As the stevia industry is developing so are its various associations and interest groups. Below we have listed a selection of some of the organisations we have come across.
EUSTAS stands for the European Stevia Association. One of its founding members includes Dr. Jan M.C. Geuns, a stevia missionary who has fought for stevia approval in Europe. Our organisations experience with Dr Geuns have been pleasant. Dr Geuns is a truly inspiring and knowledgeable character, however it is important to note that he has since retired from the trade. EUSTAS seems to be holding yearly gatherings in Bonn Germany. The downside seems to be that at the time of writing their website offers little resources, except for the following report on the challenges in Culture in Field Conditions (from a South American Point of View) we came across.
Some organisations seem to be striving for world domination as far as their names are concerned. This one is called the Global Stevia Institute and is supported by Pure Circle. Their website hosts some interesting resources such as an insightful info-graphic on stevia and a map of areas in the world where stevia is currently approved. While all stevia associations are likely to look at stevia favorable, some of the content such as the videos take it to a whole new level.
The name sounds authoritative and that is what they preach on their front page too. There member list doesn’t disappoint either as it boasts big names such as Cargill and Pure Cirle. Unfortunately though upon reviewing their website there seem no resources and their last news post dated from over 7 months ago.
Then there is the World Stevia Organistaion WSO. They seem to host a yearly event during the summer in Berlin and have hosted 6 so far. Looking at the make up of the committee it seems to be a predominantly German based group. They offer paid memberships and issue awards. We have no experience with the organisation to date.
There is a lot noise coming from India about stevia so it is not surprising to see a stevia association popping up here. The India Stevia Association seems to organise the Stevia Global Summit yearly in July. They boast an impressive list of attendees. The Stevia Global Forum website seems to host some interesting resources however the layout may prohibit effective use.
Did we miss any? Drop us your suggestions in the comment box below and will review it.