SunOpta Inc. has exercised its option to purchase the remaining 49.9% of the outstanding shares of Organic Ingredients, Inc. of Aptos, Calif. SunOpta initially acquired 50.1% of the outstanding shares of Organic Ingredients on Sept. 10, 2004, with an option to acquire the remaining 49.9% commencing March 31, 2005.



Organic Ingredients is a well established provider of a wide range of certified organic industrial ingredients including processed fruit and vegetable based ingredients, sweeteners, vinegars and others. Organic Ingredients sources and contract manufactures through exclusive arrangements with suppliers located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. These exclusive supply arrangements enable the company to maintain a strategic advantage in the organic food ingredient market, in terms of cost and availability of supply and positions the company to provide value added private label food products to key customers.



SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic food markets. For the last six consecutive years, SunOpta was included in Profit magazine's "Profit 100" list of the 100 fastest growing companies in Canada.



Source: Company Release