The company is presently conducting field trials to perfect mechanized cultivation and harvesting of the stevia shrub, both aimed at cutting down on the steps that represent as much as 70% of stevia costs. Stevia First is also designing a pilot extraction facility that will enable it to more efficiently tap the plant’s sweetening secret called “steviol glycocides” from the harvested leaves. The extraction process will rely on organic solvents followed by refinement and crystallization steps.
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