VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GLG Life Tech Corporation (TSX:GLG) (“GLG” or the “Company”) a global leader in the agricultural and commercial development of high quality stevia products, announces the launch of GLG Naturals+, a new product line with support from China National Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuff Corporation (“COFCO”). GLG Naturals+ is focused on sourcing high-quality/low-cost natural and functional food ingredients from China through a unique certification program designed to address the concerns of international food and beverage companies. GLG and COFCO’s many years of experience in delivering food ingredients to leading multinational customers results in deep familiarity with international food safety standards and the need for transparency in supply chains. Our Chinabased GLG Naturals+ Team leverages strong relationships to rate and certify every supplier that we represent under the R8 program.
R8 program elements are:
• Verified quality through independent testing
• Competitive pricing
• Confirmed capacity and consistent supply of ingredients
• Factory site audits and routine facility visits
• International customer service standards
• Recognized international certifications from reputable third parties
• Commitment to environmental and safety practices
• Verification of manufacturer’s assets and financial credit checks.
Examples of products in the growing portfolio include: crystalline fructose, erythritol, inositol, inulin, lo han guo, and lycopene, all synergistic with the Company’s current stevia products. Dr. Luke Zhang, CEO of GLG, comments: “China’s food ingredient market is currently worth US$96 billion and exports continue to gain market share in global markets. The challenge for international food and beverage companies has been to perform the required due diligence to identify dependable suppliers without a local team on the ground. GLG Naturals+ provides them the comfort they require in sourcing ingredients by providing a localized procurement and quality assurance team in China at significantly reduced expense.”
About GLG Life Tech Corporations
GLG Life Tech Corporation is a global leader in the supply of high-purity stevia extracts, an all-natural zero-calorie sweetener used in food and beverages. GLG’s vertically integrated operations cover each step in the stevia supply chain including Non-GMO stevia seed breeding, natural propagation, stevia leaf growth and harvest, proprietary extraction and refining, marketing and distribution of the finished product. GLG has similarly positioned itself, through parallel vertically integrated Luo Han Guo operations, to be a leader in the supply of high-purity Luo Han Guo extracts. Additionally, to further meet the varied needs of the food and beverage industry, GLG has launched its Naturals+ product line, enabling it to supply a host of complementary ingredients reliably sourced through its R8 supplier network in China. For further information, please visit www.glglifetech.com
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