Bumble Bee Seafoods and Leiner Health Products Announce New Fish Oil Supplements Marketing Agreement and Joint Sales Effort

SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Bumble Bee, North America's leading branded seafood company, has announced a marketing agreement and joint sales effort with Leiner Health Products to produce and market new high quality fish oil supplements under the popular seafood brand.

The fish oil supplements -- produced from a pure blend of oils from cold water deep sea fish, and high in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) -- will be made available to consumers under a new Bumble Bee Seafood Supplement label beginning summer 2005.

Omega-3 fatty acid benefits have been linked to improved heart health, reduced hypertension, aid in fighting autoimmune diseases, and improved mental health.

Consumers will have the choice of two Bumble Bee Seafood Supplement formulations to meet their lifestyle and dietary needs.

A premium, high-potency option will contain 1,200-milligram softgels each providing 216 milligrams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 144 milligrams of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are both forms of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.

The premium supplements will feature a unique vanilla scent and enteric coating designed to mask any fishy odor and aftertaste.

Consumers will also have the choice of a value priced supplement containing 1,000-milligram softgels each offering 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA.

Established in 1899, Bumble Bee produces and markets a full-line brand of seafood in the United States and Canada, including the top selling albacore tuna and salmon brands.

Leiner Health Products is America's largest manufacturer of store brand vitamins, minerals, and supplements. The company also is a leading store brand supplier in the rapidly growing over-the-counter (OTC) market.

Bumble Bee President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher D. Lischewski commented, "We're pleased to join with Leiner Health Products in launching a product that represents a new category of tremendous growth for Bumble Bee, capitalizing on the healthful attributes of our fish resources and offering consumers another option to increase their omega-3 intake."

Lischewski added, "While we expect that the Bumble Bee Fish Oil supplements will be shelved in traditional locations alongside other like health products, we're hopeful that our retail buyers will also consider shelving them in the canned seafood section to increase their availability to consumers."

Leiner Health Products President Gale Bensussen said: "We are excited about the opportunity to work with a brand as respected and trusted as Bumble Bee. With numerous fish oil supplements in the market, consumers sometimes feel overwhelmed when trying to choose a quality product. At Leiner, quality assurance is our number one priority, which is why we manufacture all our nutritional supplements to the industry's strictest standards. The Bumble Bee Fish Oil softgels are high quality supplements that have been manufactured to meet the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines set for purity, quality and potency."

He continued, "The National Academy of Science recommends 1,100 milligrams of omega-3 per day for women, and 1,600 milligrams for men, to help protect against heart disease. But most consumers -- even those with normal patterns of tuna consumption -- do not meet that level of intake. The good news is consumers can boost their omega-3 consumption by taking the Bumble Bee Fish Oil supplements."

"According to Bensussen, the 1,200-milligram formulation has an omega-3 content that is higher than or equal to any leading brand on the market. "Each of these enteric coated softgels contains the purest and finest fish oil available. In fact, according to USP the omega-3 fish oil concentrate used in Leiner's softgels is the only fish oil concentrate on the market to date to achieve the USP ingredient verification mark," he said.

"The USP new Ingredient Verification Program (USP-IVP) is a rigorous program that verifies the quality of raw materials used to manufacture dietary supplements, giving manufacturers even greater confidence in the ingredients they use. The Bumble Bee Fish Oil supplements will be made available through mass merchandisers and club stores, as well as food and drug outlets." The Bumble Bee Fish Oil supplements will be made available through mass merchandisers and club stores, as well as food and drug outlets.

About Bumble Bee Seafoods

Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC, headquartered in San Diego, is the U.S. operating subsidiary of Connors Bros. Income Fund (CA:CBFUN) -- a limited purpose trust established under the laws of Ontario, Canada. Connors Bros. owns a majority interest in both Bumble Bee and Clover Leaf Seafoods, L.P., its Canadian operating subsidiary. Together, these two operating companies comprise North America's largest branded seafood company, offering a full line of canned tuna, salmon, sardine, and specialty seafood products marketed under leading brands including Bumble Bee(R), Clover Leaf(R), Brunswick(R) and Beach Cliff(R).

The Bumble Bee brand has established significant consumer awareness and loyalty based on the superior quality of its seafood products. For more information on Bumble Bee, visit http://www.bumblebee.com .

About Leiner Health Products

Founded in 1973, Leiner Health Products, headquartered in Carson, California, is America's largest manufacturer of store brand vitamins, minerals, and supplements. The company also is a leading store brand supplier in the rapidly growing over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical market. Selling products exclusively to the nation's leading retailers, Leiner provides nearly 40 food, drug, mass, club and dollar store merchants with over 3,000 products, creating extraordinary, high quality store brands at a great value. Leiner markets a full line of vitamins, minerals and supplements under its YourLife(R) brand, which is the leading brand worldwide in the US military. The company also markets over-the-counter drugs under its Pharmacist's Formula(R) brand. In 2004, Leiner produced 29 billion doses.

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