May 20, 2014

RiceBran Technologies Hires VP of Compliance, Regulatory and External Affairs

Janet Balson to Head Compliance and Regulatory Effort as RIBT Continues Push into NFF

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ: RIBT) (RIBTW) (the "Company" or "RBT") a global leader in the production and marketing of value added products derived from rice bran, today announced the appointment of Ms. Janet Balson as Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and External Affairs for RiceBran Technologies.

Ms. Balson comes to RBT with extensive compliance, regulatory and external affairs experience in the food industry having most recently served as Regulatory Affairs Manager at Chr. Hansen Inc. for the past eight years. Ms. Balson also worked in regulatory affairs at Kerry Ingredients. She received her B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry from Beloit College and her Master of Science in Food Safety from Michigan State University. She currently serves as President of the Enzyme Technical Association, Vice Chair of the International Food Additive Council, is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a member of the Food Ingredients Expert Committee of the Food Chemical Codex.

In her role as Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and External Affairs, Ms. Balson will report directly to the RiceBran Technologies CEO & President W. John Short. She will also join the RBT Senior Management Committee.

Short commented, "We are excited to have Janet Balson join the RBT senior management team. Her extensive experience in compliance and regulatory affairs in the food ingredients industry and her knowledge of the dietary supplement industry will provide our company with needed expertise as we continue to expand our sales and marketing efforts in both the human food ingredient and NFF sectors. We are delighted to have Janet join our team and we look forward to her immediate contributions."

Ms. Balson will relocate to RBT's Scottsdale, Arizona corporate offices and can be reached at [email protected].

About RiceBran Technologies

RiceBran Technologies is a human food ingredient and animal nutrition company focused on the procurement, bio-refining and marketing of numerous products derived from rice bran. RiceBran Technologies has proprietary and patented intellectual property that allows us to convert rice bran, one of the world's most underutilized food sources, into a number of highly nutritious human food ingredient and animal nutrition products. Our target markets are human food ingredients and animal nutrition manufacturers and retailers, as well as natural food, functional food and nutraceutical supplement manufacturers and retailers, both domestically and internationally. More information can be found in the Company's filings with the SEC and by visiting our website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements about RiceBran Technologies' expectations regarding future sales growth of our products. These statements are made based on current expectations that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. RiceBran Technologies 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 RiceBran Technologies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent periodic reports.

Investor Contact:
Ascendant Partners, LLC
Fred Sommer
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SOURCE RiceBran Technologies