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Moe’s Southwest Grill Appoints Erik Hess as Brand President

Erik Hess joins the Moe’s Southwest Grill® brand with more than 25 years of global experience in the food and beverage industry specializing in business strategy, consumer insights and improving operating operates. Hess will be leading as President of the Moe’s brand, a fast-casual Mexican concept with more than 725 operating units, where he will oversee franchise and company operations, marketing, supply chain and product innovation.

“I am excited to lead the Moe’s Southwest Grill brand because it sits in one of the fastest growing segments in the restaurant industry.” says Erik Hess, President, Moe’s Southwest Grill. “The brand has great food, an incredibly loyal fan base and very involved franchisees. We’re well positioned to accelerate growth.”

Previously, Hess spent 25 years at McDonald’s Corporation in a wide variety of senior leadership positions responsible for product development, innovating the customer experience, strategy and insights, restaurant development among many other responsibilities. Hess has deep experience in the U.S., globally and in Asia. He brings a unique perspective to the brand with intimate knowledge of consumer behaviors while balancing the operational complexities present in a large franchised organization. Additionally, Hess has a proven record of increasing sales and accelerating growth in both new and established markets worldwide.

In addition to his role at McDonald’s Corporation, Hess has spent the past two years consulting several brands and financial service organizations on consumer strategy and restaurant opportunities.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill®

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 and based in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves high quality and fresh southwestern food. Moe’s has an extensive variety of menu items to please the entire family – from burritos to specialty items like quesadillas, nachos and stacks. Whether you visit one of our more than 700 franchised locations or have us cater your next event, free chips and salsa come with every order and each restaurant has a salsa bar and serves our famous queso. Check us out online at www.moes.com to find a store near you, and then connect with us on InstagramTwitter  and Facebook.

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Focus Brands Completes Acquisition of Jamba Juice

Focus Brands, Inc. (“FBI”) today announced the successful completion of its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Jamba, Inc. (“Jamba”). Jamba is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of FBI.
“We are excited to officially welcome Jamba, a leader in the smoothie and juice category with strong franchise operators and an iconic heritage, into our family of well-known and highly loved ‘fan favorite’ brands,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO of FBI. “We look forward to what lies ahead for this great brand, especially the continued growth that will benefit Jamba guests, franchisees, and employees.”
Jamba is the #1 smoothie and juice franchisor in the world with a healthier lifestyle brand offering freshly blended whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, bowls, juices, cold-pressed shots, boosts, snacks, and meal replacements. Jamba Juice has more than 800 locations worldwide.
“The addition of Jamba to the Focus portfolio of brands adds a premium beverage and lifestyle concept to our family of snack and restaurant brands,” added DeSutter. “We look forward to growing this business with existing Jamba franchisees, sharing with our current roster of great franchisees, and introducing the Jamba brand to a new group of entrepreneurs.”

About Focus Brands, Inc.
Atlanta-based Focus is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. After the Jamba acquisition, Focus, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, McAlister’s Deli® and Jamba Juice®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

About Jamba, Inc.
Jamba, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, is a global lifestyle brand that serves freshly blended whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, bowls, juices, cold-pressed shots, boosts, snacks, and meal replacements. Jamba Juice® has more than 800 locations worldwide. Please visit www.jambajuice.com to learn more.