Tapping into the stevia market is next to a sure thing. It's a fact that stevia is gaining use and popularity in our products. As soon as Stevia First has their plans come to fruition--with production--- this will be a big stock. Patience is a virtue as they've always said. They have a good team of agri-experts, analysts, and R&D people in place. And key to their success just might be the fermentation-based extraction process that they will be utilizing.
Stevia First has made huge progress in the implementation of its business plan by leasing 1,000 acres of land (leasing has the advantage of conserving capital). The company is building research and manufacturing facilities on the land. Stevia First is also working on multiple methods of stevia production, including farm-based stevia production and fermentation-based stevia production. Both methods are quite complex, and the production and marketing of California-based stevia products on a large commercial scale is not expected for 2 to 3 years. This is also the time frame to develop preparatory stevia plants. The company has licensed intellectual property rights from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, and the license includes compositions and methods for preparing steviol glycosides and steviol through fermentation-based processes. There is also a separate consulting contract under which the two companies will work jointly on developing stevia.
Oh yea, no doubt in my mind that they are getting into this at the right time. It's all about timing. Stevia is a "Fad" currently--- I don't mean it in a bad way either. I can only help Stevia First, because low/non-calorie sweeteners AREN'T GOING AWAY! They will just increase and stevia is stepping in as the new kid on the block---its being utilised in everything and GROWING. If STVF can come in as THE majority supplier of stevia for the US, we are ALL SET!!