LOCAL COMPANY PIONEERS BIOSCIENCES IN AGRICULTURE
Tucked away on a quiet street in Edmontonʼs research park is a little processing plant with a sweet future. The pilot facility, which takes up less than a whole floor in an office building, is the culmination of years of work by scientist Jianhua Zhu and his team at BioNeutra, Inc. It is here that the company makes VitaSugar, a natural sweetener manufactured from the starch of Alberta wheat, barley and potatoes. The product, which BioNeutra at the present time is aiming at commercial food and drink manufacturers, is not only low in calories but has health benefits associated with it too,says M. Qureshi, the companyʼs chief scientific officer.