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• In Australia, The Age reports that Costco has at long last opened its first store there, in Melbourne’s Docklands. The unit originally was going to open last December, and then in July…but then was scheduled for mid-August.

Costco reportedly plans to open as many as 30 stores Down Under; the next one is slated to be built in Sydney.

QSR Magazine reports that Jamba Juice has licensed out its name to a company called Inventure Group, which will develop a line of frozen smoothie kits to be sold in supermarkets.

"The make-at-home smoothie is an emerging category and represents perhaps the most literal extension of the Jamba brand to date," says Susan Shields, vice president for consumer products and licensing at Jamba Juice Company, adding, "We want to serve the healthy habits of our consumers wherever they live and shop.”

The new kits are expected to be rolled out during the first quarter of 2010.
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