With a Juice Franchise, You Can Have a Feel-Good Business in a Growing Industry
Living a healthier lifestyle is always a popular New Year’s resolution. These days, resolution-makers will find it easier to achieve their wellness goals with the good-for-you offerings found at juice franchises. From cold-pressed juices and juice cleanses to smoothies to avocado toasts, acai bowls and more, today’s juice franchises offer healthy meals, drinks and snacks for people on the go. For investors, the juice business has growing demand. According to Statista, the U.S. juice market is expected to grow annually by 3.64%.
Another piece of good news for the juice business is that more and more people are going out to get their juice fix. Statista estimates that by 2026, 54% of spending and 17% of volume consumption in the juices segment will be attributable to out-of-home consumption at places like juice bars.
So what does it take to become part of this booming industry? It’s typically less complicated than getting into a fast-food franchise. The build-outs tend to be simple with a smaller footprint. They also require less equipment than the typical burger joint. With a juice franchise, it’s a matter of finding the right brand and then following the franchisor’s proven system. Here, we take a look at some of the top juice franchises and what they have to offer.
Clean Juice has the distinction as the first United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Certified organic juice bar. The certification creates transparency with Clean Juice customers, which has created a loyal fanbase. Among their offerings are cold-pressed juices, smoothies and toasts. They also have specialty items like and juice cleanses and wellness shots. Started by husband-and-wife team Landon and Kat Eckles, the company is looking for investors who are passionate about eating healthy fresh food that is not processed or sprayed with chemicals.
Since the first location opened in 1973, Smoothie King has sold smoothies and a variety of vitamins, minerals, and low-fat snacks, as well as nutritional supplements. Founder Steve Kuhnau created the trademark “Smoothies With A Purpose” by mixing various nutrients and proteins with real fruit for custom blends. For years, the company’s success grew alongside the smoothie trend, and in 1989 became the first smoothie franchise in the United States. Today the brand has more than 1,000 locations across the U.S.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tropical Smoothie Cafe started with a single smoothie shop in 1993 and has since expanded its menu with other healthy snack and meal options such as bowls, wraps, and sandwiches. Since offering franchise opportunities in 1998, the company has grown to over 1,000 locations with more in development. The company’s mission is to inspire a healthier lifestyle through its smoothies and food. They are looking for business-savvy investors to help grow the brand. The initial franchise investment ranges from $222,095 – $569,335.
Nékter Juice Bar
Nékter Juice Bar is a vegan juice bar chain that offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and acai bowls. The brand prides itself on serving unprocessed foods without hidden fillers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients and artificial flavors. The company says its drinks and food are made to order and never contain any “mystery” ingredients. Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2012, the company has more than 160 franchise units and is looking for community-oriented investors passionate about health.
Backed by parent franchisor Focus Brands, Jamba is part of a group of other fast-casual franchises including Moe’s Southwest Grill and Cinnabon. The juice franchise serves smoothies, baked goods, steel-cut oatmeal, sandwiches, and other healthy options. With an international presence, Jamba will work with single-unit franchisees as well as growth-driven investors who want to develop and support multiple locations.
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies
Founded in 1982 and franchising since 1997, Maui Wowi has grown to thousands of locations worldwide. Along the way, the company refined its offerings with an exclusive line of espresso and cappuccino drinks. It also has a gourmet line of blended coffees from Maui, Kona, Kauai, and Molokai, making it a unique brand that offers the best of the Hawaiian Islands. With four different models, franchisees can operate from the company’s trademark Ka’anapali cart or K-cart (above), concession trailers, food trucks, or retail locations.