Washington, DC 20549





to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): July 5, 2018


National Beverage Corp.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


1-14170 59-2605822
(Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
8100 SW Tenth Street, Suite 4000  
Fort Lauderdale, Florida                33324
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)



(954) 581-0922

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 8.01

Other Events


On July 5, 2018 the company issued a news release entitled “National Beverage Corp. Fights Inaccurate Wall Street Journal Article”. The release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.



Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibit


(d) Exhibits



Exhibit 99.1

News release entitled “National Beverage Corp. Fights Inaccurate Wall Street Journal Article”







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


National Beverage Corp.




Date:     July 6, 2018

/s/ George R. Bracken



George R. Bracken



Executive Vice President – Finance Principal Financial Officer






Exhibit 99.1

News release entitled “National Beverage Corp. Fights Inaccurate Wall Street Journal Article”



Exhibit 99.1



    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Office of the Chairman, Grace Keene

National Beverage Corp.


Fights Inaccurate Wall Street Journal Article


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 5, 2018 . . . National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ: FIZZ) is the leading innovator in the soft-drink industry today in its quest to influence a healthier choice for all consumers. National Beverage Corp. today released the following statement:


The Board of Directors has authorized management to retain defamation counsel to advise the Company on its legal options with regard to the July 3, 2018 article published by the Wall Street Journal and will notice the Journal’s counsel about this false and misleading report immediately.


As set forth in our July 3 press release, National Beverage believes that the article improperly portrays unsubstantiated allegations that were contained in employment-related lawsuits as facts, and disregarded documents and other evidence which clearly refute the allegations. This biased and sensationalized “reporting”, which was reposted by numerous other media organizations, has the potential to cause economic and reputational harm.


Mr. Caporella is a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist. His honors include recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award; recipient of the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Outstanding Italian-American in Business and Industry (sharing this honor with New York Governor Mario Cuomo and succeeding Lee Iacocca) and recipient of the Florida Region Entrepreneur of the Year by Arthur Young/Inc. Magazine. He has been inducted into the Institute of American Entrepreneurs; is a Member of the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and is a recognized donor to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The City of Hope, The Cleveland Clinic, Washington University, Barnes Jewish Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and other organizations committed to research and treatment of life-threatening disease.


Board Member Cecil D. Conlee stated “I have known Nick for over 40 years and I find these allegations to be incredulous.”




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