SunOpta Announces New Contracts for Opta Minerals Magnesium Desulfurization Products

March 9, 2007
SunOpta Announces New Contracts for Opta Minerals Magnesium Desulfurization Products

TORONTO--March 9, 2007--SunOpta Inc. (SunOpta or the Company) (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) today announced two new contracts for a total of approximately $12,000,000 covering the supply of magnesium desulfurization products to two major integrated steel mills in Canada and the US. These contracts are renewable and are expected to grow each year.

Opta also announced that it will commence commercial production of these products in the 2nd quarter at the Waterdown, Ontario facility. This expansion will give Opta three facilities focused on the production of magnesium based reagents and slag conditioners located in Indiana, Ontario and Michigan.

Steve Bromley, President and CEO of SunOpta commented that "we are very pleased to see this rapid growth in Opta Minerals resulting from the acquisition of MagTech Inc. a year ago and to be able to provide back up production facilities for our customers".

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.

CONTACT: 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

SOURCE: SunOpta Inc.