• Petiva produit un sucre 100% naturel et sans calories à base de betteraves.

The Indian company Petiva wants to set up in Wallonia17/11/2017

While in India as part of a State visit, the Walloon Minister-President Willy Borsus signed an agreement on behalf of Wallonia with the Indian company Petiva, which makes a 100% natural, calorie-free sugar from beetroot.

The Indian company wants to set up in Wallonia and ask the region's farmers for assistance in increasing its production. The investment would be worth several tens of millions of euros and could create more than 50 jobs.

Petriva's product falls within the "rare sugars" category of 100% natural sugars that can be found in flower nectar and beehives, but in insufficient quantities to be used economically, explained an expert from the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency, which is working on the project.

The Indian company transforms the normal sugar into zero-calorie sugar through the use of enzymes. These "rare sugars" are not yet authorised in the European Union, but the administrative processes are underway, stated the expert. The unique feature of the product is that it still has the texture and taste of traditional sugar but without the negative impact on health, stressed Willy Borsus.

The agreement signed in Mumbai concerns a greenfield project, with two pieces of land in Wallonia currently being studied for this purpose. It could be operational by 2019. Several potential clients have already expressed an interest and a product test phase will take place in December. This investment would represent several tens of millions of euros.

 Source: Belga

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