Wayzata, MN — Avansya, a joint venture between Cargill, Inc. and Royal DSM, has started production at the first commercial-scale fermentation facility for stevia in the U.S., the supplier reports. The site produces EverSweet zero-calorie sweetener.
The $50 million, 10-000 square-foot facility located in Blair, NE, is operated by Cargill and processes stevia molecules including reb m and reb D. EverSweet uses include candy, bars, ice cream and soft drinks, according to Cargill.
Mike Wagner, Cargill managing director and chairman of the board of Avansya, says: “Building this first-of-its-kind, stevia sweetener fermentation facility on the existing Cargill Blair campus reaffirms our pledge to helping food and beverage manufacturers meet the sharply rising consumer demand for great-tasting, zero-calorie products to meet their dietary needs and goals. It also reaffirms our commitment to strengthening the business community and Nebraska as a biotechnology mecca.”