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The Carbon Footprint of Stevia; Industry Leaders Truvia, Sunwin Stevia (OTCQB: SUWN) and PureCircle (LSE: PURE.L) Aim for new Levels of Efficiency and Sustainability

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Point Roberts, WA - January 31, 2013 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in sector research for independent investors, issues an industry alert on stevia and its environmentally friendly production.

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The Truvia business reported earlier in January that its Truvia calorie-free sweetener is the first stevia-based sweetener to be awarded product carbon footprint certification. The certification arm of the UK-based Carbon Trust has certified the total greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of the supply chain, including cultivation, processing, packaging, transport and use and disposal.

Under the certification, the Truvia business has signed up to use the carbon reduction label in the future. By displaying this label, which in this case covers UK, USA, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, the Truvia brand is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its sweetener over a two year period.

In 2010, the Truvia business made a number of sustainability pledges.

Commitments include:

  • To reduce its carbon footprint by 50% in 2015 from a 2010 baseline to become carbon neutral in 2020
  • To ensure all processed water is returned to the same quality in which it was taken and reduces net depletion by 25% by 2020
  • To reduce waste by 50% across the supply chain in 2015 in efforts to become zero waste by 2020

Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. (OTCQB: SUWN) is an industry leader in agricultural processing and recently announced a new stevioside extraction line that uses a state of the art crystallization process that substantially reduces the production time while increasing product yield.

Sunwin is one of the top global providers of high quality stevia extracts including Rebaudioside A 98, and its facilities are now capable of producing A3-99 stevia products. The addition of A3-99 to its commercial production capabilities is part of its previously announced stevioside expansion project.

According to the Global Stevia Institute, stevia requires lower inputs of land, water, and energy to produce the same amount of sweetness found in other natural sweeteners. Sunwin Stevia's added efficiency in production will improve an already low carbon footprint.

Sunwin (OTCQB: SUWN) began its expansion project in April 2012 in anticipation of an improvement in demand, in the coming years, as the use of stevia as a healthy low calorie sweetener continues to increase across the globe. Sunwin has begun trial production of its new lines and anticipates its additional production capabilities will be fully operational in the third quarter of 2013.

PureCircle Limited (LSE: PURE.L) released a whitepaper last year that its high purity stevia sweeteners have a carbon footprint that is as much as 82% lower and a water footprint that is as much as 97% lower than other publicly available sweetener benchmarks. PureCircle's findings were based on measurements of the 2011 fiscal year production of its high purity sweeteners. The footprints were conducted by Camco, UK, a leading independent water and carbon footprint expert, and further peer-reviewed by leading footprint experts, Dr. Tim Hess of Cranfield University, UK and Zahir Lazcano, an independent consultant.

The Global Stevia Institute also notes, "Stevia's great tasting, zero-calorie sweetness not only can be part of a healthful diet, it can be part of a more environmentally friendly diet too. Several aspects of stevia's environmental advantage can be linked to its sweetness potency. Stevia's sweet components, steviol glycosides, can be up to 400 times sweeter than sugar. This high sweetness level can allow for greater efficiencies and smaller environmental impact in stevia sweetener production, from farming to the finished ingredient.

Stevia requires lower inputs of land, water, and energy to produce the same amount of sweetness found in other natural sweeteners. Also, since stevia crops generally require less land, many stevia farmers still grow other crops and maintain agricultural diversity, an important component of environmental sustainability and healthy ecosystems.

By choosing the natural sweetness of stevia, consumers can help people maintain a healthful and environmentally-friendly diet—and that is something that consumers, health professionals, and food producers can truly feel good about." http://globalsteviainstitute.com

About. Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. ( OTCQB: SUWN). 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 Stevia has built an integrated global firm with the sourcing and production capabilities to meet the needs of consumers throughout the world. For more info about Sunwin Stevia, please visit http://www.sunwininternational.com

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