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Women’s Health Magazine Announces “Best Packaged Foods For Women” 

September 14, 2012 Categories: In the News

We’re very excited to announce that Women’s Health magazine has chosen one of our new RiceSelectproducts, Royal Blend® with Quinoa, as one of the “125 Best Packaged Foods for Women”. There were only ten products listed in the Pasta & Rice category. Look for the article in their October issue.

Women’s Health magazine focuses on women’s health, nutrition and fitness and has a US circulation of 1.5 million readers.

Whole Planet Foundation 

December 05, 2011 Categories: New

 

Whole Planet Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market, provides grants to microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor. Currently, Whole Planet Foundation has committed $26.1 million to support 54 projects in 48 countries around the globe.  The foundation is an expansion of Whole Foods Market's mission to actively participate in our communities, and the creation of this foundation directly connects Whole Foods Market customers and Team Members to the villages in developing countries that supply our stores with products. To learn more, please visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.

As Concerns About Food Safety and Genetic Engineering Intensify, North America Celebrates Second Annual Non-GMO Month 

October 05, 2011 Categories: In the News

BELLINGHAM, WA (October 4, 2011)—This October, nearly 1,000 natural food stores across the U.S. and Canada are taking part in Non-GMO Month, celebrating the public’s right to choose food and products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organized by the non-profit Non-GMO Project, Non-GMO Month provides a platform for citizens and organizations to stand up for the right to know what’s in their food, and to choose non-GMO. Dozens of Non-GMO Month events are scheduled throughout October, including a historic Rigth2Know March from NYC to DC, and a mom’s panel focusing on protecting children from GMOs.

GMOs, or "genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe. Studies increasingly show a connection between GMOs and an array of health risks and environmental concerns. WhileGMOs are labeled or banned in most developed countries, in the U.S. and Canada they are unlabeled and are found in nearly 80% of processed food.

With U.S. consumer confidence shaken by ongoing food safety failures, distrust of GMOs is growing. As a result, consumers are increasingly seeking non-GMO choices, and Nielsen reported last February that “GMO-free” is currently one of the fastest growing store brand label claims. In the natural sector, SPINS reports that “Non-GMO Project Verified” is growing faster than any other product claim they track, with at least $250mm in marketplace sales.

Speaker, author and children’s health advocate Robyn O’Brien says, "As a mother of children with food allergies, it concerns me that there are currently no definitive tests that can be relied upon to predict whether the novel proteins in genetically engineered foods might trigger an allergic reaction. We have the right to know what we're feeding our families, and the Non-GMO Project Verified label makes it possible to keep GMO foods out of our kids' lunch boxes."

Throughout October, shoppers will be able to find Non-GMO Project Verified choices featured at nearly 1,000 Non-GMO Month registered retail stores. On the Non-GMO Month website, people can search the events calendar, find retailers, and enter a Non-GMO Month Daily Giveaway contest.

Additional information is available in the Non-GMO Project Press Room and at www.nongmomonth.org

Houston's Top Workplaces 

November 07, 2010 Categories: In the News

Houston top places to work

We are pleased to announce that on November 7, 2010, RiceSelect’s parent company, RiceTec, Inc. was recognized as one of “Houston’s Top Workplaces - 2010” in a survey conducted by the Houston Chronicle.  RiceTec ranked 25th among midsized companies and was the only agricultural company to make the list.

The Houston Chronicle conducted the survey in conjunction with WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.  The survey measured employee satisfaction in several areas, such as, direction, execution, career, managers, conditions, pay, and benefits.  In total, 188 companies with 118,555 employees throughout the greater Houston area participated in the survey.

RiceTec and RiceSelect, is a research based company focused on high value organic and all natural products.  Our continued philosophy is to embrace values which are essential to bringing you high quality rice and pasta products.  This philosophy is a passion shared by all employees of RiceTec and RiceSelect. 

Congratulations to our employees, who make RiceTec and RiceSelect a great place to work and follow our passion of "Bringing Worlds Of Flavor To Your Table."

RICESELECT™ DONATES TEXMATI® RICE TO MAINE FOOD BANK 

May 28, 2010 Categories: In the News Texmati

In Honor of Author Stephen Kinghannaford and good shepherd reps

ALVIN, TX (April, 2010) – RiceSelect™, the makers of well-known Texmati® Rice, is pleased to  announce that they have made a donation of 1,000 pounds, almost 500 jars, of Texmati® Brown Rice to Good Shepherd Food-Bank in Auburn, ME.  The troubled US economy is having a widespread negative effect on local food bank donations, and RiceSelect™ found a way to help out. “We know so many families are struggling to put food on their tables,” said Mark Denman, vice president of sales, “and this is one small way of helping.”

RiceSelect™ chose Maine for this donation in honor of native son and author, Stephen King. “We were so thrilled to see our Texmati® Rice mentioned in King’s recent novel “Under the Dome”,” says Deborah Locke, product manager, “we are delighted that he may be a fan of our products.” This specific food bank was chosen with the help and cooperation of the Hannaford Brothers Supermarket chain which makes RiceSelect products available in the area and also delivered the Texmati® Rice for RiceSelect™. Hannaford makes regular donations to Good Shepherd Food-Bank, and sends four to five truckloads of food to the Food-Bank each week.

About RiceSelect

RiceSelect™ is the maker of Texmati® – the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America. Grown and packaged in the United States with inspiration from around the world. Cook’s Illustrated, the official publication of “America’s Test Kitchen,” recently named RiceSelect’s Arborio Rice the top risotto rice, giving it a coveted “Highly Recommended” rating. RiceSelect’s other products include Jasmati®, Kasmati®, Sushi, Royal Blend®, Couscous, Texmati® Medleys and Orzo. RiceSelect’s products can be purchased in more than 30,000 grocery stores in North America.  RiceSelect is a leading developer, producer, miller and marketer of specialty consumer products. For more information and visuals, please visit us at www.riceselect.com.

HOW TO EAT HEALTHY WITHOUT TAKING A BITE OUT OF YOUR BUDGET 

May 27, 2010

RiceSelect™ Offers Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollars

ALVIN, TX  – The drastic fluctuations of the stock market and the rising price of gas and groceries have consumers across the country trying to find ways to trim their budgets. Some are exploring mass transit for the first time and others are making their entertainment budget go farther by taking advantage of matinee film prices and family days at sporting events. Even more people are dining out less and preparing more meals at home. RiceSelect™, the makers of the well-known Texmati rice, remind consumers that buying versatile staples – as opposed to manufactured mixes – is one way to reduce costs and yet provide a healthy meal for the entire family. For example, a jar of RiceSelect’ s Texmati® rice costs a mere 30 cents per serving while seasoned rice, potato and pasta mixes can range from 60 cents to $1.20 per serving.

“When you compare cost per serving, buying plain rice just makes sense,” says Deborah Locke, product manager for RiceSelect. “And because it is so versatile, you can save time by cooking a few recipes worth at a time and store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week. The next time you prepare a pilaf, casserole or rice salad, you are halfway there.”

Not only is rice budget friendly, but it is also wholesome and nutritious. Rice is free of sodium, cholesterol and trans fat. It is also gluten-free, non-allergenic and easy to digest. Numerous studies have shown that people who eat whole grains, such as brown rice, as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease and are better able to maintain a healthy weight. Doctors advise patients with diabetes to eat whole grains to help regulate blood glucose levels. Plus, whole grains, like Texmati brown rice and RiceSelect’ s Whole Grain Royal Blends®, make a great compliment to other healthy foods like vegetables and lean protein. Rice tastes great as well, which makes it perfect for the whole family to enjoy

Buying locally grown food is becoming more and more important for consumers who are concerned about minimizing their carbon footprints and boosting our economy. RiceSelect, for example, grows and packages all of its products here in the United States, on the gulf coast of Texas. And regardless of what you may have heard, there is currently an abundance of U.S. grown rice.

More than 100 recipes for the family to enjoy are available at www.riceselect.com. The recipes range from salads and side dishes to entrees and desserts. Here are a two of them:

Cremini Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Rice SoupCremini Mushroom & Rst'd Garlic Soup

1/3 cup butter
1 pound Cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 large sweet mild onion, finely chopped
3 cups cooked Texmati® Brown Rice, divided
1 (6 1/2-oz.) container Garlic and Herbs Spreadable Cheese
2 (14-oz.) cans roasted garlic seasoned chicken broth, divided
2 cups water, additional if desired
8 slices ready-to-serve smoked bacon
Salt and pepper to taste 

Melt butter in a large non-stick stockpot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook about 10 minutes, stirring periodically. Let the mixture cool slightly. In a food processor or blender, combine mushroom mixture, 1-1/2 cups rice, cheese and 1 cup broth. Pulse mixture until mushrooms are finely chopped but not pureed and mixture is thoroughly combined. Return mixture to stockpot; stir in remaining rice, broth and water. Bring to a boil; cook uncovered over medium heat 5 minutes. Heat bacon slices between paper towels in microwave according to package directions. Chop bacon and set aside. Add salt and pepper to soup to taste. To serve, ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with bacon. Yield: Makes 8 to 12 servings

To save time, when cooking the rice for the soup, double the recipe on the label and use the leftover rice in another dish, like Creamy Red Beans and Rice with Caramelized Onions, later in the week.

Creamy Red Beans and Rice with Caramelized OnionsCreamy Red Beans & Rice

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, sliced
3 cups hot cooked Texmati® Light Brown Rice, cooked in chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained 1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook until onions begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Add rice, beans, sour cream, cheese and black pepper. Stir until well blended and cheese is melted. Yield: Makes 6 servings

About RiceSelect™

RiceSelect™ is the maker of Texmati® – the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America. Grown and packaged in the United States with inspiration from around the world, Cook’s Illustrated, the official publication of “America’s Test Kitchen,” recently named RiceSelect’s Risotto Rice the top Arborio rice, giving it a coveted “Highly Recommended” rating. RiceSelect’ s other products include Jasmati®, Kasmati® and Sushi as well as Chef’s Originals®, Royal Blends®, Couscous, Orzo and Temati Medleys. RiceSelect’ s products can be purchased in more than 23,000 grocery stores in North America. RiceSelect is a leading developer, producer, miller and marketer of specialty consumer products. For more information and visuals, please visit us at www.riceselect.com.

NEW WAYS TO LOOK AT SIDE DISHES 

May 27, 2010 Categories: Couscous New

RiceSelect™ Introduces Six Exciting New Rice and Couscous Options

ALVIN, TX (December 31, 2009) – As more and more people are preparing their own meals instead of dining at restaurants, home cooks are looking for alternatives to the same old side dishes.  RiceSelect™, the producers of the well-known Texmati® rice, is here to save the day with six new products – Texmati® Vegetable Medley, Texmati® Pilaf Medley, Texmati® Mushroom Medley, Original Pearl Couscous, Tri-color Pearl Couscous, and Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous.

“We at RiceSelect have been listening to our customers who have been expressing a need for more diversity in their meal planning options,” said Deborah Locke, product manager for RiceSelect.  “We are very happy to fulfill that need with these new all natural, flavorful and nutritious products.”

RiceSelect’s unique vegetable medleys have been formulated to create a healthy, flavorful side dish.  Texmati® Vegetable Medley is a delicious combination of Texmati® Light Brown, red rice, corn, carrots, onion, tomato and other savory vegetables.  Texmati® Pilaf Medley combines nutritious whole wheat orzo with Texmati® Light Brown and just the right amount of green beans and a touch of toasted sweet onion.  And finally, Texmati® Mushroom Medley is a unique blend of Texmati® Light Brown and wild rice enhanced by the earthy flavor of shiitake mushrooms and sweet goodness of carrots.

Each of RiceSelect’s versatile vegetable medleys offers an array of uses. They are delicious as stand-alone side dishes when cooked as directed or by substituting chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor.  They also make a healthy salad alternative when mixed with a favorite dressing.  The vegetable medleys transform leftover chicken or shrimp into a tasty and quick entrée alternative as well.

RiceSelect™ is also putting its unique spin on pearl couscous, a small round pasta that resembles barley or small peas and has a distinctive, nutty flavor.  The new Pearl couscous is a dream side dish for people who cook at home because it is extremely easy to prepare; simply add it to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.  Spoon on your favorite sauce or use it as a base for a unique salad.  It can also be prepared “risotto style,” only easier.  Unlike risotto, no need to stand over the couscous adding stock and stirring every few minutes.  Simply sauté aromatics in olive oil, add the couscous, stir to coat, and add broth or stock.  After the couscous has cooked long enough to absorb the liquid, add vegetables, herbs and seasonings of your choice.

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About RiceSelect™

RiceSelect™ is the maker of Texmati® – the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America. Grown and packaged in the United States with inspiration from around the world, Cook’s Illustrated, the official publication of “America’s Test Kitchen,” recently named RiceSelect’s Risotto Rice the top Arborio rice, giving it a coveted “Highly Recommended” rating. RiceSelect’s other products include Jasmati®, Kasmati® and Sushi as well as Royal Blends®, Couscous, and Orzo. RiceSelect’s products can be purchased in more than 23,000 grocery stores in North America. RiceSelect is a leading developer, producer, miller and marketer of specialty consumer products. For more information and visuals, please visit us at www.riceselect.com

RISOTTO, THE NEW PASTA 

May 26, 2010 Categories: New Organic

 

RiceSelect™ Reminds Consumers of the Other Italian Staple
ALVIN, TX (July TBD, 2009) – The recent economic downturn has been responsible for, among many other things, an increase in meals being prepared at home rather than dining out.  But many home cooks may have a limited repertoire of recipes from which to choose, creating a tendency to “cycle through” the same pasta entrées and side dishes week after week.  In celebration of September’s National Rice Month, RiceSelect™, the makers of well-known Texmati® rice is reminding consumers of the other traditional Italian dish, risotto, made with arborio rice.
“Risotto is a wonderful alternative to pasta,” said Deborah Locke, product manager for RiceSelect. “And its great versatility ensures that you and your family will never be bored with meals. In fact, risotto may become your new favorite comfort food.”
Arborio rice, first grown in the Italian town of the same name, is known for its creamy texture around a slightly chewy al denté grain. It’s the most common variety used in the preparation of risotto recipes.  But is the best arborio rice grown in Italy?  Not necessarily, according to Cook’s Illustrated magazine (June, 2008), which gave the RiceSelect brand a “Highly Recommended” rating. RiceSelect captures the spirit of Northern Italy and the “creamy, smooth” grains of this Texas-grown rice won over the magazine’s tasters.
Like pasta, risotto can serve as an entrée, side dish or even an appetizer. Unlike pasta, it can be prepared either on the stovetop or in the microwave.  Risotto recipes that will please the entire family, whether vegetarians or meat-lovers, can be found at a number of websites, including AllRecipes.com.  RiceSelect.com also offers more than 100 delicious rice recipes, including this delicious risotto dish inspired by the flavors of Italy:
Tangy Tomato and Lemon Risotto
4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 finely chopped shallots
1 cup uncooked RiceSelect™ Arborio Rice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Heat broth in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until soft. Add rice and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in 1 cup broth. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until broth is absorbed. Continue stirring and adding remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, allowing each cup to be absorbed before adding another. Cook until rice is tender and mixture has a creamy consistency, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, lemon juice and lemon peel. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
About RiceSelect
RiceSelect™ is the maker of Texmati® – the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America. Grown and packaged in the United States with inspiration from around the world, RiceSelect products have been internationally recognized for their quality.  RiceSelect’s other products include Jasmati®, Kasmati®, Arborio and Sushi as well as Chef’s Originals®, Royal Blend®, Couscous and Orzo. RiceSelect’s products can be purchased in more than 23,000 grocery stores in North America and online at www.RiceSelect.com. RiceSelect is a leading developer, producer, miller and marketer of specialty consumer products. For more information and visuals, please visit us at http://www.riceselect.com

RiceSelect™ Reminds Consumers of the Other Italian Staple

ALVIN, TX (July, 2009) – The recent economic downturn has been responsible for, among many other things, an increase in meals being prepared at home rather than dining out.  But many home cooks may have a limited repertoire of recipes from which to choose, creating a tendency to “cycle through” the same pasta entrées and side dishes week after week.  In celebration of September’s National Rice Month, RiceSelect™, the makers of well-known Texmati® rice is reminding consumers of the other traditional Italian dish, risotto, made with arborio rice.

“Risotto is a wonderful alternative to pasta,” said Deborah Locke, product manager for RiceSelect. “And its great versatility ensures that you and your family will never be bored with meals. In fact, risotto may become your new favorite comfort food.”

Arborio rice, first grown in the Italian town of the same name, is known for its creamy texture around a slightly chewy al denté grain. It’s the most common variety used in the preparation of risotto recipes.  But is the best arborio rice grown in Italy?  Not necessarily, according to Cook’s Illustrated magazine (June, 2008), which gave the RiceSelect brand a “Highly Recommended” rating. RiceSelect captures the spirit of Northern Italy and the “creamy, smooth” grains of this Texas-grown rice won over the magazine’s tasters.

Like pasta, risotto can serve as an entrée, side dish or even an appetizer. Unlike pasta, it can be prepared either on the stovetop or in the microwave.  Risotto recipes that will please the entire family, whether vegetarians or meat-lovers, can be found at a number of websites, including AllRecipes.com.  RiceSelect.com also offers more than 100 delicious rice recipes, including this delicious risotto dish inspired by the flavors of Italy:

Tangy Tomato and Lemon RisottoTangy Tomato and Lemon Risotto

4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 finely chopped shallots1 cup uncooked RiceSelect™ Arborio Rice1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half1/2 cup lemon juice1 tablespoon lemon zest

Heat broth in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until soft. Add rice and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in 1 cup broth. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until broth is absorbed. Continue stirring and adding remaining broth, 1 cup at a time, allowing each cup to be absorbed before adding another. Cook until rice is tender and mixture has a creamy consistency, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, lemon juice and lemon peel. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

About RiceSelect

RiceSelect™ is the maker of Texmati® – the first basmati rice to be successfully grown in America. Grown and packaged in the United States with inspiration from around the world, RiceSelect products have been internationally recognized for their quality.  RiceSelect’s other products include Jasmati®, Kasmati®, Arborio and Sushi as well as Chef’s Originals®, Royal Blend®, Couscous and Orzo. RiceSelect’s products can be purchased in more than 23,000 grocery stores in North America and online at www.RiceSelect.com. RiceSelect is a leading developer, producer, miller and marketer of specialty consumer products. For more information and visuals, please visit us at http://www.riceselect.com