J & J Snack Foods Corp. Reports 4 Percent First Quarter Sales Gain

J & J Snack Foods Corp. announced sales and earnings for the first quarter ended Dec. 25, 2010.

Sales increased 4 percent to $155.6 million from $149.1 million in last year's first quarter. Net earnings were $7.1 million in the current quarter compared to $7.1 million last year. Earnings per diluted share were $.38 for the first quarter compared to $.38 last year. Operating income decreased 5 percent to $11.0 million in the current quarter from $11.5 million in the year ago quarter.

Gerald B. Shreiber, J & J's president and chief executive officer, commented in a prepared statement, "Our businesses, with the exception of our Frozen Beverages business, had a strong quarter. Our Frozen Beverages business which includes ICEE, ARCTIC BLAST, SLUSH PUPPIE and PARROT ICE was impacted by higher expenses."

J & J Snack Foods Corp.'s principal products include SUPERPRETZEL, PRETZEL FILLERS and other soft pretzels, ICEE, SLUSH PUPPIE and ARCTIC BLAST frozen beverages, LUIGI'S, MAMA TISH'S, SHAPE UPS, MINUTE MAID* and BARQ'S** frozen juice bars and ices, WHOLE FRUIT sorbet and frozen fruit bars, MARY B'S biscuits and dumplings, DADDY RAY'S fig and fruit bars, TIO PEPE'S and CALIFORNIA CHURROS churros, THE FUNNEL CAKE FACTORY funnel cakes, and MRS. GOODCOOKIE, CAMDEN CREEK, COUNTRY HOME and READI-BAKE cookies. J & J has manufacturing facilities in Pennsauken, Bridgeport and Bellmawr, New Jersey; Scranton, Hatfield and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Carrollton, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Moscow Mills, Missouri; Pensacola, Florida and Colton, Vernon and Norwalk, California.