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AHD International Sweetens the Deal with Stevia Extract Offering

In order to meet growing demand for natural sweetener extracts, AHD International now offers a high-quality, Japanese-sourced stevia extract for use in beverages, yogurts and other food snacks. The Atlanta-based natural ingredient distributor has partnered with Maruzen Pharmaceutical — a raw material supplier headquartered in Tokyo and backed by more than 45 years of superior sourcing, manufacturing expertise and quality assurance testing — to bring this stevia extract to the U.S. market.

"Given the FDA's 2008 approval of stevia-based extracts for use in a variety of finished goods, we are confident moving forward with this natural sweetener that has been shown to have a negligible effect on blood glucose levels and offers an appealing choice as a low-carbohydrate, no-sugar alternative," noted AHD International president John Alkire. "Maruzen's long-time commitment to research and bringing superior ingredients to market, when combined with AHD International's competitive price points, makes this Japanese-sourced offering a welcome addition to North American finished good manufacturers."

AHD's Japanese stevia extract is more than 250 times sweeter than sugar and is standardized to 95 percent Rebaudioside A. This all-natural, low-calorie sugar substitute boasts high solubility and stability, and is completely transparent.

About AHD International:
AHD International is a major supplier of the highest quality new-to-market nutraceutical ingredients and functional food products to manufacturers, wholesalers and food companies worldwide. AHD's triple-check system ensures that products are evaluated for natural purity, consistency and exceptional quality. For more information on AHD's wholesale nutraceutical and functional food ingredients call 404-233-4022 or visit

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