Cargill, DSM Venture Avansya Starts Commercial-Scale Stevia Production

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Cargill-DSM joint venture Avansya's new fermentation facility in Blair, Nebraska, to sustainably produce the zero-calorie sweetener.

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.”