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Dean Best | 31 Oct 2011

Canada-based natural and organic food group SunOpta supplies a number of the world's largest food makers and retailers with products from soy ingredients to private-label snack bars. The company is undergoing significant change and has decided to offload non-core assets and focus squarely on food. Dean Best met SunOpta COO Tony Tavares at international trade show Anuga in Germany to discuss the company's ambitions.

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Dean Best | 10 May 2017

Canada-based consumer food and ingredients group SunOpta pointed to signs of recovery in the first three months of 2017 despite its losses growing year-on-year.


Katy Askew | 1 Mar 2017

Canadian natural food group SunOpta booked lower full-year losses in 2016 as the group focused on making progress with its move to improve returns to shareholders.


Katy Askew | 6 Feb 2017

Canada-based organic food group SunOpta has named Diamond Foods executive David Colo as its new president and CEO. 


Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2016

Canadian organic food group SunOpta provided details on plans to improve its performance as it booked lower operating profit for the first nine months of the year. 


Katy Askew | 10 Oct 2016

SunOpta has secured a US$85m investment from Oaktree Capital Management, which is taking a stake in the Canadian organic food group.


Dean Best | 10 Aug 2016

SunOpta, the Canada-based ingredients supplier, private-label group and contract manufacturer, today (10 August) claimed "good progress" was being made on its goals for 2016, despite the company reporting second-quarter and half-year losses.


Katy Askew | 27 Jul 2016

A second activist investor, West Face Capital, is reportedly adding to pressure from Tourbillon Capital Partners for SunOpta to sell its business. 


Dean Best | 27 Jun 2016

SunOpta said today (27 June) it had brought in Rothschild to to review the Canada-based ingredients and private-label group's plans and to evaluate "a range of strategic and financial actions" the company could undertake to "maximise shareholder value".


Katy Askew | 31 May 2016

Shares in Canadian natural and organic food group SunOpta jumped 26.7% on Friday (27 May) after it emerged that its largest shareholder, Tourbillon Capital Partners, asked the group to hire advisers to unlock shareholder value. 


Hannah Abdulla | 2 Mar 2016

SunOpta has recorded a loss for the year after the Canadian group's results were littered with one-time charges and higher costs.


Dean Best | 15 Jan 2016

Diamond Foods, itself set to be sold to US snacks group Snyder's-Lance, this week took a stake in UK popcorn maker Metcalfe's Skinny. Our M&A pages featured a number of deals, including the move for Chinese dairy group Ambrosia by Irish co-op Ornua. At the ICR investment conference in Florida, the new owner of Green Giant, B&G Foods, said it was interested in more acquisitions in the frozen food sector, while Hain Celestial told delegates it could withstand greater competition in the US natural and organic sectors.


Dean Best | 12 Jan 2016

SunOpta, the Canada-based ingredients supplier, private-label group and contract manufacturer, said today (12 January) it will this year focus on improving the performance of its consumer products business.


Katy Askew | 11 Nov 2015

Natural and speciality food group SunOpta has insisted that it is starting to see the benefits of investments as third-quarter revenue and profit trends showed signs of improvement. 


Katy Askew | 29 Sep 2015

Canadian natural and organic food group SunOpta has detailed plans to sell more shares in the business in a bid to raise just over US$100m.


Dean Best | 27 Aug 2015

SunOpta, the Canada-based co-packer and private-label supplier, has expanded its stand-up pouch packaging at two US plants, with investment at a third site on the horizon.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Aug 2015

This week's results included an upbeat US snack group Snyder's-Lance reporting higher second-quarter sales and profits, improved half-year revenue and earnings at seafood giant Thai Union and declines at an acquisitive SunOpta.


Dean Best | 12 Aug 2015

SunOpta has announced its second acquisition in a fortnight, striking a deal to buy Canadian fruit snacks firm Niagara Natural.


Katy Askew | 3 Aug 2015

Canadian organic food group SunOpta has said its US$450m acquisition of Sunrise Growers will strengthen its presence in the high-growth, private-label frozen fruit sector.


Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Canada-based food group SunOpta has named president and COO Rik Jacobs as its new CEO in a bid to "accelerate growth and performance".


Katy Askew | 18 May 2015

Canada-based natural and organic food group SunOpta has confirmed one of its US facilities has become the first manufacturing site in the country to receive Department of Agriculture GMO-free verification.


Katy Askew | 18 May 2015

The US Department of Agriculture is developing a non-GMO certification and labelling scheme under its Process Verified Program.


Katy Askew | 15 May 2015

This week's result round-up includes a positive start to the year for UK own-label group Bakkavor, better sales but pressure on profits for Canada's Weston Foods and a slide in revenue at French poultry group Duc.


Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2015

Natural and organic food group SunOpta booked an increase in full-year sales and earnings despite “commercial and operational pressures” experienced at its consumer products unit.


Dean Best | 12 Nov 2014

SunOpta has reported higher underlying earnings for the first nine months of the year on the back of growth from its foods businesses.


Dean Best | 13 Aug 2014

Canada-based food group SunOpta has posted higher half-year sales and profits.


Dean Best | 14 May 2014

Canadian food group SunOpta has emphasised the importance of tapping into consumer interest in healthy eating after reporting higher first-quarter sales and earnings.


Katy Askew | 5 Mar 2014

Canadian food group SunOpta made a loss in 2013 but the company described the year as "transformational" as it realigned its operations to focus on natural and organic food.


Katy Askew | 7 Feb 2014

SunOpta has indicated that it expects to book a loss in its fourth quarter in spite of "record" revenues during the period.

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Dean Best | 16 Feb 2016

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