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NATIONAL BEVERAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: POPS) today reported net sales of $106.2 million for the quarter ended July 31, 1993 representing a 4 percent increase over net sales of $102.3 million for the same period last year. Net income for the first quarter was $4.2 million, or $1.71 per share as compared to $4.5 million, or $1.85 per share for the prior period.
 Nick A. Caporella, chairman of the board and chief executive officer stated, "The results for the first quarter were impacted by an increase in advertising expenses of $2.8 million associated with developing a newly introduced marketing program." Caporella further stated that "our one-of-a-kind manufacturing, sales, and distribution system continues to capitalize on opportunities existing throughout the beverage industry."
 National Beverage also announced the acquisition of all of the equity of Winnsboro Beverages. Winnsboro, a Louisiana based company, manufactures "Big Shot" soft drinks and provides contract packing services for other beverage companies. Caporella added, "The Winnsboro acquisition is consistent with the company's long-term strategy of growing its existing brands while acquiring other brands that provide strategically located bottling facilities and additional distribution channels."
 National Beverage serves as a holding company for various operating subsidiaries that manufacture, market and distribute its full line of cola and multi-flavored branded soft drinks and bottled water: Shasta(R), Faygo(R), Body Works(R), a Sante(R), Spree(R), Big Shot(R), and 8 oz. Kid Cans(TM). The company's subsidiaries, through their 13 strategically located manufacturing facilities, also bottle soft drinks for retail grocery chains, wholesalers and other soft drink companies.
 NATIONAL BEVERAGE CORP.
 Consolidated Results for the Three Months Ended
 July 31, 1993 and Aug. 1, 1992
 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 1993 1992
 Sales - Net $106,163 $102,275
 Operating Income $ 7,992 $ 9,669
 Income Before Equity
 in Income of Affiliate $ 3,549 $ 4,517
 Net Income $ 4,153 $ 4,480
 Average Shares
 Outstanding 2,321 2,321
 Earnings Per Common
 Share $ 1.71 $ 1.85
 -0- 9/15/93
 /CONTACT: Diane Allen of National Beverage Corp., 305-581-0922/
 (POPS)


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