SOURCE: Stevia Corp.

Stevia Corp.

January 24, 2012 07:00 ET

Stevia Corp. Breaks Ground on New Vietnam Facility Aimed at Commercial Scale Research

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - Stevia Corp. (OTCBB: STEV) ("Stevia Corp." or the "Company"), a farm management company focused on the economic development of stevia, the fastest growing product in the alternative sweetener sector, is pleased to announce it has broken ground for an all new research facility in Vinh Phuc province of Vietnam.

Vinh Phuc province is located 1 1/2 hours northwest of Hanoi and within 1 to 2 hours of the recently announced government supported stevia projects in the region. The dedicated facility will complement the current cooperative research efforts with local institutes and partners and the location has been determined to be ideal for fostering cooperation and communications between all stakeholders in the project.

The facility will encompass 10 Ha designated for R&D, propagation of mother plants, and trial plots for inter/multi-cropping. The land is leased from a 1,000 Ha cooperative which will also make in excess of 100 Ha available for co-op members to undertake stevia trials. Plans for the facility effectively allows for operational tests of key aspects of the proposed business model intended for large scale commercialization planned for implementation in 2013.

Mr. George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp. President, comments, "Working in conjunction with the regional and national governments we are moving quickly towards commercial activity. An endeavor such as ours includes numerous complex moving parts and as such we are very pleased to have the opportunity to refine and test not only our near term growing techniques, but our longer term commercial goals as well. The need to determine best practices in harvesting, processing and transporting stevia offers challenges we aim to work out in a scalable fashion, and this facility is a key step towards our eventual success. We are very pleased to report that Stevia Corp is breaking ground right now and we expect the facility to be operational and producing initial results as early as March of this year."

Further details of the Company's business, finances, appointments and agreements can be found as part of the Company's continuous public disclosure as a reporting issuer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") EDGAR database. For more information visit:

About Stevia Corp. (OTCBB: STEV)
Stevia Corp. is a farm management company focused on best practice agronomic competency in order to deliver high value stevia through proprietary plant breeding, excellent agricultural methodologies and innovative post-harvest techniques. To date, the Company has acquired two grower supply contracts and three nursery fields in Vietnam. For more information visit:

About the Stevia Industry Sector
Within two years of the USA market opening, Nielsen-based retail consumption data indicated almost $1 billion of retail sales for the sector. Market research group, Mintel, has said it expects sales of stevia sweetened products to top $2 billion in 2011. In 2010, stevia products were launched across thirty-five countries and in 38 categories. Zenith International estimates worldwide sales of stevia extract reached 3,500 tons in 2010 with an overall market value of $285 million and forecasts the global market for stevia will reach 11,000 tons by 2014 requiring the tripling of stevia leaf production at the farm level to keep pace with consumer demand. For more information visit:

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, deployment and adoption of proprietary farming systems, revenue derived from farm management agreements, profitable harvests for farmers that adopt the proprietary systems, future success of certain technologies, benefits derived from research programs, potential future acquisitions, implementation of effective farm systems, commercial scaling, the development of new business opportunities, entry into new markets, worldwide sales of stevia extract and sweetened products, growth of stevia leaf production and growth of the stevia global market. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with new projects and development stage companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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