Promoting Paraguayan stevia
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
The U.S. Agency for International Development and stevia extract manufacturer PureCircle encourage stevia cultivation in southern Paraguay through a cooperation and mutual investment agreement with the Paraguayan government. USAID's Paraguay Vende economic growth program will assist PureCircle South America in developing a business plan and stevia production basins in the Itapua department. "This is a very significant development" for the stevia industry, said PureCircle VP of Supply Chain Dorn Wenninger Oct. 12. PureCircle, with a U.S. office in Oak Brook, Ill., further cited the "enormous commercial opportunities and socioeconomic benefits that stevia cultivation is bringing to South America." As stevia-based sweeteners grow in popularity, stakeholders say limited supply is a problem (1"The Tan Sheet" July 6, 2009)
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