NutraCea Signs Distribution Agreement With Azelis Group S.A.

    EL DORADO HILLS, California, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- 
  - Agreements With Multi-National Partners Extends Company's Reach Into 27
Countries 
  NutraCea (OTC Bulletin Board: NTRZ), a world leader in stabilized rice bran
research and technology, announced today it has entered into distribution
agreements with all European members of the Azelis Group S.A., a large
multinational conglomerate comprised of a network of market leaders
specializing in Life Sciences, which includes the pharmaceutical, veterinary,
food and cosmetics sectors. The agreements signed with each of the Azelis
operating units will open up distribution for NutraCea's stabilized rice bran
products in over 27 countries in eight regions of the world. 
  "On behalf of our members, we are pleased to be working with NutraCea and
distributing their products especially within the life sciences area, which
includes the food, nutraceutical and veterinary sectors. The members of our
network embrace new and evolving technologies. We introduce to them to enable
our customers to deliver cutting edge solutions for the end user. Each of our
regions has its own degreed Food Technology Specialists, which includes a staff
of 110 colleagues (of which more than 70 are food technologists) demonstrating
the importance of these activities to the Azelis Group," said Tonio Grassmann,
Azelis Food&Health Specialties, Group Coordinator. 
  The Azelis Group European members are: Azelis UK, Broste LTD. which covers
Scotland, England and Ireland; Azelis Scandinavia Broste A/S -- which includes
Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia; Azelis Italia
-- Giulio Gross -- which covers Italy; Azelis Spain -- Impex Quimica SA -- for
Spain; Azelis Benelux -- including Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg; Azelis
France -- Arnaud SA -- for Fr