Rice and Wild Rice are utilized by soup manufacturers, producers of frozen, pre-cooked and retort rice dishes sold into the Food Service for restaurants, cafeterias, commissaries, hospitals and the U.S. military. California rice and wild rice are favorite ingredients of branded pilaf marketers into the retail trade. The ever more popular US and European Sushi restaurants utilize California rice almost exclusively.
Cereal and noodle manufacturers find the unique starch content of California’s Japonica type rice produces a highly advantageous product which extrudes and puffs perfectly while a finely ground product is preferred by baby food. In recent years, California puffed rice has become especially popular among health bar manufacturers and rice flour from California rice has enjoyed significant growth with 4 rice flour manufacturers now located in Northern California.
Traditionally California rice has been utilized by major beer brands in the U.S. and many brewery formulations use rice as the foundation of beer taste and palatability.
California nuts have the best ratio of important nutrients to calories as well as being high in dietary fiber and low in sodium. Food processors and bakers prefer the whole, sliced, slivered or diced, natural, blanched or roasted nuts for their functional uses.