Suprema Specialties, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHEZ) announces consolidated net sales, net income, and earnings per share for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2001.

Net sales for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2001, increased 71% to approximately $130 million as compared to approximately $76 million for the same period in 2000. Net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, increased 51% to approximately $420 million as compared to approximately $278 million for the same period in 2000.

The increase in net sales for the fourth quarter reflects an increase primarily in sales volume for foodservice products manufactured and processed by the Company, and to a lesser extent, the higher average selling price for cheese (as a result of the higher CME Block Cheddar Market, the commodity index on which bulk cheese prices are based.)

Net income for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2001, increased 42% to approximately $2.6 million or $.46 per share (basic) and $.38 per share (diluted) as compared to $1.8 million or $.42 per share (basic) and $.35 per share (diluted) for the same period in 2000. Net income for the year ended June 30, 2001, increased 39% to approximately $8.9 million or $1.63 per share (basic) and $1.41 per share (diluted), as compared to net income of approximately $6.4 million or $1.44 per share (basic) and $1.23 per share (diluted) for fiscal 2000.

The increase in net income is due primarily to an increase in operating income, which is a result of increased sales volume. Earnings Per Share results of the fourth quarter and fiscal year end include an additional 1,180,000 shares of common stock issued in connection with our underwritten public offering completed during the first quarter of fiscal year 2001.

Mark Cocchiola, President and CEO, said, "Our performance is a real tribute to the strength of our management team and all of our dedicated employees. As a result, we're capturing a bigger share of the growing, all natural, Italian cheese foodservice business. We are producing larger orders and expanding our relationships with existing clients, as well as creating strong relationships with new customers."

Mr. Cocchiola continued, "This last quarter represents the 18th consecutive quarter of increased net sales, a record we are all extremely proud of. We firmly believe our strategic direction is sound and should create long-term value for our shareholders."

About Suprema Specialties, Inc.

Suprema Specialties, Inc. manufactures, shreds, grates and markets gourmet all natural Italian variety cheeses under the Suprema Di Avellino® brand name as well as under private label. Suprema's product lines consist primarily of domestic mozzarella, ricotta and provolone cheeses, grated and shredded parmesan, romano cheeses, and imported parmesan and pecorino romano cheeses, including ``lite'' versions of certain of these products containing less fat, and fewer calories. The Company operates facilities in New Jersey, New York, California and Idaho. The Company supplies cheeses to foodservice, retail, and food manufacturing companies.
                          Suprema Specialties, Inc.

                     Three Months Ended 6/30        Fiscal Year Ended 6/30
                        2001          2000            2001           2000
    Net Sales       $130,037,979   $76,213,836    $420,363,142   $278,481,969
    Gross Margin     $19,918,442   $12,302,481     $64,953,491    $45,549,105
    Income From
     Operations        7,598,446     4,788,356      24,822,784     16,742,499
    Net Earnings       2,622,741     1,845,719       8,873,680      6,384,881
    Net Earnings Per
     Share (Basic)           .46           .42            1.63           1.44
    Net Earnings Per
     Share (Diluted)         .38           .35            1.41           1.23
    Weighted average
     shares outstanding
      (Basic)          5,643,020     4,442,193       5,429,122      4,431,850
      (Diluted)        6,931,379     5,203,276       6,264,746      5,185,809


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