Sweet Green Fields said 2012 was a successful harvest

Sweet Green Fields said 2012 was a successful harvest

Sweet Green Fields is to expand its stevia crop in the US south-east as part of an "aggressive" growth plan for next year. 

The Washington state-based stevia producer this year harvested its first commercial stevia crops in Georgia and North Carolina and plans to “significantly” increase its grower base, it said yesterday (20 December). “We are extremely pleased with the performance of our 2012 crop and we are very excited about the aggressive growth plan we have in place for 2013,” said Sweet Green agricultural VP, Hal Teegarden.

The company is seeing a 35% increase in leaf yield and glycoside yield on a per acre basis, Teegarden added. 

Stevia is the main natural sweetener for a number of low-calorie drinks. Earlier this year, PepsiCo launched a stevia-sweetened Pepsi line for the first time in Australia.