Jamba Juice Lawsuit – The Juicy Details
In August of this year, a smoothie lawsuit was filed against the Jamba Juice Company and its parent company, Jamba, Inc., for allegedly misrepresenting their products. The complaint states that the company owns, operates, and franchises retail locations around the country and that they control and direct all ingredients as well as the marketing, offerings, and layout for all Jamba Juice retail locations, whether directly owned or franchised. And that’s exactly where the issue lies according to the Jamba Juice class action lawsuit.
Whole Fruits & Vegetables Smoothies… Not!
Plaintiffs claim that Jamba Juice has been falsely advertising their products as healthy by misrepresenting the actual ingredients, as well as the use of misleading slogans and tag-lines. With advertising stating that Jamba Juice will “rejuvenate your body with healthy goodness” and “help you be the best version of yourself,” complainants are on record saying that the Jamba, Inc. products do not contain the ingredients, nutritional profile, and/or benefits marketed by the company.
Several of the more blatant discrepancies are pointed out in the Jamba Juice lawsuit as well, pointing out the deceptive practice both individually and collectively. This includes Jamba Juice’s campaign of advertising their smoothies as made with whole fruits and vegetables, when in actuality they are predominately made with a combination of juice, juice blends from concentrate, sherbet, and/or other non-whole fruit and vegetable ingredients. Another point of contention is the marketing from Jamba, Inc. that states “super ingredients” such as kale are used when, once again, other cheaper ingredients predominate the smoothie concoction.
Jumbled Juice Advertising?
According to the Jamba Juice class action, this misleading advertising goes much deeper too. Claims of “no additives,” smoothies that only contain, or predominately contain, sugars from whole fruits and vegetables, and ingredients that are nutritionally equivalent to consuming whole fruits and vegetables — all are untrue as stated in the Smoothie lawsuit. They go on to cite specific examples as well.
How about a nice, Caribbean Passion Smoothie that the company advertises as containing five whole fruit ingredients: mango, strawberry, peach, orange, and passion fruit. Sounds pretty tasty and while it surely tastes somewhere near what it sounds like, the Jamba class action lawsuit claims that the drink actually doesn’t contain any whole mango, orange, or passion fruit and really is made from a passion fruit-mango juice blend that contains mostly pear and white grape juices from concentrate, along with orange sherbet, which of course is a sugary confection that contains numerous additives.
It Actually Gets… Worse!
Okay, so the smoothies may not have as much of the specific juices that they claim and advertise, but there are some serious implications here as well. Contrary to the company’s claims that their product is simple and nutritionally equivalent to eating whole fruits and vegetables, the lawsuit points out that their smoothies actually contain up to 610 calories and between 65 and 128 grams of total sugars. That’s around 15 to 30 teaspoons of total sugars and when you compare that to the fact that a 12-ounce can of your typical diet soda contains an average of 10 teaspoons of sugars, you can see why the complainants filed suit.
A full copy of the Jamba Juice Class Action Complaint is embedded below for your convenience:
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