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SunOpta Announces Record 2012 Results

Operating income 1 for fiscal 2012 increased 39% to $47.0 million or 4.3% of revenues, versus $33.8 million, or 3.3% of revenues in the prior year. This increase was primarily due to improved operating income in the Grains and Foods Group, Consumer Products Group and Opta Minerals versus the prior year.

For fiscal 2012, earnings increased 357% to $24.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted common share, as compared to earnings of $5.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted common share in 2011. Excluding discontinued operations, earnings were $23.0 million or $0.34 per diluted common share, versus $16.2 million, or $0.24 per diluted common share in 2011.

Fiscal 2012 EBITDA 1 increased 30% to $67.2 million as compared to $51.6 million in fiscal 2011.

Balance Sheet

The Company's balance sheet remains strong, and shareholders' equity increased to $326.2 million as of December 29, 2012 compared to $299.1 million at December 31, 2011. At the end of fiscal 2012 the Company's balance sheet reflects a current ratio of 1.46 to 1.00, and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.58 to 1.00. At December 29, 2012, the Company had total debt outstanding of $189.3 million, total assets of $707.3 million and a net book value of $4.94 per outstanding share. During fiscal 2012 the Company generated cash from operating activities of $31.0 million versus cash used in operating activities of $5.6 million in 2011, indicative of improved earnings and less cash used to fund working capital.

Conference Call Information

The Company plans to host a conference call at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter and year ended 2012 and recent corporate developments. After opening remarks, there will be a question and answer period. This conference call can be accessed via a link at the Company's website at . To listen to the live call over the Internet, please go to the Company's website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Additionally, the call may be accessed with the toll free dial-in number (877) 312-9198 or international dial-in number (631) 291-4622. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days at the Company's website.

1 See discussion of non-GAAP measures

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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