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Sunrich Naturals Heats Up Non-Dairy Beverage Aisle with Debut of SōL

National leader in non-dairy shelf stable beverages introduces exciting new drink made from wholesome sunflower seeds.

Hope, MN – (July 5, 2011) – In response to consumers’ increasing demands for healthy beverages that offer great taste and multiple health benefits, Sunrich Naturals proudly introduces SōL, a delicious and refreshing sunflower beverage. Made with one of nature’s most potent superfoods – sunflower kernels – SōL is available in three flavors: Unsweetened, Original, and Vanilla. Each serving of dairy-free, gluten-free SōL delivers powerful cancer fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote heart and brain health, strengthen bones and teeth, and help maintain beautiful, younger looking skin in addition to folic acid which enhances prenatal health.

“We’re very excited to leverage our expertise as leading producers of organic and natural non-dairy shelf stable beverages to bring this exciting new product to our retailers and distributors nationwide,” said Tina Nelson, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Consumer Products, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group. “SōL’s delicious taste, excellent nutritional profile, and modest calories and carbs per serving offers what today’s consumers want most in non-dairy, functional beverages they can enjoy each day as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

SōL Refreshing Sunflower Beverage provides an excellent source of Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Each 8 oz. serving provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 60% for Phosphorus, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

SōL is available in shelf stable, aseptic 32 ounce Tetra Pak containers. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $2.69 for 32 ounces.

Sunrich Naturals is a SunOpta brand. For over 25 years, Sunrich Naturals has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods. Sunrich Naturals believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. Every purchase of SōL helps Sunrich Naturals to foster sustainable American agriculture for generations to come.

SunOpta is a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States. SunOpta is North America’s largest aseptic producer of non-dairy, shelf stable beverages, produced in brand names consumers know and trust. SunOpta’s other products include organic & natural soymilk, frozen podded & shelled edamame, all-natural soy creamer, and roasted sunflower, soy & corn healthy snacks.

About SunOpta Inc.
SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods. 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 significant 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 66.4% ownership position in Opta Minerals Inc. (TSX:OPM), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials, and a minority ownership position in Mascoma Corporation, an innovative biofuels company.

Media Contact:
Laura Fontanills
Healthy Living Marketing/ Common Language