The USA Rice Federation has learned that after being passed over in the previous Iraqi rice tender, U.S. rice has been awarded 120,000 MT of long grain in the current tender.
USA Rice Federation President and CEO Betsy Ward said, "This is really great news for the entire U.S. rice industry." He added further, "We're sitting on a large, high quality crop, and with the Iraq Grain Board (IGB) placing the order for bulk and bagged rice, the whole southern region will win."
Arkansas rice farmer and Chairman of the USA Rice Federation Dow Brantley mentioned, "We hosted the IGB at my farm and mills around the Delta back in May, where we successfully worked through several technical issues, and we were expecting that sales would follow."
"We're very pleased to have won the confidence and business of the IGB and the rice industry has worked hard to maintain a positive relationship with them," said Ward. "We know the Iraqi people like the taste and quality of U.S. rice, and our growers look forward to supplying rice to Iraq on future tenders."