PureCircle Begins Processing Proprietary Stevia Leaf

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OAK BROOK, Ill.—PureCircle announced it has started processing its proprietary leaf sourced from Kenya and Paraguay in its stevia extract facilities in China.. The proprietary leaf, protected by Plant Breeders Rights, is performing well, and is providing production yields significantly above those of the prevailing China market, further reducing the cost of SG95 and reb A substantially.
The company plans to start constructing stevia extract facilities in Africa and South America as soon as current capacities are beyond 50% utilization.
The company also announced it has entered into a five-year agreement to source stevia leaf from S&W Seed Company Inc. and its subsidiary, based in Five Points, Calif. The contract brings the company closer to its goal of growing stevia in the continental United States on the scale required to support major North American-based food and beverage manufacturers. The relationship with S&W will also provide support for PureCircle’s research and varietal development project, in conjunction with Michigan State University, focused on the next generation of steviol glycosides beyond Reb A.
Magomet Malsagov, CEO and Managing Director of PureCircle, commented: “This is an important series of announcements for our stevia supply chain. Our proprietary leaf from Kenya and Paraguay is performing well and underpins our plans to start building extraction capacity in Africa and South America."

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