It's pitched as the 'natural' alternative to artificial sweeteners and is the choice of US physicist and renowned sugar critic, Gary Taubes, who has said that by spiking our insulin levels, sugar, not fat, is responsible for the obesity epidemic and a slew of related illnesses."
Lauren Bandy, an Ingredients Research Analyst with Euromonitor International, recently said "Stevia offers food and beverage manufacturers a way to reduce the sugar content of their products in a more natural way. Health and wellness is a key trend in the food and beverage sector and stevia is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the growth of the better-for-you market."
Euromonitor forecast that stevia will have an annual growth rate of 23% globally over 2011-2016, in volume terms.
Publicly traded stevia stocks to watch include:
Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. (OTCQB: SUWN) engages in the areas of zero calorie, all natural sweeteners (Sunwin Stevia™ Extracts). As an industry leader in agricultural processing, Sunwin has built an integrated global firm with the sourcing and production capabilities to meet the needs of consumers throughout the world. The Company has partnered with WILD Flavors GmbH, based in Zug, Switzerland, one of the world's leading privately-owned manufacturers of natural ingredients for the food and beverage industry. WILD's Sunwin Stevia™ brand provides beverage manufacturers one-source solutions: high-quality Stevia extracts in varying Reb Alevels plus WILD's natural Taste Optimization Technology.
S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW), founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Central Valley of California, is a leading producer of warm climate, high yield alfalfa seed varieties, including varieties that can thrive in poor, saline soils, as verified over decades of university-sponsored trials. S&W Seed also offers seed cleaning and processing at its 40-acre facility in Five Points, California and, in 2011, began the commercial launch of its California-based stevia leaf business in response to the growing global demand for the all-natural, zero calorie sweetener from the food and beverage industry.
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR) is a leading global ingredients solutions provider specializing in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients (including stevia). With in more than 40 countries, Ingredion, formerly Corn Products International, serves approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceuticals and other industries
PureCircle Limited (LSE: PURE.L) is the world's leading producer of high purity stevia ingredients for the global food and beverage industry. As the driving force behind moving stevia from niche to mainstream global acceptance, we are changing the conversation around sweet for manufacturers as well as consumers
Article source: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/the-sweet-solution-20121210-2b4bv.html
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