VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GLG Life Tech Corporation (Nasdaq:GLGL) (TSX:GLG) ("GLG" or the "Company"), the vertically-integrated leader in the agricultural and commercial development of high quality stevia, announces that is has entered into a joint venture agreement with China Agriculture and Healthy Foods Company Limited (CAHFC) for the sale and distribution of zero calorie beverage and food products in China that are sweetened with GLG's stevia extract products. The new venture will be called Dr. Zhang's All Natural and Zero Calorie Beverage and Foods Company (ANOC). ANOC will focus on the development of the all natural zero calorie brand of food and beverages (ANOC TM) and the establishment of sales and distribution of the ANOC TM products nationally in China. GLG will hold an 80% controlling stake in ANOC and CAHFC will hold 20%. Dr. Luke Zhang will be the CEO of ANOC and will be supported by an experienced team of senior executives recruited by CAHFC from the beverage industry in China. The Company will hold a conference call Tuesday, December 14 th, 10 am EST to review the new venture.
CAHFC has spent the last two years developing its ANOC TM products and production capabilities. They have developed 30 beverage products and 300 food products for the all natural zero calorie product category. All products will use GLG's stevia extract as the main sweetener. CAHFC is the owner of Fengyang Xiaogangcun Yongkang Foods High Tech Co. Ltd. ("FXY") with whom GLG has an exclusive stevia extract supply agreement. FXY will be the manufacturer of the initial products for ANOC. FXY's grand opening of its beverage operations takes place on December 18 th at its Xiaogangcun facility in the Anhui Province.
The product concept and brand have been market tested during the last twelve months in a number of major cities in China to refine the brand and product concept. The joint venture partners see a viable market niche to enter with these products and develop the business. CAHFC also brings an experienced team of senior executives to the joint venture from beverage companies in China including Yili, Kang Shi Fu, and Hui Yuan Juice, covering all key management disciplines including, R&D and Formulation, Production, Quality Control, Marketing, Sales and Distribution and Logistics. These individuals were recruited for their expertise in building sales and distribution networks in high growth environments.