June 10, 2011

Resignation of Eric Davis, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO, June 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods, today announced the resignation of Eric Davis as the Company's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 30, 2011, in order to pursue other opportunities. Until such date, Mr. Davis will be available to provide support on transitional matters. The Company is commencing a search for Mr. Davis' successor, which will include a review of both internal and external candidates.

Following the resignation of Mr. Davis, Steve Bromley, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, will serve as the Company's principal financial officer until the search for Mr. Davis' successor is completed. Mr. Bromley will not receive any additional compensation for performing these functions. Mr. Bromley joined the Company in June 2001 and has served in a number of key operating and financial roles since that time, including Chief Financial Officer.

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in natural and organic foods. The Company has two 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, and Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM) (66.4% owned by SunOpta), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial minerals. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.

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CONTACT: Steve Bromley, President & CEO

         Tony Tavares, Vice President & COO

         Susan Wiekenkamp, Information Officer

         Tel: 905-455-2528, ext 103

         susan.wiekenkamp@sunopta.com

         Website:  www.sunopta.com


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