Preliminary SBBC Q1 2023 results are buoyed by the SBBC's TRUBAR Brand securing distribution nationally at Costco in the U.S. Market

VANCOUVER, BC, April 11, 2023 /CNW/ - Simply Better Brands Corp. ("SBBC" or the "Company") (TSXV: SBBC) (OTCQB: PKANF) is pleased to provide its preliminary sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 of USD $24.8 million compared to USD $12.1 million in Q1 2022 or a 205% increase. Preliminary gross profit for the first quarter of 2023 is 55% compared to 66% in the first quarter of 2022. The lower gross margin is due to sales channel mix as a larger portion of sales to retailers compared to the prior year's predominantly online sales delivery.

Significant drivers of the Q1 2023 sales performance were continued momentum by two of SBBC's focus brands:  PureKana, a leading plant-based wellness brand, and TRUBAR, a clean ingredient protein bar. During Q1 2023 SBBC secured significant shipments of TRUBAR to support new distribution nationally at Costco in the U.S. Market effective early April 2023. The Costco offering is a dual-pack of the "Oh Oh Cookie Dough" and "Daydreaming about Donuts" flavors. TRUBAR's above the category average sales velocity in 2022 led to the expansion as consumers enjoy the bar's indulgent taste combined with the clean ingredient guardrails of 12 grams of protein, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no sugar alcohols, and all-natural.

Trubars (CNW Group/Simply Better Brands Corp)

"Building upon over 400% sales growth versus a year-ago in 2022, we are proud of the team's continued strong performance in Q1 2023. We remain committed to building and buying innovative brands in the clean ingredient space for informed consumers on their wellness journey. We believe that the fundamentals are in place to connect with consumers via our channel and category expansion mandate. We reaffirm our 2023 expected outlook to exceed $80 million in consolidated net sales, with an expected gross margin between 58%-60%, and expected positive adjusted EBITDA in the range of USD $3-4 million, all while we expect to reduce our debt.",  comments, Kathy Casey, SBBC's CEO.

About Simply Better Brands Corp.

Simply Better Brands Corp. leads an international omni-channel platform with diversified assets in the emerging plant-based and holistic wellness consumer product categories. The Company's mission is focused on leading innovation for the informed Millennial and Generation X generations in the rapidly growing plant-based wellness, natural, and clean ingredient space. The Company continues to focus on expansion into high-growth consumer product categories including plant-based food, clean ingredient skincare and plant-based wellness.  For more information on Simply Better Brands Corp., please visit:

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