We are an agricultural biotechnology company focused initially on stevia. We aim to be a premier global supplier of stevia through our existing supply chain, increasing use of modern U.S. agriculture, and use of proprietary stevia bioprocessing technologies.
We are commercializing stevia products from our expansive overseas supply chain and marrying this with our stevia enzyme enhancement methods that have are able to obtain 2 to 3 times as much high purity Reb A from stevia leaf compared to traditional methods (See: "Our Special Recipe for Growth"). As part of the our "Beyond Reb A" program, we aim to create a reliable supply chain of next-generation stevia sweeteners such as Reb D and Reb X/M. These rare natural products have even more desirable sweetener properties than Reb A and therefore may help stevia to further displace sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Our research and development focuses on high-value targets critical to modern stevia production, including intellectual property related to fermentation-based stevia production methods. We also are involved with selection and breeding of advanced varieties of the stevia plant, local organic stevia leaf cultivation to catalyze growth of the California stevia industry, and methods for domestic stevia leaf extraction and processing.
Our goal is to have our stevia become a globally accessible, affordable and sustainable alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners that will improve health – and do so in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Stevia First is ultimately in the business of cultivating health.