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Leading Brands, Inc. Announces Commencement of Trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Addition to Nasdaq

VANCOUVER, CANADA - May 6, 2002 - Leading Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBIX),Canada's largest independent, fully integrated food and beverage brand management company, is pleased to announce that the Company will commence trading on The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSE") on May 8, 2002 under the symbol "LBI". Leading Brands, Inc. is currently listed on Nasdaq under the symbol LBIX and will maintain that listing in addition to the TSE listing.

Leading Brands Chairman and CEO Ralph D. McRae said "We are excited to list on the TSE, as we believe this listing will provide greater market visibility and increased liquidity for Canadian investors. Furthermore, the listing of Leading Brands' common shares on the TSE will support our business strategy, and verifies our commitment to enhancing shareholder value. "

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.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this press release includes forward-looking statements. Words such as “believe”, “expect,” “will,” or comparable terms, are intended to identify forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, objectives, future events or performance and other developments. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. Such statements speak only as of the date hereof. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s estimations and projections are disclosed in the Company’s securities filings and include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions, weather conditions, changing beverage consumption trends, pricing, availability of raw materials, economic uncertainties (including currency exchange rates), government regulation, managing and maintaining growth, the effect of adverse publicity, litigation, competition and other risk factors described from time to time in securities reports filed by Leading Brands, Inc.

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