Sunopta Inc. Hosts Industry Experts and a Special Screening of An Inconvenient Truth to Educate Youths on Sustainable Practices

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:  STKL)(TSX:SOY) is bringing
the sustainability message to more than 800 Halton area students during Earth
Week with two special screenings of Al Gore's Academy Award winning
documentary An Inconvenient Truth. SunOpta Chairman Jeremy Kendall will be
joining environmental educator and author Skid Crease and Peter Love, Chief
Conservation Officer of Ontario at Burlington Central High School to engage in
dialogues with area students about conservation, sustainable agriculture and
energy efficiency. The event has drawn a capacity crowd of students and
educators from local schools. SunOpta has also donated 60 copies Al Gore's
film and book to the Halton Public and Catholic School Boards and has funded
the development of a teachers' package designed to educate students on
sustainable principles and practices.

    According to Ron Ballentine, Coordinator of Science and Technology and
Environmental Education for the Halton District School Board, the invitation
to the screenings drew an unprecedented response when it was first announced.
"The event was oversubscribed within days of receiving the invitation from
SunOpta. Having a company, such as SunOpta, with its array of environmental
products and services, acting as a community partner to provide financial
support emphasizes the importance of issues such as climate change and assists
schools in promoting sustainable practices with our committed and interested
youth." He adds that some area schools that were unable to attend are eager to
receive the DVDs provided by SunOpta so that they can show the movie to all of
their students.

    "As a company that is strongly committed to healthy and sustainable
living, we believe that educating our youth in this all important area is
integral to our future," says Kendall. "Working with the Halton Boards to
promote learning in this area is consistent with our own commitment to
environmental leadership in all facets of our business and building
partnerships to encourage excellence in environmental stewardship. We're
especially delighted to see such an exceptional interest from the students. It
shows without a doubt that today's youth are strongly committed to making this
world a better place to live."

    A second screening event - which is also fully booked - is scheduled for
May 23 at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School in Georgetown.

    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.

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"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
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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.

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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,
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