SunOpta Expands Supply and Strategic Exclusive Agreements in South America



    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - SunOpta Inc. (SunOpta or the Company)
(Nasdaq:  STKL) (TSX:SOY) today announced that the SunOpta Fruit Group has
expanded strategic relationships in Argentina and Chile and has entered into
exclusive agreements to expand supply of key fruit products from these
regions.

    The Company stated that it has entered into strategic exclusive
agreements with reputable local fruit industry leaders to develop supply
opportunities in the organic and natural frozen fruit industry. The agreements
increase SunOpta's supply of natural and organic strawberries, raspberries and
blueberries, apple and pear purees and fruit and vegetable concentrates from
an important supply region.

    The Company entered into a five year exclusive supply agreement with
Baby's Best Infant Food Ingredients S.A., a producer of organic and natural
purees and concentrates in Mendoza, Argentina. The agreement ensures SunOpta
of a constant and growing source of critical commodities. Under the terms of
the agreement, SunOpta will provide a line of credit to enable Baby's Best to
acquire a 45,000 square foot production facility in Mendoza to ensure
SunOpta's supply chain. In addition, SunOpta received a first right of refusal
and an option to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Baby's Best and
related companies based on a predetermined formula, exercisable in March 2009.

    The Company has also entered into a three year exclusive organic supply
agreement with a leading processor of organic and natural frozen fruits in
Chile. Under the terms of the agreement SunOpta will finance a capital
expansion to further develop growth in critical organic supply over the next
three years.

    Steve Bromley, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta commented
that "We have had an excellent relationship with these companies over the past
number of years and are delighted to expand these relationships to ensure our
customers of a high quality, reliable and growing source of key organic
products. These transactions reflect our strategy of extending our
international sourcing capabilities for products that are in short supply
globally."

    About SunOpta Inc.

    SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing
on integrated business models in the natural and organic food, supplements and
health and beauty markets. The Company has three business units: the SunOpta
Food Group, which specializes in sourcing, processing and distribution of
natural and organic food products integrated from seed through packaged
products; the Opta Minerals Group, a producer, distributor, and recycler of
environmentally friendly industrial materials; and the SunOpta BioProcess
Group (soon to become SunOpta BioProcess Inc.) which engineers and markets
proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the pulp, bio-fuel and food
processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products
and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements included in this press release may constitute
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements
include, but are not limited to references to business strategies, competitive
strengths, goals, capital expenditure plans, business and operational growth
plans and references to the future growth of the business. These forward
looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the
Company in light of its experience and its interpretation of current
conditions, historical trends and expected future developments as well as
other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstance.
However, whether actual results and developments will agree with expectations
and predications of the Company is subject to many risks and uncertainties
including, but not limited to; general economic, business or market risk
conditions; competitive actions by other companies; changes in laws or
regulations or policies of local governments, provinces and states as well as
the governments of United States and Canada, many of which are beyond the
control of the Company. Consequently all forward-looking statements made
herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no
assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company
will be realized.




For further information:

For further information: SunOpta Inc. Jeremy N. Kendall, Chairman Steve
Bromley, President & CEO Joseph Riz, Executive Vice President John Dietrich,
Vice President & CFO Susan Wiekenkamp, Information Officer Tel: 905-455-2528,
ext 103 susan.wiekenkamp@sunopta.com Website: www.sunopta.com or Investment
Community Inquiries: Lytham Partners, LLC Joe Diaz, Robert Blum or Joe Dorame,
602-889-9700 diaz@lythampartners.com

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