NutraCea commissions rice bran plant at ADM facility

by Eric Schroeder
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PHOENIX — NutraCea said its new stabilization plant located at the Archer Daniels Midland Rice facility in Arbuckle, Calif., has been commissioned and is producing stabilized rice bran.

NutraCea entered into the agreement with ADM Rice, Inc., an operating division of ADM, in April. As part of that partnership, NutraCea agreed to implement its proprietary rice stabilization technology into the Arbuckle facility.

"We are highly pleased with the commissioning of the Arbuckle facility in such a timely fashion," said Brad Edson, president and chief executive officer, NutraCea. "The expedited installation of our equipment at the ADM facility was a direct result of pre-manufacturing components, making them immediately available for this project. In the future, this streamlined process should help speed up the overall construction phase of our plants when a similar infrastructure is in place at other rice mills."

The announcement comes less than a week after NutraCea completed the second expansion at its value-added rice bran processing facility in Dillon, Mont., increasing capacity to produce value-added fractions derived from stabilized rice bran at the site from 1,800 to 2,700 tons annually.

NutraCea completed the first phase of the expansion at the facility, which included the building and installation phases of the expansion, last September.

In May, NutraCea held the grand opening of its rice bran stabilization facility in Mermentau, La.

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