Stevia First Corp. Enters Into First Distribution Agreement for Retail Products

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2013) - Stevia First Corp. (OTCQB: STVF) ("Stevia First" or the "Company"), an early-stage agribusiness based in California's Central Valley growing region and focused on the industrial scale production of stevia, the all-natural zero-calorie sweetener that is rapidly transforming the food and beverage industry, is pleased to announce entry into a retail distribution and marketing support agreement with GAB Innovations of Vancouver, Canada.

GAB Innovations (GAB) is a North American distributor of premium natural health care products. Since 1996, GAB Innovations ( has been offering solutions for companies trying to position themselves in health food sectors including health food stores, professional service providers such as naturopathic, chiropractic, and medical doctors, as well as retail mass market outlets. The company has developed an extensive network across Canada and affiliate relations with U.S. marketers. The company currently represents a number of brands offering natural, vegetarian and dietary supplements, organic beauty products, nutrients, organic teas and sweeteners.

Stevia First aims to maximize the relationship with GAB in order propel the Company's stevia product development and to increase the penetration of mainstream healthy messaging about sweetener use. Company CEO, Robert Brooke states, "Ultimately, we hope to release an integrated family of stevia products that will challenge consumers to think about sweetener use in novel ways, help them use sweeteners more responsibly, and that demonstrate how mass market stevia retail products can rapidly enable sugar reduction and improved health."

About Stevia First Corp. (OTCQB: STVF)
Stevia First Corp. is seeking to establish a vertically-integrated enterprise in the U.S. that uses technological expertise in fermentation-based stevia production and improves upon traditional stevia farming and processing methods. Stevia First's U.S. operations are located in the heart of California's Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. For more information visit:

About the Stevia Industry
The market for all-natural, zero-calorie stevia sweeteners is expanding rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates stevia intake could eventually replace 20-30% of all dietary sweeteners. The total global sweetener market was estimated at $58.3 billion in 2010. For more information visit:

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