Melbourne, FL, December  01, 2022 — Kona Gold Beverage, Inc. (OTCQB: KGKG), a holding company focused on product development in the better-for-you and functional beverage sector is pleased to announce its wholly owned subsidiary, Gold Leaf Distribution, posted record revenue in the month of November.  Record revenue in November shows strong growth for Gold Leaf Distribution as the winter months are historically the slowest in the beverage industry.  Gold Leaf Distribution posted approximately $362,000 in revenue for the month of November.  Year-over-year revenue growth in November doubled from the prior year’s revenue, which was approximately $180,000.

Gold Leaf Distribution currently distributes over 300 products to over 1,700 customers including Target, Walmart, Quik Trip, Piggly Wiggly, IGA, and other popular chains.  Gold Leaf anticipates it will close out 2022 with approximately $3,500,000 in revenue, up from approximately $1,420,00 in revenue from 2021, a 146% increase.

“I’m very pleased to share with our stockholders that our Gold Leaf Distribution subsidiary had another record month of sales, which has been a common theme in 2022,” stated Robert Clark, CEO of Kona Gold Beverage, Inc. “Led by our VP of Operations, Chris Selinger, Gold Leaf continues to bring in the right mix of products and grow its customer base, which has led to huge increase in revenue compared to 2021.  Gold Leaf is on pace to close out 2022 with approximately 146% increase in revenue from 2021, an amazing effort by our team.”

Clark added, “Our team is positioning Gold Leaf so that it continues on its current growth path throughout 2023.  This will include expansion into North Carolina, specifically the area of Charlotte and adding additional brands with chain authorizations in early 2023.”

Kona Gold Beverage recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Strategy & Execution Inc (“SEI”) to accelerate growth of its beverage portfolio over the next three years and beyond.  SEI will operate as Kona Gold Beverage Brands sales management, distribution, strategy, and execution leadership resource for the US Market.  SEI will also be interacting with Kona Gold Beverage’s marketing team to make recommendations, advise, and request what is needed for all channels and collaborate in the yearly planning process.  The current relationships and brand portfolio that SEI has in the market will undoubtedly drive the Kona Gold Beverage Brands go-to-market objectives.

Kona Gold Beverage also recently announced the rollout of its Ooh La Lemin Lemonades in over 250 Walmart Supercenters across 12 states.  The rollout has already begun and shelves will continue to be filled by the Company’s distribution partners throughout the month of November.  The states included in the initial rollout are Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.  The expansion is for designated space in Walmart Supercenters for the 16 oz non-sparkling Ooh La Lemin Lemonades.  The Company’s 6 SKU’s of 12 oz Sparkling Lemonades are also authorized to be sold in all Walmart stores in the U.S., but are not included in these sets.

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About Kona Gold Beverage, Inc.

Kona Gold Beverage, Inc., a Delaware corporation, has created wholly-owned subsidiaries, Kona Gold LLC, HighDrate, LLC, and Gold Leaf Distribution, LLC.  Kona Gold, LLC has developed a premium Hemp-Infused Energy Drink line; please visit its website at  HighDrate, LLC has developed the beverage industry’s first CBD-Infused Energy Water, available in 6 delicious flavors; please visit its website at  Gold Leaf Distribution, LLC was created to fill the Company’s distribution needs in markets that it wants to enter quickly; please visit its website at  Kona Gold Beverage, Inc. recently rebranded its Lemin Lemonade to Ooh La Lemin Lemonade; please visit its website at Kona Gold and its family of companies are located on the east coast of Florida in Melbourne and in Greer and Conway South Carolina.