DEAR FELLOW SHAREHOLDERS:
On Tuesday, June 28, 2005 our Annual General Meeting was held in Vancouver. I am pleased to report that each item on the agenda was approved by a majority in excess of 90% of the votes cast on that issue. I also wish to express my appreciation to Iain Harris and Doug Carlson for agreeing to serve another term as directors of the Company. Their advice and counsel has been invaluable over the years.
Our new www.LBIX.com website is here. In addition to a more updated look I hope that it provides you a better insight into our Company and brands. Enjoy!
We are preparing to move Brand X® into the US by launching a test market in the Pacific Northwest. We should be in a position to start shipments towards the end of this month. We are also re-positioning our Country Harvest® line of juices in the food service sector.
I perhaps don’t speak enough of our licensed products, in particular Fiji Water® and the Hansen’s line of energy drinks, which include Monster® and most recently Lost®. We have had long relationships with both these brands and 2005 has been a particularly successful year for both products in Canada. Year to date, Fiji Water® sales are up more than 400% and our sales of Hansen’s products have risen 160% over the same period last year. Those are extraordinary successes. As our sales and listing efforts continue, we are now pretty much set for the summer. Bring on the hot weather!
LEADING BRANDS, INC.
Ralph D. McRae
Chairman & CEO
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