Last year was a busy year for St. Louis, MO-based RIBUS, Inc., a leader in GMO (genetically modified organism)-free and organic rice-based alternatives to synthetic ingredients. The company expanded into the pet business (both nutrition and treats) and added two new managers and several international distributors.
RIBUS achieved double-digit sales growth, with organic products increasing from 45 percent of sales in 2014 to over 55 percent of total sales in 2015. The greatest growth area was in supplements, followed by spices, extrusion, and bakery. All RIBUS ingredients are made from rice hulls and bran grown in California.
In 2015 RIBUS’ organic Nu-FLOW was awarded Engredea’s “Editor’s Choice for Best Organic Ingredient” at Expo West. Sales of that product have increased by more than 100 percent since then. “We are excited to be expanding in so many areas including both pet and human food and supplements. Much of this growth is the result of consumer interest in ‘clean labels,’ for themselves or their pets, as well as increased interest from throughout the organic sector,” said Steve Peirce, RIBUS president.
RIBUS also increased its staff, adding Eric Sevatson as technology production manager and Karen Hansen as regulatory documents manager. RIBUS will be speaking and/or exhibiting at the following this year:
1. IFT – Chicago, IL. July 16-19 2. Supply Side West – Las Vegas, NV. October 4-8 3. Health Ingredients – Frankfurt, Germany. November 29-December