Press Releases

August 31, 2017
Steviva Ingredients introduces industry’s first plug-in ice cream mix that is low in sugar and carbs, high in protein

GRESHAM, Oregon (August 29, 2017) The low-sugar, high-protein ice cream category is blowing up. With the exponential success of better-for-you ice cream brands such as Halo Top, which has seen a whopping 2,500% increase in sales in 2016, the sub-category has come to life.

“Manufacturers we’ve spoken with say their biggest challenge is coming up with a recipe that yields the desired nutritionals, yet still tastes excellent and also has the right mouthfeel and creamy texture of traditional ice cream,” said Thom King, president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. “So we created a low-sugar, high-protein dry mix that gives dairy producers a plug-in solution to take the guesswork out of creating a superior product with fewer than 80 calories per serving.”

A proprietary blend of PuRefine MonkSweet® monk fruit extract, ErySweet®+100  stevia and erythritol blend, milk protein concentrates and natural gums and stabilizers, HiPro® Ice Cream Dry Mix enables manufacturers to create a “homestyle” ice cream with a short ingredient list that yields an impressive five grams of protein and just 8.3 grams of carbs per serving.

“Ultimately, consumers make purchasing decisions with their taste buds,” King said. “In addition to its low-calorie, high-protein positioning, HiPro Ice Cream Dry Mix truly delivers on taste and texture. It’s the ‘cleanest’ ice cream I’ve ever had.”

As with all Steviva Ingredients’ sweetening system solutions, HiPro Ice Cream Dry Mix is GMO-free, allergen-free and kosher-certified.

HiPro Ice Cream Dry Mix is available in 25-kilogram, poly-lined boxes and makes more than 1,000 pints of finished ice cream.

For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com, call 310-455-9876 or visit www.stevivaingredients.com.

About Steviva Ingredients:

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are kosher and free of GMOs, soy, corn, allergens, pesticides and petrochemicals.

More information is available at www.stevivaingredients.com.

Contact

Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608.695.6510, ctessier@finessepr.net

Thom King, 310.455.9876, thom.king@steviva.com

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August 2, 2017

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Steviva Appoints Lisa Sheridan as Director of Sales, Jennifer Allison as National Retail Sales Manager

PORTLAND, Oregon (July 18, 2017) — Steviva Ingredients, an innovative leader in pure and all-natural alternative sweeteners, announces two significant additions to its executive sales team.

Having previously served as an Account Executive with Steviva for the past year, Lisa Sheridan was recently promoted to Director of Sales. In addition to Lisa’s appointment, Jennifer Allison has joined Steviva Brands, Inc., and Steviva Ingredients as national Retail Sales Manager.

“We are pleased to have Lisa in a leadership role with the company, in addition to having Jennifer join our growing team at Steviva,” said Thom King, President and CEO of Steviva.​

Sheridan holds nearly 20 years of previous experience as Head Athletic Trainer and co-owner of Gold’s Gym in Gresham, OR, and as an independent personal fitness trainer and nutrition specialist. In her role as Director of Sales, Lisa now oversees U.S. sales, working with brokers nationwide, plus inside sales and sales in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

“Once in a great while as a CEO you have the satisfaction of watching one of your team members excel with such elegance, poise and purpose that it elicits a deep sense of pride and makes all your hard work worth it,” said King. Lisa is that team member.”

As a new addition to the Steviva team, Jennifer Allison brings more than six years of experience in marketing, sales and branding to her new role. Most recently, she served as promotions marketing manager and inside sales rep at Almetta Foods. She also worked in promotions at Honey Mama’s, and directed branding and marketing strategy initiatives for companies at Synchronicity Design, which she co-founded in 2011. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Rutgers University.

“Jennifer’s track record of executing successful sales and marketing strategies, combined with her relationship-based management style, will be an asset both internally as well as to our customer partners,” says King.

About Steviva Ingredients

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are kosher and free of GMOs, soy, corn, allergens, pesticides and petrochemicals.

More information is available at www.stevivaingredients.com.

Visit Steviva Ingredients at Supply Side West, Sept. 26-30, 2017, Las Vegas, NV, Booth #C130, to learn more about Steviva’s all-natural sweeteners including Ultra-pure Monkfruit, Stevia, Naringin, Thaumatin, custom-sweetening blends, custom R&D and other products and services.

Contact

Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608.695.6510, ctessier@finessepr.net

Thom King, 310.455.9876, thom.king@steviva.com

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September 22, 2016
Steviva Awarded SQF Level 2 Certification

PORTLAND, Oregon — To say Steviva Ingredients has grown since its inception in Thom King’s garage in 1999 is an understatement. With annual sales in excess of $10 million and a staff of 14 employees, the local clean-label sweetening solutions supplier shows no sign of slowing down. Just this month, the Portland-based company recently earned its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification at its new headquarters to the historic Guilds Lakes area in Portland.

SQF Level 2 Certification:
Administered by the Food Marketing Institute and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, SQF is a rigorous food-safety management system that focuses on the verification and validation of stringent food-safety and quality systems throughout the food supply chain.

“Ensuring the highest possible standards for quality control and food safety drives everything we do,” said Yishu Hou, quality and document control specialist at Steviva Ingredients. “This certification reinforces that commitment to our customers as a reliable, quality supply-chain partner.”

New Headquarters:
At 26,500 square feet, Steviva’s new headquarters building is four times as large as its previous location, which the company occupied for just three years before outgrowing. In addition to an expansive production facility and warehouse, the company has installed employee-centric amenities, including a yoga studio, archery range, rock-climbing wall and organic garden. Employees are encouraged to participate in the complimentary classes offered weekly by a local certified yoga instructor in its studio, build their archery skills or strength at the rock-climbing wall before and after work, during breaks, at lunchtime and during team-building sessions.

Portland native Ian Wilson, founder of Portland Edible Gardens has installed a six-bay, raised-bed garden on the company property and is guiding employees in the planting, caring and harvesting of plants, which include tomatoes, carrots, beets, peppers, lettuces of all kinds, green beans, squash, basil, cucumber and stevia.

“Working with Steviva’s employees in the garden has been a total joy for me,” said Wilson. “It is clear that they are truly invested in the success of this garden and I can’t help but believe that they feel the same way about the work they do every day for Steviva. What started as a place for learning and fun has grown into a powerful and important piece of a thriving business.”

“Our goal is to create the type of environment where people can say, ‘I GET to go to work’ instead of, ‘I have to go to work,’ ” said Thom King, founder, president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. “These kinds of community-building wellness activities allow our employees to recharge and help grow skill sets that build a sense of well-being and overarching success.”

Future plans include the buildout of a test kitchen at its headquarters facility. Steviva is in the process of procuring equipment to enable packing and co-packing in single-serve liquid sachets and powder packets, as well as a bottle-filling line and bag fillers for co-packing. The company is also in the process of building regional distribution centers in the Midwest and East coast.

About Safe Quality Food (SQF) program:
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program, a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It is the only major system recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that offers third-party accredited certification for primary production, food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management. http://www.sqfi.com/about-sqf/

About Steviva Ingredients:
Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are GMO-free, soy-free, corn-free and allergen-free. More information is available at: www.stevivaingredients.com.

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July 22, 2016
Steviva Ingredients Adds Ultra-Fine Mesh Powdered Erythritol Stevia Blend to Clean-Label Sweeteners Portfolio

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 July 22, 2016

 Contact:                      Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, ctessier@finessepr.net

                                    Thom King, 310-455-9876, thom.king@steviva.com

 Steviva Ingredients Adds Ultra-Fine Mesh Powdered
Erythritol Stevia Blend to Clean-Label Sweeteners Portfolio

Finer than confectioners’ sugar, Erysweet+ Ultra is ideal for chocolate tempering

PORTLAND, OregonClean-label sugar reduction in chocolate has always been a challenge. The challenge comes in the tempering process, during which chocolate gains its shiny, crisp exterior. With Steviva Ingredients’ new Erysweet+ Ultra blend, clean-label, sugar-free chocolate can be achieved.

Erysweet+Ultra is a super-fine mesh powder consisting of SteviaSweet 95-60 with Erysweet Non-GMO erythritol, a polyol that provides natural low-calorie sweetening and bulk. This proprietary blend of highly purified steviol glycosides delivers an exceptionally clean flavor that is free from bitter notes and aftertaste commonly found in other stevia products.

Non-browning, Erysweet+ Ultra has excellent heat tolerance past 250 degrees Fahrenheit and folds into any hot or cold process. Designed to be a replacement for super-fine powdered sugar, Erysweet+ Ultra is ideal for tempering applications for chocolate, coatings, fillings, frostings, glazes, fondants and icings.

“This is a game-changer for confectioners and baking manufacturers trying to achieve clean-label sugar reduction,” said Thom King, president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. “Never before has there been an all-natural, non-sugar solution that can not only withstand the tempering process of chocolate but also produce the same light mouthfeel and brilliant flavor profile as confectioners’ sugar.”

Twice as sweet as sugar with just 0.2 calories per gram, Erysweet+ Ultra is available in 20kg poly-lined boxes. For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com or call 310-455-9876.

About Steviva Ingredients:

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are GMO-free, soy-free, corn-free and allergen-free. More information is available at: www.stevivaingredients.com.

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April 14, 2016
Steviva Ingredients to offer powdered sweeteners in reduced particle sizes, ranging from 30 to 230 mesh

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April 14, 2016

 Contact:                      Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, ctessier@finessepr.net

                                    Thom King, 310-455-9876, thom.king@steviva.com

 Steviva Ingredients to offer powdered sweeteners
in reduced particle sizes, ranging from 30 to 230 mesh

New capabilities lend greater precision to food, beverage processing

PORTLAND, OregonFood scientists know that working with high-intensity, all-natural sweeteners can be a tricky proposition. Getting the right sweetness, flavor profile, texture and functionality can take many hours and extensive resources.

To help manufacturers reduce the costs of research and development associated with creating food and beverages made with all-natural sweeteners, Steviva Ingredients is now offering reduced particle sizes for its entire line of powdered sweeteners.

“Having the right particle size affects food and beverage processing methods that require precision, such as tempering chocolate,” said Thom King, president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. “We are now able to offer our customers sweeteners and custom blends in particle sizes ranging from 30 mesh to as high as 230 mesh.”

In addition to precise particle size offerings, Steviva’s new technology can customize particle shape, as well. “By being able to control not only particle size but also shape will be a game changer for those working with beverages requiring instant dissolvability, uncooked processes such as meringues and confections, as well as glazes and coatings on bars and cereals,” King said.

To showcase this capability, Steviva is unveiling ErySweet+™ Ultra, an ultra-fine mesh erythritol and stevia blend. ErySweet+ Ultra is designed for use in chocolate since it allows for perfect tempering. It folds into any cold or hot process and has an excellent heat tolerance past 250 degrees F. Finer than confectionary sugar, ErySweet+ Ultra can be used for making smooth frostings, fillings, fondants or coatings.

Reduced particle sizing is also available for the following powdered Steviva Ingredients lines: CocoSweet+™, Fructevia™, MonkSweet+™, SteviaSweet RA98™ and XeroSweet+. For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com, call 310-455-9876 or visit www.stevivaingredients.com.

About Steviva Ingredients:

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are kosher and free of GMOs, soy, corn, allergens, pesticides and petrochemicals.

More information is available at www.stevivaingredients.com.

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February 15, 2016
Steviva Ingredients partners with farmers in Brazil to produce fully traceable, identity-preserved stevia extracts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 February 15, 2016

 Contact:                      Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, ctessier@finessepr.net

                                    Thom King, 310-455-9876, thom.king@steviva.com

 Steviva Ingredients partners with farmers in Brazil to produce fully traceable, identity-preserved stevia extracts

BraziliaSweet® RA95 and BraziliaSweet® 95-60 deliver clean flavor, zero calories

 PORTLAND, OregonIn response to increased consumer interest in health and environmental consciousness, Steviva Ingredients, a global supplier of all-natural high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions, has partnered with farmers in Brazil to produce BraziliaSweet® RA95 and BraziliaSweet® 95-60 stevia extracts.

The newest additions to the company’s portfolio of clean label sugar reduction products are harvested from ethically sourced, identity-preserved stevia plants that are cultivated in a single location in Brazil. The farming agreement, by which Steviva invests time and capital to support the involved farmers, builds upon Steviva’s mission of environmental sustainability and provides full traceability — as well as a reliable, ready supply of the premium stevia leaves that produce the most sought-after stevioside Rebaudioside A (Reb A).

Because concentration and purity of sweetening glycosides can vary immensely when stevia leaves are sourced globally, Steviva’s single-location sourcing ensures dependable, consistent flavor.

The natural, high-intensity, zero-calorie sweeteners are ideal for use in a variety of no-, low- or reduced-calorie beverages, fruit products, meal replacement bars, cereals, snacks, desserts, ice cream, confectionery products, jams and jellies.

BraziliaSweet RA95 has a more pronounced sweet technical effect. BraziliaSweet 95-60 is slightly less sweet and offers a more well-rounded flavor profile. Both are Halal, ISO 9001 and 14001, FSSC 22000 and Kosher Pareve certified; the sweeteners are available in 10-kg poly-lined bags. For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com or call 310-455-9876.

Please visit steviva.com/press/white_sheets/BraziliaSweetWhitepaper.pdf for the complimentary whitepaper, “Sustaining Sweetness with BraziliaSweet RA95 and BraziliaSweet 95-60.”

About Steviva Ingredients:

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are GMO-free, soy-free, corn-free and allergen-free. More information is available at: www.stevivaingredients.com.

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September 25, 2015
Steviva Ingredients Launches Newest All-Natural Sweetener Blend: CocoSweet+Coconut Sugar

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September 25, 2015

Contact:        Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, ctessier@finessepr.net
Thom King, 310-455-9876, thom.king@steviva.com

Steviva Ingredients Launches Newest All-Natural Sweetener Blend: CocoSweet+ Coconut Sugar

PORTLAND, Oregon — Steviva Ingredients has introduced an addition to its line of all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners: CocoSweet+.
CocoSweet+ is composed of coconut sugar, harvested from the blossoms of the coconut tree, and of high-grade, water-extracted stevia. The optimum blend of these two natural sweeteners delivers a full, clean flavor profile with hints of honey or caramel, and a mouthfeel comparable to sugar.
“While stevia may be used alone, it is best used in a combination,” explains Thom King, president of Steviva Ingredients. “The proprietary blend of stevia and coconut sugar in CocoSweet+ gives chefs greater flexibility to create natural, reduced-sugar recipes with extraordinary sweetness profiles.”
CocoSweet+ is designed for beverages and sweet baked goods such as cookies and biscuits. Its mild caramel flavor and ability to build viscosity pairs well with flavored dairy, teas and chai.
In addition to its pleasing flavor, coconut sugar has a glycemic index of just 35. Combined with stevia, the glycemic index is further reduced because smaller amounts of sweetener are required.
Another benefit of coconut sugar is a robust nutritional profile. Coconut sugar contains vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. Its high mineral content includes potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. When compared with brown sugar, coconut sugar has 18 times the potassium, 30 times the phosphorus and more than 10 times the amount of zinc. Granulated sugar, it should be noted, is practically devoid of nutrients.
As with all Steviva Ingredients’ sweetening system solutions, CocoSweet+ is a GMO-free, allergen-free, kosher-certified food. A white paper, “Tapping into Natural Sweetness with CocoSweet+” is available free of charge by visiting: http://www.stevivaingredients.com/press/Natural_Sweetness_CocoSweet.pdf.
CocoSweet+ is available in 1-lb. and 5-lb. food service bags.
For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com, call
310-455-9876 or visit http://www.stevivaingredients.com/products/cocosweet-with-steviva/. Steviva Ingredients will also have samples of CocoSweet+ at its booth, #4312, at Supply Side West on Oct. 5-9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
About Steviva Ingredients:
Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are kosher and free of GMOs, soy, corn, allergens, pesticides and petrochemicals.
More information is available at www.stevivaingredients.com.
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August 18, 2014
Steviva Ingredients Launches All-natural Liquid Stevia

PORTLAND, Oregon — In the ongoing drive to reduce the use of sugars and artificial sweeteners in food and beverage products, natural sweeteners continue to gain in popularity and consumer acceptance.


While stevia, which is made from the leaves of a plant, is a pleasant-tasting choice, it is not easy to drop into beverages and other water-based applications. To address this challenge, Steviva Ingredients has developed SteviaSweet 95-60 Liquid Stevia™.


Produced by water extraction, a method that provides the cleanest flavor because it is free from residue and free from chemical solvents, SteviaSweet 95-60 Liquid Stevia is water-soluble at temperatures above freezing and heat-stable to 200° C. Designed specifically for beverages, marinades, dressings, soups and other water-based application formulations, the liquid sweetener dissolves into processing immediately and offers the same consistency time after time.


Made up of a proprietary blend of steviol glycosides (95% stevioside/60% Rebaudioside A) SteviaSweet 95-60 Liquid Stevia has 25 times the sweetening power of sucrose. In beverages, SteviaSweet’s flavor profile pairs well with fruit juices, making it an ideal sweetener for cranberry, cherry and orange juices, as well as lemonade. Colas, root beers and ginger ales can also be formulated to be sweet with zero calories, carbohydrates or aftertaste. The liquid sweetener is easily incorporated into baked goods, confections and packaged meals, as well.


In addition to the steviol glycosides blend, trace amounts of grape seed extract are added to SteviaSweet 95-60 Liquid Stevia during the manufacturing process as an all-natural antimicrobial. The addition of grape seed extract may have the benefit of extending shelf life in some finished products.


SteviaSweet 95-60 Liquid Stevia is available in 64 oz., 2.5 gallon, 5 gallon, 55 gallon and 275 gallon totes. For more information and samples, please contact sales@steviva.com or call 310-455-9876.

March 18, 2014
White Paper Takes Mystery Out Of Sugar Reduction For Food Beverage Developers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Demands to reduce added sugar and lighten calorie loads are at an all-time high. Increased consumption of added sugars has been linked to a decrease in intake of essential micronutrients, an increase in body weight and a higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Though aim is clearly directed to the food and beverage industry to reduce added sugar, it’s not a simple proposition.
To help food & beverage developers meet consumers’ desire for natural, reduced sugar foods, Steviva Ingredients has published a white paper, “Taking the Mystery Out of Sugar Reduction.” The paper provides an unbiased analysis of the variety of natural, high-intensity sweetener options there are for food manufacturers and technologists targeting a health-conscious consumer.

March 18, 2014
Custom Sweetening Solutions

Portland, OR. Like spices or flavors, each sweetener imparts its own taste and functional properties, and incorporating them into product applications can be tricky,” said Thom King, president of Steviva Ingredients. “We have developed a custom sweetening solution system for food & beverage professionals to essentially take the mystery out of working with high-intensity sweeteners to deliver innovative, naturally sweetened products in an expedient, cost-effective manner.”

The custom sweetening solutions offered by Steviva are based upon a specially modified pharmaceutical-grade Fluid Air hammer mill, from which specific, customizable combinations of all-natural sweeteners can be processed. “We affectionately call it ‘The Beast’,” said King. “It has enabled us to offer our customers extremely precise, custom sweetening blends with particle sizes ranging from 30 mesh, all the way to 300 mesh.”

September 26, 2013
Steviva Ingredients Launches Stevia Agave Organic Plant-based Syrup Designed to Naturally Sweeten Foods, Reduce Calories

PORTLAND, Ore. — In response to the growing natural and clean label trends, Steviva Ingredients has developed Nectevia™, an organic blend of blue agave nectar and stevia extract.

The stevia agave blend is naturally water-extracted at low temperatures and mildly filtered, the organic agave nectar is blended with high-intensity steviol glycosides that boosts its sweetness, resulting in a full, pure flavor profile that is four-times sweeter than sugar. Nectevia is ideal as a substitute for sugar, honey or corn syrup and is designed to be used in a variety of applications…

September 23, 2013
Steviva Launches New Portal For Food and Beverage Developers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Building upon its passion for innovation, quality and collaboration, Steviva Ingredients’ new web site, www.stevivaingredients.com, was designed specifically with food and beverage technologists in mind.
“Incorporating all-natural sweeteners into product applications isn’t always intuitive, and can even be tricky,” said Thom King, president of Steviva Ingredients. “Our specialty is collaborating with food & beverage professionals, working with them side-by-side, to deliver innovative, naturally sweetened products in an expedient, cost-effective manner. Our new web site gives our customers a comprehensive look at Steviva Ingredients and all we have to offer.”