National Beverage Corp today said it was "content" with its half-year results as it booked a rise in sales and income for the period.

The US-based soft drinks company saw net sales for the six months to 31 October reach US$312,402 from $297,303 in the previous year.

"We find ourselves quite content and privileged to report six-month results that sustained both revenue and profit growth in spite of the present economic climate," said chairman and CEO Nick Caporella.

"Our revenue growth in North America out-classed most other soft drink producers and this performance remains attributable to our value brands and today's cautious consumer spending philosophy," he added.

Net income for the six-month period amounted to $18,117 from $14,234 in the comparable period of the prior year.

"While 'opportunistic' in every sense of our being, we are cautiously alert to the continuing economic menace and its consequences. Hopefully, good news, good results and renewed confidence will rekindle warm feelings for all . . . during the upcoming holiday season," Caporella added.

For the three-month period, net sales edged up to $149,571 from $144,375 in 2008 and net income reached $8,324 from $6,483 in the prior year.

In October, National Beverage Corp. elected Stanley Sheridan to its board of directors.