Awareness of Wellness Nutrition and Natural Sweeteners Fueling Revenue Opportunities as Consumers Move to More Healthy Choices - Company Reports 54% Increase in Sales Revenues

Aug 19, 2015, 08:45 ET from FN Media Group LLC

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, August 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

With the Global increasing demand for alternatives to artificial sweeteners, natural ingredients and Non-GMO products due to health concerns, coupled with rising demand for plant-based sweeteners, Future Market Insights (FMI) Analysts anticipate the Global Stevia Market alone to be worth upwards of more than $500Million by 2020.  Companies continue to adapt and identify new wellness & natural products such as Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. (OTC: SUWN),  Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Mondelēz International Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) and The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) 

Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. (OTC: SUWN), one of the top global suppliers of high quality stevia extracts including Rebaudioside A 98 and Rebaudioside A99, announced today that management forecasts substantial increase in sales of its stevia extracts in 2016 and beyond.  In the 2014 fiscal year ended April 30, 2014, Sunwin Stevia sold approximately 310 metric tons of stevia extracts with approximately $10 million in sale revenues. Sunwin Stevia sold approximately 366 metric tons of stevia products in the fiscal year of 2015, ended April 30, 2015, with approximately $15.2 million in sale revenues, an increase of 54% in sale revenues of stevia extracts compared to the 2014 fiscal year.  

Read the full SUWN Press Release at http://www.financialnewsmedia.com/profiles/suwn.html

In the 2015 fiscal year, Sunwin Stevia sold more high-grade stevia extracts compared to the 2014 fiscal year.  Management forecasts sale of its stevia extracts will continue to grow and have at least another increase of 50% in the 2016 fiscal year compared to the 2015 fiscal year.  Management sees 50% in annual growth of sales of stevia extracts will continue in years to come.

In other food products/ingredients news and happenings:  Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced earlier this month that it has completed the sale of its global chocolate business to Cargill. "We are continuing to create shareholder value, whether through profitable growth-such as the recent expansion of our port network and the addition to our corn footprint in Europe-or by divesting businesses for which we don't see a long-term path toward achieving acceptable returns," said CEO Juan Luciano. "I am proud of the team that identified and delivered on this sale and others like it-including the proposed sale of our cocoa business-which are helping to ensure that we continue to drive results for our shareholders and our company."

General Mills (NYSE: GIS) unveiled last month its line-up of new products set to debut this summer. Leading this collection is a host of new products to align with growing consumer interest in wellness, including new Yoplait Plenti, Nature Valley Toasted Oats Muesli, and Annie's organic soups. "General Mills has been growing for more than a century, constantly innovating and investing to meet changing consumer needs. As we enter fiscal 2016, we are keenly aware of our consumers changing food preferences. This presents a tremendous opportunity to create growth for General Mills," said Ken Powell, General Mills Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain deeply committed to following our consumers and adapting our portfolio to their tastes and interests."

Mondelēz International (NASDAQ: MDLZ) recently announced an investment of more than $130 million in its North American biscuits business, as the company continues its journey to modernize its manufacturing assets and processes and create a global best-in-class integrated supply chain. This investment will fund the installation of four state-of-the-art manufacturing lines -- "Lines of the Future" -- at the company's Americas production facility in Salinas, Mexico, which opened late last year. This investment in these Lines of the Future will be completed by mid-2016 and will replace nine older, inefficient manufacturing lines at its Chicago biscuit plant.

As far as additional natural sweetener news and developments:  PepsiCo and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) haven't been able to get American consumers comfortable with aspartame, even though the Food & Drug Administration repeatedly has stated there are no ill health effects. Diet Coke, which enjoys twice the market share of Diet Pepsi, have been down even more than those of Diet Pepsi.  But more than health concerns about aspartame could be at play: Americans increasingly seem tired of any additive in any product that isn't "natural," not just aspartame per se. The hope is there will be better consumer acceptance for sucralose, the artificial sweetener that is sold under the brand name Splenda by manufacturer Tate & Lyle and isn't an all-natural sweetener (nor is Ace-K).  Read the full article at http://www.brandchannel.com/2015/08/07/aspartame-diet-pepsi-080715/

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