TrueBlue Wins Best Blueberry Beverage of 2005 by the North American Blueberry Council

@@img1VANCOUVER, CANADA, March 21, 2006, LEADING BRANDS, Inc. (NASDAQ: LBIX), North America’s only fully integrated premium beverage company, announces that the North American Blueberry Council has selected TrueBlue® Blueberry-Pomegranate Juice Cocktail as the ‘Best New Blueberry Product of 2005′ in the beverage category.

Joanne Saunders, Leading Brands’ Vice-President of Marketing said: “This award is further verification that TrueBlue® is the blueberry beverage of choice for today’s consumers. I receive calls virtually every day from consumers whose only reason for calling is to tell me that they love the taste of TrueBlue®. This is such an exciting time for the brand!”

TrueBlue® is now available in major retailers across Canada and in 42 US States. Five delicious flavors are offered: Blueberry, Blueberry-Cranberry, Blueberry-Pomegranate, Blueberry-Green Tea, and Blueberry-Raspberry, all high in antioxidant activity. Two conveniently-sized 64oz (1.89L) and 16oz (473mL) PET bottles are available to consumers.

TrueBlue® was launched in early 2005. The ‘all natural’ product is lightly sweetened with Cane Sugar, and formulated to comply with the most strict health food requirements. Each 16 oz (473mL) serving contains as much juice as a full serving of fresh blueberries. With 25% fewer calories per serving than most cranberry-based products, TrueBlue® is also a preferred dietary choice for health-conscious consumers.

Recently, LiteBlue® Blueberry Juice Cocktail has been added to the brand lineup. LiteBlue® contains only half the calories of TrueBlue® (50 calories per serving), and is sweetened with a combination of cane sugar and Splenda®. Two LiteBlue® flavors are available: Blueberry and Blueberry-Raspberry.

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About Leading Brands, Inc.
Leading Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIX) is North America’s only fully integrated premium beverage company. The Company’s unique Integrated Distribution System (IDS) T offers turnkey, one-stop shopping to food and beverage brand owners, including manufacturing, distribution, sales/marketing and licensing. In addition, Leading Brands produces their own line of beverages such as TrueBlue®, LiteBlue®, TREK® Sports Drink, Soy2O®, Country Harvest® Juices, Caesar’s® Bloody Caesar Cocktails, Brand X Originals®, InfinityT Sparkling Mountain Spring Water and Cool Canadian® Mountain Spring Water.