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Jamba Juice Sued Over Claims That Their ‘Whole Fruits’ Advertising Is Misleading

Jamba Juice shows off a ton of whole fruits in its displays and on counters, with several claims that they use the fresh produce to make their smoothies and other items. A lawsuit is challenging this, however, saying that it is deceptive and misleading based on what actually goes into Jamba’s drinks.

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The suit was filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health advocacy watchdog that caught on to potentially misleading advertising from Jamba Juice. Their class action lawsuit accuses the smoothie chain of violating false advertising laws in California and New York, and seeks an unnamed amount of monetary restitution on top of demands that Jamba stop marketing with terms like “whole fruits and vegetables” immediately.

CSPI’s major problem with the advertising comes from discrepancies between it and the ingredients inside of Jamba Juice’s products. Examples include a passion fruit and mango juice blend that’s mostly white grape juice that serves as the base for a Caribbean Passion smoothie. On menu boards, that drink is listed as having mango, strawberry, peach, orange, and passion fruit, yet the only actual fruit that is blended in is the strawberries and peaches.

Another example comes from claim’s on Jamba’s Instagram that they don’t use high fructose corn syrup, turbinado, or “pumps,” aka syrups. That may be true, but CSPI found that there’s still regular sugar and corn syrup inside. They argue that Jamba’s post implies no added sugars, which wouldn’t be the case in real life because of the sugar and corn syrup.

Does CSPI have a valid claim against Jamba Juice? Possibly, although there’s a lot of legal territory in the realm of commercial speech (aka advertising) to navigate to be certain. Jamba Juice is allowed to make factual claims about its products given that they are not “inherently” or “potentially misleading,” as Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations put it. CSPI seems to have found the possibility for some of what Jamba has said to be deceptive, whether it be intentional or not.

It’ll be interesting to see what the outcome of the lawsuit is, and whether Jamba Juice chooses (or is forced) to change their marketing strategy as a result.

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Jamba Juice Debuts New Energy Bowls, Basically Smoothies You Can Chew

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Jamba Juice is rolling out a new line of Energy Bowls that is sure to appease their regular smoothie loving customers. The new line up features revamped versions of old favorites, such as their Acai Bowls, as well as brand new options. The new Energy Bowls features a blend of whole fruits, soy milk, and greek yogurt topped with an assortment of toppings and fresh fruit. According to Brand Eating, the new menu currently offers six different bowls:

– Acai Berry Bowl – a blend of Acai (pronounced “ah-sah-ee”) juice, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with fresh bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, plus sliced almonds and honey.

– Acai Primo Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, coconut, sliced almonds, and honey.

– Berry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, and a mixed berry drizzle.

– Chunky Strawberry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, strawberries, banana, peanut butter, and soymilk, topped with organic granola plus fresh banana and strawberries.

– Mango Peach Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, mangoes, peaches, bananas, and soymilk, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, coconut, and a passion fruit drizzle.

– Tropical Acai Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, mangoes, and peaches, topped with fresh pineapple and banana, plus sliced almonds and coconut.

In conjunction with the new menu’s launch, Jamba Juice is offering a coupon on their website for half off any Energy Bowl through September 22.

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Alert: BOGO Jamba Juice This Weekend

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Who: Good ol’ JJ

What: Is giving away buy-one-get-one free smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices with coupon for Labor Day. Thankfully the coupon doesn’t specify a drink size, so feel free to go HAM on those fruits and veggies, kids.

When: 8/26 through Labor Day, 9/1/14

Where: All participating locations, which sadly don’t include Hawaii, Downtown Disney, the Vegas Strip, airports, and certain universities, sigh.

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Grab a Free Fresh Squeezed Juice at Jamba Juice on August 6

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Who: Jamba Juice
What: Free made-to-order 12 oz fresh squeezed juice to promote the chain joining the juicing bandwagon
Where: All participating  Jamba Juice locations
When: Wednesday, August 6

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Buy One Get One Free at Jamba Juice This Weekend

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Who: Jamba Juice
What: Buy one get one free on all smoothies and juices with this coupon
Where: All participating Jamba Juice locations, check to see if your local Jamba Juice is participating here
When: Now through Monday, May 25

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Jamba Juice Peach Pleasure & Banana Berry Smoothies $2.99 All Month

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Just in time for Spring Jamba Juice is launching their smoothie specials once again. Throughout the month of April the chain’s Peach Pleasure and Banana Berry smoothies will be a cool $2.99, which is good news for us here in SoCal since we’ve got a heat wave on the way.

Both flavors are part of Jamba Juice’s classic smoothie menu. Peach Pleasure is described as a blend of peaches, bananas, a peach juice blend and orange sherbet while Banana Berry features apple-strawberry juice, strawberries, blueberries, nonfat froyo, raspberry sherbet, and bananas.

You don’t need a coupon for this deal, just tell the cashier you want the “smoothie special”. The promotion ends April 30. To find out if your local Jamba Juice is participating in this promotion check out this list of locations.

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Jamba Juice Offering $1, 16-Ounce Smoothies in California Saturday

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WHO: Jamba Juice

WHAT: Nab any 16-ounce smoothie for just $1. Proceeds go to fighting childhood obesity. No coupon required.

WHERE: All participating locations in California

WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon

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Jamba Juice Offers $2 Smoothies Every Morning This Week, Knows You Won’t Wake Up For Them Anyway

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You told yourself this summer would be different, didn’t you? You’d wake up with the sun and give up coffee and take your dogs on morning hikes, all before breakfast. And hey, if this deal had come out around early July, you probably would have taken advantage of it, at least for a few days. But no, it’s August, so feel free to just turn over and go back to sleep.

Apparently Jamba Juice is offering any 16-ounce smoothie for only $2 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. all this week, starting Monday August 12 through Friday August 16, at all participating locations, no coupon necessary. Which, you know, would be awesome, if you didn’t spend last week in Vegas and weren’t expending all your precious energy just to wake up in time for work without looking like a total homeless person. Come on JJ, don’t you know “summer mornings” don’t start until at least noon?

Just kidding, you’re a big kid now and you’ll probably be at work by then. But wasn’t it nice pretending you still had the luxury of sleeping in? Oh, the good old days.

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