NutraCea opening new Louisiana facility

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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EL DORADO HILLS, CALIF. — NutraCea is opening a new rice bran stabilization facility in Louisiana, and the plant will begin commissioning the week of March 23.

The new facility is located at Louisiana Rice Mill in Mermentau, La. The initial shipments of stabilized rice bran from the plant to customers will start in April, and the facility is expected to function at full capacity by the end of April. A grand opening will be held in May.

"This is an important step, which coincides with NutraCea’s plan to significantly expand production capacity to satisfy a demand that we believe is orders of magnitude larger than our present ability to produce stabilized rice bran," said Brad Edson, chief executive officer of NutraCea. "The state-of-the-art Mermentau facility, together with an additional Louisiana facility that we anticipate will come on line before year end, will enable us to satisfy the sales commitments that we have made to customers and sets the stage for further strategic growth as demand and economics dictate."

Louisiana Rice Mill will supply rice bran to the facility at the anticipated rate of 30,000 tons annually, which will help NutraCea meet an output of 40,000 tons of stabilized rice bran per year. The products made at the facility will meet the needs of both human and animal consumers.

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