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Monster Beverage Stands by the Safety of Its Products



Monster Beverage Stands by the Safety of Its Products

Company Responds to Recent Inquiries and Media Reports

CORONA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monster Beverage Corporation
(Nasdaq:MNST) ("Monster") today issued the following statement in response to
inquiries it has received and numerous recent media reports in connection with
a lawsuit that has been filed against the company by the family of 14-year old
Anais Fournier, who died last December.

Monster is saddened by the untimely passing of Anais Fournier, and its
sympathies go out to her family. Monster does not believe that its products
are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier and intends to
vigorously defend the lawsuit. The company wishes to point out that:

  * Tens of billions of energy drinks have been sold and safely consumed
    worldwide for approximately 25 years, including more than 8 billion cans
    of Monster Energy® that have been sold and safely consumed in the United
    States and around the world since 2002. The company monitors consumer
    communications it receives, is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has
    been caused by its products, and has never before been the subject of any
    lawsuit of this nature.
     
  * Monster Energy® drinks generally contain approximately 10 milligrams of
    caffeine from all sources per ounce. By comparison, the leading brands of
    coffee house brewed coffee contain on average more than 20 milligrams of
    caffeine per ounce. An entire 24-ounce can of Monster Energy® contains
    about 240 milligrams of caffeine from all sources, which is around 30
    percent less than the average caffeine contained in a medium-sized,
    16-ounce cup of coffee house brewed coffee.
     
  * Monster Energy® drinks, including their ingredients and labeling, are in
    full compliance with all laws and regulations in each of the more than 70
    countries in which they are sold.
     
  * The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has stated that adverse
    event reports about a product do not mean that the reported event is
    caused by the product. The FDA has made it clear that it has not
    established any causal link between Monster Energy® drinks and the reports
    it has received.

Neither the science nor the facts support the allegations that have been made.
Monster reiterates that its products are and have always been safe.

Monster Beverage Corporation

Based in Corona, California, Monster Beverage Corporation is a marketer and
distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. The Company markets
and distributes Monster Energy® brand energy drinks, Monster Energy Extra
Strength Nitrous Technology® brand energy drinks, Java Monster® brand
non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, X-Presso Monster® brand non-carbonated
espresso energy drinks, M3® Monster Energy® Super Concentrate energy drinks,
Monster Rehab® non-carbonated rehydration energy drinks, Ubermonster™ energy
drinks, Worx Energy® shots, and Peace Tea® iced teas, as well as Hansen's®
natural sodas, apple juice and juice blends, multi-vitamin juices, Junior
Juice® beverages, Blue Sky® beverages, Hubert's® Lemonades, Vidration® vitamin
enhanced waters, and PRE® Probiotic drinks. For more information, visit
www.monsterbevcorp.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this announcement may constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933,
as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended, regarding the expectations of management with respect to our future
operating results and other future events including revenues and
profitability. Management cautions that these statements are based on
management's current knowledge and expectations and are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the control of the
Company, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from
the statements made herein. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not
limited to, the following: unanticipated litigation concerning the Company's
products; the current uncertainty and volatility in the national and global
economy; changes in consumer preferences; changes in demand due to both
domestic and international economic conditions; activities and strategies of
competitors, including the introduction of new products and competitive
pricing and/or marketing of similar products; actual performance of the
parties under the new distribution agreements; potential disruptions arising
out of the transition of certain territories to new distributors; changes in
sales levels by existing distributors; unanticipated costs incurred in
connection with the termination of existing distribution agreements or the
transition to new distributors; changes in the price and/or availability of
raw materials; other supply issues, including the availability of products
and/or suitable production facilities; product distribution and placement
decisions by retailers; changes in governmental regulation; the imposition of
new and/or increased excise and/or sales or other taxes on our products;
criticism of energy drinks and/or the energy drink market generally; the
impact of proposals to limit or restrict the sale of energy drinks to minors
and/or persons below a specified age and/or restrict the venues and/or the
size of containers in which energy drinks can be sold; political, legislative
or other governmental actions or events, including the outcome of any state
attorney general and/or government or quasi-government agency inquiries, in
one or more regions in which we operate. For a more detailed discussion of
these and other risks that could affect our operating results, see the
Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The
Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in the
forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Roger S. Pondel / Judy Lin Sfetcu
         PondelWilkinson Inc.
         (310) 279-5980
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