Clean Juice Is ‘First and Only,’ as Founder Will Tell FFGC
Landon and Kat Eckles are co-founders of Clean Juice, and Landon will present at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference May 7-9.
Different is good for Landon Eckles, co-founder of Clean Juice, who figures his three-year-old concept captured the top prize at this year’s NextGen competition because “we’re the first and only USDA-certified organic food concept that is franchising,” he told Franchise Times.
Eckles will present his brand’s story at the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, May 7-9 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and afterward be available to meet with multi-unit operators, lenders and others who wish to learn more about the emerging concept. The annual conference is presented by Franchise Times.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Happy Tax, Honey Do, HuHot and more than 60 other franchise brands will tell their tales of financial performance and geographic growth, representing the lesser-known chains at the conference.
According to Eckles, it’s more expensive to source organic materials, but supply prices are getting better as Clean Juice is growing, now with 30 stores open and a forecast to have 75 stores open by the end of 2018. “We feel if someone is going to pay $7 for a juice, they’ll pay $8 for organic juice,” and cost of goods sold is under 35 percent, “which is a little high” but so far hasn’t deterred customers.
“We feel that this is the tip of the iceberg in terms of where health and wellness is going,” he told Franchise Times.