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Stevia Corp. Names Expert Agronomist as Chief Scientist for Stevia R&D in Vietnam

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--Stevia Corp. (OTCBB: STEV) ("Stevia Corp." or the "Company"), a farm management company focused on the economic development of Stevia, the fastest growing product in the alternative sweetener sector, is pleased to welcome Dr. Young Cheol Cho to the position of Chief Scientist.

Dr. Cho is an agronomist specializing in crop breeding & cultivation, crop physiology and quality improvements in agriculture & life sciences. His scope of work involves planning, organizing and administering the managerial functions of advanced farming processes along with leading experimental farm programs and projects requiring the implementation of complex research procedures under commercialized farm conditions. Throughout much of his career he has been deeply involved in the research and development of crops and management of commercial farms tasked with establishing cultural practices and breeding of rice, ginseng, Job's tears, soybean and scutellaria to improve crop yield, quality and processing. Under Stevia Corp.'s development agreement with Agro Genesis, Dr. Cho from Agro Genesis will be based in Vietnam to spearhead the development of Stevia.

Dr. Cho enjoyed undergraduate and advanced education at Seoul National University where he studied Agronomy specializing in Crop Breeding & Culturing in Crop Science. He is a member of the Korean Society of Breeding Science, Korean Society of Crop Science, Korean Society of Medicinal Crop Science, and Korean Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Mr. George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp. President comments, "Through our development agreement with Agro Genesis we are extremely fortunate that they have provided us with the expert services of Dr. Cho on a dedicated full time basis. He will be living in Vietnam where he will assemble a team of experts to lead and accelerate our field program targeting the yield and quality of our Stevia products through the application of superior agronomics and innovation. We wish to welcome him to the team and look forward to his participation in our growing Company."

Further details of the Company's business, finances, appointments and agreements can be found as part of the Company's continuous public disclosure as a reporting issuer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") EDGAR database. For more information visit: www.steviacorp.us.

About Stevia Corp. (OTCBB: STEV)
Stevia Corp. is a farm management company focused on best practice agronomic competency in order to deliver high value stevia through proprietary plant breeding, excellent agricultural methodologies and innovative post-harvest techniques. To date, the Company has acquired two grower supply contracts and three nursery fields in Vietnam. In 2010, stevia products were launched across thirty-five countries and 38 categories. Within two years of the USA market opening, Nielsen-based retail consumption data indicated almost $1 billion of retail sales. Market research group, Mintel, has said it expects sales of stevia sweetened products to top $2 billion in 2011. Zenith International estimates worldwide sales of stevia extract reached 3,500 tons in 2010 with an overall market value of $285 million and forecasts the global market for stevia will reach 11,000 tons by 2014 requiring the tripling of stevia leaf production at the farm level to keep pace with consumer demand. For more information visit: www.steviacorp.us

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