Sweetener producer Steviva Ingredients is expanding its facilities in the US and Spain to meet growing demand.
Last month the company opened its new Spanish plant in a bid to broaden its international reach, particularly in Europe, Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Initial products made at the plant include its monk fruit line, fortified agave nectar and its latest offering thaumaten, a plant protein sweetener modulator.
Steviva Ingredients CEO Thom King said: “The EMEA region is facing obesity issues in countries such as the UK and Germany, and at the same time, obesity in UAE is rising to a dangerous level — zero-calorie sweeteners have become a necessity.”
The company is also set to relocate its Portland headquarters in July to boost capacity.
In addition to a larger production area, office space and warehouse, the new location will feature a 4,000-square-foot laboratory and a research and development kitchen designed to help manufacturers reformulate with clean-label sugar reduction.
Steviva expects to ramp up staff in areas including: research and development, sales, food safety, logistics, production and warehouse.
King continued: “With the onslaught of new business driven by the FDA label guidelines from major and mid-size manufacturers, we have been forced to increase our research and development capabilities tenfold and the production capacity of our clean-label sweetener systems by a multiple of four.”
Steviva Ingredients is a global ingredient supplier that focuses on natural sweeteners and sweetening solutions for manufacturers.
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