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SunOpta Announces Second Quarter 2008 Results

August 11,2008

TORONTO, Aug 11, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- SunOpta Inc. (SunOpta or the Company) (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

The Company achieved its highest ever quarterly revenues during the three months ended June 30, 2008, realizing its 43rd consecutive quarter of increased revenue growth versus the same quarter in the previous year. Revenues in the second quarter of 2008 increased by 41.5% to $291,945,000 as compared to $206,378,000 in the second quarter ("Q2") of 2007. Second quarter 2008 revenues in the SunOpta Food Group increased 41.9% to $266,226,000 versus $187,665,000 in Q2 2007, driven by internal growth of 20.5% and the impact of the acquisition of The Organic Corporation B.V. (referred to as Tradin Organics) in April 2008 which contributed revenues in the second quarter of approximately $37,000,000. Revenues in Opta Minerals Inc. increased 37.3% to $25,248,000 for the quarter and revenues in the SunOpta BioProcess Group increased to $471,000 versus $319,000 in the second quarter of 2007. Consolidated internal revenue growth for the quarter was 20.8%.

Earnings for the quarter were $719,000 or $0.01 per diluted common share as compared to 2007 second quarter earnings of $3,405,000 or $0.05 per diluted common share. Second quarter 2008 results include professional and related fees and severance costs of $6,352,000 related to the Company's investigation into the write-down in the SunOpta Fruit Group Berry Operations and resulting delay in filing Annual Report 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Without the investigation related professional fees and severance costs, adjusted earnings(2) for the quarter would have increased from earnings in Q2 2007 by approximately 49% to $5,070,000. Without the impact of the investigation related professional fees, severance costs and the segment operating loss of ($1,077,000) (2007 - ($1,676,000)) incurred within the SunOpta Fruit Group Berry Operations, second quarter 2008 adjusted earnings would have increased approximately 29% to $5,727,000 versus 2007 second quarter adjusted earnings of $4,427,000.

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, the Company realized revenues of $522,389,000 versus $389,878,000 in the first six months of 2007, an increase of 34.0%. Consolidated internal growth the first six months was 20.8%. Earnings for the six month period in 2008 were $2,205,000 or $0.03 per diluted common share versus $4,459,000 or $0.07 per diluted common share in the comparable 2007 period. These results include professional and related fees and severance costs of $7,720,000 related to the Company's investigation and related activities into the write-down in the SunOpta Fruit Group Berry Operations and resulting delay in filing Annual Report 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Without these professional fees and severance costs, adjusted earnings(2) for the first six months of 2008 would have been $7,493,000, representing an increase in earnings of approximately 68% versus the same period in 2007. Without the impact of the professional fees and severance costs and the segment operating loss of ($5,109,000) (2007 - ($4,818,000)) incurred within the SunOpta Fruit Group Berry Operations, 2008 adjusted earnings would have been $10,609,000 versus adjusted earnings of $7,398,000 in 2007, an increase of approximately 43%.

Operating income for the quarter was $5,491,000 as compared to $6,809,000 in Q2 2007. Segment operating income(1) within the SunOpta Food Group increased 23.7% to $9,051,000 and segment operating income in Opta Minerals Inc. increased 62.6%. Offsetting these increases were operating losses and costs in the combined BioProcess & Corporate segment, largely driven by an increase in costs in this segment of $4,340,000, which includes the impact of the incremental professional fees and related costs of $6,352,000, as noted above. Excluding these professional fees and related costs, adjusted operating income would have increased from Q2 2007 results by approximately 74% reflecting strong results in the Company's operations.

The SunOpta Food Group reported segment operating income of $9,051,000 versus $7,319,000 in Q2 2007, an increase of 23.7%; these results include the impact of $910,000 in increased corporate cost allocations in the 2008 period. The improved segment operating income was driven by the SunOpta Grains and Foods Group which realized a 10.9% increase in segment operating income comparing Q2 of 2008 to Q2 of 2007 due to strong sales and margins of non-GMO and organic grains and grains based ingredients and continued growth in packaged soymilk products, offset by increased input costs that were not entirely passed along to customers during the quarter and costs associated with the installation and commissioning of new aseptic filling equipment in Alexandria, Minnesota which commenced production in July 2008. The SunOpta Distribution Group realized an increase in segment operating income of 64.1%, due primarily to continued strong demand for natural and organic grocery and natural health products as well as the impact of cost rationalization initiatives. The SunOpta Fruit Group realized improved segment operating results in Q2 2008 versus Q2 2007, realizing a net segment operating loss of ($281,000) versus a loss of ($1,137,000) in Q2 2007. Included within the SunOpta Fruit Group results, the Berry Operations realized a net segment operating loss of ($1,077,000) versus ($1,676,000) in Q2 2007. The Berry Operations realized a 72.9% improvement in results versus the loss of ($3,974,000) that was realized in the first quarter of 2008, reflecting improved results as inventories that were written down in 2007 to net realizable value are sold through and improved pricing and reduced storage costs are realized in hand with the expected benefits of the new management team and improved internal processes that are being implemented. Segment operating income in the SunOpta Ingredients Group decreased when comparing Q2 2007 to Q2 2008 by $902,000 as a result of rapid increases in input and processing costs in advance of customer pricing, and approximately $350,000 in costs related to the temporary shutdown of two fiber facilities as a result of the recent flooding in Iowa. The Company expects to recover these costs in the future via business interruption insurance and both of the facilities have now returned to service.

Opta Minerals realized segment operating income in the second quarter of 2008 of $3,351,000 as compared to $2,061,000 in Q2 2007, an increase of 62.6%, driven by strong sales of abrasive products in the U.S. combined with increased sales of magnesium desulphurization products and the 2007 acquisition of Newco in July 2007, the Company's industrial minerals operation located in Slovakia. Opta Minerals continues to pursue strategic transactions and new product development to complement its existing product portfolio, and on July 10, 2008 announced the acquisition of 67% of MCP Mg-Serbian SAS ("MCP") of France. MCP sells ground magnesium products to a variety of industries in Europe and further expands the Company's European operating platform.

There continues to be a strong interest in the SunOpta BioProcess Group's technology and equipment for the pre-treatment of biomass for the production of cellulosic ethanol. Segment operating results for the second quarter of 2008 improved versus the same period in 2007 and reflect continued investment and development spending as the group works on a number of projects that are expected to utilize its technology in the production of cellulosic ethanol.

At June 30, 2008, the Company's balance sheet reflects a current working capital ratio of 1.63 to 1.00, long term debt to equity ratio of 0.45 to 1.00 and total debt to equity ratio of 0.89 to 1.00. The Company has total assets of $676,889,000 and a net book value of $4.03 per outstanding share. The Company has obtained amendments to certain covenants under its credit facility for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2008, September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2008 and March 31, 2009 and is in compliance with these amended covenants at June 30, 2008.

Steve Bromley, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta commented, "The results of the second quarter reflect strong growth and operating earnings in the Company's core operations, the impact of the ongoing turnaround efforts in the Berry Operations and the costs of the Company's independent investigation and related activities. These results are within our expectations for the first half of the year and based on this we are able to reconfirm our annual revenue guidance for fiscal 2008 of in excess of $1 billion and net earnings guidance in the range of $0.25 to $0.30 per diluted common share, before the impact of one time professional fees and severance costs related to the independent investigation and related recommendations and legal costs to defend the class action lawsuits in the United States and Canada."

(1) Segment Operating Income is defined as "Earnings Before the Following" excluding the impact of "Other expense, net".

(2) Adjusted earnings is not a GAAP measure. SunOpta believes adjusted earnings (adjusted for the impact of the professional fees and severance costs incurred in relation to the investigation and related activities and the loss incurred by the SunOpta Fruit Group Berry Operations in the first and second quarters) provides useful information to understand the underlying performance of the business and as a result, in addition to the actual results reflected in our financial statements, in this release we have presented these items as adjusted.

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic food and natural health 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) (66.6% owned by SunOpta), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and SunOpta BioProcess Inc. which engineers and markets proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the bio-fuel, pulp and food processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.

The SunOpta Inc. logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3958

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 1995and are based on information available to us on the date of this release and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to estimates of future financial results, references to business strategies, competitive strengths, goals, capital expenditure plans and business and operational growth plans. Whether actual results will agree with expectations and predications of the Company is subject to many risks and uncertainties including the risk that the remediation efforts in the Berry Operations will not have the anticipated results, and other risks described from time to time in SEC reports filed by SunOpta. 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.

 SunOpta Inc.
 Consolidated Statements of Earnings
 For the three month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
 (Unaudited)
 --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         June 30,  June 30,
                                             2008      2007         %
                                                $         $    change

 Revenues                                 291,945   206,378    41.5%

 Cost of goods sold                       246,077   170,828    44.0%
                                         ----------------------------

 Gross profit                              45,868    35,550    29.0%

 Warehousing and distribution expenses      5,448     4,969     9.6%
 Selling, general and administrative
  expenses                                 34,700    23,138    50.0%
 Intangible asset amortization              1,508     1,012    49.0%
 Other expense, net                            --       217      --
 Foreign exchange                          (1,279)     (378) (238.4%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before the following              5,491     6,592   (16.7%)

 Interest expense, net                     (3,601)   (1,817)  (98.2%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before income taxes               1,890     4,775   (60.4%)

 Provision for income taxes                   473     1,048   (54.9%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before minority interest          1,417     3,727   (62.0%)

 Minority interest                            698       322   116.8%
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings for the period                      719     3,405   (78.9%)
                                         ============================

 Earnings per share for the period

    Basic                                    0.01      0.05
                                         ==================

    Diluted                                  0.01      0.05
                                         ==================



 SunOpta Inc.
 Consolidated Statements of Earnings
 For the six month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
 (Unaudited)
 --------------------------------------------------------------------
                                          June 30,  June 30,
                                             2008      2007        %
                                                $         $   change

 Revenues                                 522,389   389,878    34.0%

 Cost of goods sold                       436,320   323,607    34.8%
                                         ----------------------------

 Gross profit                              86,069    66,271    29.9%

 Warehousing and distribution expenses     10,894     9,907    10.0%
 Selling, general and administrative
  expenses                                 62,511    44,187    41.5%
 Intangible asset amortization              2,766     1,995    38.6%
 Other expense, net                            --       406      --
 Foreign exchange                            (991)     (449) (120.7%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before the following             10,889    10,225     6.5%

 Interest expense, net                     (6,501)   (3,729)  (74.3%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before income taxes               4,388     6,496   (32.5%)

 Provision for income taxes                 1,122     1,513   (25.8%)
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings before minority interest          3,266     4,983   (34.5%)

 Minority interest                          1,061       524   102.5%
                                         ----------------------------

 Earnings for the period                    2,205     4,459   (50.5%)
                                         ============================

 Earnings per share for the period

    Basic                                    0.03      0.07
                                         ==================

    Diluted                                  0.03      0.07
                                         ==================



 SunOpta Inc.
 Consolidated Balance Sheets
 As at June 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                  June 30,   Dec. 31,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                         $         $
 Assets

 Current assets
 Cash and cash equivalents                           9,123    30,302
 Short-term investments                             20,000        --
 Accounts receivable                               131,719    87,729
 Inventories                                       239,033   182,729
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets           8,525    10,201
 Current income taxes recoverable                       --     1,491
 Deferred income taxes                               1,756     1,749
                                                  ------------------
                                                   410,156   314,201

 Property, plant and equipment                     115,466   116,389
 Goodwill                                           66,450    55,503
 Intangible assets                                  68,433    62,076
 Deferred income taxes                              14,281    14,110
 Other assets                                        2,103     2,261
                                                  ------------------
                                                   676,889   564,540
                                                  ==================
 Liabilities

 Current liabilities
 Bank indebtedness                                 112,551    58,806
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities          124,422    93,462
 Income taxes payable                                  292        --
 Customer and other deposits                           617     1,300
 Current portion of long-term debt                  12,261    13,119
 Current portion of long-term liabilities              863     1,304
                                                  ------------------
                                                   251,006   167,991

 Long-term debt                                    104,985    85,595
 Long-term liabilities                               5,995     3,275
 Deferred income taxes                              13,625    11,430
                                                  ------------------
                                                   375,611   268,291
                                                  ------------------

 Minority interest                                  15,035    13,863

 Preferred shares of a subsidiary company           27,601    27,409

 Shareholders' Equity

 Capital stock
  64,214,373 common shares
  (December 31, 2007 - 64,149,593)                 176,807   176,547
 Additional paid in capital                          6,696     5,967
 Retained earnings                                  54,050    51,845
 Accumulated other comprehensive income             21,089    20,618
                                                  ------------------
                                                   258,642   254,977
                                                  ------------------
                                                   676,889   564,540
                                                  ==================


 SunOpta Inc.
 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
 For the three month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                  June 30,  June 30,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                         $         $
 Cash provided by (used in)

 Operating activities
 Earnings for the period                               719     3,405
 Items not affecting cash
   Amortization                                      5,135     3,496
   Unrealized loss on a foreign exchange               389        --
   Minority interest                                   698       322
   Stock-based compensation                            491       222
   Deferred income taxes                              (413)     (265)
   Other                                               443        85
 Changes in non-cash working capital               (13,780)  (17,359)
                                                  ------------------

                                                    (6,318)  (10,094)
                                                  ------------------
 Investing activities
 Acquisition of companies, net of cash
  acquired                                          (4,111)  (13,380)
 Increase in short-term investments                (20,000)       --
 Purchases of property, plant and
  equipment, net                                    (3,164)   (7,104)
 Purchase of patents, trademarks and
  other intangible assets                              (32)      (88)
 Other                                                 117        --
                                                  ------------------

                                                   (27,190)  (20,572)
                                                  ------------------
 Financing activities
 Increase in line of credit facilities              12,129        --
 Borrowings under long-term debt                        --    (1,518)
 Repayment of long-term debt                        (2,296)   27,954
 Proceeds from the issuance of common
  shares, net of issuance costs                         41    32,306
 Proceeds from the issuance of preference
  shares by subsidiary                                  --       887
 Payment of deferred purchase
  consideration                                       (255)       54
 Other                                                  16        --
                                                  ------------------
                                                     9,635    59,683

 Foreign exchange (loss) gain on cash
  held in a foreign currency                            (5)      214
                                                  ------------------

 (Decrease) increase in cash and cash
  equivalents during the period                    (23,878)   29,231

 Cash and cash equivalents - beginning
  of the period                                     33,001       449
                                                  ------------------

 Cash and cash equivalents - end of
  the period                                         9,123    29,680
                                                  ==================



 SunOpta Inc.
 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
 For the six month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                  June 30,  June 30,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                         $         $
 Cash provided by (used in)

 Operating activities
 Earnings for the period                             2,205     4,459
 Items not affecting cash
   Amortization                                      9,513     6,927
   Unrealized loss on foreign exchange                 389        --
   Minority interest                                 1,061       524
   Stock-based compensation                            729       780
   Deferred income taxes                                75    (1,295)
   Other                                               267      (236)
 Changes in non-cash working capital               (25,207)  (49,531)
                                                  ------------------

                                                   (10,968)  (38,372)
                                                  ------------------
 Investing activities
 Acquisition of companies, net of cash
  acquired                                          (4,111)  (13,380)
 Increase in short-term investments                (20,000)       --
 Purchases of property, plant and
  equipment, net                                    (5,530)  (12,481)
 Purchase of patents, trademarks and
  other intangible assets                             (122)     (887)
 Decrease (increase) in other assets                   169    (1,331)
                                                  ------------------
                                                   (29,594)  (28,079)

 Financing activities
 Increase in line of credit facilities              16,981     1,500
 Borrowings under long-term debt                    13,075    (7,504)
 Repayment of long-term debt                       (10,253)   21,734
 Proceeds from the issuance of common
  shares, net of issuance costs                        260    52,616
 Proceeds from the issuance of preference
  shares by subsidiary                                  --    27,954
 Payment of deferred purchase
  consideration                                       (755)   (1,089)
 Other                                                 100        --
                                                  ------------------
                                                    19,408    95,211

 Foreign exchange loss on cash held in a
  foreign currency                                     (25)      (34)
                                                  ------------------

 (Decrease) increase in cash and cash
  equivalents during the period                    (21,179)   28,726

 Cash and cash equivalents - beginning
  of the period                                     30,302       954
                                                  ------------------

 Cash and cash equivalents - end of
  the period                                         9,123    29,680
                                                  ==================



 SunOpta Inc.
 Segmented Information
 For the three month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                    Three months ended
                                                         June 30, 2008
            ----------------------------------------------------------
                                                SunOpta
                                             BioProcess
                  SunOpta                           and
               Food Group  Opta Minerals      Corporate   Consolidated
                        $              $              $              $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers       266,226         25,248            471        291,945
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)         9,051          3,351         (6,911)         5,491
            ----------------------------------------------------------



 The SunOpta Food Group has the following segmented reporting:

                                                    Three months ended
                                                         June 30, 2008
            ----------------------------------------------------------
             SunOpta                                           SunOpta
              Grains      SunOpta     SunOpta       SunOpta       Food
           and Foods  Ingredients       Fruit  Distribution      Group
                   $            $           $             $          $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers   86,487       16,826      94,032        68,881    266,226
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)    5,601          586        (281)        3,145      9,051
            ----------------------------------------------------------

                                                    Three months ended
                                                         June 30, 2007
            ----------------------------------------------------------
                                                SunOpta
                                             BioProcess
                  SunOpta                           and
               Food Group  Opta Minerals      Corporate   Consolidated
                        $              $              $              $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers       187,665         18,394            319        206,378
             ---------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)         7,319          2,061         (2,571)         6,809
           ----------------------------------------------------------



 The SunOpta Food Group has the following segmented reporting:

                                                    Three months ended
                                                         June 30, 2007
            ----------------------------------------------------------
             SunOpta                                           SunOpta
          Grains and      SunOpta     SunOpta       SunOpta       Food
               Foods  Ingredients       Fruit  Distribution      Group
                   $            $           $             $          $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers   65,154       17,287      53,309        51,915    187,665
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)    5,051        1,488      (1,137)        1,917      7,319
            ----------------------------------------------------------



 SunOpta Inc.
 Segmented Information
 For the six month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      Six months ended
                                                         June 30, 2008
            ----------------------------------------------------------
                                                SunOpta
                                             BioProcess
                  SunOpta                           and
               Food Group  Opta Minerals      Corporate   Consolidated
                        $              $              $              $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers       475,168         46,618            603        522,389
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)        15,279          5,355         (9,745)        10,889
            ----------------------------------------------------------


 The SunOpta Food Group has the following segmented reporting:

                                                      Six months ended
                                                         June 30, 2008
            ----------------------------------------------------------
             SunOpta                                           SunOpta
              Grains      SunOpta     SunOpta       SunOpta       Food
           and Foods  Ingredients       Fruit  Distribution      Group
                   $            $           $             $          $
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers  159,042       33,774     143,929       138,423    475,168
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)   11,094        1,604      (4,089)        6,670     15,279
            ----------------------------------------------------------

                                                      Six months ended
                                                         June 30, 2007
            ----------------------------------------------------------
                                                SunOpta
                                             BioProcess
                  SunOpta                           and
               Food Group  Opta Minerals      Corporate   Consolidated
                        $              $              $              $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers       353,987         34,857          1,034        389,878
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)        11,100          3,508         (3,977)        10,631
            ----------------------------------------------------------


 The SunOpta Food Group has the following segmented reporting:

                                                      Six months ended
                                                         June 30, 2007
            ----------------------------------------------------------
             SunOpta                                           SunOpta
          Grains and      SunOpta     SunOpta       SunOpta       Food
               Foods  Ingredients       Fruit  Distribution      Group
                   $            $           $             $          $
            ----------------------------------------------------------
 Total
  revenues
  from
  external
  customers  118,182       34,187      94,803       106,815    353,987
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 Segment
  Operating
  Income(1)    7,990        2,118      (3,836)        4,758     11,100
            ----------------------------------------------------------

 (1) Segment Operating Income is defined as "Earnings before the
     following" excluding the impact of "other expense, net"



 SunOpta Inc.
 Supplemental Information
 For the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007
 (Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 (Unaudited)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     Three     Three
                                                    months    months
                                                     ended     ended
                                                  June 30,  June 30,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                         $         $

 Earnings for the period                               719     3,405
 Professional fees, net of taxes of
  $1,356 (2007 - $nil)                               2,948        --
 Severance and other related costs, net
  of taxes of $645 (2007 - $nil)                     1,403        --
                                                  ------------------
                                                     5,070     3,405

 Impact of Berry Operations, net of taxes
  of $420 (2007 - $654)                                657     1,022
                                                  ------------------
                                                     5,727     4,427
                                                  ==================


                                                       Six       Six
                                                    months    months
                                                     ended     ended
                                                  June 30,  June 30,
                                                      2008      2007
                                                         $         $

 Earnings for the period                             2,205     4,459
 Professional fees, net of taxes of
  $1,787 (2007 - $nil)                               3,885        --
 Severance and other related costs, net
  of taxes of $645 (2007 - $nil)                     1,403        --
                                                  ------------------
                                                     7,493     4,459

 Impact of Berry Operations, net of taxes
  of $1,993 (2007 - $1,879)                          3,116     2,939
                                                  ------------------
                                                    10,609     7,398
                                                  ==================

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SOURCE: SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc.
          Jeremy N. Kendall, Chairman
          Steve Bromley, President & CEO
          John Dietrich, Vice President & CFO
          Tony Tavares, Chief Operating Officer
          Susan Wiekenkamp, Information Officer
            905-455-2528, ext 103
            susan.wiekenkamp@sunopta.com
          www.sunopta.com

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