PHOENIX, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NutraCea (OTC Bulletin Board: NTRZ), a world leader in stabilized rice bran (SRB), nutrient research and technology, announced today that they have accelerated their plans to expand the recently acquired Irgovel plant located in Pelotas, Brazil to meet the demand for rice bran oil and deoiled bran.
When purchased earlier this year the plant was operating at less than one third of its total capacity of 70,000 tons of rice bran annually. The Company anticipates that by the end of this quarter, the facility will be operating at over 70% of capacity, and close to full capacity by the middle of the fourth quarter of this year, a timeline that is ahead of the original schedule. The facility is centrally located within the primary rice growing region of South America and the Company is well positioned to source additional supplies of bran from this area.
NutraCea is pleased to report that engineering work is currently underway to significantly increase the capacity of the facility by 60% to approximately 115,000 tons of annual capacity by the end of the first quarter of 2009 and by the end of 2009 anticipates a further expansion that could more than triple NutraCea's capacity to over 210,000 tons of rice bran annually. Additionally, NutraCea is preparing the plant for the installation of its proprietary technology to produce value-added products at the facility and expects to have the first phase of this completed by the first quarter of next year, at which time the sales of these new products should be accretive to both the top and bottom line.
Kody Newland, Senior Vice President of Sales commented, "Demand for
rice bran oil and deoiled bran is very strong. We are very optimistic
regarding ongoing demand and our ability to sell all the products being
manufactured at this facility. Demand remains well in excess of our
production capacity for the year ahead and beyond. In the third quarter of
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