INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - Jan 9, 2013) - Stevia Corp. (OTCQB: 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 that its aquaculture project in China is covered by the first Aquaculture Insurance Policy issued in the country.
The insurance coverage protects against loss of fish by disease or natural disaster and significantly reduces the project risk profile while greatly enhancing the project's reputation.
George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp President, comments, "This will be a huge benefit for the aquaculture industry in China and is a testament to the quality of both our partners and our project. It should also provide a signal to capital providers who are looking for opportunities to participate in China aquaculture projects."
The insurance policy is underwritten by the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC), the largest insurance company in China and among the top ten insurance companies in the world. This is a significant development for the aquaculture industry in China which accounts for approximately 70 percent of the world aquaculture production.
Mr. Blankenbaker added, "We are proud of our local partners and that we are at the forefront of a significant development for the China aquaculture industry and this speaks volumes about the reputation and credibility of our management team and projects in which we are participating."
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: www.steviacorp.us.
About Stevia Corp. (OTCQB: 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: www.steviacorp.us.
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. 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: www.steviacorp.us.
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