Fermented stevia: Cargill and Evolva hit ‘technical milestone’

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Fermented stevia: Cargill and Evolva hit ‘technical milestone’
Cargill and Evolva Holding SA have announced the achievement of a technical milestone in their joint development program of fermentation-based minor steviol glycosides - the compounds responsible for the sweet taste in the stevia leaf.

The milestone is an enabling step in bringing additional great tasting stevia-based sweeteners to market in a cost effective and sustainable way for food and beverage manufacturers.

As a result of the achievement Cargill will make a USD $1 million milestone payment to Evolva. 

"The Cargill and Evolva teams are making excellent progress in a great spirit of cooperation. We are working hard to bring the project forward to the next important milestone,”​ said Neil Goldsmith, CEO of Evolva

In 2013, Cargill and Evolva entered into an agreement to jointly develop and commercialise fermentation-based minor steviol glycosides. Later in 2013 the companies announced that their program was moving into pilot-scale ahead of schedule.

Evolva is eligible for total milestone payments of up to USD $7.5 million during the R&D period.

"We are encouraged by this project’s trajectory. We look forward to offering cost-effective, great tasting, minor steviol glycosides in the market in the near future,”​ commented David Henstrom, global business director for Health Ingredients at Cargill.

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Stability of the steviol glycoside making GMO

Posted by Eugene Seitz, PH.D.,

Then new GMO needs to be tested under scale-up conditions for reliability as to yield,fidelity of product,etc.

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