STEVIA Natural Sweetener

by infinet | January 13, 2012 11:32 am

Stevia has been licensed for general sale and is being touted
as THE investment opportunity.
I have found three companies possibly of interest.
1. S&W Seed Company
2.GLGLife Tech Corp
3.Stevia Corp
Who knows more about these?
I have no doubt that emerging Stevia Market leaders offer
a tremendous opportunity for early investors……Any thoughts ??


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    Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
    Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
    Jan 13 2012, 11:42:15 am

    No one owns Stevia, it’s just a plant — it’s hard for me to see one of the small stevia sweetener companies growing dramatically in the US when the main competition is the hugely marketed Truvia, also derived (in part) from Stevia. I wouldn’t want to be one of the stevia product companies and try to compete against Cargill and Coke, who are behind Truvia. Truvia is already a huge part of the US non-sugar sweetener market, I think they’re in second place behind Splenda now (Pepsi has their own Stevia sweetener, too, don’t remember the name).

    Could be some winners, of course, but be careful — mostly what I hear about are stevia suppliers, the farms that grow the actual plant (or intend to grow it) or the seed companies that sell the seeds for stevia. Neither type of business seems likely to have a particular competitive advantage to me, but I’m certainly not an expert on that. They’re also good enough “story” stocks that they get the “pump and dump” treatment from the shadier penny stock folks, so be careful.

    • Robert
      Jul 17 2012, 06:43:07 pm

      Today it was announced that the US heartland has suffered a flash drought. The result is a corn crop 10% the size it should be. What?! … did someone say short supply of High Fructose Corn Syrup?

  2. jessfarr
    Jan 13 2012, 01:41:57 pm

    Coke / Cargill took to the field before the FDA approved and Pepsi waited . To the brave belongs the battle. Merisant Worldwide, the maker of PureVia, the stevia-derived sweetener to be used by beverage giant PepsiCo (and Equal), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 9.

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    Philip Perlman
    Jan 13 2012, 03:58:45 pm

    I have owned SANW as part of the Agricultural section of my porfolio, major areas being Agriculture, Energy, Mining. I have only a 9% growth over the year I held SANW– bought in Jan 2011. As for the others you cited, I would not invest in them.
    SANW is an agricultural seed company specializing in alfalfa varieties. In 2010 they became interested in Stevia production and planted a pilot crop in 2011. There is more info on the crop at Yahoo Finance, SANW, headlines for Nov 10, 2011.
    In Agriculture I own ADM, AGRO, AGT.TO, ANDE, BG, FRN.V, HNZ, NPL.V, SANW, SCP.TO (which could also be in energy and mining:), ST.TO, SYT, and VT.TO
    all my best,
    /* Phil */

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      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Jan 13 2012, 08:46:10 pm

      If you. Can’t come up with a good reason for the stock to be doing well other than the fact that it’s being promoted by pump-and-dumpers, be mindful of the fact that it could easily drop 50% in a day when the pumpers sell. If you’re not sure who the sucker is that’s being taken advantage of, it’s probably you.

      Of course, a five cent stock that’s been promoted to $3 might also get pumped up to $5 … But gravity has its way eventually, and the only way to know for sure when a promotion campaign will stop and insiders or pumpers finish selling is if you’re in on the sham.

      Those are just generic points — don’t know what the status of pumping is with STEV or if there’s any company news or fundamentals behind the price spike. Be careful.

      • Booki
        Mar 24 2013, 02:13:43 pm

        There are a lot of penny stocks that are simply pump to dump stocks. stay away from them or you’ll learn a hurtful lesson when you lose it all.

    • michael v
      Jan 21 2012, 11:56:02 am

      stevia tanked this week down to 1.15 after 2.20 plus. set my stop loss at .03 below friday 13th close…but my trader account never triggered market order. oh weel.would have collected 2k on 800.00 investment.

  4. Mohd Razak khan
    Jan 16 2012, 01:28:50 am

    They receive FDA approval to market the product in the USA.Here in Singapore, it’s not approved yet for sale but we can get it in neighbouring Malaysia.They have a 40% share in the Japanese market and is widely marketed in Europe.It is a good and healthy substitute for sugar.If they could get their act right, the sugar market could go topsy turvy.Anyway I am a novice,but have been following and shadowing the story and the company for about six months now.Got in 2 days after the news broke out,have doubled my dough at the moment.But could sure appreciate it if Gumshoe would do some digging. And if this is a pump and dump story,do emailed directly to my inbox.And Gumshoe might just make it easier to be an irregular if we could just key in our particulars and credit card number on a secured order form like many newsletters are doing.Thanks and happy investing.

  5. farmer gene
    Jan 16 2012, 05:30:32 pm

    I think your best bet would be Pure Circle–Pure on the London exchange or if you want the back door , look at Imperial Sugar.

  6. dfishmon58
    Jan 17 2012, 01:49:30 am

    I have held Stev for about 6 or 8 months now. Just small lots of 100 each. I got in early and have made some lunch money and have had my hopes dashed by this commentary. Better to hear it now then after purchasing a couple thousand shares at 9:30 Tuesday morning. That was my plan as I was pleasantly surprised by the rise and the promotional 12 page document I received in the mail on the very same day. I swear I saw it as an omen and immediately called my 86 year old father and told him he should also invest. Now I am not so sure. If I do purchase tomorrow on an upswing I had better stand ready by the helm to sell off if I see a reversal. I am disheartened to think this is a pump and dump penny play. The FDA approval, the agreement with the Vietnamese government, all the catalysts to make for a to good to be true story. Noww I am starting to believe it is.

  7. John W
    Mar 22 2012, 05:58:40 pm

    Don’t look at the stock! Look, or taste, the stuff! I use stevia here and there–it isn’t terrible, but iS FAR from a sugar substitute, which tastes clean like sucrose, and is not a harmful chemical, like sucralose, et al. Show me a company that has a patent on a new way of extracting the sweetener that eliminates all aftertaste, or a patent on some seeds from which the genetic components of after taste have been engineered (GMO) out and you have a winner.

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