Scottsdale, Ariz./PRNewswire -- RiceBran Technologies announced the appointment of Richard Ray as sales representative - Food Ingredients for the company's USA Segment.

Dr. Robert Smith, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development, commented, "We are excited to have Rick join the RiceBran Technologies sales team. His specific knowledge of rice bran products and other specialty ingredients for the food industry and his network of target customers interested in rice bran products and derivatives will bring immediate value to our sales and marketing efforts in our USA business segment."

Prior to joining RiceBran Technologies, Ray was director of Business Development at Mont Blanc Gourmet and served for nine years as vice president of Sales for Creative Research Management, a specialty food ingredient company specializing in grain based ingredients including rice bran.  Ray has over 30 years' experience in the food ingredient, beverage and flavor industry having previously worked for Kerry Flavors, Sensient Flavors and Sanofi Bio-Industries.

Ray will oversee RiceBran Technologies sales and marketing activities for food ingredients in the East coast region.