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The History Of Le Bleu

Le Bleu Corporation was formed in 1990 by Jerry W. Smith. Mr. Smith, President and CEO of Le Bleu Corporation, had the foresight to realize the potential of what is today's bottled water industry. His over thirty-five years of experience in water treatments and a Certified Water Specialist CWS-V certification by the National Water Quality Association provided the background from which Mr. Smith would develop numerous patents and Le Bleu's patent-pending purification process.

The company's first product was a 10-oz. glass bottle. The product was praised for its purity, taste and label design. As bottled water continued to develop in the early 1990's, Le Bleu introduced PET packages in 20-oz., 1 liter and 1.5-liter sizes. As the distribution network was established, product availability increased and sales rose rapidly.

Le Bleu has since been growing by leaps and bounds in the beverage industry, introducing a number of new Le Bleu Products to the marketplace.

In the fourth quarter of 2000, Le Bleu introduced a 12-oz. bottle in a 12 and 24 pack case. The 12-oz. is ideal for school children to take to lunch or just to carry with you when you are on the go. This product can now be found in major grocery chains, sporting arenas, elementary schools and vending machines.

Le Bleu's five-gallon division was established in 1996 as the demand for Le Bleu's product moved beyond the convenience stores and grocery chains points of availability. Le Bleu Corporation's facility in Advance, North Carolina supplies five-gallon bottled water through 12 branches located throughout North and South Carolina.

Many five-gallon residential customers have been enjoying pure and refreshing Le Bleu Bottled Water from their five-gallon water cooler for a number of years. Le Bleu introduced the second phase of its residential service in the second quarter of 2001. The Le Bleu Automatic Ultra Pure Bottled Water System provides Le Bleu water throughout the home through secondary faucets, ice-makers and refrigerator water dispensers. The system can be pre-plumbed into new homes or installed into most existing homes. It only takes ten minutes a month to fill your homes system's 50-gallon tank with Le Bleu five-gallon bottled water.

Le Bleu's Shower Filtration System was introduced in the third quarter of 2001, offering healthier chlorine-free showers, saving water, energy and money.

In December 2001, Le Bleu introduced a line of Gourmet Coffee, including 100% Colombian, 100% Colombian Decaf and Blue Ridge Blend. And when made with Le Bleu's Thermal Coffee Brewer, customers can enjoy the perfect cup of coffee.

In September 2005, Le Bleu began distribution of Nature's Pearl Muscadine Grape Seed. Nature's Pearl is a dietary supplement that is 100% pure and natural Muscadine grape seed in capsule form. Nature's Pearl Muscadine Grape Seed is nature's number one source of antioxidants and contains a wide array of health benefits. Nature's Pearl Muscadine Grape Seed has been found to contain anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes healthy cholesterol levels by protecting LDL (bad) cholesterol from free radicals and improving HDL (good) cholesterol. For more information, visit www.naturespearlproducts.com.

In November 2005, Le Bleu expanded its Nature's Pearl distribution to include Nature's Pearl Muscadine Grape Juice. No other grape compares to the taste of a Muscadine grape. Full of natural flavor and sweetness, Nature's Pearl Muscadine Juice is a delicious and healthy beverage. It is all natural, not from concentrate and contains no added sugar.

Le Bleu Corporation continues to grow both inside and outside the United States. Le Bleu Corporation has licensed bottling plants in Advance NC; Asheville NC; The Cayman Islands, British West Indies; St. Thomas, and US Virgin Islands. Additional plants are being built for manufacture of Le Bleu Bottled Water in Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas, and Honduras in 2006.

As the worldwide need for high purity water increases, Le Bleu's export division continues its expansion into international markets. Le Bleu's foreign distributor network currently includes The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Japan, St. Croix, Curacao and St. Thomas. Contact an International Distributor near you. If you are interested in distribution of Le Bleu in a country where Le Bleu is not currently distributed, please complete the Licensing Information Request form.

For more information on Le Bleu Corporation or availability of our products, please e-mail us at: info@lebleu.com.