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SunOpta Ranked Among Most Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada

March 31,2016

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified (non-GMO) and specialty foods, has ranked among Corporate Knights Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada for the third year in a row.

The Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders ranking recognizes Canadian companies with revenues under CAN$2-billion that have made sustainability and related disclosures a priority. SunOpta has been featured in Corporate Knights Future 40 ranking since the magazine began calculating the ranking in 2014.

"SunOpta's purpose is to responsibly bring healthy food from field to table, and we're pleased our commitment to making sustainable and socially conscious business decisions has been recognized for the third year in a row," said SunOpta President and Chief Executive Officer Rik Jacobs. "As a leader in healthy, organic and non-GMO foods, continuously improving our social, environmental and financial sustainability is an important goal for us."

Sustainability is integral to SunOpta's business. The company's sustainability approach is built on five platforms that are integrated into its overall business strategy. These platforms address each dimension of sustainability in a way that works best for SunOpta and guides its efforts towards becoming an increasingly sustainable organization. Each year SunOpta publishes its Corporate Sustainability Report to update all stakeholders on the progress it is making toward achieving its longer-term sustainability goals.

About SunOpta

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. SunOpta specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. SunOpta's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added grain, seed, fruit and vegetable based product offerings, supported by a global sourcing and supply infrastructure.

SunOpta Inc.
Public Relations
Rob Litt, 952-893-7863
Director Global Communications

Source: SunOpta Inc.

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