The Launch of New Fully Interactive Brand Websites That Reflect Leadership in Their Categories
www.pezjuice.com and www.trekenergy.com
VANCOUVER, CANADA - March 20, 2003 - LEADING BRANDS, INC. LBIX (TSX:LBI), Canada's largest independent, fully integrated premium beverage company, announces the launch of two exciting websites to support its newest brands, PEZ®100% JUICE™ and TREK® OPTIMIZED PERFORMANCE BEVERAGE™.
"Both websites were designed to provide our consumers with a total brand experience. The websites educate, entertain and invite interactivity and ongoing relationships," says Ralph McRae, Chairman and CEO of Leading Brands, Inc. He adds, "We listened extensively to our consumers through in-depth interviews and reacted to their requests, wants and needs. As a result, we believe we have delivered two of the best sites on the internet for each of the two different target markets."
The PEZ® 100% JUICE™ website is targeted at kids 5-11 and as such, it contains a multitude of games and activities in the site's 100% FUN PARK. Kids can take a virtual ride as a boarder, skater or surfer before getting into activities like the Memory Game, Fortune Teller, Coloring Pages or Photo Gallery. For a limited time, kids are also encouraged to enter the 'Crazy Characterz Story Contest' for a chance to win a free case of PEZ®100% JUICE™.
The TREK® OPB™ website is an adventure sport forum full of facts on the TREK® OPB™superior formulations and the science behind hydration. In the site's 'Basecamp' consumers can view and share their photos and travel experiences as well as check out the Trek® Bicycle 2003 Event Tour.
"There is no doubt that these two websites have hit the nail on the head with consumers and give them fantastic value for their time spent browsing. The initial response has been excellent and we look forward to more positive feedback," says Joanne Petak, Vice-President of Marketing.
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) ™ 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® Natural Sports Drinks, NITRO® Energy Drinks, INFINITY® Health Water™, Country Harvest® Juices, and Caesar’s® Cocktails.
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