Jamba Recognized By White House, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for the Company’s Corporate Leadership in Summer Youth Employment

Chairman and CEO James D. White shares stage with National Leaders; Renews summer youth hiring pledge and expands opportunity to Job Corps Center students.

EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2012-- Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ:JMBA), a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, recently received special recognition by President Barack Obama and United States Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for demonstrating the highest level of corporate leadership by actively participating in the Obama Administration’s Summer Jobs USA 2011 initiative.

Last Spring, Jamba® stepped forward and committed to hire a minimum of 2,500 young people across the country between the ages of 17 and 24. Along with their franchise partners, Jamba exceeded their committed goal by more than 200.

As part of a stepped-up effort to put America’s youth to work, Jamba along with more than 20 other business and community leaders from the around the country, demonstrated the power of partnership between public and private sector and joined the Obama Administration in the launch of Summer Jobs+. Summer Jobs+ is the administration’s new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.

In response to the President’s call to action, James D. White, chairman, president and CEO, Jamba Juice Company, announced that the Company will recommit to hiring 2,500 young people and expand their efforts to include an internship/mentoring program targeting Job Corps students in the culinary arts. The newly designed program seeks to provide engaging opportunities for young people in the culinary arts to help them build their capabilities and skills.

“For more than 20 years, Jamba has been committed to helping build healthy communities and schools,” said Mr. White. “We know how important it is for youth to find jobs over the summer in order to attain meaningful work-experience and the job skills essential to their future success.”

“For many, this will be their first job and a critical stepping stone in their future careers, which we hope will be with Jamba. It is a great honor to partner with the President and Secretary Solis in this very important effort,” added White.

"Summer jobs help teach young people about possibilities and provide them with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace. I'm thrilled that Jamba Juice has joined the growing list of committed partners leading the charge to provide America's young people with opportunities that can make an impact for a lifetime,” said Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis.

Jamba Juice has more than 750 outlets across the nation. Applicants can find more information about summer jobs by visiting www.jambajuice.com/careers or http://www.dol.gov/dol/summerjobs/ .

About Jamba Juice Company

Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA) is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting fruit smoothies, fresh juices and teas, hot oatmeal made with organic steel cut oats, Fit’n Fruitful™ smoothies, fruit and veggie smoothies, Whirl’ns™ Frozen Yogurt, breakfast wraps, salads, sandwiches, California Flatbreads™ and a variety of baked goods and snacks. As of January 3, 2012, there were 750 locations in the United States consisting of 307 Company-owned and operated stores and 443 franchise-operated stores. In addition, at January 3, 2012 there were 19 international stores.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release (including information incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference herein) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are those involving future events and future results that are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projects as well as the current beliefs and assumptions of our management. Words such as “outlook”, “believes”, “expects”, “appears”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “anticipates”, or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, are intended to identify such forward looking statements. Any statement that is not a historical fact, including estimates, projections, future trends and the outcome of events that have not yet occurred, is a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our reports filed with the SEC. Many of such factors relate to events and circumstances that are beyond our control. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

Source: Jamba Juice Company

Contact:

Jamba Juice Company
Corporate Communications
Janice Duis
PR Hotline, 510-596-0100 X7
jduis@jambajuice.com

 

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