SOURCE: Stevia Corp.

Stevia Corp.

December 13, 2011 07:00 ET

Stevia Corp. Enters Into 2nd Major Advanced Research Agreement in Vietnam

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2011) - 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 a cooperative agreement with Asia Stevia Investment Development JSC (" SV Group"), a grower partner based in the city of Vinh, Vietnam, and the Agricultural Science Institute of Northern Central Vietnam ("ASINCV") to research and develop long term advanced agricultural techniques for large scale crop production of stevia.

ASINCV is a non-profit scientific institute that operates under the direct administration of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences and is responsible for the research activities in the field of agricultural sciences and technologies in terms of crops, farming and extension systems to motivate the socio-economic development of Northern Central Vietnam.

With five research departments, two functional units and three related satellite research centers, ASINCV conducts extensive research into selection and breeding of high yield crops, research and development of high profit farming systems alongside technological processes and innovations as well as the development of extended goals in education and training programs.

SV Group is a local grower partner that has entered into a Supply Agreement with Stevia Corp. to supply stevia leaf. Stevia Corp. also provides farm management services and technical support to SV Group under a Farm Management agreement and Stevia Corp. has signed an agreement to provide technical support for the cooperative agreement with ASINCV and for the parties to mutually share the benefits derived from the cooperative research.

ASINCV has made available certain land, buildings, equipment and staff for the purpose of conducting stevia research, which provides valuable infrastructure and support for Stevia Corp.'s technology partner, Agro Genesis, to carry out their scientific research.

Mr. George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp. President, comments, "We are very pleased by this arrangement with ASINCV and SV Group, as they are very supportive of our stevia activities and share a common goal to make stevia a major economic contributor for the agricultural industry in Vietnam. It is difficult to quantify the value of having such local support at all levels working to achieve economic success for a new high yield crop in Vietnam."

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 G-Farm system, revenue derived from farm management agreements, profitable harvests for farmers that adopt the G-Farm system, 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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