|[August 15, 2014]
Evolva & Cargill Announce Publication Of Stevia Reb M Patent Application
MINNEAPOLIS & REINACH, Switzerland --(Business Wire)--
Evolva Holding SA (SIX:EVE) announced that its patent application (WO
2014122227) on a process to efficiently and sustainably produce
next-generation sweeteners via fermentation, including Rebaudioside M
("Reb M"), has now published. The patent application was originally
filed on February 6, 2013.
The ability to produce a Reb M sweetener via fermentation opens up the
potential to significantly improve the flavor profile of these important
zero-calorie sweeteners, especially at higher usage levels.
The best tasting and sweetest parts of the stevia leaf, such as Reb M,
make up only a tiny portion of the leaf (less than 1 percent). By
producing Reb M using fermentation, Cargill and Evolva can produce the
desired sweetness at a scale and cost that is not feasible through
extraction of Reb M from the stevia leaf.
For food and beverage producers, Reb M offers a number of commercially
important advantages. It will enable them to formulate better tasting
products with less sugar, it will aid them in reaching their product
cost targets, and will allow for scalability, which is difficult via the
Neil Goldsmith, Evolva CEO, commented, "This breakthrough will
allow consumers all over the world to enjoy products using Reb M at a
commercially viable price. This patent application forms part of our
ever-expanding IP portfolio on steviol glycosides, which we are
confident is the most extensive, and the most commercially significant
in this space."
David Henstrom, Vice President for Health Ingredients, Cargill,
added: "We re pleased about the prospects of being able to deliver
zero-calorie, great tasting sweeteners. At a time when obesity rates
continue to rise globally, we are working with food and beverage
manufacturers to allow them to formulate a vast array of reduced sugar
products with Reb M, which is one of the best tasting steviol glycoside
Cargill and Evolva announced in late 2013 that their development project
to produce great tasting fermentation-based steviol glycosides had moved
into pilot scale ahead of schedule; on May 21, 2014, the companies
announced that a key technical milestone had been met.
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Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural,
financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the
privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill
helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is
committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet
economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.
For more information, visit http://www.cargill.com.
Evolva is a pioneer and global leader in sustainable, fermentation-based
approaches to ingredients for health, wellness and nutrition. Evolva's
products include stevia, vanilla, saffron and resveratrol. As well as
developing its own proprietary ingredients, Evolva also deploys its
technology for partners, providing them with a competitive edge and
sharing in the returns they make. For more information see www.evolva.com.
This press release contains specific forward-looking statements, e.g.
statements including terms like believe, assume, expect or similar
expressions. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may result in a
substantial divergence between the actual results, financial situation,
development or performance of the company and those explicitly or
implicitly presumed in these statements. Against the background of these
uncertainties readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements. The company assumes no responsibility to update
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