Star Tribune Names SunOpta a 2023 Top Workplace

Plant-based food and beverage pioneer fuels the future of food with entrepreneurial spirit, vibrant culture

MINNEAPOLIS —June 13, 2023—SunOpta (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a U.S.-based, global pioneer fueling the future of sustainable, plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages, has been named one of the Top 200 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, the largest newspaper in Minnesota. SunOpta was recognized out of 5,000 companies who were invited to participate.

The Star Tribune 2023 Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 124,719 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. The results are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

SunOpta was ranked #58 of 200 on the midsize company list.

“SunOpta is thrilled to be recognized as a Top Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune,” said Jill Barnett, Chief Administrative Officer, SunOpta. “This recognition is a testament to SunOpta employees at our Minnesota locations who are driven by a passionate focus on sustainability, innovation and community. Being named one of Minnesota’s top workplaces also reflects the can-do attitude of our team members who help to make SunOpta an inclusive culture where we all succeed. Our company wins by driving positive change and celebrating the value each of us brings to work every day.”

SunOpta leadership strives to create a healthy workplace and vibrant culture for all employees. The Company continues to look for ways to enhance the employee experience and stand out as an employer of choice by providing new, unique benefits for employees at various stages in their lives, such as “You Days” to celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries. Other exemplary initiatives include a workforce communication platform to increase productivity and operational equipment effectiveness, 24 hours of paid volunteer time annually for full time employees to give back to their communities, 12 weeks of paid maternity leave and four weeks of paid family leave to increase the amount of time allowed for employees to care for a sick family member, birth of child and/or adoption.

Star Tribune CEO and Publisher Steve Grove said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 200 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

SunOpta operates two plant-based manufacturing facilities located in Alexandria and its 65,000 square-foot headquarters and innovation center is based in Eden Prairie.


About SunOpta, Inc.

SunOpta (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) is a U.S.-based, global pioneer fueling the future of sustainable, plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages. Founded nearly 50 years ago, SunOpta manufactures natural, organic and specialty products sold through retail and foodservice channels. SunOpta operates as a manufacturer for leading natural and private label brands, and also proudly produces its own brands, including SOWN®, Dream®, West Life™ and Sunrise Growers®. For more information, visit and LinkedIn.