Leading Brands, Inc. (Leading Brands) is engaged in beverage bottling, distribution, sales, merchandising, brand development, brand licensing and brand management of beverage products. It also has integrated bottling and distribution operation with customers across Canada, the western United States, and Asia. In the fiscal year ended February 28, 2014, it operated a 50,000 square foot bottling plant in Edmonton, Alberta. It bottles juices and new age beverages for a co-pack customer and the Company�s own branded products. Its plant is primarily a hot fill plant designed to allow for extended shelf life of products without the use of preservatives. In a hot fill process, the liquid is heated to a high temperature prior to filling. The bottle is filled and capped while the liquid remains at the high temperature and then the filled bottle is sent through a cooling tunnel. The cooling causes a pressure seal which preserves the product without the need to add any artificial preservatives.