl'ns(TM) Frozen Yogurt, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the Nation. As of April 19, 2011, Jamba Juice had 741 locations in the United States consisting of 434 franchise-operated stores, 307 Company-owned stores and two international stores. For more information about Jamba Juice, visit us at http://www.jambajuice.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JambaJuice, follow us on Twitter at @JambaJuice or call 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).
SOURCE: Jamba Juice Company