VANCOUVER, CANADA - July 26, 2004 - LEADING BRANDS, INC. (NASDAQ: LBIX), North America’s only
fully integrated premium beverage company, announces that all litigation and disputes among the company, its affiliates and management
(together, the “Company”) and Thomas C. Lines, Futuristic Brands USA, Inc., New Sun Beverages Company (USA) Inc. and other companies
controlled by or associated with Mr. Lines (together the “Lines Group”) have been settled. No payment was made by the Company to or on
behalf of any member of the Lines Group. As part of the settlement, a substantial payment was made by Robert W. Miller, the former
President of Leading Brands of America, Inc. (“LBAI”) to LBAI and LBAI’s lawsuit against Mr. Miller and related litigation was also
settled. In addition, the license agreements for Mad Croc, Red Devil and New Sun beverages were terminated and certain suppliers of
those products to LBAI forgave substantial claims that will result in the Company recording a six figure gain in the present quarter.
The Company withdraws and retracts any statements previously made by it in respect of any member of the Lines Group.
In particular, the Company withdraws and retracts the allegations made in its news releases of February 19, 2004, and April 12, 2004.
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 product development, manufacturing,
distribution, sales, marketing and licensing. In addition, Leading Brands produces
their own line of beverages such as TREK™, Pez® 100% Juices™, Soy2O™
Country Harvest® Juices, Caesar's® Bloody Caesar Cocktail, and Cool
Disclaimer: The Company relies upon the Safe Harbor Laws of 1933, 1934, and 1995 for all public news
releases, newsletters and other statements. Statements, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The Company,
through its management, makes forward-looking public statements concerning its expected future operations, performance and other
developments. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the Company's best judgment based upon current
information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that other factors will not affect the
accuracy of such forward-looking statements. It is impossible to identify all such factors. Factors which could cause actual results
to differ materially from those estimated by the Company include, but are not limited to, 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 factors which may be identified from time to time in the Company's public announcement.