Jul 17

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Home Depot USA Online SKU Expansion

 

We appreciate that Home Depot USA has added the single bottle SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) for 1000+ Stain Remover to supplement their initial 3-pack SKU.  This is a positive development because more consumers making online product choices, particularly for the first time, will prefer to purchase a single bottle if that is all they need at the time.

1000+ Stain Remover  also qualifies for Home Depot’s FREE ship-to-store service, making it possible for a customer to pick-up their 1000+ Stain Remover at any U.S. Home Depot store without shipping charge, if ordered online.  This provides consumers and USA Home Depot store associates face-to-face contact in connection with 1000+ Stain Remover.

 

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Jul 05

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Shareholder Question: Inventory

Topic: Inventory at Canadian Home Depot.

We have received a shareholder request to comment on the status of Canadian Home Depot stores and 1000+ Stain Remover.

That account is serviced for us by a distributor.  Winning Brands has received no direct communication from the retailer indicating a change in status of the product, and no price discounting has taken place at the shelves to the best of our knowledge, however it would appear that stock is not being replenished when depleted at the store level.

Review of the situation with the distributor has revealed the distributor’s plan was to provide space for 1000+ in the Cleaning Department instead of the Paint Department (where the presence of DIY cleaning supplies has apparently been reduced by the retailer across its plan-o-gram).  As of the time of this posting, the arrival of 1000+ in the Cleaning Department has not occurred.   The company is investigating what the operational status and issues are.  Conventionally, the manufacturer would not interfere in routine operations of the distributor representing the product, however the current situation is clearly unresolved and not acceptable.

For context, it should be stated that a similar situation arose for Winning Brands before in which its product had an interruption of a retailer’s shelf presence (Walmart), which was eventually resolved with a complete resumption of the shelf presence.

In summary – a review is underway to determine whether circumstances in this case can be addressed in the same manner that provided a positive outcome previously.  Until then, it would be unprofessional for Winning Brands to discuss the operational negotiations as between the distributor, the retailer and ourselves.

Jun 29

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Replenishments for Wet Cleaners and Nursing Care

 

We are pleased to receive replenishment orders for the Brilliant and K-Brite product lines from dry cleaners who are converting to the professional wet cleaning format and from our new clients in elder care nursing.  The picture below shows the typical delivery format for distribution in this sector.  This is one partial shipment today.

 

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Jun 02

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Thank you Home Depot USA for Online Advertising of 1000+ Stain Remover

 

We are honoured that 1000+ Stain Remover from Winning Brands has been selected to be part of new Home Depot USA online marketing, with this example now in circulation in click-per-view model in social media:

 

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The SHOP button links directly to the 1000+ Stain Remover page at www.HomeDepot.com, shown below:

Picture - 1000Plus Stain Remover Page at HomeDepot.com

Jun 01

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Winning Brands on Hand for Opening of Canadian Tire Showcase Store – Largest in Canada

We thank Canadian Tire for making 1000+ Stain Remover from Winning Brands a prominent part of its opening merchandising mix at the fabulous new showcase store in Edmonton – the largest Canadian Tire outlet in Canada.  A Canadian Tire news release link and video tour of its new store is provided below.

Picture - Canadian Tire Super Centre Edmonton

 

EDMONTON, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ – Today, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC, TSX:CTC.A)  opened the doors to a first of its kind ‘Showcase’ store in Edmonton, Alberta. At 140,000 square feet spread across two floors, the new store provides customers with dynamic digital technology experiences, a truly Canadian shopping experience and an unparalleled product assortment.  Read more at http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2015/06/01/new-canadian-tire-showcase-store-shines-a-spotlight-on-innovative-retail#HdZUM6HIW1dJWZKX.99

May 15

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Q1 Report Filing

Q1 2015 WNBD Report – Merged PDF

UPDATE July 4, 2015

The posting on OTC Markets of the OTC Markets-reviewed Q1 figures will be made upon renewal of the paid OTC News Subscription Agreement.   We are presently evaluating when this will be.  The completed Q1 Report is attached by way of link, above.  Q2 figures are scheduled to be prepared according to schedule.

UPDATE June 1 2015

The Q1 2015 report for the period ending March 31st 2015 has been completed for OTC Markets and is awaiting posting by OTC Markets.   The dollar value of reported revenue declined slightly compared to the same period last year due primarily to significant currency exchange rate differential, however the year-over-year loss declined again arising from improved margin and lower costs.

 

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UPDATE May 15 2015

The Q1 2015 report for the period ending March 31st 2015 will be posted by May 31st, rather than by May 15th. Accordingly, the OTC Pink Current Information Status will become OTC Limited Information Status briefly until this is done, and will be restored upon completion.

May 04

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Canadian Tire In-Store Demonstrations

 

Thank you again, Canadian Tire, for your invitation to Winning Brands to join the team at the annual “Ladies Nights” in select stores.  It’s a great opportunity to meet customers face-to-face and learn of their experiences, as well as getting to know store personnel.  The greatest compliment that a brand can receive is for store staff themselves use your brand at home or work.  In-person get-togethers like this often reveal that 1000+ Stain Remover has product friends.

 

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Apr 30

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BRILLIANT™ Welcomes Bryne Cleaners

 

Winning Brands is pleased with the addition of Bryne Cleaners to BRILLIANT™ Wetcleaning customer base with our completed installation.  The photos below illustrate the continuous-feed principle of BRILLIANT™ product containers that are connected directly to the Miele Wetcare®  equipment and dispense via dosing pumps.

 

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Apr 13

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1000+ Stain Remover at U.S. Naval Supply Center in Japan

 

This picture was received showing 1000+ Stain Remover now on the shelf at the U.S. Naval Supply Center in the Yokosuka United States Naval Base.  Our thanks to all those who contributed to this proud accomplishment.

 

Picture - 1000 at Navy Supply Center - Japan

 

Picture - Yokosuka US Naval Supply Center

Apr 01

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Shareholder Question: Expanded Listing in Home Improvement Retailer

 

Question:

Hi Eric,  Regarding the expanded presence in a national listing.  As per your Aug 21 2014 blog: Status update… I read: Winning Brands will provide further description of this development in the  Q3 report and the subsequent 2014 annual report…. and will be commented on  therein as a subsequent event.  Eric, I have not read anything further in either of these reports. Can you provide an update?  Thank you.

 

Answer:

The declaration made by one of the two largest home improvement retailers in the U.S. that 1000+ Stain Remover would be placed in 200 stores early in 2015 has not yet translated to action on their part.  Winning Brands has done its part in preparation, yet delays in implementation continue on the other end.

Such delays are a contributing factor to the fundamental reassessment by Winning Brands of its reliance on a small number of home improvement chain corporate buyers to make decisions, or follow through on their commitments, which are key to the company’s destiny.  For this reason, the 2014 Annual Report discusses the growing emphasis on joint ventures and strategic alliances.  Broader partnerships will expand Winning Brands’ product interests and will strengthen the company’s resilience and growth potential.  Winning Brands has had access to product commercialization opportunities in the past but has not deployed them due to the company’s historic focus on cleaning and chemistry in particular.  While our products in cleaning and chemistry will continue, they will no longer be our exclusive sector of interest.  Our shareholders will benefit from Winning Brands developing broader relationships.

Successful companies, and individuals, make adjustments when necessary to achieve their goals.  A strategic combination of both prudence and boldness is characteristic of winners in the end.

Mar 31

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Annual Report 2014

 

The company’s 2014 Annual Report is now available at www.OTCMarkets.com for trading symbol WNBD. Sales in Canada increased in 2014 over 2013 and the net loss continued the multi-year improvement.  New concepts are being developed for 2015 that will broaden the scope of Winning Brands activities this year.  The financial statement is available at OTC Markets.

 

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Mar 24

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Congratulations Miele!

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Mar 23

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TrackMoist in California Welcomes Thacher School

 

We are honoured that the Thacher School in Ojai, California has chosen TrackMoist Soil Conditioning and Dust Suppressant from Winning Brands for their dirt entertainment surfaces.  This occurred because of recommendations from other TrackMoist users.  The Thacher School has an equestrian program in its it curriculum.  TrackMoist will help keep these equestrian grounds in best condition, as well as other uses.

 

“Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school (grades 9-12) located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. The School serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.  Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.”
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Mar 05

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New Commercial Setting for BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions

 

It is fun to welcome iconic Reid’s Dairy of Belleville  to the customer family.  They will be using BRILLIANT brand of laundry products for uniform and other textile cleaning.   There are indications that 2015 will be a good year for the BRILLIANT brand following its launch in Q3 2014.

 

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Mar 05

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Welcome Town Gate Cleaners

Winning Brands welcomes Town Gate Cleaners of Oakville to the growing family of professional garment care establishments using BRILLIANT brand wet cleaning solutions.  Town Gate targets Oakville’s most discerning consumers who seek quality above all when selecting their service provider.

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Mar 04

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BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions and Health Care

We welcome Windsor Regional Hospital as a new customer for BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions in partnership with Miele Limited.

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Mar 03

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New member of Winning Brands product family – KBrite

It gives us pleasure to have made the first delivery of our new KBrite Kitchenware Cleaning Solutions for institutional use. The 20L container below is part of an initial shipment to the nursing home chain described in our earlier weblog entry of today in which two line extensions of the BRILLIANT Laundry Solutions line were introduced.  The addition of KBrite gives us presence in another department of nursing homes where much cleaning is occurring, i.e. the kitchen, to supplement our presence in the laundry department.

 

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Mar 03

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Product Line Additions for BRILLIANT Brand

We are proud to have received approval and our first order for two line extensions to the BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions brand.  These are Oxygen Bleach and Chlorine Bleach products suitable for the nursing home sector.  This is where our first shipment is headed. Miele will continue to be our distributor for these additions.  The first nursing home customer is a member of a chain with 200 locations.  This is the first outlet in that chain to convert to the Miele/BRILLIANT combination.  The head office of that chain will be following developments there with great interest.  Institutional clients do not switch systems without careful consideration.  We are honoured to have earned this opportunity.

 

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Feb 24

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Sharecount Update

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Feb 23

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2015 at Winning Brands – Shareholder Question

Question

Good Morning Eric:  I noticed that you haven’t posted an update on the Investor Relations site for approx 2 months.  Also, recently noticed that Zero trades are being executed for Winning Brands. Is it possible for you to provide a little insight into the present situation at Winning Brands?  Thank you.  (Name) Longtime follower of Winning Brands Corporation

Answer

Thank you for your enquiry.  Over the past two months I have been focusing on adjustments to Winning Brands’ business model that will activate more strategic alliances and joint ventures as the driver of significant growth for Winning Brands in 2015 and beyond.  I have been conservative by minimizing discussion of these arrangements in theoretical terms until actionable elements are in place and can be described in detail. Therefore, I will refrain from expanding upon this further at the moment.

As to the trading volume, it would appear that there are many days with trading volume.  Today for example, trading took place supported by a Bid and Ask of .0001 and .0002 respectively, as shown below.  The dollar value is low, but I anticipate liquidity will improve considerably when our business model adjustments are put into action and recognized as a powerful vision for the future of the company.  We are very enthusiastic about the coming year and beyond for Winning Brands.

In the meantime, I will be sure to return to more frequent operational postings.  Your interest in the Winning Brands weblog is noted.  We do appreciate your confirmation of the importance of the Winning Brands CEO Weblog as an information resource.

 

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Dec 15

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BRILLIANT™ Welcomes GreenClean as Customer

GreenClean Restoration Cleaners Network has completed phase-in of BRILLIANT™ Wet Cleaning Solutions in their Toronto location.  Shown below is David Alonzi of GreenClean with representatives of Winning Brands and Miele in the Miele Limited Professional Products Showroom, December 15, 2014.  Winning Brands and Miele Limited have partnered to project Winning Brands’ BRILLIANT™ professional laundry products deeper into the professional garment care field.

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Dec 03

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Excellent performance by BRILLIANT™ Professional Laundry Solutions

 

Winning Brands’ BRILLIANT™ Professional Laundry Solutions have earned a place in the textile cleaning procedures at highly respected Curtain Call Inc.  The customer supplies and maintains high-value scenery backdrops to the entertainment and events industry. These backdrops include, amongst other things, curtains and textiles of various kinds in theatres, trade shows and TV/film production.   We are pleased to have been chosen for this supporting role, which begins effective immediately.  News Release link provided below.

 

News Release Link:  

http://www.winningbrandscorporation.com/uploads/3/5/2/8/3528073/dec_03_2014_-_prestigious_new_account_for_brilliant.pdf 

Photo Credits: Examples of Curtain Call Work

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Nov 28

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News Release Copy

 

This a link to the most recent news release regarding status of the Colorado pilot project in which the Blau Aire Turbo is being assessed for effectiveness in removing lingering smell of marijuana consumed in enclosed spaces:   http://www.winningbrandscorporation.com/uploads/3/5/2/8/3528073/nov_26_2014__-_positive_results_from_colorado_to_cannabis_odor_elimination_product.pdf

The question is no longer whether Blau Aire Turbo works, but rather the best method to market the device effectively for this purpose in light of the controlled nature of MJ.  There are a number of practical, legal, logistical and financial dimensions involved – including appropriate strategic partnerships, bearing in mind that Colorado is no longer the only jurisdiction where consumption is legal.  Additionally, medical use is increasing in most jurisdictions.

Marketing partnerships are under discussion currently amongst  interested parties to ramp-up commercialization of the Blau Aire Turbo system to eliminate lingering smell.

 

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Nov 26

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Shareholder Update: Share Count

November 26, 2014: 708,382,680

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Nov 18

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Current Information Tier Renewed

We are proud to have earned the renewal of the Current Information Tier again, as indicated below.  More than half of OTC entities do not provide the required quantity or quality of disclosure to earn this designation.  The next renewal event will be in Q2 2015.

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Nov 17

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Q3 Quarterly Report – Positive Trend

All figures in U.S. Dollars

In Q3 2014, sales increased by 11.4% over Q2 2014  from $66,643 to $74,268.

9-months YTD sales for 2014 are $206,872 compared with $211,347 9-months YTD 2013.  The minor dollar reduction between YTD 2013 and YTD 2014 arises entirely from currency fluctuation, not from a reduction in demand.  Winning Brands Canadian unit volume sales increases in Q3 were offset by an 8% average reduction in the value of the Canadian dollar (where most of the company’s sales presently occur) vs the U.S. Dollar, on a year-over-year basis,  2014 product demand year-to-date (in unit volume) was higher compared to 2013.

In the opinion of management, this positive momentum in physical product demand will continue into Q4 2014.  Customer orders already booked between October 1, 2014 and November 15, 2014 for delivery during Q4 2014 exceed U.S. $100,000, making it likely that the company will surpass its 2013 annual sales figure of $308,605.

 

Picture - 2014 Q Sales Trend

 

Bottom line results have improved as well, as operating losses continue to decline.  The net loss for the 9-months YTD 2014 of $314,766 is a reduction of more than 25% from the 2013 9-months YTD loss of $ 428,780.

 

Picture - 2014 Q Actual Units vs Exchange Rate Changes

The complete report is filed at www.OTCMarkets.com 

 

Nov 06

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Testimonial Spirit – A Special Kind of Wonderful!

 

We continue to be impressed by the spirit that motivates consumers who have busy lives yet still find the time to reach out to us with thanks for our lead brand:  1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution.

The enthusiasm of the testimonial below, received yesterday, reminds us that our customers can be truly wonderful.

Perhaps it is evidence of a positive feedback loop.  We thank the associates at Home Depot Canada for being so consistently upbeat about 1000+ to their consumers.  More than 2,000 Canadians per month now purchase a bottle of 1000+ Stain Remover from Home Depot in Canada.   There are 12 times as many Home Depot stores in the United States.  It would be a significant development for Winning Brands to gain a presence on Home Depot store shelves in the USA eventually.

 

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1000+ HERO IMAGE - US

 

Nov 04

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Thank you USDA: Greenbuild Expo 2014 New Orleans

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution for its BioPreferred products display at the GreenBuild Expo 2014 in New Orleans, October 22-24, 2014.  We appreciate the enthusiasm, assistance and professionalism of USDA BioPreferred Program organizers for our inclusion.

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BIO BASED LOGO

Nov 04

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Operational Update

There have been several operational advances recently.  These include:

  • First delivery of 1000+ Stain Remover to the U.S. Navy NEXCOM division.   The shipment was re-deployed by NEXCOM to their facilities in Japan and the Mediterranean.  The purpose of the navy order was to make 1000+ available to personnel in the NEXCOM stores there or for use by personnel in an official capacity (i.e. official cleaning).   It was a small opening order, but was placed by the navy through its official channels (i.e. government purchase order).  Our plan is to establish contact with the facilities where the 1000+ actually lands to learn more about the customer experiences and build on it.
  • Replenishment orders from Australia and New Zealand.  It is terrific to see that this market continues to show interest in 1000+ Stain Remover.  Another 8,064 “handy size” bottles have been ordered for shipment asap.
  • Replenishment order for BRILLIANT Wet Cleaning Solutions.  We are pleased  to see that BRILLIANT is already moving into additional dry cleaner / wet cleaner facilities, beyond the launch partner, Georgian Bay Wet Cleaning.  The resulting distributor replenishment order is being made for our new distributor Miele Limited asap.
  • USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) honoured us by selecting 1000+  to display at its booth at the October 2014 Greenbuild Expo in New Orleans due to our BioPreferred rating for 1000+ Stain Remover
  • TrackMoist use continues.  We have been invited to the National Tractor Pull Association Show in December to increase exposure
  • The anticipated 200 store roll-out of 1000+ Stain Remover in Q1 2015 with a national home improvement retailer is still on track.  There is extensive collaboration ongoing toward this.
  • Winning Brands has been quietly testing different presentations of Blau Aire Turbo in order to establish an efficient commercialization method.  This testing is being ramped-up in the 3rd week of November with the launch of a carefully designed e-mail marketing campaign to smokers in the United States.  Results from this test will inform our next steps with the project, in terms of targeting.  In the meantime, we have been making technical adjustments to the prototypes.
  • More information about these points will be provided

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Oct 01

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Testimonial: Blau Aire Turbo: Vehicle Use

A big thank you to persons who are kind enough to declare their satisfaction.  www.BlauAire.com for Product Info.

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Sep 26

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OTC Markets – Current Information Tier

Official renewal of our Current Information Tier status has been received.  Being in this tier is not automatic.  It is subject to review and can be lost if not providing information to the Alternative Reporting Standard Guidelines.

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Sep 26

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First MJ dispensary to participate in Blau Aire Test Marketing

It is well known now that Marijuana has been legalized at the state level  for personal recreational use in Colorado and Washington.   Confirmation has been received today from Colorado that our first dispensary partner has emerged for Blau Aire System retailing cooperation.  More details will be provided as things advance.

Sep 26

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Launch of Blau Aire System for Air Sanitizing and Deodorizing

 

Winning Brands is proud and happy to expand its scope with the official start of our Blau Aire Project.  www.BlauAire.com 

News Release Link: http://www.winningbrandscorporation.com/uploads/3/5/2/8/3528073/sept_26_2014__-_lingering_marijuana_and_tobacco_smell__new_air_sanitizer_launch_by_winning_brands.pdf

The Blau Aire system is not a simple air freshener.  It is a stronger treatment for settings where more is needed.   The patent pending Turbo distributes a sanitizing vapour that will be useful in many settings, not merely to deal with odours, but also to “wash the air” of some unwanted microbial content.

Just as it has taken time and effort to reach this stage, so too more time and effort will be required to realize the full potential of this new development.

 

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Sep 26

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Home Depot USA Online Ordering Corrected and Operational

 

The online order glitch at www.HomeDepot.com  has been corrected and all shipping is functioning normally, including free “Ship to Store” service for customers who would rather pick up their 1000+ Stain Remover at their nearest Home Depot store instead of having it shipped to their home.

 

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Sep 20

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New Commercial Size Shipments Begin

Proud to see our new 60L size packaging for the Professional Wetcleaning sector under our new BRILLIANT brand.  These units, shown below, are part of a shipment to our distributor in this sector, Miele Limited.

Picture - Brilliant Professional Wetcleaning Liquids on Track Sep 2014

Sep 16

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Home Depot Update

It has been determined that the origin of the “Out of Stock / Discontinued” mistake is that the standard UPC code of 1000+ Stain Remover as it is normally sold in the market (in single bottle units) is the one registered with the chemical compliance database, whereas the 3-Pack which Home Depot had been selling online has a unique UPC code used by HD internally.  That is the one used in the inventory management database.  Therefore, the UPC codes did not match between the two databases.

This did not arise before because HD is introducing a different chemical compliance registration process that had not affected this product previously.

The correction will take a few more days to go live.  A decision is being made by Home Depot whether to introduce the single bottle SKU online rather than the 3-pack, as a convenience to consumers.  A single bottle SKU would be beneficial for consumers and Winning Brands by making the product a much more attractive initial purchase for “first timers”.

Sep 11

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Home Depot USA

There is an erroneous message at www.HomeDepot.com that 1000+ Stain Remover has been discontinued. The product has NOT been discontinued. In fact, Home Depot recently updated the 1000+ product page to reflect the current label design.  Sales in this  portal have grown since the product was first introduced by Home Depot.com and consumer satisfaction is high. All product shipments into Home Depot and outbound to consumers have been made according to schedule.   Personnel at Home Depot are working on the correction of this error. The problem appears to be IT related.  It seems that chemical compliance data did not migrate properly between two databases, which caused an automatically generated (false) message of discontinuation in the product availability database.

Sep 01

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Shareholder Photo: 1000+ Positioning

 

We thank the shareholder who sent this photo of our product on another store shelf  beside a well known national brand (at the Home Hardware chain).  Such good positioning is a choice that stores make based on their own assessment. Can 1000+ Stain Remover hold its own in this setting?  Shelf space is valuable.  This store says yes.  Much appreciated.   Every time stores move 1000+ to prime positioning, exposure improves.

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Aug 21

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Status Update: U.S. Home Improvement Retail Chain

 

Recovery of Momentum for Winning Brands in U.S. Home Improvement Retail
Progress in key feature of Winning Brands business plan

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One of the most important goals for the growth of Winning Brands’ 1000+ Stain Remover has been to obtain a national listing in one or both of America’s two national retail chains in the home improvement industry.   1000+™ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution™ was chosen for that mission because of its suitability as a universal clean-up solution for Pros and DIYers too.  www.1000Plus.ca    After several earlier delays, new progress is being made.

1000+ had been in two key U.S. market tests which were taking longer than the company wanted.  One is a local test inside 3 Ohio Lowes stores and the other an online listing at www.HomeDepot.com .  Either of these two different approaches (testing in retail or testing online) has traditionally been considered to be necessary milestones on the way to a national listing.  Since both of these chains have approximately 2,000 stores coast-to-coast (1,750 & 2,200 respectively), having a presence in either one is significant for the success of a consumer product brand.  These are the world’s two largest home improvement retailers.  They see millions of consumers per week, each.

In the case of 1000+, consumer reaction to the product has been under evaluation by the retailers. Do consumers like 1000+?  What feedback do the retailers receive?  How do the two organizations rate Winning Brands as a company to do business with?  Is sales turnover of 1000+ Stain Remover in these two platforms adequate to justify expanded presence and eventually a national listing?  Such are the questions that the retailers have been assessing.

Of frustration to Winning Brands’ stakeholders has been that earlier indications were received from these test partners of likely advancement, but delays occurred several times for various reasons.  Therefore, from the point of view of Winning Brands stakeholders, the impression emerged that these projects would never advance.  The delays undermined the plausibility of 1000+ attaining a national brand stature, and by extension, undermined the prospects for Winning Brands ever reaching the highest level of consumer product success.  Although it is widely known that Winning Brands products are good, the difficulty in breaking through to the national banner distribution, reaching consumers in some of the busiest big-box stores in America, had cast doubt on Winning Brands prospects in the eyes of many.

Winning Brands has now received formal confirmation that one of these banners is ready for the next level of engagement with the company, by putting the 1000+ Stain Remover into approximately of 200 of its stores in Q1 2015.

Winning Brands has exercised great caution in evaluating this development.  Previous delays by retailers to take us to the next level, despite their stated intentions, have made us wary.  This time, however, the granular level of detail in preparations indicates that the associated work is already occurring internally on the other side.  Firstly, the decision results from a formal review conducted over the past several months.  It has the necessary backing of all affected levels of authorized personnel.  Collaborative selection of stores by both parties is now underway.  This even includes the allocation of specific space within the planogram of the stores where the product will be placed.  Specific logistics procedures are being agreed, and so on.

Winning Brands will provide further description of this development in its Q3 report and the subsequent 2014 Annual Report.  It is anticipated that this new program should be in place at the time of the issuance of the 2014 Annual Report and will be commented on therein as a subsequent event.

Our operational ties to one or both of the largest home improvement retailers in the world is perhaps the most important leading indicator as to whether Winning Brands can move up and attain unquestioned success in the U.S.  That is why this new progress is so important. We are grateful to the team who helped bring the project into an implementation phase.

It is a fine thing to see and hear the good expectations that our retailer partners now have for our potential together.  Our relationship with both of these banners’ Canadian stores, where their first listings of 1000+ Stain Remover occurred, has been positive.

While I continue to advise caution, and always will advise caution, it is encouraging to see that several earlier brand development initiatives are showing new life, including this very significant project.  It increases the likelihood that Winning Brands will achieve the critical mass needed to become profitable and to address its (many) opportunities effectively.

Aug 19

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Winning Brands Welcomes Ohio’s New Vienna Motorsports Park

A rush order of TrackMoist to Ohio’s New Vienna Motorsports Park begins this facility’s implementation of TrackMoist soil conditioning.  We welcome them to the community of clients for TrackMoist from Winning Brands.

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Aug 19

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Hard Work, Good Work

 

Winning Brands has entered into distribution of the BRILLIANT Wetcleaning line in Canada with Miele, as per the following release, and comments from Miele:  LINK  http://www.accesswire.com/419274/Miele-Limited-to-Distribute-Winning-Brands-BRILLIANT-Wet-Cleaning-Solutions 

The BRILLIANT Wetcleaning product line will be on display in the showroom of the Professional Division at Miele’s national head office  in Toronto, shown below.  The building is a well known fixture in the heart of the city.

Miele Limited will carry BRILLIANT inventory in their warehouses and will deploy its sales and service personnel to achieve recognition of the BRILLIANT brand as a feature of a complete professional wet cleaning system.  Miele Limited does not carry competing wetcleaning products.

These arrangements are intended to provide Miele professional customers with total accountability for the performance of Miele’s WetCare equipment.  Wet Cleaners who are using other brands of equipment will also have access to BRILLIANT Wetcleaning solutions, through Miele or an Authorized Dealer.  BRILLIANT Wetcleaning solutions can be used in Miele’s WetCare units and other professional wet cleaning equipment.

Many talented and hardworking people have contributed to the successful pilot project for BRILLIANT Wetcleaning solutions;  R&D, technical, operational and customer service.   The majority of dry cleaners in North America are examining their options for the next generation of their equipment.   The collaboration of Miele Limited and other Miele offices internationally is a good basis for continuing team building for the BRILLIANT brand over the long run and deepening expertise for all parties concerned.  Winning Brands respects and appreciates its role in this endeavor and is proud of its accomplishments too.

 

Picture - Miele Headquarters

Aug 17

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Q2 Report – Continuing Improvement Over 2013

The Q2 2014 Report has been filed to www.OTCMarkets.com

The results for the first 6 months of 2014 show continuing improvement over the corresponding period in 2013, both in terms of increased sales and decreased operating loss on a year-to-date basis.

Furthermore, Q3 2014 sales will be higher than Q2 2014.  This is because orders received between July 1 – August 15, 2014, i.e. orders already scheduled for delivery during Q3, exceed the sales figure for all of Q2 2014.

A chart showing key year-to-date figures in 2014 vs 2013 is below.

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Aug 10

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Shareholder Question: News Wire Service

Question:

Hi, Why isn’t your news showing up on investorshub.com? I’ve notified investorshub but no response yet. Please look into this. Thanks.

Answer:

We have been informed by our newswire service, Globe Newswire,  that Investors Hub has started charging newswire services to receive  and show newsfeed to Investors Hub readers.  Not all newswire services have agreed to this. Apparently, negotiations are ongoing.  In the meantime, this issue has affected others and has created inconsistent posting of newsfeed.   We are not privy to the discussions or the perspectives of the negotiating parties. Globe Newswire, a NASDAQ OMX company, is one of the largest newswire distribution networks in the world.

Aug 08

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Share Structure Update – August 8, 2014

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  • Of the issued shares, the free-trading/float figure is 433,187,222.
  • Since the end of Q1, March 31st, the number of shares issued is 376,882,787
  • Since the end of Q1, March 31st, WNBD trading volume on OTC Markets is 807,002,368
  • The number of trades in this period is 1,113
  • The dollar value of trades for this period is $ 378,285
  • The trading figures are from OTC Markets records

Aug 07

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Background: BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions

Further background to the news release:

http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/08/05/656082/10092969/en/Launch-of-Winning-Brands-BRILLIANT-TM-Alternative-to-Dry-Cleaning.html 

For shareholders who are familiar with Winning Brands’ past activities in the field of professional wetcleaning for garments, the following recap of key points will place the developments described in the news release into context.

  • The proposed use of water + specialized cleaning agents instead of traditional dry cleaning solvents was relatively new when we first became involved.  It was controversial because non-water-based solvents have been been used for decades in dry cleaning.  They work well, but are hazardous.  Government concerns have been growing about the health & safety impact, and environmental impact.  Dry cleaning solvents are the source of the familiar “dry cleaning smell” we all familiar with.  Studies have shown that these solvents even go home with the garments and accumulate in the closet.  Accordingly, there were powerful vested interests who opposed advances in alternatives.  Their strategy was to deny the harm and to modify equipment to use less of the undesirable solvents, re-use solvent through filters, etc.  The atmosphere was similar to the emergence of concern about the health effects of smoking.
  • Our progress in the early days was hampered by countervailing publicity of the traditional industry suppliers who opposed phase-out legislation and claimed that professional wet cleaning is not a viable alternative because it could (supposedly) only deal with a small percentage of “Dry Clean Only” garments.  Also, our progress was tied to the activities of our first distributor, who had world exclusive distribution rights for our professional wet cleaning solutions.  That distributor turns out not to have been able to follow-through as Winning Brands would have liked with opportunities, for a number of practical reasons that were not apparent initially.  For this reason, our early ambition in the sector was constrained by contractual/relational factors.
  • The retirement of that original distributorship has been completed.  This enables Winning Brands to move forward with business development in this sector that no longer requires as much 3rd party consent.  It still involves collaboration, new distribution and operating partnerships – however the operating relationships will be with parties who are a better fit in their ambition and capacity to grow the business of professional wetcleaning.
  • During this time, we have been continuously updating/refining our product.
  • A pilot project location was identified wherein the new elements could be deployed, technically and in relationships.  We are proud of the technical accomplishment of providing 3 months of substitution of cleaning agents in this busy facility and also proud of the constructive working relationships that were involved.  The purpose of the new name is to clearly represent the next phase of our work in this sector by being clear about the independence of this brand from previous constraints – and to reflect the broadening scope of the professional laundry solutions line.  The “OPL” (On Premise Laundry) aspect of the BRILLIANT Professional Laundry Solutions line will be discussed more in the future.
  • In summary:  What had become a terrific project being blocked by a bottleneck in marketing and distribution is being revitalized with a combination of technical advancement, new operational arrangements, and more ambitious outreach to the sector with higher profile associates in the industry.  Every field has competition, including the search for alternative chemistry to traditional dry cleaning.  What we have in our favour is that governments and environmental advocates consider professional wet cleaning to be the most desirable solution in terms of simplicity, impact and cost.  Winning Brands goal is to earn more placements for its BRILLIANT professional wet cleaning solutions and to become a respected and successful brand amongst its peers in this field.  Accomplishing this would a positive contribution to the community and has significant business potential for Winning Brands.   www.BRILLIANTWetCleaning.com 

Aug 04

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“Put me down as a satisfied customer!” TrackMoist Testimonial

We thank Talladega Short Track in Alabama for their rush order of TrackMoist today.  ”Put me down as a satisfied customer for TrackMoist.  This is as good or better than anything we have used, and we have been at this for 38 years.  We’ve got that Alabama red clay and this stuff works real good”.  That is the voice of experience.  We really appreciate the initiative of Talladega Short Track calling us with this testimonial.  Talladega Short Track is located across the highway from the Talladega Municipal Airport and Talladega Speedway.

Picture - Talladega Short Track Picture - Talladega Short Track Location

 

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Jul 15

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Federated Co-operatives Listing

Winning Brands is delighted that its lead product, 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution, will be available to over 200 co-operatives effective immediately following the listing of the product by the umbrella organization Federated Co-operatives.  For shareholders not familiar with co-ops, they are stores owned by their own customers, in order to benefit from group buying power and to pass on savings.  The co-ops under the Federated umbrella have approximately 1.6 Million members.  Winning Brands will find ways to increase awareness of 1000+ amongst this member population over time.  We appreciate the opportunity to work with Federated, whose associated stores reach over 500 communities.

Picture - Federated Co-op Exterior Picture - Federated Co-op Interior Picture - Federated Co-op Team

Jun 18

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TrackMoist: First Enquiry from Dubai

Thank you, Mr. A. for your TrackMoist enquiry today from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Interesting.  Testing will be necessary.  We appreciate the opportunity.

Picture - Dubai - Re TrackMoist Enquiry

 

Jun 18

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Well Done ROMA Company! New European Retail Outlet for 1000+ Stain Remover

 

We thank our distributor in Serbia, ROMA Company, for letting us know today that the floor coverings retailer, GALERIJA PODOVA, will start carrying 1000+ Stain Remover in their Serbian store locations.  The news came as ROMA was discussing their replenishment order – the first one to them that will have the bright new package treatment recently introduced in North America.

The ROMA website link is here: http://www.roma.rs/

The Galerija Podova website link is here:  http://galerijapodova.com/home/mn.html

A Galerija Podova commercial is here: (Video Link):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MBcE2QflY8

 

Picture - Galerija Europe Picture - Galerija Locations Picture - Galerija Podova Video Screen ShotPicture - ROMA Website

Jun 18

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Thank you, Home Hardware

 

We are pleased that 1000+ Stain Remover been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Home Hardware Professional Supply Catalogue.  Pictures of the cover and interior layout are shown below.

 

Picture - Home Hardware Professional Supply CoverPicture - Home Hardware Professional Interior

Jun 14

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Shelf Cards Approved for Retail

 

1000+ Stain Remover Shelf cards like the one shown below are being introduced to participating retail chains.  They provide additional information for consumers who are making their purchase decision at the shelf.  The Shelf Card provides Before/After photos of a variety of situations, lists and contact resources.  The Shelf Card also ensures that 1000+ has a presence on the shelf if the product is sold out.  They are printed with special protective coating to remain resilient and clean.

 

Picture - Shelf Card Side A Picture - Shelf Card Side B

 

Jun 13

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TrackMoist Passes Application Technology Test

We were pleased to receive video confirmation today that TrackMoist is responding well to the “misting dispersal” technique, in testing with additional partners.   To help shareholders picture this in action, a photo is shown below.  More about this in due course.

Picture - TrackMoist Air Mister

Jun 08

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1000+ Stain Remover at Global Petroleum Show

1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution will be at the 2014 Global Petroleum Show in Calgary next week to exhibit.  It is the first time for the brand to exhibit in this sector.  1000+ can clean-up a great deal in facilities of various types in the sector, on work clothing and equipment in the industry.  More to come about the Global Petroleum Show..

Picture - GPS Home PageThe picture below is of a hard working section of a commercial garage floor with the left section in its original state. The patch on the right was treated with 1000+ Stain Remover:

Picture - Vehicle Maintenance Facility Garage Floor Before-AfterIndustrial Equipment Maintenance:  BEFORE and AFTER video clips: Click on Each

Click: Compressor – BEFORE                Click: Compressor – AFTER

 Picture - Compressor BeforePicture - Compressor After

Global Petroleum Show Website: http://globalpetroleumshow.com/

 

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Jun 03

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TrackMoist at X Games Austin Texas June 2014

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We thank the people who made it possible for TrackMoist to join the action at the 2014 Summer X Games in Austin, Texas with testing of TrackMoist from Winning Brands.  Preparations are underway right now for soil conditioning tests with TrackMoist.  Dirt surfaces will be used in events such as Moto X, Super Trucks and BMX Dirt.  20 hours of live programming on ESPN, ABC Television and associated digital platforms expands the reach of this annual extreme sports celebration to a broad audience in the USA and beyond.

Resource Links:

http://xgamesaustin.com/category/news/

 http://xgames.espn.go.com/ 

http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2014/austin/article/11001254/robby-gordon-debut-super-trucks-x-games

Photo: Preparations at Circuit of the Americas, Texas

Picture - TrackMoist Package 2014Picture - X Games Austin Preparation Photo

Jun 03

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Thank you Clockwork Racing Engines – TrackMoist Heading West

Winnipeg’s Clockwork Racing Engines is starting trials with TrackMoist from Winning Brands as soon as they can get it.  Thank you, Clockwork Racing Engines, for caring about having the best soil entertainment surface for your customers.

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May 29

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Testimonial: 1000+ Stain Remover at Car Wash and Auto Detailing Facility

 

Picture - Stouffville Car Wash Logo

It was a pleasure to hear from Stouffville Auto Wash and Detailing Centre today about their use of 1000+ Stain Remover in their detailing operations.  They contacted us to acquire more product.  The reason that they wanted the 20 Liter size (5 Gallon) instead of the convention commercial 1 Gallon size is that they have created a customized station for pumping 1000+  into spray bottles to mix with water as required for different uses.  The operator considers this now a standard part of his operation for best results on the vehicles that he processes.  We thank this customer for this special initiative and product friendship.

 

Picture - Stouffville Car Wash and Detailing Centre

 

May 21

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Testimonials: TrackMoist

 

We very much appreciate the initiative of enthusiasts in various sports fields sharing their positive experiences with TrackMoist from Winning Brands. The example below from Monday May 19th reflects the general tone of people who have first-hand experience with the contribution of TrackMoist to a good event.

 

Picture - TrackMoist Testimonial RC Circuit

May 21

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Thank you to a Shareholder…. Photo from Retail Location

 

Nice picture received from a shareholder in Canada today showing the new format 1000+ Stain Remover bottle on the shelf at Canadian Tire.  It is noteworthy that this store location values 1000+ Stain Remover enough to have attached merchandising material to the shelving unit in order to help shoppers discover more about what 1000+ can do for them.

 

Picture - 1000+ at Canadian Tire

 

 

May 21

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TrackMoist Reorders: Good to See

Our early group of testers and new customers in the first half of 2014 are reporting positive experiences, resulting in reorders and additional production.  This is our standard TrackMoist case-pack configuration from a May 2014 production batch.

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May 20

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Quarterly Report Share Count Confirmation

Attached is confirmation of the Q1 sharecount, as per filed report.

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May 20

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Q1 2014 Report

The Q1 2014 Report has been filed with www.OTCMarkets.com  The chart below shows the two key operating metrics.  Q1 2014 represents an improvement over 2013 in terms of both a sales increase and a lower operating deficit.

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May 18

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Snapshot by a neighbour at Do it Best Spring Market 2014

Thanks to our neighbour Doug, for coming over and offering to take a quick picture to say hello to associates and stakeholders from the floor of the 2014 Do it Best Spring Market. Friendships amongst fellow exibitors are quick to develop.Picture - Photo by Doug

May 18

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Heading to Trinidad & Tobago? You will now find 1000+ Stain Remover here

 

Who knows which hotels, boaters, contractors or everyday consumers will discover 1000+ Stain Remover, now that the first store in Trinidad & Tobago will be introducing the product to this Caribbean nation.  Welcome aboard Almandoz Hardware!

 

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May 18

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First retailer in Indonesia for 1000+ Stain Remover – Welcome!

 

Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta will now have its first retailer of 1000+ Stain Remover – Pongs Do it Best.   It is an honour to begin our first relationship with this market.  Indonesia has a population over 246 Million, which is close to the United States, making it the 4th most populous nation in the world.

 

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May 18

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Of service at the show…1000+ Stain Remover

 

We were pleased to be of service when asked by the host organization to remove stains as they arose.  In this case, dried spaghetti sauce from organizer shirt sleeve.  Nobody likes stains – and they keep coming through normal living.  That’s why 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution has so much to give, here and everywhere.

 

Picture - DIB Sleeve Composite

May 17

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1000+ Stain Remover Welcomes Benson Hardware in Guam

 

We are pleased that Benson Hardware in Guam will now start carrying 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution.

 

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May 17

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Face-to-Face with Winning Brands Customers: Retailer Testimonial Video

I often emphasize the importance of putting oneself at the front line, meeting our retailers in person, as a reality check.

At the Do it Best Spring Market the key is to speak with stores who already carry the product and ask them the most important question: “How is 1000+ doing for you?”

Phil Meyer, of the family-owned Meyer’s Lumber in Kentucky took a minute to share his experience.  Although each store encounter is unique, there is a common theme that is positive.  Phil Meyer’s comments are representative of the store owners who already carry 1000+ Stain Remover.  They are gradually getting to know it, bit by bit.  The breakthrough comes when they choose to start using it themselves as a “reach for it first” solution when messes happen.

Winning Brands’ goal is to increase awareness amongst stores and consumers so that these experiences will be typical coast-to-coast and 1000+ will become a consumer product favourite.  Thank’s Phil Meyer, one of tens of thousands of hardware store owners who are proud when they can provide their consumers with something that they believe in themselves.

 

Video LinkDo it Best Spring Market Testimonial May 17 14 Picture - Phil Meyer of Meyers Lumber

 

May 17

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Update: Current Information Tier

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May 16

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Hello Indiana! Do it Best Spring Market

Set-up today for the Do it Best Spring Market in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.  It’s always informative to meet in person the store associates who sell 1000+ Stain Remover to consumers.  First day of meetings tomorrow….

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Picture - DIB Spring Int Demo

 

May 14

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An honour to get started at Fast Lane Raceway

More Radio Control action. TrackMoist from Winning Brands is pleased to be given the opportunity to begin work at Fast Lane Raceway in Blue Springs, Missouri.  Trials begin by the end of May for the big race coming up.

Video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYbw6xcN9Xw

Picture - Fast Lane Raceway

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May 12

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Annual Report Filing Completed

To supplement the filing of the Annual Report itself that was made on March 31st, 2014, an Attorney Opinion Letter has now been filed with OTC Markets as well confirming the sufficiency and compliance of the filing with the Alternative Reporting Guidelines of OTC Markets.  Accordingly, the OTC Markets Current Information Tier will be granted again soon.

May 10

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Thank you Utica Rome Speedway

It is a pleasure to have Utica Rome Speedway join the community of facilities using TrackMoist from Winning Brands to condition their track.  Uttica Rome Speedway is a happening place, or as Uttica puts it, ‘The Action Track of the East”.  Website Link: www.UticaRomeSpeedway.com

Picture - Utica Rome Speedway

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May 09

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Nice Addition to the Family as 1000+ Viet Nam Packaging is Completed

 

We are looking forward to positive experiences and new product friendships in Viet Nam as an entry point for South East Asia. The special business model designed for this initiative is described in the Winning Brands News Release of May 8, 2014.   The Viet Nam packaging for 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution is shown below.  

 

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May 05

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Canadian Tire: More In-store Events Allowed for 1000+ Stain Remover

 

Yesterday’s in-store merchandising event for 1000+ at a location of Canadian Tire included positive feedback about 1000+ from customers and staff alike.  The “Ladies Night” format of this event generated a nice atmosphere and provided an opportunity to share experiences.  1000+ Stain Remover gift baskets are always popular.  Some consumers are discovering 1000+ for the first time because certain stores are upgrading shelf positioning of 1000+ , putting us beside national brands.  Some shoppers will pick us up instead of the national brand to “check us out” and experiment.  Some will like what they find and a new customer is born.  Quality of placement matters.   Examples of shelf presence beside national brands is shown below (taken recently at a different stores).

 

 

Picture - Canadian Tire Gift Basket

 

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Picture - 1000+ Beside National Brands

 

May 05

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Results In: TrackMoist Approved

Fans of the Radio Control Racing hobby know that the Thornhill Racing Circuit near Austin, Texas is awesome.  It is the largest 1/8 scale off-road track in the United States.  The results of recent testing with TrackMoist were awesome too.  Accordingly, TrackMoist from Winning Brands is being introduced to groom the track.  Thank you, Thornhill, for your leadership in this sector. Video of the facility is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuR6cYS_eJE.  The Facebook link is here: https://www.facebook.com/ThornhillRacingCircuit

Picture - Thornhill Racing Circuit

 

May 02

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Annual Report Attorney Opinion Letter Completion Next Week

The Attorney Opinion Letter which will complete the 2013 annual filing will be uploaded next week, at which time the Winning Brands Current Information Tier will be renewed.  This should have been completed by May 1st.  It was delayed for practical reasons unrelated to the report itself.

Apr 25

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1000+ Stain Remover Comes Through for Store

 

A Lowe’s store in Canada invited us to meet their contractors this week.  In the hospitality area outside the store, a BBQ was being held for the contractors.  A blotch of red graffiti in the BBQ area (on the building exterior) was unsightly.  Our representative took the initiative to get rid of it in front of the assembled group.  The pictures below show the removal of the paint.  It was a nice moment for 1000+  and fun to be of service.  It was a real-world example that the contractors could relate to.  Thank you Lowe’s for your invitation this week.

 

Picture - 1000+ at Lowe's Commercial Event - Apr 23 14

 

Picture - Lowe's Apr 23 14 Before

Picture - Lowe's Apr 23 14 During

 

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Apr 24

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Lots of New TrackMoist Action This Weekend

 

Additions to the TrackMoist community.  Better facilities are on the lookout for ways to improve the contestant and spectator experience.  This weekend, we welcome several new facilities and events to the TrackMoist experience, from Winning Brands.  These facilities will be testing and introducing TrackMoist to their operations for the first time.  We respect their forward thinking and thank them for letting us begin our service to them.

 

Picture - TrackMoist FedEx

 

Pennsylvania:

Picture - TrackMoist New Apr 24 14 A

Ohio:

Picture - TrackMoist New Apr 24 14 B

Illinois: Picture - TrackMoist New Apr 24 14 C

Texas: Picture - TrackMoist New Apr 24 14 D

Iowa:

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Apr 18

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1st Shipment of New Label Format in 4oz/125 mL

 

The new look treatment of 1000+ Stain Remover as been well received for the regular sized bottles, so the new format has been carried over to the 4oz “Handy Size” (125 mL), with the first shipment out from the warehouse yesterday.  It’s going to Lancaster Distribution in the USA.  The Handy Size bottle benefits enormously from the bolder product name.  It is easier to read from a distance, is simpler yet interesting, and now ties into the companion regular size for the first time.  The Handy Size is usually displayed in stores in 12-pack merchandising cartons as an impulse item. The new look and former look are both shown below.

 

New Handy Size Label Treatment:

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Former Handy Size Treatment:

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Apr 15

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1000+ Stain Remover Re-orders: The Philippines

 

Thank you Handyman Home Center in The Philippines for your 3rd order of 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution, received today.  There are nice people everywhere who enjoy convenient multi-purpose clean-ups to keep things in good shape.  We are pleased that this well-known retailer in The Philippines is helping Winning Brands make new product friends locally.  The population of The Philippines has increased from approximately 26 million in 1960 to almost 100 million today.  The 1000+ Stain Remover brand is well suited to become known and appreciated worldwide.

 

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Apr 11

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Winning Brands Welcomes Magnolia Motor Speedway to the TrackMoist Community

 

If you are around Columbus, Mississippi starting Saturday April 19th, then you’ll be at the latest place where TrackMoist Soil Conditioner and Dust Suppressant is going into service.  We welcome Magnolia Motor Speedway to the community of TrackMoist customers.  For your interest, a video link is included below the photograph.

 

Picture - Magnolia Motor Speedway

 

Cotton Pickn’ 100 at Magnolia Motorspeedway on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ7EW9zxm_o

 

 

Apr 11

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Third time is a charm! Replenishment shipment of 1000+ arrives in U.K.

It’s great to receive confirmation that our third commercial shipment of over one thousand bottles of 1000+ Stain Remover arrived in the U.K. this week.

A first order might be considered an experiment.  The second order a lucky break.  Third time is a charm because it shows that consumers in England who have discovered our product are responding positively to 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution.

Thank you Repair Products of London!

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Apr 10

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Do it Best Spring Market – Back by Invitation

Winning Brands has been invited to participate in the 2014 Do it Best Spring Market to be held at the Indianapolis Convention Center mid-May.  Attendance by vendors is through selection of the Do it Best merchandising team.  Participating is a priviledge, not a right.  We will be able to showcase Winning Brands’ bright new label treatment and our new point-of-purchase merchandising units.  It is an opportunity to exceed the current count of almost 1,000 stores who have placed an initial order.  Boosting awareness amongst those who have not yet placed their opening orders, but are attending the Spring Market, could do this.  We have excellent growth potential with this partner because of the number of stores in the Do it Best system.  Do it Best is a member-owned co-operative serviing over 3,000 independent hardware retailers across America, plus additional affiliated stores interntionally who draw from Do it Best through freight fowarders in Miami and Los Angeles. Meeting existing Do it Best customer stores in person will deepen ties that are already in place.  It is always a joy to meet existing satisfied customers.  It is Winning Brands’ business plan that its lead product, 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution, becomes a commonly listed item in the 40,000 store North American hardware store lanscape so that it can be found by consumers almost anywhere.

 

Picture - Do it Best Spring Market

Apr 04

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TrackMoist in Las Vegas this Weekend – Academy of Country Music Experience

Amongst the many family oriented events at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas this weekend is bull-riding at the new shopping area called the Linq April 5 – 7 (by Harrah’s). Our TrackMoist soil conditioning and dust suppressant is already being used and generating interest amongst event managers.  If  a TrackMoist event photo from the scene becomes available, it will be added here.  In the meantime, some event info below:

Picture - TrackMoist ACM ExperiencePicture - TrackMoist ACM

Apr 04

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Testimonial for 1000+ Stain Remover

I ocassionally share testimonials here when they make an interesting point.  The testimonial below, received yesterday, is striking for its sheer enthusiasm.  One of the joys in providing a consumer product is to experience our customers’ satisfaction.  For all the business concern that one might have that cleaning products is a competitive arena (what isn’t?), this correspondent’s enthusiasm proves that there are all kinds of new customer friends out there waiting to be discovered.  The background to this testimonial is that the correspondent had asked about additional locations where she could purchase 1000+ because she was down to the last bit of her current bottle.  We are grateful for the spirit and iniiative that is behind such unsolicited correspondence from customers.

…Thank you very much for the information.  The minute I received your e-mail I took off to Home Depot.  Two new bottles are now on my shelves! And because I was so excited to find it, and wouldn’t shut up about how great it is, the cashier is going to give it a try as well. The product was easily found on the shelves in the paint department at Home Depot. Well, I’m off to do the ubiquitous load of laundry. Thanks again, Sincerely, R.A.

Apr 02

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Professional Garment Care Sector – Winning Brands More Active

Winning Brands is preparing  to relaunch professional wetcleaning solutions into the dry cleaning sector in 2014.

We had been confined in implementing our business plan for this sector for several years because of contract arrangements.  They limited our role to manufacturing our Smart brand on an exclusive basis, rather than being able to to market our brand independently.  These constraints have expired.  Winning Brands can now apply its own initiatives to attain a larger footprint in this sector.

Today,  details of a pilot project were reviewed with a chain of professional cleaners converting from dry cleaning to wetcleaning.  The goal of the pilot project is to earn approval of Winning Brands’ products as the official wetcleaning cleaning agents for the garments here.  Our new brand name for this sector, BRILLIANT Professional Wetcleaning Solutions, is being introduced at this pilot project as well.  The pilot project reflects a new phase of our technical accomplishment for this sector.  That is because the BRILLIANT brand has advanced relative to our earlier wetcleaning products known as Smart.

The photos below show professional wetcleaning equipment with specialized internal chambers that combine water and cleaning agents in a unique way to permit processing of  ”Dry Clean Only” articles without the use of Perchloroethylene.  Perc is a controversial conventional solvent that is declining in use for environmental reasons.

Winning Brands is being welcomed into new relationships and opportunities because of Winning Brands’ technical performance and ability to collaborate effectively.  It was a pleasure to review the pilot project plans today with our prospective customer!

A news release will be issued if this location makes its launch  with Winning Brands official.

 

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Apr 01

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TrackMoist Welcomes Westbrook Hunt Club Equestrian Facility

We welcome the Westbrook Hunt Club in Connecticut to the community of customers of TrackMoist soil conditioning and dust suppression solution.  There are many equestrian facilities in this category across America and beyond.  We are pleased to be of service here and look forward to earning more product friendships within this sector for TrackMoist from Winning Brands.

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Mar 31

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Annual Report 2013

Shareholders are invited to review the 2013 Annual Report at www.OTCMarkets.com in the filings section.

The graph below illustrates a 5-year history of two key metrics of operating results, sales and profit/loss trend.  SALES: Management considers the 2013 sales reduction to be due to exceptional circumstances, as recovery is already occurring in Q1 2014, compared with 2013.  Initiatives described in the Annual Report are intended to help the 2014 recovery keep its momentum. Speed of completed deliveries and sales activity generally in Q1 is improved over 2013.  PROFIT/LOSS: Operating losses have been reduced every year during the past 5 years.  As a result, the company’s break-even point has been reduced substantially.  This increases the feasibility of attaining profitable operation.

We thank the many shareholders who have expressed their appreciation of the CEO Weblog as a direct form of communication.  Your correspondence is always welcome and will be responded to.

 

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Mar 27

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New European Activity for Winning Brands

 

Winning Brands welcomes the team at INCHEM in Poland to our distribution network.  Their website link is here:  http://www.inchem.pl/eng/   INCHEM looks forward to helping Winning Brands make inroads in their market region.  The relationship follows months of negotiation regarding shared long term goals.  Our first operating project was to prepare for INCHEM’s launch of 1000+ Stain Remover at the 20th Anniversary of the InterBuild Expo in Kiev, Ukraine this week, together with other INCHEM products that are complementary to 1000+ but not competitive.  http://www.buildexpo.kiev.ua/

The current political headlines about Ukraine are not very relevant to us.  Like most headlines, the focus is on the negative and the sensational.  The reality on the ground is that life carries on with commerce of all sorts amongst a population of over 40 million.  INCHEM is based in Poland and has a staffed office in Kiev which services retailers locally.  The many useful characteristics of 1000+ make the product ideal for mutual development between INCHEM and Winning Brands for their region.  Winning Brands is in a product category that is not socially or politically controversial,  nor restricted.  The politics of a region have little bearing on the ability of 1000+ to be of service to people wherever they are.  It is a pleasure to form new product friendships with nice people everywhere.

The pictures below are of our booth being set-up for the launch bottle for that market the following day, in bilingual local languages, while retaining 1000+ Stain Remover trade dress. Our colleague in the picture is General Manager, Andrzej (“Andy”).

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Mar 19

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Share Count Update

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Mar 19

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Winning Brands in Tennessee

 

Thank you, Tony Stone, for your initiative in adding 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Cleaning Solution, to your Porter Paints outlet.  Tony’s store is called Franklin County Paints located in Winchester, Tennessee.  Tony confirmed receipt today of his custom rolling merchandising display unit for the opening inventory.

Tony’s store video link is here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfosAb0SrdQ   The video shows how important word-of-mouth is in earning a good reputation, like the good reputation of 1000+ Stain Remover amongst consumers who use 1000+ and the stores that carry it.   That’s one of reasons that Tony’s store chose to join the 1000+ retailer team.

Winning Brands often receives testimonials from people who have reached for 1000+ to deal with spills and messes that happen in painting projects and go on to experiment with other uses. These consumers express appreciation for the help that we have provided.  Their testimonials are a nice reminder of the many product friendships with customers that have developed over time.

 

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Mar 18

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TrackMoist welcomes Sweeny MX in Oklahoma

 

TrackMoist has been chosen as the soil conditioning solution for Sweeny MX in Oklahoma, with the start of the season April 27th weekend.  The following is a live link to YouTube showing the facility in use.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4ocN7iAYhk  Welcome aboard Sweeny MX, and thank you for allowing us to be your soil conditioning solution provider.

 

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Mar 18

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Shareholder Question

I have recently been asked by a shareholder who wrote to the company whether I would be willing to review the online discussion boards in order to respond to so-called negative posts.  This request seems to have been prompted by his frustration that many friendly shareholder posts in discussion boards are deleted by moderators if the posts are supportive of the company.

I think it is appropriate that I agree to this request and am placing the response on this widely seen CEO Weblog for several reasons.

The first reason is that Winning Brands has always been more responsive than most of its peers in the Pink Sheets OTC environment to shareholder communication, regardless of its tone.  The company is accessible and this sets us apart.  Secondly, the purpose of the CEO Weblog is to discuss both the company’s progress and challenges;  it is fitting that criticism of the company is acknowledged and addressed in the CEO Weblog for the benefit of weblog readers who do not go to the discussion boards, so that they know that the criticism exists, and what the core concerns are.  Thirdly,  it is not clear to what extent negative comments on discussion boards are “sincerely” critical, or are based on inaccurate assessments or have ulterior motives.   Some of the most negative remarks are posted by anonymous people who acknowledge that they are not shareholders.  Their posts in other discussion boards (about other companies) are often negative as well.  By drawing attention to such negative concerns about Winning Brands in the CEO Weblog, I can help prospective investors (who are considering buying Winning Brands shares for the first time) to be aware of the existence of these concerns.  It’s dry reading because of the quantity of detailed information, but important and helpful for any genuinely interested party.  The points below are only some of the concerns.  Others will be responded to as well.

1. Reverse Split (and no subsequent uplisting)

It has been said that the company promised that it would never reverse split its stock.  In reality, the company did not promise that a reverse split would ”never” occur.  It did promise that a reverse split, if it occured, would be made for the purpose of an uplisting to a higher quotation tier, such as OTCQB.  Such elevation requires registration with the Securities & Exchange Commission.  Therefore, following the reverse split April 25, 2013 auditors and attorneys were identified who would be prepared to participate in the process of registration for Winning Brands.  This involves a retroactive audit of two years, plus an interim stub period for the balance sheets.  Also, it is necessary to complete an S-1 registration application.  The professional fees for these two steps exceed $50,000 and the outcome is not certain.  This is because the S-1 process is an application; becoming registered is not a “right”.  The SEC reviews, comments and requests modification of the S-1 application.  No guarantee is provided by the SEC that the outcome will be favourable.  For this reason, it is important to be ready when submitting the S-1 registration application that issues of interest to the file reviewers are addressed in advance.  This minimizes cost overruns and reduces uncertainties during the SEC commenting period.  In the case of Winning Brands, a partial deposit restriction of the type affecting many OTC stocks, also called a “chill”, is an additional factor.  It has been in place for three years.  It constrains trading on some platforms and not others.  It would appear that E-trade, Fidelity, Scott Trade and Charles Schwab are not affected, whereas TD Ameritrade and some others are.  Elevation to the next level in our case requires coordination of these three issues, not merely two.   The current status of our desire to elevate Winning Brands to OTCQB through registration is that the PCAOB certified auditor (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) agrees that completion of our 3(a)10 debt settlement process, which was announced in our previous public filing at www.OTCMarkets.com, is desirable so that the SEC has a clear record of how the company dealt with the share issuances associated with the 3(a)10, within the registration documents.  It is the duration of the 3(a)10 process that is not yet known.

2. 3(a)10

This process, referred to in our most recent OTC Markets public filing, is a method to settle debt on a non-cash basis. It is beneficial because not only is the debt reduced, so too are the associated interest costs.  3(a)10 is granted by one of several courts considered by the SEC to have sufficient authority and objectivity to approve the issuance of free-trading shares to qualified creditors.  No proceeds of the sale of these shares by creditors may come to Winning Brands.  It is not a method of financing.  It is purely a method by which willing creditors are satisfied to accept shares in lieu of cash to consider themselves repaid.  This is helpful to Winning Brands as it will permit the reduction of liabilities on the balance sheet, contributing to the company being more attractive to friendly investment.  Like all things in life, this process has varying standards of quality, depending upon who is carrying it out.  In our case, we are being careful to observe the spirit of the legislation to ensure that only creditors and lenders benefit – and that no funds come back to the company as investment.  Doing this correctly takes time.  Therefore, although the balance sheet will improve in 2014 as a result of the 3(a)10, the process does not provide the company with further working capital.  Lack of working capital has a bearing on the company’s ability to generate sales.  This is also the reason that the company has not yet implemented a reduction of its authorized share count.  It would be cynical to decrease it to a much lower figure prior to knowing what degree of dilution is required to complete the 3(a)10.  An earlier expressed intention to reduce the authorized share count was made before it was confirmed that Winning Brands would qualify for the 3(a)10.  These elements are interconnected.  The company is being conservative in discussing these points presently so as not to alter its position needlessly.

3. DTC (Depository Trust Corporation) Chill

The reason that Winning Brands has a chill is that a former subscriber to a Regulation D, Rule 504 financing, did not hold his shares long enough as required in regulations governing this form of investment.  The DTC would prefer to see the resolution of the SEC’s position on that subscriber’s issues with the SEC because it has occured before for that subscriber with other companies.  Therefore, the chill is not a complaint against Winning Brands, but rather concern with a 504 subscriber.  The background administrative mechanisms that cause the imposition of, and eventural removal of, a chill can take a very long time.  It is the DTC’s publicly stated position that a successful SEC registration is relevant in a decision of whether to remove a chill.  This is possibly because registration formally accounts for the progression of shares from an unregistered life to a registered life, and thus more clearly sets out what is available to the public (and what is passing through the clearing system) and why.   The current status of our DTC chill removal is a dual process of awaiting the legal resolution between the 504 subscriber and the SEC in matters between them while also obtaining confirmation from the DTC whether our S-1 registration, as presently conceived, will be satisfactory.

4. Poor Sales

Winning Brands sales have remained stable for several years, and declined in 2013, rather than growing. The expectation for a hot penny stock is that the company’s product sales will go through the roof. If a company’s product has been around for several years, then the conventional wisdom is that the product, or the company, or its CEO, or all three are not up to the task and the company will never amount to anything. The problem with that reasoning is that it ignores the fact that the majority of penny stocks have little or no sales, yet many have very high market capitalization – ocassionally up to $100 Million, even when there is no company revenue whatsoever. By that standard, Winning Brands is significantly underpriced, if one feels the company will succeed.  The reason that I feel the company will succeed is that despite a lack of impressive sales, the company has impressive consumer relationships and several very good retailer relationships.  The central argument about the company’s ability to soar are based on its ability to create sufficient awareness of its lead product through effective marketing.  Naturally, there are many opinions as to what constitutes effective marketing.  Since WNBD began trading, in aggregate, several million dollars of our products has been moved through retailers.  The cost to Winning Brands of doing so, however, has been higher than the realized profit.  This is why Winning Brands has a working capital deficit.  However, the annual operating loss has been declining since 2009.  In other words, despite the sales challenge, the company’s net financial performance has actually been improving.  Also, there continues to be a flow of positive consumer feedback, good retailer engagement and lessons learned about the combination of the two.  If Winning Brands can increase its marketing visibility, sales will increase commensurately.   Most consumers have not yet heard of the company’s products – that is why the potential of Winning Brands is so great.  If most consumers had heard of our lead product 1000+ and rejected it through disatisfaction, then the situation would be completely different.  However, in reality, the vast majority of North Americans are completely unaware of the existence of this very useful product.  Consumers who have discovered 1000+ (and our other products), seem to like them, and they let us know how much through testimonials.  Winning Brands’ operating goal is to increase consumer awareness and achieve major tipping points in distribution.  Slow, organic growth is not viable because the costs of waiting are too high.  The most impactful tipping point would be the listing of Winning Brands’ lead product, 1000+ Stain Remover, World’s Most Versatile Stain Remover, by a corporately operated national banner in the USA.

5. Lack of USA national banner

The three most important banners for Winning Brands in this context are Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart.  Our product has earned its place on the shelves of  all three of these banners in Canada.  Winning Brands has a relationship with all three U.S. parent offices also, including formal vendor numbers,  but not yet a national on-the-shelf presence in the USA.  Home Depot USA has placed 1000+ Stain Remover into its online offerings at www.HomeDepot.com.  Lowe’s USA has been testing 1000+ at three Lowe’s locations in Ohio.  Walmart USA has tested 1000+ at its Sam’s Club division.  All three banners are happy with the product, satisfied with Winning Brands as a vendor but have not yet committed to a roll-out nationally.  We have come close to larger regional tests, but circumstances on the retailers’ end has delayed that for a number of reasons.  The protracted nature of these delays give critics the message that it will never happen.  In the company’s opinion, that assessment would be more logical if these three retailers chose to end their relationship with us - that would be easy enough for them to do. Some version of a brief e-mail asking us not to bother them anymore would take one minute to send.  Yet, they have not done so.  Securing any one of these three national banners would instantly make Winning Brands financially self-sufficient allowing us to move from being an aspiring brand requiring funding to survive into a brand with traction that can be confident of its future and grow much faster with a distribution platform of a national retailer for national advertising purposes.  The dramatic impact on Winning Brands of securing such a national banner can be determined by extrapolating the sales numbers that we have with the stores in the Canadian subsidiaries.  The stores are virtually identical in concept and layout between the two markets.  Throughout this prolonged waiting period it has been possible to calculate what the impact would be for Winning Brands of increasing its national big box store count by a combined 8,000 locations. This may never be achieved.  But then again, it may be.  It is simply not known at this point.  The criticism of which you should be aware is that the prospective banner partners could have acted by now if they intended to.  Their failure to list nationally may represent indifference or even a negative orientation.  It is the position of Winning Brands management that the U.S. headquarters would not be wasting their time with us if there were no interest, nor would our presence in their Canadian stores be sustained and even nurtured.  It is possible that they are assessing whether the brand has staying power and will continue to build loyalty amonst its existing consumers. In the meantime, we are seeking expanded presence in independently owned retailers.  The principal distribution channel is hardware, accounting for a potential 40,000 locations across a range of co-operatives and locally owned outlets.   Do it Best, with 3,500 affiliated stores is an example of one cooperative.  Others include Ace and True Value.  We have made some progress, but need to perform much better to make a real difference.

6. Lack of activity or sporadic activity in other Winning Brands products

The company is considered by critics to have abandoned or botched other product launches, and even that reference by Winning Brands management to other products is a diversionary tactic.  The reality is more nuanced.  The business plan calls for focus on a lead product to achieve national or international prominence.  The others are follow-through products.  What is less obvious is that the competitive marketplace calls for continuous product development.  A static product is a sitting duck, waiting to become obsolete.  Accordingly, we have been using this period (i.e. while the lead product seeks traction) to keep refining the follow-through products with R&D and small scale tests with key partners.  The reason that we do not substitute one of the follow-through products for 1000+ is that 1000+ has unique techncial and branding elements which make it suitable to become a household name across tens of thousands of retail points of sale in North America and beyond.  If the right tipping points occur, then this model has been shown in the case of other relevant consumer product precedents to have dramatic financial consequences.  Even with 1000+ Stain Remover, there have been refinements to respond to learning in the marketplace.  The name change from Winning Colours was very well received by retailers..  The new package treatment, including new label and bottle both, have been appreciated by retailers whose personnel, and buyers, prefer the brighter bolder look, with good shelf presence and complete elimination of bottle pannelling (a form of gradual deformation that arose from an interaction of the product and its container).   For several practical reasons, more will be heard about Winning Brands’ other products going forward.  Several behind-the-scenes events, such as the retirement of formerly exclusive distributors, new alliances, etc are emerging.  In the case of TrackMoist, to give one example, Winning Brands had been lacking an operational field team for this specialized soil conditioner for dirt entertainment surfaces.  This has been rectified. Also, there were new environmental regulations looming that needed to be addressed.  Now in 2014 TrackMoist is more visible than previously, and implementation is likely to recover.  The new website is www.TrackMoist.com  Other Winning Brands products will have their first-ever dedicated websites in 2014 as well.  From a critic’s perspective, the special concern for possible investors should be that the failure of these various projects to take off sooner is a sign of weakness, failure or incompetence.  The company’s perspective, however, is that the perseverance shown by Winning Brands to stay on mission and retain respectful relationships with a variety of commercial parties in all of its endeavours can just as much lead to breakthrough-events eventually.  The role of the penny stock environment is to provide a setting in which interested investors and companies can meet and take risks in the pursuit of rewards.

7. Losses by shareholders

Critics would like you to know that many long term shareholders have lost a great deal of money by holding on to their shares.  Here again, the reality is more nuanced.  WNBD began trading in 2006.  A review of all trades ever made, and all prices ever paid, is possible.  Records of these transactions are permanent.  They reveal that in terms of dollar volume, a period of several years existed with enormous liquidity and gradually increasing lows.  Close to $80 Million worth of shares were traded during this period.  A great deal of profit was made by persons who bought at what they perceived as lows (including the triple zeros) and what they perceived as the highs.  As a result, it is a myth that a large number of Winning Brands common shareholders have been with the firm as holders since inception.   The share turnover proves otherwise.  There are some very long term shareholders, but a much smaller number than claimed by critics.  The company has consistently asked long term shareholders to make themselves known to the company.  Through the years, the aggregate number to have responded is less than 100, whereas at any point in time, there may be several thousand people in and out on a trading basis, according to the formal Non-Objecting Beneficial Owner List (NOBO), which sets out how many shareholders have their shares in street form with brokerage accounts.  The important point here is that no loss is “acceptable”.  The company strives to accomplish a mission and to provide a platform for speculation or investment as best suits the profile of the participant.  The company aspires to being worthy of long term relationships, but cannot define in each case what that means for each individual.  Over the years, many people have made a profit from their investment in Winning Brands.  After taking their profit, some reinvested a smaller amount.  There is a broad range of experiences - several thousand people have purchased, and sold, WNBD.   The most respectful thing that the company can do for its shareholders is be clear in describing what it is trying to accomplish, provide information that illustrates progress (or lack thereof) and to encourage discussion with the company to ensure that the views of its shareholders are understood, including suggestions where applicable.  Winning Brands files financial statements regularly.  Sometimes they are late by a few days.  They are always of sufficient quality in content to have earned the highest trading tier available to non-reporting issuers, the “Current Information Tier”.  The history of public filings by Winning Brands demonstrates respectful, consistent disclosure, with no attempt to conceal the extent of the challenges, nor any attempt to conceal the enthusiasm by Winning Brands to accomplish a terrific undertaking.  We are passionate about creating a national consumer brand(s) with all the exciting potential that flows from that difficult accomplishment, if attained.

The purpose of replying to these 7 points above is to ensure that you know that certain posters on discussion forums would like to you fully understand the risk involved with Winning Brands.  They feel the company cannot, and will not “make it”.  They wish that you would find another place to put your money.

Thank you for your interest in Winning Brands.  I would be pleased to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Eric Lehner, CEO

Winning Brands

 

Mar 14

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Catch TrackMoist in Action this weekend….

Catch our Special T Tracks Team deploying TrackMoist to condition the soil at these two great events this weekend near Phoenix, Arizona and Fresno, California:  (Pictures Below)

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TrackMoist - March 14-15 2014 Fresno California

Mar 14

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Home Depot – 1000+ Stain Remover Inventory Viewable Online

Of interest to shareholders:  Home Depot Canada, which has 1000+ Stain Remover on the shelf in most stores now, provides shelf-count inventory to the general public online, by entering a postal code and viewing nearby stores.  For example, the screen shot below shows the number of 1000+ Stain Remover bottles on the shelves of Home Depot stores around Edmonton, Alberta.

 

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Mar 10

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Invited Back

It was a pleasure to be invited back to Lowe’s for more in-store promotion on Saturday, this time with larger displays.  Below is an assortment of photos.  Interaction with store associates is a further benefit of such joint exercises.  Such opportunities are by invitation only – that’s why we appreciate them so much.

 

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Mar 04

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Texas Testimonial – TrackMoist

The note and photo below were received today from Texas:

 

Thank you very much for getting the sample Track Moist to me in time for our race here in Hutto, Texas.  We had a great turnout at over 210….and the track turned out fantastic….best ever.   I have attached a picture of how well the track blue-grooved in….wide and great traction.  (We did put the track Moist on at double strength.)  I am talking to other track owners in the area…

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Mar 02

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Meeting Dealers – Lancaster

 

Winning Brands supported the Lancaster Dealer Market in Louisville, Kentucky February 22-23 by being present to meet with attending dealers and discuss ways to build momentum together.  It is a pleasure to hear first-hand dealer experiences with 1000+ Stain Remover and to discuss in-store marketing ideas.   The photos below include a retailer from the Bahamas who carries 1000+, colleagues in the industry confering on trends, Lancaster personnel, and the 1000+ Stain Remover demonstration station.

 

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Mar 01

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An honour for 1000+ Stain Remover from Home Hardware

 

Placement of 1000+ Stain Remover varies between stores.  We were delighted to see this proud new display (photo below) by a member of the Home Hardware co-operative featuring 1000+ Stain Remover prominently in the Cleaning Department.  It is an honour when a store takes such initiatives completely on their own, based on their first-hand knowledge of 1000+ Stain Remover and their satisfaction with Winning Brands as a supplier.  Much appreciated.

 

 

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Feb 28

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Home Depot Quebec – Thank you!

 

1000+ Stain Remover brochures designed specifically for the Home Depot banner (to align with the chain’s visual identity and marketing theme) have been requested by Home Depot Quebec stores for the first time.  This is In response to a positive experience by Home Depot stores elsewhere in Canada with the first run.  The French language version print run was completed today and will be distributed to participating stores in Quebec through the Home Depot Merchandising Execution Team.  We very much appreciate the opportunity that we are being given to improve our connection to Home Depot’s Quebec customers.

 

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