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Stevia Nutra Corp (STNT) Reports Successful First Growing Season in Cambodia

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    Stevia Nutra Corp (STNT) Reports Successful First Growing Season in Cambodia

    Stevia Nutra Corporation (STNT)– (The Company), an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics, is pleased to report on the successful completion of an exceptional initial growing season at the Company’s Stevia Propagation Centre (SPC) in Cambodia. The first harvest of high quality stevia leaves has commenced and samples have been prepared for third-party, independent testing to determine levels of Reb ‘A’ and Glycosides (total steviol glycosides – TSG). This measure of ‘sweetness’ content is a key determinant to the commercial viability of a stevia crop.

    Stevia Nutra’s Chief Agronomist, Dr. Ahmed El Sheikh, noted that, “The ideal growing conditions here in Cambodia combined with our choice of seed variety and rigorous agronomy protocols have proven to be very effective. The stevia plants are thriving with better than expected growth and we are optimistic that initial leaf testing will yield positive results.”

    Leaf samples have been sent to the prestigious ‘Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ in Beijing, the highest authority for stevia testing in China. “China’s expertise in stevia cultivation and refining is well established. This will be the first testing of our stevia leaf and we are eager for test results from this respected institution," Dr. El Sheikh further commented.

    “I am extremely encouraged with the results of our initial growing season,” noted Stevia Nutra’s President, Brian Dicks. “The combined efforts of Dr. El Sheikh, his team and our local partner, Ecologica Co. Ltd., have resulted in our establishing a thriving stevia propagation operation. Matching climate, soils, nutrients and cultivation practices with a robust and productive seed variety is a challenging exercise and our team has delivered.” Dicks further noted, “Our location in Kampong Speu Province, located forty-five minutes from Phnom Penh, has proven to be an excellent site for our agronomy operations and validates our selection of Cambodia as Stevia Nutra’s home in SE Asia.”

    Dr. Hilary Rodrigues, CEO also extended his congratulations to the Cambodia team. “It is gratifying to see their efforts and dedication come to fruition on schedule and on budget. We can now move forward to the next phase of development with confidence after having successfully managed and completed this most challenging initial development phase.”

    About Us

    Stevia Nutra: Stevia Nutra is an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics which includes plant breeding, proprietary agricultural practices and post-harvest techniques. Stevia Nutra intends to invest heavily in R&D and IP acquisition and manage large-scale plantations for the production of high value stevia products.

    Stevia Nutra is dedicated to utilizing best agronomic and business practices to demonstrate the sustainability and profitability of stevia production. By subscribing to, and implementing the performance standards published by the World Bank, Stevia Nutra is committed to becoming the premier producer of the highest quality stevia. Stevia Nutra recognizes the potential this remarkable plant has to reduce the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes and promote general good health. The Company's priority will be to embrace sustainability for smarter innovation and profitable growth.

    Stevia and the stevia sector: Stevia is the world’s only all natural zero calorie sweetener. Since being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration late in 2008, stevia can now be found in over 6,000 food, beverage and medicine products, with many more new products to follow as globally consumers are making healthier food choices.

    Stevia is the fastest growing sweetener product in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that stevia will replace up to 20% of the global sweetener market valued at over $10 Billion USD. Zenith International expects that stevia agriculture production will have to triple within two years to keep up with the strong demand. Only one year after FDA approval in the U.S., stevia sales surged past both aspartame and saccharin in the tabletop sugar market.
     
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    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Appoints Head of Prestigious Medical Council to Board of Directo

    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Appoints Head of Prestigious Medical Council to Board of Directors


    Stevia Nutra Corporation (OTC:QB STNT) – (The Company),an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Bowmer, Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), to the Company’s Board of Directors.
    Dr. Bowmer graduated from McGill University’s medical program in 1969 and went on to do his residency in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University. He served as Dean of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from 1996 to 2003 and was appointed Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada in 2007. Dr. Bowmer has garnered an abundance of policy development and governance experience within the Canadian medical community and is the recipient of several prominent awards for his work in medical education.

    “Following the recent decision by Health Canada approving the use of steviol glycosides in a wide range of food and beverage products, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Bowmer to our team,” says Company President Brian Dicks. “Dr. Bowmer’s leadership within the MCC and his knowledge and endorsement of the health benefits of stevia will bolster our on-going policy efforts to support stevia use in Canada and other jurisdictions. With his support we look forward to moving our advocacy agenda forward and warmly welcome Ian to our board.”

    The recipient of several prestigious awards for his vision and contributions to medical education, Dr. Bowmer is one of the 13 non-governmental expert representatives on the Medical Council and Chair of the Working Committee.

    “I am very excited to join the Company’s Board of Directors at a time where there is increasing recognition of the health benefits of stevia over traditional sugars and chemical sweeteners,” says Dr. Bowmer. “I look forward to engaging with government and private sector entities about the potential of stevia as a food and beverage ingredient, and the health benefits it offers to consumers, especially those battling diabetes and other obesity related illnesses.”
     
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    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Receives Excellent Leaf Test Results

    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Receives Excellent Leaf Test Results



    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Stevia Nutra Corporation (STNT)– (The Company), an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics, is pleased to report that independent test results on its stevia leaf has confirmed a high level of Reb ‘A’ and total steviol glycosides (TSG).

    Stevia Nutra Corp. is very pleased to inform that stevia leaf samples from its initial harvest have been tested at the Institute of Botany, a division of The Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, with test results yielding very high levels of Reb ‘A’ and TSG. This represents the first testing of the Company’s leaf since its Stevia Propagation Center (SPC), located in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia, was established in 2012. These positive results validate the Company's plan to drive revenue streams through rapid expansion and production of high quality stevia leaves to satisfy growing demand.

    Stevia Nutra’s Chief Agronomist, Dr. Ahmed El Sheikh, noted that, “Cultivation conditions in Cambodia combined with our choice of seed variety and the protocols we initiated have proven to be very effective. With this confirmation of leaf quality we can continue our planned plantation expansion with confidence.” “I am extremely encouraged with this test result,” noted Stevia Nutra’s President, Brian Dicks. “The combined efforts of Dr. El Sheikh and his team on the ground in Cambodia along with our local partner, Ecologica Co. Ltd., have resulted in our establishing a high grade, commercially viable, stevia plant.” Dicks went on to say, “Management will now move forward with its plans to secure and develop additional acreage and ramp up production to meet increasing global demand.” Dr. Hilary Rodrigues, CEO, commented, “This is indeed excellent news. With confirmation of our high quality leaf we can expect a high value harvest. With demand rising and approval of stevia for use as an ingredient in more and more food and beverage products expanding, Stevia Nutra is positioning itself to carve out a piece of the over $50 billion sweetener market as a significant producer in the stevia sector.” About Us

    Stevia Nutra:

    Stevia Nutra is an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics which includes plant breeding, proprietary agricultural practices and post-harvest techniques. Stevia Nutra intends to invest heavily in R&D and IP acquisition and manage large-scale plantations for the production of high value stevia products.

    Stevia Nutra is dedicated to utilizing best agronomic and business practices to demonstrate the sustainability and profitability of stevia production. By subscribing to, and implementing the performance standards published by the World Bank, Stevia Nutra is committed to becoming the premier producer of the highest quality stevia. Stevia Nutra recognizes the potential this remarkable plant has to reduce the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes and promote general good health. The Company's priority will be to embrace sustainability for smarter innovation and profitable growth.

    Stevia and the stevia sector:

    Stevia is the world’s only all natural zero calorie sweetener. Since being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration late in 2008, stevia can now be found in over 6,000 food, beverage and medicine products, with many more new products to follow as globally consumers are making healthier food choices.

    Stevia is the fastest growing sweetener product in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that stevia will replace up to 20% of the global sweetener market valued at over $10 Billion USD. Zenith International expects that stevia agriculture production will have to triple within two years to keep up with the strong demand. Only one year after FDA approval in the U.S., stevia sales surged past both aspartame and saccharin in the tabletop sugar market.
     
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    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Moves To Fill Alternative Sweetener Market Demand as Coca-Cola L

    Stevia Nutra (STNT) Moves To Fill Alternative Sweetener Market Demand as Coca-Cola Leads “Anti-Obesity” Push



    Stevia Nutra Corporation (STNT) – (The Company), an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics, having just reported a successful first harvest, is developing plans to expand its production capacity of high quality stevia in Cambodia. This ramp up in production capacity coincides with a number of positive announcements by leading food and beverage brands to increase the use of the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener ‘stevia’ in their ingredient mix.

    One clear example of this trend is Coca-Cola’s recent announcement that its regular Sprite will no longer be available in the United Kingdom, to be replaced with a version that uses the sweetener stevia, and has 30 percent fewer calories. The change by the world's biggest beverage maker comes in response to a government push calling on companies to address obesity. Coca-Cola already made a similar move with Sprite in France last year. Sprite is Coca-Cola's fifth most popular brand in the United Kingdom, after Coke, Diet Coke, Schweppes and Fanta.

    The announcement came ahead of the airing of Coca-Cola's anti-obesity TV ad in the United Kingdom. That ad first aired in the United States in January amid increasing fire over the role sodas play in fueling obesity rates. New York City, for example, is looking to enact a first-in-the-U.S. ban on sugary drinks bigger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theatres and other venues. Coke has already been experimenting with reduced-calorie versions of Sprite and Fanta that use stevia in select U.S. markets since this summer 2012.

    "It's pretty clear where the trend line is pointing”, said Stevia Nutra President, Brian Dicks. “The big food and beverage brands and manufacturers are addressing the “obesity-battle”, and consumer demands, with new healthier products and formulations that are lower in calories. Stevia really hits the sweet spot because it delivers on taste, calories and is naturally derived from a plant, not from a lab. There is not enough stevia grown in the world to meet current demand and Stevia Nutra intends to expand its operations and capacity dramatically to take advantage. It’s very simple. Consumers want stevia; we will grow it.”

    Stevia Nutra CEO, Dr. Hilary Rodrigues further noted, “We applaud Coca-Cola, with its global reach and influence on consumer tastes, for taking proactive steps in expanding stevia use as a food and beverage ingredient. In doing so they are extending the benefits stevia offers to consumers, especially those battling diabetes and other obesity related illnesses.”

    About Us

    Stevia Nutra:

    Stevia Nutra is an Agro-Management company focused on stevia agronomics which includes plant breeding, proprietary agricultural practices and post-harvest techniques. Stevia Nutra intends to invest heavily in R&D and IP acquisition and manage large-scale plantations for the production of high value stevia products.

    Stevia Nutra is dedicated to utilizing best agronomic and business practices to demonstrate the sustainability and profitability of stevia production. By subscribing to, and implementing the performance standards published by the World Bank, Stevia Nutra is committed to becoming the premier producer of the highest quality stevia. Stevia Nutra recognizes the potential this remarkable plant has to reduce the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes and promote general good health. The Company's priority will be to embrace sustainability for smarter innovation and profitable growth.

    Stevia and the stevia sector:

    Stevia is the world’s only all natural zero calorie sweetener. Since being approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration late in 2008, stevia can now be found in over 6,000 food, beverage and medicine products, with many more new products to follow as globally consumers are making healthier food choices.

    Stevia is the fastest growing sweetener product in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that stevia will replace up to 20% of the global sweetener market valued at over $10 Billion USD. Zenith International expects that stevia agriculture production will have to triple within two years to keep up with the strong demand. Only one year after FDA approval in the U.S., stevia sales surged past both aspartame and saccharin in the tabletop sugar market.



    Further information on the Company can be found at www.sec.gov and the company’s website at www.stevianutra.com.
     

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