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Food Ingredients

Cargill, DSM start up stevia factory

by Melody M. Bomgardner
November 25, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 46

 

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Credit: Cargill
Cargill-DSM's stevia fermentation facility in Blair, Nebraska

Cargill and joint venture partner DSM have begun commercial-scale production of fermentation-derived sweeteners based on the stevia molecule. Stevia sweeteners are normally extracts from the stevia plant, but thanks to engineered microbes, the partners say they can produce the most pleasant-tasting and rare steviol glycosides in larger amounts at lower cost. The $50 million stevia facility is at Cargill’s site in Blair, Nebraska.

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