PHOENIX, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NutraCea (OTC Bulletin Board: NTRZ), a world leader in stabilized rice bran (SRB), nutrient research and technology, today provided an update on its domestic operations.
The Company stated that its Stage Two facility located in Dillon, Montana has been running at full capacity since the middle of the fourth quarter and is continuing to run 24/7, except when it is disassembled for cleaning. Further, the facility is fully committed to run at full capacity through the end of 2008.
Concerning the pending Phoenix Stage Two facility, Leo Gingras, Chief Operating Officer of NutraCea, commented, "We are very pleased with the strong demand that we have been receiving for our Stage Two products. Based on this, we have decided to enlarge the size of our new Phoenix facility from 50,000 square feet to between 100,000-125,000 square feet. As mentioned previously, this new facility will also include processing and packaging systems that will be utilized for unique customer requirements, including those in the baby cereal business."
"We are in the process of purchasing an existing building, and all of the equipment is currently being constructed. We expect to begin installing this equipment during the first half of this year and to have the facility operational by the end of the third quarter," said Gingras.
Construction on NutraCea's Stage One Southern Louisiana facility at Lake Charles is anticipated to be completed by the end of the first quarter. This facility will have the capacity to provide up to 30,000 tons of stabilized rice bran annually. To view photographs of the progress at this site visit the Company's web site at: http://www.nutracea.com/facilities
NutraCea is a leader in stabilized rice bran nutrient research and dietary supplement development. Through its wholly owned subsidiary RiceX, the company manufactures as well as distributes products and food ingredients made from Rice Bran through its proprietary technology and processes. The Company has developed intellectual properties to create a range of proprietary product formulations, delivery systems and whole food nutrition products. NutraCea's proprietary technology enables the creation of food and nutrition products from rice bran, normally a wasted by-product of standard rice processing. In addition to its whole foods products, NutraCea develops families of health- promoting "nutraceuticals," including natural arthritic relief and cholesterol-lowering products. More information can be found in the company's filings with the SEC and you can visit the NutraCea web site http://www.NutraCea.com
Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not
limited to, statements regarding the future completion of a new facilities,
the continued operation of existing facilities, and the market demand from
new accounts for the materials to be produced at the new and existing
facilities, all of which statements are subject to market risks, and the
possibility that NutraCea will not be able to complete the facilities on a
timely basis, to continue the operations at existing facilities at full
production levels, or to obtain sufficient customer demand to utilize
expected production from the new and existing facilities. These statements
are made based upon current expectations and actual results may differ from
those projected due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The Company
does not undertake to update forward-looking statements in this news
release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in
other factors affecting such forward- looking information. Assumptions and
other information that could cause results to differ from those set forth
in the forward-looking information can be found in the Company's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most
recent periodic report.
Senior V.P. NutraCea
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