PHOENIX, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NutraCea (OTC Bulletin Board: NTRZ), a world leader in stabilized rice bran research and technology, announced today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center named NutraCea as a finalist for a Corporate Citizenship Award in the category of Corporate Stewardship, Small/Midsize Business.
"There are many strong candidates for the Corporate Stewardship Awards this year," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "NutraCea and all of the other finalists have shown that truly great businesses don't just focus on the bottom line today. They work for the future benefit of their customers, employees, communities and investors, as well."
NutraCea is a finalist due to a combination of factors that reflect its recent social contributions and economic performance.
"We are proud to be part of this esteemed group of companies recognized for their leadership at a time of a global awakening for those who are less fortunate. We each have a responsibility to improve their quality of life by providing the basic human necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and education. NutraCea was founded on a vision to help eradicate world hunger by converting the most underutilized agricultural resource, rice bran, into a food that could nourish millions of starving people. We are honored to be recognized for our progress toward that goal," said Margie Adelman, Senior Vice President of NutraCea.
The annual Corporate Stewardship Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes a company for strong financial success and a sustained contribution to community and social progress. Four additional companies are honored as finalists this year: Computer Systems Center Incorporated, Harris Corporation, INTEGRITYOne Partners and Quality Float Works, Inc.
A committee of prominent Americans, chaired by Harvard University professor Michael Porter, will select the 2008 Corporate Stewardship Award winner. Professor Porter and U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will announce the winner during a celebration dinner on November 18 at Washington, DC's historic National Building Museum. Six hundred business, civic, and government leaders are expected to attend.
All awards categories and finalists can be viewed at http://www.uschamber.com/bclc/awards .
BCLC is the U.S. Chamber's resource and voice for business' social and philanthropic interests. Its mission is to advance the positive role of business in society. The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
NutraCea is a leader in stabilized rice bran nutrient research and dietary supplement development. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, RiceX, the Company manufactures and distributes products and food ingredients made from rice bran through its proprietary technology and processes. NutraCea has developed intellectual properties to create a range of proprietary product formulations, delivery systems and whole food nutrition products. The Company's proprietary technology enables the creation of food and nutrition products from rice bran, normally an underutilized by-product of standard rice processing. In addition to its whole foods products, NutraCea develops families of health-promoting "nutraceuticals," including natural arthritis relief and cholesterol-lowering products. More information can be found in the Company's filings with the SEC and at its Web site http://www.NutraCea.com .
BCLC Contact: Kitty Taylor, 202-431-1993
NutraCea Contact: Margie Adelman 602- 522-3010
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