Florida-based soft drinks producer National Beverage Corp. has reported a 13% rise in net income for the second quarter to US$6.5m, on sales up 6% at $143.5m.

The company said yesterday (6 December) that the second-quarter results reflected its "determined focus" to maximise the performance of its higher-margin brands.

National Beverage also said that raw material costs, particularly aluminum and sweeteners, had stabilised during the second quarter after the volatility seen during the first three months.

National Beverage specialises in energy drinks and fortified powders, vitamin-enhanced juices and waters, and beverage supplements targeted at the health-conscious consumer. Its brands include Shasta, Faygo, Everfresh, LaCroix, Rip It and Rip It Chic.