Riviana Foods Inc. announced that it has expanded its production capacity for its microwaveable rice products under the Minute® rice brand.

This expansion, a $27 million investment which will double current operational output, represents the second time in three years that Riviana has implemented a significant capital project to improve its ready to serve production capabilities at its state-of-the-art 400,000 square foot processing and packaging plant located at 2314 S. Lauderdale Street in Memphis. As a result of this expansion, approximately 25 additional jobs will be created in production, shipping, maintenance and supervision increasing the total number of employees at the plant to 384.

This is the fifth expansion at the Riviana complex which began in 2006 with the purchase of approximately 310 acres of land on South Lauderdale and the company being granted a 12-year PILOT incentive for its investment to acquire the property and construct and equip the facility. With this most recent expansion, the Company secured an additional 7-year PILOT incentive.

Minute Ready to Serve products offer consumers variety and nutrition with exceptional proportioned convenience in just 60 seconds perfect for anyone with an on the go lifestyle. There are currently 19 varieties from which to choose including, Jasmine Rice, Multi-Grain Medley, Organic Brown Rice, Organic White Rice, Organic Red and Organic White & Red Quinoa.