SunOpta Inc. Acquires Operating Assets of ProSoya Corporation Located in Heuvelton, New York

    TORONTO, August 7 /CNW/ - SunOpta Inc. (Nasdaq:  STKL) (TSX:SOY) today
announced that it has acquired the operating assets of a soymilk manufacturing
facility located in Heuvelton, New York from ProSoya Corporation. The assets
acquired included all buildings, machinery and equipment and were purchased
with cash.

    The addition of the Heuvelton, New York facility strategically expands
SunOpta's soy manufacturing to the east coast of the United States and will
significantly enhance the Company's ability to effectively serve its growing
customer base in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canadian markets.
SunOpta will immediately upgrade manufacturing capabilities to improve
processing efficiencies and product quality.

    Allan Routh, President of the SunOpta Grains and Foods Group commented,
"The addition of a soymilk manufacturing facility located in the north east of
the United States expands our ability to serve our growing customer base in
Eastern North America. This geographic expansion of soy manufacturing is
another strategic step to ensure that we will maintain adequate supply
capabilities, positioned to meet the increasing demands of our soy customers
and enable continued growth of their businesses."

    Steve Bromley, President and CEO of SunOpta commented, "The addition of
the Heuvelton, New York facility compliments our strategy to be the leader in
North America in the supply of organic soy based raw materials through
integrated ingredients and finished packaged products. We expect to continue
to expand our soy processing capabilities in order to meet this objective."

    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; Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM) (70.4% owned by SunOpta), a producer,
distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials;
and SunOpta BioProcess Inc. (80% owned by SunOpta), 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

    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 Website: OR Lytham
Partners, LLC Investment Community Inquiries: Joe Diaz Robert Blum Joe Dorame
Tel: 602-889-9700

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