Suntava CEO to highlight purple corn at conference
WORTHINGTON -- Bill Petrich, CEO of Suntava, will serve up purple-tinted corn chips and a brief explanation of his southwest Minnesota company during a 2 p.m. "testimonial" Thursday at the Regional Bioscience Conference.
Recognized by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) as the Ag Innovator of the Year, Suntava produces red dye from purple corn grown primarily in southwest Minnesota -- specifically in the Lamberton and Wabasso areas -- for commercial use in the food and beverage industry. The natural coloring can replace petroleum-derived red dye No. 40.
"It's all about the power of purple corn -- what's in it, what do we make from it," said Petrich of the information he will present Thursday during the first day of the two-day conference.
Suntava was formed in 2007 after "many years of breeding" research in southwest Minnesota and the southern hemisphere.
"We are always looking for growers, but at the end of the day, it's about awareness," Petrich said of his appearance in Worthington.