Provena Foods Inc.'s (Amex: PZA) sales were up 53% in the 3rd quarter and 32% in the 1st nine months of 2000, because of increased sales at the meat division. The Company had a net loss of $285,024 for the 3rd quarter and $905,717 for the 1st nine months compared to net losses of $513,197 and $39,432 a year ago. Most of the losses at the meat division were caused by a rise in meat costs and remediable inefficiencies at the new plant.Provena Foods Inc. will pay a quarterly dividend of $.03 per share payable December 31, 2000 to shareholders of record December 10, 2000.