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PureCircle welcomes final approval of stevia in the European Union

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PureCircle welcomes final approval of stevia in the European Union

PureCircle welcomes final approval of stevia in the European Union
November 10
11:42 2011
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PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and marketer of high purity stevia products welcomes the final approval of the EU Commission’s Regulation to authorize the use of steviol glycosides in foods and beverages in the European Union.


Jordi Ferre, President Commercial Division for PureCircle Limited stated, “This is a very important day for the stevia industry, food and beverage manufacturers and consumers in Europe.  Stevia, the no-calorie, natural sweetener, will play an important role in addressing consumer interest in healthier diets and sustainable ingredients, as well as to help offset rising commodity costs for our customers.”
The regulation permitting the sale and use of steviol glycosides has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union as of November 12th.  Twenty calendar days following this publication date, the regulation will enter into force and will be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in the EU Member States, allowing for sale of products formulated with steviol glycosides as early as December 2nd.
Food and Beverages sweetened with stevia are increasingly being launched around the world, from dairy to beverages to confections.   France, which allowed for an interim approval of high purity stevia extract Reb A in 2009, has enjoyed rapid growth in consumer awareness, behind successful new product launches.  In the latest research study by the PureCircle Insights Group, awareness of the sweetener among the general population had already reached 47% by July 2011.
“PureCircle and our customers have been preparing for some time in anticipation of European approval.  Our entire line of stevia ingredients, including our recent launch of breakthrough sweetener PureCircle Alpha, fully meets EU specifications.  With our portfolio of solutions and our broad reach through joint ventures with leaders in the sugar industry, including Nordzucker and Tereos, we are fully prepared for a new exciting stage of stevia development in Europe,” stated Jason Hecker, VP Global Marketing and Innovation for PureCircle Limited.


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