Pacific Fruit Processors, a Division of the SunOpta Ingredients Group, Named 2013 "Vendor Partner of the Year" by IHOP

Pacific Fruit Processors, a Division of the SunOpta Ingredients Group, Named
2013 "Vendor Partner of the Year" by IHOP Restaurants

TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or the
"Company") (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) today announced Pacific Fruit Processors, a
division of the SunOpta Ingredients Group, was awarded the 2013 "Vendor
Partner of the Year" by IHOP^® Restaurants at the IHOP Franchise Convention
held in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 2013.

The "Vendor Partner of the Year" Award is given to the vendor or supplier who
has demonstrated a dedication to excellence and service in helping IHOP and
its franchisees.

The Award was presented to the company by Julia Stewart, Interim President of
IHOP and Chairman and CEO of DineEquity Inc., and Mike Leikam, the President
and CEO of Centralized Supply Chain Services (CSCS), the organization that
oversees purchasing for franchisees of DineEquity's two restaurant brands,
IHOP and Applebee's.

"We are proud to have our fruit ingredients operations, Pacific Fruit
Processors, recognized for their partnership with IHOP Restaurants," said,
Steve Bromley, Chief Executive Officer of SunOpta Inc. "We believe this award
underscores our company-wide commitment to meet the high standards our
customers expect from us as we help provide them with globally sourced
ingredients and innovative processing and product development capabilities."

Each year CSCS and IHOP select a Vendor Partner of the Year to recognize
excellence in service to the system. 2013 nominees for this award were
selected from across the food, non-food and distributor categories.

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 66.1%
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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About International House Of Pancakes, LLC

For over 55 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and
expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is
highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-
to-order breakfast options as well as a range of meals under 600 calories.
Beyond offering "everything you love about breakfast, ^ SM" IHOP® restaurants
have a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP
restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm
and friendly service. As of June 30, 2013, there were 1,593 IHOP restaurants
in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala,
Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, the
Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at
HOME^® consumers can also enjoy a line of premium breakfast products available
at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by
Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its
affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN). For more information or to find an IHOP
restaurant near you, please visit www.IHOP.com. Follow IHOP on Facebook and
Twitter.

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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