FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * HATHORN SAMUEL C 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol NATIONAL BEVERAGE CORP [ FIZZ ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)__X__ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
8100 SW 10TH STREET, SUITE 4000
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
10/2/2020
(Street)
PLANTATION, FL 33324
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
SPECIAL STOCK OPTION  $69.96 (1) 10/2/2020    A     7500       (1) 10/2/2030  COMMON STOCK  7500   (1) 23245  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Options granted under the Company's Special Stock Option Plan vest over an eight-year period in relatively equal amounts at approximately 16 month intervals. The exercise price can be reduced and the vesting schedule can be accelerated by the optionee purchasing and maintaining ownership of shares of common stock and/or the Company achieving performance objectives as determined by the Board of Directors (the "Board"). Based upon the maximum required ownership of common stock as provided in the Stock Option Agreement, together with the Company achieving the performance targets previously established by the Board, the option can fully vest after approximately 64 months and the exercise price of the October 2, 2020 grant can be reduced to approximately $5.00 per share. Reference is made to Exhibit 10.6 of the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended May 2, 2020.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
HATHORN SAMUEL C
8100 SW 10TH STREET
SUITE 4000
PLANTATION, FL 33324
X



Signatures
/s/ Samuel C. Hathorn 10/6/2020
**Signature of Reporting Person Date
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