This accomplishment is significant because in December of 2014, GLG announced its major breakthrough in a new seedling rich in Reb C (its "Reb C Gold" seedling), which was developed through GLG's patented non-GMO breeding methodology. Historically, conventional stevia leaf contained Reb C concentrations of around 1%. GLG's Reb C Gold seedling contains Reb C concentrations verging on 7%. Lab tests show that Reb C comprises 53% of the glycosides in the Reb C Gold leaf, compared to values of 6% to 8% (relative to total glycosides) in other strains of stevia leaf – a remarkable 600% increase.
With this new GRAS announcement, GLG will soon commence providing product samples to customers as it begins developing its supply chain for Reb C Gold extracts.
The company has also submitted for review one more GRAS notice, for high-purity Rebaudioside D.
Dr. Luke Zhang, Chairman and CEO of GLG, commenting on GLG's Reb C accomplishments stated, "GLG is the first to market with a GRAS Reb C blend that will provide our customers with a superior flavor profile than existing Reb A stevia sweeteners. Our patented Non-GMO agriculture-breeding program once again enables GLG to provide our superior Reb C Gold blends on a commercial scale. Customers can expect to receive samples shortly of our Reb C Gold products and commence their formulation work. We are very excited to be able to offer our customers a natural non-GMO stevia product offering based on one of the best steviol glycosides known for its superior flavor profile compared to Reb A."