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SunOpta Inc. Issues 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

January 03,2013

TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on natural and organic foods, today announced the release of its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

The report details the Company's sustainability vision and reinforces SunOpta's commitment to becoming an increasingly sustainable organization. This year's report provides a progress update on previously established sustainability goals covering social, environmental and economic objectives, and further details key priorities for the future.

The report covers the operations of SunOpta Inc., including wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint venture operations, excluding Opta Minerals Inc. The report is available on the Company's website ( and complements other information available about the Company.

"Sustainability is integral to our business priorities as we build a growth oriented and profitable business. While we are making progress, our focus over the coming years remains on becoming an increasingly sustainable organization, further extending our key measures and progress indicators and achieving our established sustainability goals," commented Rik Jacobs, President and Chief Operating Officer of SunOpta Inc.

Steve Bromley, Chief Executive Officer, added, "As a leader in natural, organic and healthy foods, we have a responsibility to continually improve our sustainability practices and believe that what is good for the environment and society is also good for our business. We remain committed to building a sustainable organization, and in doing so are working to embed sustainability into all facets of our decision making processes, further driving our triple bottom line of people, planet and profit."

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods products. The Company specializes in sourcing, processing and packaging of natural and organic food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategically vertically integrated business models. The Company's core natural and organic food operations focus on value-added grains, fiber and fruit based product offerings, supported by a global infrastructure. The Company has two non-core holdings, a 66.2% ownership position in Opta Minerals Inc., listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and a minority ownership position in Mascoma Corporation, an innovative biofuels company.

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CONTACT: SunOpta Inc.

         Susan Wiekenkamp, Information Officer

         Tel: 905-455-2528, ext. 103


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