RIBUS (RIce Business US) was founded in 1992 by Neal Hammond and the father/son team of Jim and Steve Peirce to create high quality value-added “functional ingredients” for the food, beverage, and supplement industry using by-products of the rice industry. The company has become the global leader of rice-based organic and natural rice alternatives to “chemistry lab”-sounding synthetic ingredients including rice extracts and rice concentrates. Our business is driven by today’s increasingly health-conscious and label-reading consumers and the processors who need to meet their demands.
RIBUS’ ingredients (Nu-RICE®, Nu-BAKE®, Nu-FLOW®, and Nu-FLAC®) are as efficacious as the synthetic ingredients and enable brands to have the “cleaner label” consumers are demanding which includes non-synthetic, easy-to pronounce, allergen-free, and sustainable ingredients. They also serve as alternatives to synthetic ingredients prohibited in the organic industry. All the rice used by RIBUS is grown in the U.S. and is non-genetically modified (non-GMO). RIBUS’ products include certified gluten-free, hypoallergenic, Kosher / Halal, organic, and vegan ingredients.
The RIBUS team developed patented technology to use the by-products from rice mills throughout the U.S. rice producing states of Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas for use in value-added food and dietary supplements. Its ingredients can be used for emulsification, extrusion, and anti-caking or as flavor-carrying agents.
Using the bran and hull by-products was a unique way to develop value-added “functional” ingredients that provide high quality functionality/texture/mouth feel, etc. while ensuring that 100 percent of rice is used. RIBUS has patented the technology in 18 countries around the world to turn these by-products into value-added ingredients. Today, RIBUS ingredients are used globally by industry leaders in cereals, bakery products, spices, flavors and dietary supplements. If you see product labels stating “rice extract” or “rice concentrate,” that’s a RIBUS ingredient!
RIBUS ingredients not only provide “functionality” for processors, but also enable “clean labels” that are easy for consumers to understand. For example:
“Rice extract” (Nu-RICE®, Nu-BAKE®) is a replacement for soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, polysorbate 60 and 80, sodium stearoyl lactylate (SSL), magnesium stearate, and other such ingredients. It binds oil and water together and is useful in:
o Baking (mixes - fresh, refrigerated, and frozen)
o Extrusion (cereals, snacks, pasta, snack bars)
o Emulsification (beverages, gravy, sauces, spreads)
o Flavors (liquid and dry)
o Tablets (release agent)
“Rice concentrate” (Nu-FLOW®, Nu-FLAC®) is a replacement for silicon dioxide and tricalcium phosphate. It is useful in:
o Spices and flavors (anti-caking agent)
o Powder beverages (free flow aid)
o Dry mixes (sauces, gravy and stock as a flow aid)
o Tablets and capsules (free-flow aid)