Stevia - sweet opportunity
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CTA. 2001. Stevia - sweet opportunity. Spore 94. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) plant is fast winning a place in the market for sugar-substitute sweeteners in North America, Europe and Japan. A native of Paraguay, it is grown traditionally in South Africa, Madagascar and China. Its medicinal...
The Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) plant is fast winning a place in the market for sugar-substitute sweeteners in North America, Europe and Japan. A native of Paraguay, it is grown traditionally in South Africa, Madagascar and China. Its medicinal values for diabetes, digestive aid and lowering blood pressure are also well-known. A flurry of media coverage in early 2001 could mean an even brighter future for this stubby plant. Traditional producers are considering extending cultivation as a partial replacement for sugar-cane, and countries as far afield as Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, Brazil and Iran are looking seriously at its potential. As well as growing as an annual in temperate climes, it grows prolifically as a perennial in warm marshy, highland areas, making it suitable for a good number of ACP countries. Some importing countries only allow it as a dietary supplement , and not a food additive . But a sweetener it is, and there is surely room enough to grab part of the market as well as using it at home. For an address list of growers, suppliers and processors, write to the editorial team of Spore at Médiateurs (see page 15) Website: www.rain-tree.com/stevia.htm
SubjectsMARKETING AND TRADE;
- CTA Spore (English)