SOURCE: Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc.

December 18, 2008 10:32 ET

Sunwin International Applauds US FDA Approval of Stevia

Food and Drug Administration Approves the Use of Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Made From the Natural Herb Stevia for Use in Food and Beverages

QUFU, CHINA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: SUWN), one of the world's leading producers of all natural, zero-calorie Stevia in China, applauds the recent declaration by the United States Food and Drug Administration that Stevia is safe for use in food and beverages in the United States. Sunwin is already selling its Stevia products as a nutritional supplement in the United States to food producers and in more than 4,000 grocery stores under its brand OnlySweet™. Sunwin is confident the FDA approval will accelerate the company's bulk stevia extract business which represents a huge opportunity for the company.

The president of the company's US subsidiary, Jeff Reynolds, commented, "Sunwin is excited about its prospects now that the FDA has approved this highly regarded sweetener for use in the US. We are confident that our high grade stevia extracts meet the FDA standards, and we are taking the steps to affirm this. Sunwin believes it will be an aggressive supplier in this space, and we are committed to supplying stevia to large number of food and beverage companies around the world. Stevia is a safe and natural alternative to sugar as demonstrated by decades of use in major countries worldwide including Japan, where Stevia comprises approximately 40% of all sweetener sales, including sugar. Sunwin already supplies wholesale Stevia to a number of companies using it in food and beverage products, and we now aim to rapidly expand that list. The company will also immediately begin expansion of its OnlySweet distribution channel to make this important product available to more Americans. The US food and beverage industry represents a vast new market for Sunwin and we intend to rapidly explore opportunities for expansion into this area."

Sunwin's Stevia provides consumers the opportunity to choose an all natural sweetener product with almost no caloric impact. Stevia has long been recognized worldwide as a sweetener of choice for diabetics, those preferring natural products and those on low-calorie diets for weight loss or other health issues. The recent approvals were initiated through the efforts of Whole Earth Sweetener Company and PepsiCo for its product PureVia and the efforts of Cargill and Coca Cola for its Truvia product. Sunwin believes both products use levels of stevia extract similar to those in Sunwin's products available to food and beverage companies worldwide.

Sunwin is already selling its Stevia products as a nutritional supplement in the United States to food producers and in more than 4,000 grocery stores under its brand OnlySweet™. Sunwin is also the Stevia supplier to the initial Stevia sweetened soda product lines produced by Zevia out of Seattle, WA, recently recognized as the fastest growing product line in its category by AC Nielson Research.

Sunwin is the only major stevia producer to be vertically integrated, providing a significant cost advantage while ensuring the highest quality product for consumers. On the retail shelf, OnlySweet sells at a discount of 40% or more as compared to other Stevia products, while at the same time using a higher grade of stevia extract than most. The company is able to offer consumers this advantage by cutting out the middle-man mark ups required of those who buy Stevia in bulk and repackage it for consumer products.

Company Background:

Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, Inc. engages in the areas of essential traditional Chinese medicine, zero-calorie natural sweeteners (stevia), and veterinary medicines and feeds prepared from 100 percent organic herbal ingredients. As an industry leader in agricultural processing, Sunwin has built an integrated global firm with the sourcing and production capabilities to meet the needs of consumers throughout the world. Sunwin also makes such value-added products as specialty veterinary food ingredients and specialty feed ingredients. For more info about Sunwin, please visit

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