SunOpta Inc.: Tony Tavares Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

SunOpta Announces Appointment of Tony Tavares as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

TORONTO, April 24, 2008 -- SunOpta Inc. today announced the appointment of Tony Tavares to the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, SunOpta Inc., effective June 1, 2008. In this role, Mr. Tavares will report to Steve Bromley, President and Chief Executive Officer, SunOpta Inc., and assume operational and strategic responsibility for the Company's SunOpta Food Group operations and global supply chain initiatives.

Mr. Tavares brings over 20 years of food industry experience to this role with a focus on increasing organizational profitability in changing environments through a combination of innovative marketing, lean manufacturing and strong organizational development. Prior to joining SunOpta, Mr. Tavares was Chief Executive Officer of Maple Lodge Farms Inc., a Canadian food company with revenues of approximately $550 million and extensive operations in fresh and deli meats, pet foods and feed milling. Mr. Tavares has also held a number of senior positions in the Canadian food industry including President of Maple Leaf Poultry, a division of Maple Leaf Foods and President of Tyson Canada.

Steve Bromley, President and CEO of SunOpta Inc., commented, "We are most pleased to have Tony join the SunOpta team. His extensive experience in the food industry will be a valuable addition and will be key as we focus on maximizing our strategic strengths and driving improved profitability and return on equity."

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; Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM) (66.7% owned by SunOpta), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial minerals; 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.

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
            905-455-2528, ext 103
            [email protected]

          Lytham Partners, LLC
          Investment Community Inquiries:
          Joe Diaz
            [email protected]
          Robert Blum
          Joe Dorame

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