Universal Food and Beverage Company
OTC Bulletin Board : UFBV

July 05, 2005 15:33 ET

Universal Food and Beverage Enlists National Food Brokers

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS--(CCNMatthews - July 5, 2005) - Universal Food & Beverage Company, (OTCBB:UFBV) announced today its completion of favorable business partnerships with three leading national food brokers - CMC & Associates, Kleiber & Associates and International Food & Beverage, Inc. The Company is now prepared to employ an aggressive, purposeful distribution and marketing strategy with the goal of national brand visibility and increased market share of its private label products.

"This is an exciting time for all of us at Universal," added Universal CEO Duane Martin. "Our alliances with three regional food brokers and their proven experience and success allow us to benefit from their distribution channels and position Universal to capture a more national audience. It is definitely a pivotal step toward gaining a significant market share in a specialty beverage industry that is growing tremendously."

Regional food broker CMC & Associates of Chicago is contracted to deliver Universal's products to its Midwest customer base. CMC is accomplished in its capabilities to ensure success through both traditional and non-traditional channels of distribution for the general merchandise, HBC and bottled water markets.

Kleiber & Associates is representing the Upper Great Lakes area of Michigan, Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, along with Upstate New York. Some of Kleiber's customers include Nash Finch, Spartan's and Vistar/VSA of Ohio, to name a few. Kleiber & Associates is located in Buffalo, NY.

International Food & Beverage, Inc. has developed a vast network of client relationships over the years, including Giant Food, Hannaford and corporate grocers Kroger, Safeway and Food Lion. International will develop Universal's client base in the Middle Atlantic and Northeast areas of the U.S.

In addition, Marc Fry, President & COO of Universal, stated, "Not only will these alliances allow us to benefit from the increased market share, but it will also give us an opportunity to gauge our competitors directly and react accordingly to positively shift our strategies. We feel that with our recently increased production capabilities, and a multi-channel distribution system in place, Universal can significantly fill a void in the current market."

About Universal Food & Beverage Company

Universal Food & Beverage Company is a full-service provider of Universal branded beverages and co-pack private label products for the health-conscious consumer.

The Company continues to develop nutritional, controlled-calorie products that promote a healthy lifestyle. Universal also develops, tests and perfects production systems including new aseptic processing and packaging systems to enhance product quality. The Company's innovative range of products and systems are developed for both domestic and international markets.

SAFE HARBOR Information in this news release may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of Universal Food & Beverage Company ("Universal") that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "believed", "estimate", "project", and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Universal cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of Universal is not a guarantee of future performance. Universal's actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond Universal's control, in addition to those discussed in Universal's press releases, public filings, and statements by Universal's management, including, but not limited to, Universal's estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, Universal's ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, Universal's ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities and, in identifying contracts which match Universal's capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. Universal does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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