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Stevia

(stē′vē-ă) [NL]
A genus of shrubs native to South America. A noncaloric sugar substitute is made from plants of this genus.
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"Ensuring a sustainable resource of stevia leaves to cope with ever-growing demand will eventually be a challenge." Such concerns over a sustainable and reliable supply of stevia have also led Blue California to explore fermentation as a possible solution.
For now, cultivation of stevia in China and other parts of the world is sufficient to meet the global demand of stevia extracts, but we expect changes as consumers accept stevia-sweetened products in their homes and children grow up with the taste of stevia."
Supply chain transparency is also crucial to ensuring a sustainable, unadulterated crop with minimal impact to the local environments and communities where the stevia is harvested.
GWI harvests its stevia crop from China and India through its exclusive partner Chenguang Biotech.
Ingredion's ENLITEN Reb A stevia sweetener is sourced from a single farmer in the south of Brazil, according to the company's Ms.
It also can complement stevia because of its profile being closer to sugar."
"We support the development and regularly manufacture a wide range of finished sweetener products and systems based on natural high-intensity sweeteners including stevia, monk fruit, xylitol and erythritol and artificial systems including sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame potassium.
In addition to its stevia offerings, Cargill offers a broad portfolio of nutritive and non-nutritive specialty sweeteners.
Despite stevia's growing popularity, food and beverage manufacturers still struggle with its taste profile, according to Scott Fabro, global business development manager for Cargill.