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Stevia First Corporation Message Board

  • tradnfrank tradnfrank Nov 1, 2012 11:35 AM Flag

    New article on Market Playground: STVF positioned to DOMINATE market!

    In my opinion, there are two companies that are best positioned to dominate the stevia market: S&W Seed Company (NASDAQ:SANW), and Stevia First Corp. (OTC:STVF). The reasons are “location, location and location”: both companies are located right in the heart of Central Valley with enough acreage for prime production. S&W grows stevia under a contract with PureCircle Ltd. (PINK:PCRTF), the largest global supplier of stevia. S&W’s job is simple: it grows and harvests on its land, then provides it to PureCircle. If the production and supply fall short of demand, then it attempts to increase production in the year that follows. Unfortunately, I don’t see this company becoming a multi-billion, or even a several hundred-million dollar company. Last year it harvested just 85 acres, but has now expanded to 118 acres. The company is believed to have great relationships with farmers and other producers in Central Valley, so some believe it can expand to nearly 1,000 acres, but so far this is yet to be seen.

    Stevia First’s goal as a company is completely different from S&W, as it marches in an alternative direction. In my opinion, it’s not a matter of one being better than the other, simply different. Stevia First aims to control its own product and become the first fully integrated producer of stevia in the U.S. Meanwhile, S&W works for PureCircle and wishes to focus on production beyond just stevia. Stevia First is betting on the growth and the trends of stevia, and the continued emphasis placed on healthier alternatives to sugar by companies such as Green Mountain Coffee and Coca-Cola. This is a company with over 1,000 acres of land in the agricultural rich Central Valley, a commodity that could prove to be priceless. In addition, Stevia First now has the intellectual property to get the most “bang for its buck” since recently licensing a new fermentation-based technology from Vineland Research. With this new process, Stevia First will be able to cut down on the additional costs of extraction and purification, while obtaining and even manufacturing the sweetest extracts of the plant. Thus, the company should see higher margins for next year’s production.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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