VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - GLG Life Tech Corporation (TSX: GLG)(NASDAQ: GLGL) ("GLG" or the "Company"), a vertically-integrated leader in the agricultural and commercial development of high quality stevia, announces the signing of a five-year agreement with Sugar Australia for the distribution and marketing of GLG's stevia extract products. The companies are working in partnership to market stevia and its use as an ingredient to the food and beverage sector in Australia and New Zealand.
Key highlights under the terms of this agreement include:
-- Initial term of five years with an automatic renewal provision for
another five years subject to certain conditions
-- Mutual exclusivity between the two companies based on successful
achievement of agreed GLG product purchases levels, which will be
established by mutual agreement year by year
-- Marketing support, as well as sales and technical training, to be
provided by GLG to Sugar Australia
-- Sugar Australia to market GLG's full line of products within their
serving territory including Rebpure™, Rebsweet™, and the
BlendSure™ product line
Dr. Luke Zhang, CEO of GLG stated, "As the global market for stevia continues to grow and food and beverage companies realize the power available through stevia-based sweetening systems to affect change and offer reduced-calorie, better-for-you product choices for the consumer, GLG has chosen to partner with several market leaders such as Sugar Australia with whom we believe we can work to effectively reach consumers and to market what we believe to be the highest quality, best tasting stevia extracts at a great value and competitive price structure."
Ian Glasson, CEO of Sucrogen, said, "Sugar Australia has chosen to partner with GLG in the food and beverage sector to bring a new and exciting range of stevia ingredients as part of our range of sweetener solutions, particularly as manufactures seek alternatives in developing healthier products that meet consumers' changing needs."
The agreement is effective as of July 9, 2010.
About GLG Life Tech Corporation
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. The Company'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 finished product. GLG's advanced technology, extraction technique and premier, high quality product offerings make it a leading producer of high purity, great tasting stevia extracts. For further information, please visit www.glglifetech.com.
Sucrogen is the new corporate identity for CSR Sugar. Sucrogen is the largest raw sugar producer in Australia and the eighth largest producer globally and owns seven sugar mills capable of producing in total 2.1Mt of raw sugar per year.
Through its interest in Sugar Australia and New Zealand Sugar Company, Sucrogen is the largest sugar refiner in Australia and New Zealand with its three sugar refineries capable of producing 970kt of sugar annually.
Sucrogen is Australia's largest producer of sugar-based ethanol, which is used as an additive in fuel and for a range of industrial purposes. Sucrogen is also Australia's largest renewable energy generator from biomass.
About Sugar Australia
Sugar Australia, Australia's leading sugar refiner, services both industrial and consumer markets. The company operates across multiple business channels including, the supply of sugar as an ingredient into the food and beverage sector, retail in which its CSR consumer brand has the leading market share, as well as foodservice and exports. Australia is the world's third largest exporter of sugar valued at more than $2 billion annually.
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