Nutraceutical Announces Special Dividend

                   Nutraceutical Announces Special Dividend

PR Newswire

PARK CITY, Utah, Dec. 11, 2012

PARK CITY, Utah, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutraceutical International
Corporation (NASDAQ: NUTR) today announced that its Board of Directors has
declared a first ever, special cash dividend on Nutraceutical International
Corporation common stock of $1.00 per share payable December 28, 2012, to
shareholders of record on December 21, 2012. The aggregate amount of payments
to be made in connection with this special dividend will be approximately $9.8
million.

"Today's announcement of a $1.00 special dividend, payable prior to the end of
the calendar year, provides us with an opportunity to return some capital to
our shareholders," said Bill Gay, chairman and chief executive officer. "We
have had a strong year, our business fundamentals remain strong, we believe
the company is well positioned to move forward aggressively and we are
confident in our ability to fund our growth and acquisition plans and continue
our stock repurchase program."

ABOUT NUTRACEUTICAL

We are an integrated manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of
branded nutritional supplements and other natural products sold primarily to
and through domestic health and natural food stores. Internationally, we
market and distribute branded nutritional supplements and other natural
products to and through health and natural product distributors and retailers.
Our core business strategy is to acquire, integrate and operate businesses in
the natural products industry that manufacture, market and distribute branded
nutritional supplements. We believe that the consolidation and integration of
these acquired businesses provides ongoing financial synergies through
increased scale and market penetration, as well as strengthened customer
relationships.

We manufacture and sell nutritional supplements and other natural products
under numerous brands including Solaray®, KAL®, Nature's Life®, LifeTime®,
Natural Balance®, bioAllers®, Herbs for Kids™, NaturalCare®, Health from the
Sun®, Life-flo®, Organix South®, Pioneer® and Monarch Nutraceuticals™.

We own neighborhood natural food markets, which operate under the trade names
The Real Food Company™, Thom's Natural Foods™ and Cornucopia Community
Market™. We also own health food stores, which operate under the trade names
Fresh Vitamins™, Granola's™, Nature's Discount™ and Warehouse Vitamins™.

We manufacture and/or distribute one of the broadest branded product lines in
the industry with over 7,000 SKUs, including approximately 900 SKUs sold
internationally. We believe that as a result of our emphasis on innovation,
quality, loyalty, education and customer service, our brands are widely
recognized in health and natural food stores and among their customers.

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our
financial condition, results of operations and business. These forward-looking
statements can be identified by the use of terms such as "believe," "expects,"
"plan," "intend," "may," "will," "should," "can," or "anticipates," or the
negative thereof, or variations thereon, or comparable terminology, or by
discussions of strategy. These statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause industry trends or our actual
results to be materially different from any future results expressed or
implied by these statements. Important factors that may cause our results to
differ from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:
(i) changes in or new government regulations or increased enforcement of the
same, (ii) unavailability of desirable acquisitions or inability to complete
them, (iii) increased costs, including from increased raw material or energy
prices, (iv) changes in general worldwide economic or political conditions,
(v) adverse publicity or negative consumer perception regarding nutritional
supplements, (vi) issues with obtaining raw materials of adequate quality or
quantity, (vii) litigation and claims, including product liability,
intellectual property and other types, (viii) disruptions from or following
acquisitions including the loss of customers, (ix) increased competition, (x)
slow or negative growth in the nutritional supplement industry or the healthy
foods channel, (xi) the loss of key personnel or the inability to manage our
operations efficiently, (xii) problems with information management systems,
manufacturing efficiencies and operations, (xiii) insurance coverage issues,
(xiv) the volatility of the stock market generally and of our stock
specifically, (xv) increases in the cost of borrowings or unavailability of
additional debt or equity capital, or both, or fluctuations in foreign
currencies, and (xvi) interruption of business or negative impact on sales and
earnings due to acts of God, acts of war, terrorism, bio-terrorism, civil
unrest and other factors outside of our control. Copies of our SEC reports are
available upon request from our investor relations department or may be
obtained at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov).

SOURCE Nutraceutical International Corporation

Contact: Cory McQueen, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
+1-435-655-6106