Jenny Craig, Inc.

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Jenny Craig, Inc.
IndustryWeight Loss,
Weight Management,
and Nutrition
Founded1983 in Melbourne, Australia
Key people
David Pastrana, (CEO)[1]
Number of employees
3,000 (as of 2015)
ParentH.I.G. Capital

Jenny Craig, Inc., often known simply as Jenny Craig, is an American weight loss, weight management, and nutrition company. The company has more than 700 weight management centers in Australia, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. The program combines individual weight management counseling with a menu of frozen meals and other foods which are distributed through its centers or shipped directly to clients.

A typical location in Hillsboro, Oregon


Jenny Craig and her husband, Sidney Craig founded Jenny Craig, Inc. in 1983 in Melbourne, Australia and began operations in the United States in 1985.[2] The company expanded rapidly after entering the U.S., opening 46 locations by 1987 as well as 114 in other countries. In 1991, the company underwent an IPO, generating $73.5 million in funding.[3]

In 1998 Jenny Craig was operating in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico and US. The revenues had fallen from $401 million in 1996 to $352 million.[4]

Throughout the 1990s, the company's share price declined as it ran into a series of financial troubles involving weight loss drugs, employee training, and costly leases before eventually being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in August 2001. Jenny Craig stock then traded over the counter.[5]

In 2002, Jenny Craig, Inc., was acquired by MidOcean Partners, a New York and London-based private equity investment firm, and ACI Capital, a New York-based private investment firm.[6] On 19 June 2006, they announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell the company to Nestlé in a transaction valued at approximately $600 million.[7] The company was operated as part of Nestlé Nutrition.[7] On 19 November 2013, Jenny Craig Inc. was purchased by North Castle Partners for an undisclosed amount.[8] In April 2019, H.I.G. Capital acquired the Jenny Craig weight management business from North Castle Partners.[9]

In 2008, YouTube personality Shane Dawson and approximately 6 other Jenny Craig employees including his mother and brother, were fired from their jobs for uploading a sketch to his YouTube channel.[10] In 2013, Dawson wrote a comedy pilot about his experiences there and sold the script to NBC.[11]

In March 2018, the company reportedly pulled its advertisements from The Ingraham Angle as a result of host Laura Ingraham cyberbullying David Hogg.[12]

In 2019, H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity firm, acquired Jenny Craig for an undisclosed amount.[13] In October 2019, Walgreens[clarification needed] announced that it would begin offering Jenny Craig weight loss services at approximately 100 locations beginning in January 2020.[14]

Diet effectiveness[edit]

According to a systematic review, overweight and obese adults enrolled in Jenny Craig after 12 months had 4.9% more weight loss than subjects in a control/education group (receiving no intervention, printed materials only, health education curriculum, or 3 sessions with a provider) or behavioral counseling group.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jenny Craig Appoints David Pastrana as CEO and Elevates Monty Sharma to Chairman to Lead Next Phase of Company Growth | Jenny Craig".
  2. ^ Jonathan Horn (7 November 2013). "Jenny Craig Sold to Equity Firm". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  3. ^ "Jenny Craig, Inc. History". Funding Universe.
  4. ^ "History of Jenny Craig, Inc. – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  5. ^ Greg Winter (29 January 2002). "Jenny Craig Founders Are Selling Chain $115 Million Deal". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Bray, Chad (7 November 2013). "Nestlé to Sell Its Jenny Craig Brand to Private Equity Firm". DealBook. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Reuters (20 June 2006). "Jenny Craig Brings 5 Times Its Price in '02". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  8. ^ Perri, Celeste; Fletcher, Clementine (7 November 2013). "Nestle to Sell Most of Jenny Craig Unit to North Castle". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  9. ^ "H.I.G. Capital Completes Acquisition of Jenny Craig". 4 April 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  10. ^ Tom Ward. "All Aboard The Shane Train: An Interview With Shane Dawson". Forbes.
  11. ^ Michelle Jaworski (14 November 2013). "YouTube Star Shane Dawson Sells Sitcom to NBC". Mashable.
  12. ^ Cleve R. Wootson Jr. (31 March 2018). "Laura Ingraham Takes an Easter Break Amid David Hogg Controversy and Advertiser Revolt". Bangor Daily News.
  13. ^ "Private equity firm buys Jenny Craig". Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  14. ^ Japsen, Bruce. "Walgreens Adds Jenny Craig Weight Loss To Healthcare Arsenal". Forbes. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  15. ^ Gudzune, KA; Doshi, RS; Mehta, AK; Chaudhry, ZW; Jacobs, DK; Vakil, RM; Lee, CJ; Bleich, SN; Clark, JM (7 April 2015). "Efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs: an updated systematic review". Annals of Internal Medicine. 162 (7): 501–12. doi:10.7326/m14-2238. PMC 4446719. PMID 25844997.

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