SunOpta Announces Further Expansion of Value-Added Pouch Processing and Packaging Capabilities

SunOpta Announces Further Expansion of Value-Added Pouch Processing and
Packaging Capabilities

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 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 plans to further expand its
value-added flexible re-sealable pouch processing and packaging capabilities
at its Allentown, PA facility.

In response to continued demand for flexible re-sealable pouch products, the
Company will be adding additional filling lines at its Allentown operation,
which is anticipated to more than double the processing capacity at that
facility.The new lines are expected to come on-line in the third quarter of
2013, increasing the Company's total filling capacity to approximately 150
million pouches.Flexible re-sealable pouch products leverage the Company's
integrated capabilities from sourcing raw materials through ingredient
production and finished packaged products, ensuring control of quality and
organic certification, and providing traceability from the farm to the retail
shelf. Going forward, the Allentown facility has room for further expansion
and the Company is also exploring further geographic expansion opportunities
to meet growing customer demand.

"Continued expansion of our value-added flexible re-sealable pouch processing
and packaging capabilities remains a key strategic objective designed to
leverage our integrated field to table capabilities," commented Steve Bromley,
SunOpta's Chief Executive Officer. "The variety of products offered in pouches
continues to grow, driven in part by the consumer's desire for convenient,
portable, healthy and nutritious foods in sustainable packaging formats, and
we believe SunOpta is well positioned to capitalize on these trends as we
continue to focus on our strategy of becoming a pure play natural and organic
foods company."

The flexible re-sealable pouch market is rapidly expanding in North America
and well established in Europe and Asia. The pouch format is applicable to a
wide range of product categories including natural and organic fruit and
vegetable snacks, apple sauces, tomato products, baby food, yogurts,
beverages, toppings, among many other packaged food products.

The Company entered the flexible, re-sealable pouch business in late 2011 with
the installation of processing equipment at a production facility in
California.This was followed in August 2012 with the commissioning of a
dedicated flexible pouch processing and filling facility in Allentown.
Geographically, the dual east/west processing footprint for the production of
flexible re-sealable pouch products provides for cost benefits and leverages
the Company's integrated sourcing and supply capabilities.

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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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release may be considered
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities
legislation, which are based on information available to us on the date of
this release. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited
to, our expansion plans for our Allentown facilities, our anticipated
processing and filling capacity and our efforts to explore further expansion
opportunities.The terms and phrases "plans," "will," "expected," "exploring,"
"continues," "believe" and other similar terms and phrases are intended to
identify these forward looking statements.Forward looking statements are
based on information available to us on the date of this release and are based
on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience
and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected
future developments as well as other factors the Company believes are
appropriate in the circumstances including that there are no material
unanticipated variations in budgeted costs or changes in demand for
re-sealable pouch products.The Company makes no representation that
reasonable business people in possession of the same information would reach
the same conclusions. Whether actual timing and results will agree with
expectations and predications of the Company is subject to many risks and
uncertainties including, potential labour, construction or other delays or
issues in connection with the expansion of the facility, cost overruns in the
capital expansion activities and adverse changes in demand for re-sealable
pouch products, as well as other risks described from time to time under "Risk
Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports
on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).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: For further information, please contact:
         SunOpta Inc.
         Susan Wiekenkamp, Information Officer
         Tel: 905-455-2528, ext. 103
         susan.wiekenkamp@sunopta.com
         Website:  www.sunopta.com

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