About Me

Janine Allis is an adventurer at heart, travelling the world as a young Aussie backpacker in the 80s, working from a camp councilor in San Francisco to a Stewardess of David Bowie’s yacht.

In 1999 during a trip to the US, Janine witnessed the juice and smoothie category growing steadily. Upon her return to Australia, Janine studied the local retail sector where she noticed a distinct lack of healthy fast food choices. After extensive research, she began to develop a business concept that was different to anything else in the world. Her vision was to “do retailing differently”, delivering a unique customer experience based on the “love life” philosophy. In 2000, Boost was born.

Janine’s leadership style is natural, warm, giving and extremely demanding, which has created a high performance culture in her business, achieving amazing results.

Janine has been presented numerous retail, franchise and business awards including just to name a few, Telstra Business Women of the Year, Amex Retailer of the year, Awarded Exporter of the year and this year BRW named her one of fifteen people that changed the way Australia does business in the last 35 years.


Janine Allis

Janine and Jeff (Janine’s husband) were looking at expanding upon the Australian Boost business. The strategy was to utilize the solid foundation that had been created with Boost to be able to bolt on new and exciting brands and enable them to maximise their growth potential. Salsas Fresh Mex Grill was the first, and in 2007 they purchased a 4 store business and now has almost 50 stores Australian wide. In December 2012, Retail Zoo acquired CIBO Espresso, the Italian espresso bar franchise that has wowed Adelaide for 17 years. CIBO Espresso shares the simple pleasures of the Italian lifestyle – wonderful coffee and quality food – in a stylish bar setting. It has 30 stores in Adelaide and one in QLD and one in NSW. Under the guidance of Retail Zoo, expansion is underway.

There are almost 7000 people working across the four businesses under the holding company Retail Zoo, for which Janine is now a director. Retail Zoo has over 540 stores that has turned over from inception just on $2 billion dollars. Boost Juice bars are also in over 15 countries outside of Australia.

Based in Melbourne, Janine is a working mother of four. Her life is hectic so she understands firsthand the demands the world can put on an individual! Janine is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle – she maintains a five-day-a-week yoga practice and she is a very average surfer and tennis player…but loves both.


KEY POINTS

  • Janine is 51 years old and works alongside her husband Jeff Allis. They have four children Samuel (25), Oliver (20), Riley (18) and Tahlia (8) and live in Victoria.
  • Boost Juice started in 2000 from a kitchen table in the suburbs of Melbourne.
  • Janine started working at 17 and has tried her hand at multiple jobs. She started her career as a media assistant at advertising agency McCann-Erickson, and went on to modelling, working as an assistant manager in a gym, a nanny in France, a promotions exec in Portugal, a camp councillor in the USA, a stewardess on David Bowie’s yacht in the Mediterranean (now that was fun!), a senior manager for a cinema chain that launched in Singapore, a publicist for United International Pictures (rubbing shoulders with famous actors and directors), a publisher, an author, touring agent for USA comedians, then Boost Juice and now Retail Zoo. There are some interesting stories in that lot!
  • Achieved a 95% consumer awareness rating in the first 5 years. Through the GFC to continue to grow the bottom line by over 20%.
  • Sales of over $250m p.a.
  • Over 500 stores in 15 countries
  • Acquired Salsas Fresh Mex Grill in 2007 with four stores, now have almost 50 stores.
  • Was a Director of the Hawthorn Football Club for three years, which ended in 2009
  • For more information visit http://www.boostjuice.com.au/about


AWARDS

Inside Retail
Innovation Initiative Of The Year Award
2017

National Retail Award
Innovation Excellence Awards Winner
2016

CSIA – Austrian Service Excellence Award
Friendly Award
2016

Franchise Hall of Fame Inductee
MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards
2015

Excellence in International Franchising – Boost Juice International
MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards
2015

Australian Established Franchisor of the Year – Boost Juice Bars
MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards
2015

Excellence in Women’s Leadership: Victoria
The Australian Business Awards
2015

Business Award
InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards
2015

Honorary Member
Key International Honour Society
2015

Australian Export Heroes Award
Export Council of Australia
2012

Finalist – Fast 100
BRW
2011

International Franchise Award
Franchise Council of Australia
2010

Franchise Award
National Retailers Association Awards – BOQ
2007

Woman of the Year in Franchising
Price Waterhouse Coopers
2005

Franchisor of the Year Award – Victoria
Price Waterhouse Coopers
2005

International Women’s Award – Finalist
Verve Cliquot
2005

Women in Franchising – Finalist
Price Waterhouse Coopers
2005

Franchisor of the Year – Finalist
Price Waterhouse Coopers
2005

Woman of the Year
Telstra
2004

Victorian Business Woman of the Year
Telstra
2004