Minnesota-based, Global Pioneer Attains One of Its Sustainability Goals

EDEN PRAIRIE, July 26, 2022—SunOpta (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a Minnesota-based, global pioneer fueling the future of sustainable, plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages, today announced it has achieved zero waste[1] to landfill at its two Alexandria-based manufacturing facilities.

Alexandria is the most recent location of SunOpta’s zero waste facilities to reach this goal. SunOpta’s Allentown, Penn. facility attained zero waste in 2021. By the end of 2022, SunOpta is targeting all twelve of its manufacturing facilities around the world to be zero waste to landfill.

SunOpta achieved zero waste to landfill at its two Alexandria facilities by reusing and recycling materials such as batteries, metals, oils, pallets, bulk bags, and barrels. For example, SunOpta  recycled 100,000 pounds of scrap metal, and additionally reused more than 11,000 pallets, which saved natural resources as well as costs.

“Anything that cannot be reused, recycled or upcycled is turned into energy to power the hospital, technical school, and manufacturing plant right in the community,” said Joe Gerhardt, Third Avenue plant manager, SunOpta. “We have trained ourselves to think and act with the ‘zero waste’ mindset to make sustainability a reality.”

“As a sustainable, plant-based food and beverage company, we’re proud to achieve this sustainability goal in Alexandria,” said Cody Emery, Minnesota Street plant manager, SunOpta. “Sustainability is personally important to me because I want to ensure all the natural resources around us in our beautiful state are here for my son and the next generation.”

In 2020, SunOpta made a $26 million investment to make oatmilk at its Third Avenue facility, underscoring the importance of the company’s presence in Alexandria. SunOpta has ambitious goals to double its plant-based business by 2025, with a significant focus on oatmilk. For decades, SunOpta has collaborated with some of the most planet-friendly brands, including the largest coffee shop chain in the world, to supply oatmilk and other plant-based, non-dairy alternatives.

Zero waste is just one of SunOpta’s aggressive sustainability goals. Earlier this year, SunOpta released its 2021 ESG report, outlining progress and a path forward across four key areas: products, planet, people, and governance. The SunOpta sustainability strategy includes carbon emission savings, recyclable packaging, upcycling food waste, and water conservation.


About SunOpta, Inc.

SunOpta (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY) is a Minnesota-based, global pioneer fueling the future of sustainable, plant-based and fruit-based food and beverages. With its deep roots and dynamic growth, SunOpta today leads innovation to positively impact people and the planet. Specifically, SunOpta manufactures organic, non-GMO, plant-based, and specialty products sold through retail and foodservice channels. SunOpta operates as a co-manufacturer for leading brands and a manufacturer for private label and ingredients. SunOpta also proudly produces its own brands, including SOWN®Dream, West Life™, and Sunrise Growers™. For more information, visit and LinkedIn.

[1] SunOpta has adopted a zero waste definition as 90% diversion of waste from landfill.