Pacific Ethanol Begins Production of Corn Oil at Stockton Plant

Pacific Ethanol Begins Production of Corn Oil at Stockton Plant

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
(Nasdaq:PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels
in the Western United States, has begun commercial production of corn oil
utilizing Edeniq, Inc.'s Oil Plus™ proprietary process at its Stockton, CA
plant.

Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, stated: "We are pleased to be
producing corn oil at our Stockton plant. Corn oil is a high value co-product
with multiple markets including animal feed and biodiesel. Corn oil production
at our ethanol plants is an important strategy to further diversify our plant
revenue streams and significantly improve operating income."

About Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX) is the leading marketer and producer of
low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. Pacific Ethanol also
sells co-products, including wet distillers grain ("WDG"), a nutritious animal
feed. Serving integrated oil companies and gasoline marketers who blend
ethanol into gasoline, Pacific Ethanol provides transportation, storage and
delivery of ethanol through third-party service providers in the Western
United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon,
Colorado, Idaho and Washington. Pacific Ethanol has an 85% ownership interest
in New PE Holdco LLC, the owner of four ethanol production facilities. Pacific
Ethanol operates and manages the four ethanol production facilities, which
have a combined annual production capacity of 200 million gallons. The
facilities in operation are located in Boardman, Oregon, Burley, Idaho and
Stockton, California, and one idled facility is located in Madera, California.
The facilities are near their respective fuel and feed customers, offering
significant timing, transportation cost and logistical advantages. Pacific
Ethanol's subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing LLC, markets ethanol from Pacific
Ethanol's managed plants and from other third-party production facilities, and
another subsidiary, Pacific Ag. Products, LLC, markets WDG. For more
information please visit www.pacificethanol.net.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995

With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this
press release including, without limitation, the ability of Pacific Ethanol to
continue as the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in
the Western United States; and Pacific Ethanol's ability to diversify its
revenue streams and improve operating income are forward-looking statements
and considerations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The
actual future results of Pacific Ethanol could differ from those statements.
Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are
not limited to, litigation against Pacific Ethanol concerning intellectual
property rights covering corn oil separation technology, adverse economic and
market conditions; changes in governmental regulations and policies; and other
events, factors and risks previously and from time to time disclosed in
Pacific Ethanol's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission
including, specifically, those factors set forth in the "Risk Factors" section
contained in Pacific Ethanol's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2013.

CONTACT: Company IR Contact:
         Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
         916-403-2755
         866-508-4969
         Investorrelations@pacificethanol.net
        
         IR Agency Contact:
         Becky Herrick
         LHA
         415-433-3777
        
         Media Contact:
         Paul Koehler
         Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
         916-403-2790
         paulk@pacificethanol.net

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