PureCircle shipments cleared, reaffirming company’s proper labor policies

PureCircle shipments cleared, reaffirming company’s proper labor policies

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have confirmed that they removed PureCircle from the Withhold Release Order (“WRO”) on stevia and its derivatives.  All PureCircle shipments have been released and business will fully resume on a regular basis in the United States. PureCircle shipments were detained based on inaccurate allegations that they contained stevia that was produced using forced labor. PureCircle was removed from WRO and shipments were released after CBP review of substantial, detailed documentation from PureCircle, including independent, third-party verifications. “We fully support CBP’s commitment to ensuring that forced labor is never used in the production of any of our products imported into the USA,” said PureCircle CEO Magomet Malsagov. “We are pleased that this matter has been rigorously investigated and that PureCircle has been cleared by the CBP. This experience has only reinforced our commitment to human rights and fair labor practices in any of our markets as well as strengthened our capabilities in providing traceability and transparency as the stevia industry’s only vertically integrated natural supply chain. “ In response to questions by CBP, PureCircle provided extensive documentation including: Bureau Veritas (independent, 3rdparty) Audit Report on Labor Practices & Supply Chain Relationship – China which found: No evidence of force, bonded or involuntary prison labor Proper procedure of assessing suppliers Proper traceability systems in place to trace each batch of extract produced to leaf supplier SEDEXMembers Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) which found: No forced, bonded or involuntary prison labor Conformance with regulations regarding Employment Freely Chosen, Child Labor, Regular Employment PureCircle Global Labor Policyand Supplier Code of Conduct, which explicitly prohibits the use of forced labor in any part...
New Processing Plant Built To Double PureCircle’s Stevia Production

New Processing Plant Built To Double PureCircle’s Stevia Production

Expected To Open In 2017, Will Have Line Dedicated To High-Demand Ingredients  Sept. 21, 2016 – Oak Brook, Ill. – To prepare for the continued demand for stevia ingredients, PureCircle announced today that it is building a new processing plant that will double the company’s capacity to produce its proprietary stevia leaf extract and have a line specifically designed and built for the Zeta Family ingredients. The Zeta ingredients are comprised of steviol glycosides, such as Reb M, with the most sugar-like taste and allow for the deepest calorie reductions. Once complete, the plant is expected to increase PureCircle’s stevia leaf extract output by 50 percent and has the potential to double the company’s stevia production capacity moving forward. “We are extremely excited about bringing this new plant online because the demand for stevia has increased dramatically over the last six years,” said PureCircle’s Chief Commercial Officer Jason Hecker. “More specifically, the demand for PureCircle’s Zeta ingredients has grown exponentially. This plant will allow us to support the stevia industry in a way that is unmatched by other suppliers. The output ensures that our customers will have a steady supply of sustainable stevia and will be able to formulate their products with the best tasting stevia in the marketplace.” The new plant will help to support PureCircle’s fully integrated supply chain and agricultural plans throughout the world, which were announced in July. These plans include an additional investment of $100 million in the PureCircle Agronomy Program resulting in a 10,000 hectare pipeline that will provide customers with year-round access to the highest quality stevia leaf extract. “We are really...
Kenya Farmers Explain Why Stevia Makes Life Sweet

Kenya Farmers Explain Why Stevia Makes Life Sweet

It’s almost time to harvest stevia in Kenya, a practice which happens three times a year due to the country’s perfect mixture of sandy oil and hot weather. In the video below, some of the farmers in Kenya explain exactly how they know when it is time to harvest, how they dry the leaves and why PureCircle stevia is the right crop for them....
PureCircle Agronomists Help Farmers Succeed with Stevia

PureCircle Agronomists Help Farmers Succeed with Stevia

PureCircle’s farming partners are nearing the end of their planting season in Paraguay and PureCircle agronomists will soon be providing on the ground support to show them how best to nurture the stevia seedlings. Agronomist Celia Roa discusses the training the farmers receive to help them grow the special PureCircle stevia varieties....
PureCircle Announces $100 Million Investment In Agronomy Program

PureCircle Announces $100 Million Investment In Agronomy Program

Expands Stevia Farming To New Regions Allowing For 10,000 Hectare Pipeline July 18, 2016 – Oak Brook, Ill. – PureCircle, the world’s leading producer of high-purity stevia ingredients for the global food and beverage industry, announced an additional investment of $100 million in its PureCircle Agronomy Program to support its goal of creating the world’s largest, natural stevia supply. This investment will focus on expansion efforts to more than 15 growing regions around the world and further development of the company’s farming footprint outside of China, which will result in a 10,000 hectare pipeline that provides customers with year-round access to the highest quality PureCircle stevia leaf extract. “This investment highlights our commitment to providing our customers with the largest, natural supply of stevia leaf extract,” said Jordi Ferre, PureCircle’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are diversifying the countries we grow in to meet the needs of the food and beverage industry as the demand for naturally grown stevia continues to rise. Our PureCircle Stevia Agronomy Program has been the foundation for these expansion efforts, supplying us with the knowledge we needed to take this pivotal step towards year-round farming.” Investments in the PureCircle Stevia Agronomy Program are focused in three areas: Scaling Naturally – Sustainable agricultural expansion to more than 15 growing regions Research & Development – Breeding the best new stevia varieties through traditional plant breeding methods, and identifying optimal growing practices. Farmers – Training, planting materials and other support to ensure the sustainable success of our farming partners “These three areas really encompass how we approach growing stevia,” said Faith Son, PureCircle’s Vice President of Global Marketing...
Updated PureCircle Statement on Product Hold 6/29/16

Updated PureCircle Statement on Product Hold 6/29/16

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released PureCircle shipments which were detained in May 2016 based on inaccurate allegations that they contained stevia from an external supplier that used forced labor. The shipments were released after CBP review of substantial, detailed traceability documentation from PureCircle, including independent, third-party verifications. In response to questions by CBP, PureCircle provided documentation including: Bureau Veritas (independent, 3rd party) Audit Report on Labor Practices & Supply Chain Relationship – China which found: No evidence of force, bonded or involuntary prison labor Proper procedure of assessing suppliers Proper traceability systems in place to trace each batch of extract produced to leaf supplier No purchase records from Inner Mongolia Hengzheng Group Baoanzhao Agriculture and Trade LLC SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) which found: No forced, bonded or involuntary prison labor Conformance with regulations regarding Employment Freely Chosen, Child Labor, Regular Employment Jiangxi South Law Firm Report (independent, third-party) which found: Our product is not being produced by the external supplier in question, Inner Mongolia Hengzheng Group Baoanzhao Agricultural and Trade LLC PureCircle Global Labor Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct, which explicitly prohibits the use of forced labor in any part of our business. We continue to work actively with CBP to correct all inaccurate allegations from others regarding our labor practices.  As the stevia industry leader, PureCircle remains committed to human rights and fair use of labor.  As we expand our vertically integrated supply chain, we remain committed to traceability and transparency as a critical way we verify compliance with our Global Labor Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct....