NutraCea holds grand opening of rice bran facility

by Eric Schroeder
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PHOENIX — NutraCea on Thursday held the grand opening of its rice bran stabilization facility in Mermentau, La.

NutraCea’s proprietary technology and processes have been installed at the Louisiana Rice Mill, providing for stabilization of rice bran from long grain rice produced by the mill. This facility quadruples NutraCea’s annual capacity of stabilized bran from 9,000 tonnes to more than 36,000 tonnes.

"We value our relationship with NutraCea and we are eager to play a role in creating new value-added product opportunities for rice bran," said Bobby Hanks, chief executive officer of Louisiana Rice Mill.

Brad Edson, president and c.e.o. of NutraCea, said the new facility supports the company’s operating objectives for growth and will enhance future productivity.

"The Louisiana location will provide us meaningful cost savings on inland freight to our customers and allows us convenient access to international customers from the ports of Lake Charles and New Orleans," Mr. Edson said. "We’re very pleased to be a part of the economic growth here in Louisiana, and by the end of this year we should have two rice bran stabilization facilities based in the state."

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