Jamaica Blue

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Jamaica Blue
Jamaica Blue Logo.jpg
Product typeCoffee
OwnerFoodco
CountryAustralia
MarketsAustralia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, China, United Arab Emirates
Websitewww.jamaicablue.com.au

Jamaica Blue is a franchise business of Foodco which operates small coffee shops throughout Australia, New Zealand, UK, China, Malaysia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. The company mainly operates businesses in residential areas, malls, airports, hospitals and high streets.[1] In 2012, the first Jamaica Blue cafe opened in Singapore, in that same year the cafe celebrated its 20th anniversary.[2] Jamaica Blue has around 134 cafés internationally in 7 different countries.[3] It has opened its 100th store in Australia on 16 October 2014, with the 100th café opened in the new development of Westfield Miranda.[4] Jamaica Blue is the sister company of Muffin Break, which is also a franchise of Foodco[5]

Awards[edit]

The Jamaica Blue brand have received a number of achievements since beginning their operations:

  • In 2019, rated “High Performers” by FRANdata – the independent Australian Franchise Rating Scale. Ratings are given after an independent and fact-based examination.[6]  
  • In 2019, Jamaica Blue were awarded as the QSR Winner of the Best Brand Transformation[7]
  • In 2017, Jamaice Blue was the Golden Bean Roaster's Competition GOLD Winner for the Overall Large Franchise Champion[8]  
  • In 2017, QSR announced Jamaica Blue as the recipient of the Best Franchise Partner Engagement Award[9]
  • In 2016, Jamaice Blue won QSR's Best Innovation – Food & Beverage[10]
  • In 2016, QSR also named Jamaica Blue as the Best Franchise Network Support[11]

Community Support[edit]

The City of Wanneroo, working with Alzheimer's WA, Jamaica Blue and Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, will join the growing network of memory cafes at the end of September 2020.

“Memory cafes help reduce stigma and promote a society that enables and supports people living with dementia to remain active in the community rather than be confined within the four walls of their home,” said Alzheimer's WA chief executive, Maria Davison.[12]

In 2020, Jamaica Blue together with their sister company, Muffin Break, raised over $90,000 to assist those affected by the devastating bushfires within Australia[13] by donating to the Australian Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal.

Controversies[edit]

In November 2020, Former journalist and Labor candidate Ali France made headlines after the Jamaica Blue Indooroopilly store appeared to discriminate against her due to her disabilities, Jamaica Blue have so far refused to address media regarding this.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Story |". www.jamaicablue.com.au. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Jamaica Blue café opens in Singapore | Global Coffee Report". gcrmag.com. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Jamaica Blue Cafés | Coffee and food". Jamaica Blue Australia. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  4. ^ "JAMAICA BLUE OPENS 100th AUSTRALIAN CAFÉ |". www.jamaicablue.com.au. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Retail Branded Systems – Foodco". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue recognised for high performance and superior transparency". Business Franchise Australia. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Find out the winners of the QSR Media Sandhurst Awards". QSR Media. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Jamaica Blue named Overall Large Franchise Champion". QSR Media. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  9. ^ "QSR Media Detpak Conference & Awards 2018 | QSR Media". qsrmedia.com.au. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  10. ^ "QSR MEDIA DETPAK AWARDS 2016 WINNERS ANNOUNCED". QSR Media. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  11. ^ "QSR MEDIA DETPAK AWARDS 2016 WINNERS ANNOUNCED". QSR Media. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Memory cafe launches in Clarkson". Community News. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Franchise Council of Australia | Franchises supporting bushfire relief". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Former journalist and ALP candidate escorted out of cafe". NewsComAu. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.

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