GLG Life Tech upgrades stevia processing

by Jeff Gelski
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VANCOUVER, B.C. — GLG Life Tech Corp. has upgraded the purity level of the Rebaudioside A that it manufactures at a factory in Qingdao, The People’s Republic of China. The stevia processing line now may manufacture up to 500 tonnes per year of Rebaudioside A, a zero-calorie sweetener made from the stevia plant, that is 97% pure.

Previously, the line could manufacture up to 500 tonnes per year of Rebaudioside A that was 80% pure and needed further processing to reach the 97% purity level. Modifications to the line allowed GLG Life Tech to produce Rebaudioside A that is 97% pure, also known as rebiana.

Engineers for Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech also have designed a 2,000-tonne capacity line for Rebaudioside A that should be built before the end of this calendar year.

"Our team has done excellent work to upgrade our existing line to 500 metric tonnes of rebiana output," said Dr. Luke Zhang, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of GLG Life Tech. "They have continued to innovate and improve our design and technology so that the lines built over the next 12 months will be even more efficient as we scale our rebiana business to meet growing customer demand."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December said it had no objections to scientific studies showing Rebaudioside A was Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use as a sweetener in certain foods and beverages.

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