SunOpta completes divestiture of Canadian Food Distribution Assets
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SunOpta Inc. has announced that it has completed the previously announced divestiture of the company’s Canadian Food Distribution Assets to United Natural Foods, Inc. and UNFI Canada, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UNFI for cash consideration of approximately 68 million CDN$. The Food Distribution Assets included in this transaction formed part of the SunOpta Distribution Group (SDG). SunOpta has retained the natural health products distribution and manufacturing assets which represent the balance of the assets in SDG. All active employees directly involved in the Canadian food distribution operations were offered employment with UNFI. For fiscal 2009, SDG realized revenues of 237.3 million US$. The Canadian food distribution operations generated revenues for that period of 169.6 million US $ and positive operating earnings while the natural health products operations generated the balance of the revenues for the period of 67.7 million US $, realizing negative operating earnings due in most part to additional costs in the year related to the relaunch of a number of natural health products brands. The company expects to realize a net gain on the sale of the Canadian food distribution assets with the amount being dependent on finalization of the closing balance sheet and related closing costs.
United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes more than 60,000 products to more than 17,000 customer locations nationwide. The company serves a wide variety of retail formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the food service channel. United Natural Foods, Inc. was ranked by Forbes in 2005 as one of the "Best Managed Companies in America," ranked by Fortune in 2006 – 2010 as one of its "Most Admired Companies," winner of the Supermarket News 2008 Sustainability Excellence Award, and recognized by the Nutrition Business Journal for its 2009 Environment and Sustainability Award. SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic foods and natural health products markets. The company has three business units: the SunOpta Food Group, which specializes in sourcing, processing and packaging of natural and organic food products integrated from seed through packaged products; Opta Minerals Inc. (66.4% owned by SunOpta), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial minerals; and SunOpta BioProcess Inc. which engineers and markets proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the bio-fuel, pulp and food processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.
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