Premium Brands Inc. (Toronto: FFF) Vice President George Paleologou today confirmed that the 400 hourly employees at its Vancouver processing plant were locked out at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2000.The lockout follows a "no" vote from the union employees (local 1518 of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)) to the company's final vote offer of a new wage scale comparable to those introduced at Premium Brands' major competitors.