SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2013) - Stevia First Corp. (
The Company has previously announced its commercialization plans and the successful implementation of fermentation-based methods to generate enhanced steviol glycosides, which involve directed production of Nature-Identical™ Stevia. Such methods enable directed enhancement of low-value crude stevia into better-tasting and more valuable stevia products, such as Reb A or next-generation stevia sweeteners. As the Company moves to commercialize these innovative methods, it is scaling up production and also preparing necessary regulatory and food safety documentation that meet the stringent standards of California and the United States.
The event will profile a variety of the Company's stevia product innovations, including not only its Nature-Identical™ Stevia, but also organic stevia extracts that are locally-produced in California. These extracts are derived from field-scale organic stevia leaf production. In addition, the Company will display its consumer product innovations that are specifically designed to help people reduce sugar intake and to promote healthy consumption of sweeteners.
Company CEO Robert Brooke states, "We are excited to hold this tasting event, which enables us to celebrate our progress in a way that also raises awareness of our stevia innovations. We have a fantastic team whose focus to date has enabled this milestone, and their continued diligence is sure to help us maintain a brisk pace of development."
About Stevia First Corp. (
Stevia First Corp. is seeking to establish a vertically-integrated enterprise in the U.S. that uses technological expertise in fermentation-based stevia production and improves upon traditional stevia farming and processing methods. Stevia First's U.S. operations are located in the heart of California's Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. For more information visit: www.steviafirst.com.
About the Stevia Industry
The market for all-natural, zero-calorie stevia sweeteners is expanding rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates stevia intake could eventually replace 20-30% of all dietary sweeteners. The total global sweetener market was estimated at $58.3 billion in 2010. For more information visit: www.steviafirst.com.
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