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SunOpta Inc. -- Our New Name

October 31,2003
SunOpta Inc. -- Our New Name TORONTO--Oct. 31, 2003--SunOpta Inc., the new name of Stake Technology Ltd., became effective today. The new corporate name combines the names of two of the Company's historical operating food groups, the Sunrich Food Group and Opta Food Ingredients. The change reflects the Company's commitment to environmental responsibility and to the natural and organic foods markets.

The trading symbols of STKL on NASDAQ and SOY on the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) will remain the same.

The Company stated that the name change will not affect the validity of currently outstanding stock certificates. The Company's current stockholders will not be required to surrender or exchange any stock certificates that they now hold and should not send such certificates to the Company or its transfer agent for exchange. The Company will continue to trade under the name Stake Technology Ltd. until on or about November 21, 2003.

SunOpta Inc. is an owner/operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic food markets. For the last five consecutive years, SunOpta was included in Profit magazine's 'Profit 100' list of the 100 fastest growing companies in Canada. The company has three business units: the Food Group, which specializes in sourcing, processing and distribution of natural and organic food products; integrated from seed through packaged products; the Environmental Industrial Group; a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and the Steam Explosion Technology Group who engineer and market clean pulping systems using patented steam explosion technology. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.

SunOpta Inc.
Jeremy N. Kendall, Steve Bromley, Susan Wiekenkamp
Tel: 905-455-2528, ext 103
Investor Relations Counsel
The Equity Group Inc.
Linda Latman, 212-836-9609

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