(pronounced Sage Five) specializes in producing rice based ingredients for use
in processed foods and has developed the most complete line of rice products in
the industry. In addition to industrial markets, the company’s line of frozen
rice is also sold into the food service and retail markets.
The company was founded by Pete Vegas
in 1992 as a subsidiary of American Rice/Comet Rice (a large rice milling
company) and initially operated under the name Comet Rice Ingredients. The
company was formed to create innovative new applications for rice and develop
new rice products to meet those needs. The company is not a rice miller.
It purchases milled rice or milled broken rice and then further processes that
raw material. The company started with rice flours and then expanded into
pregelatinized flours, specialty varieties of rice, instant rice, frozen rice,
and more recently crisp rice. In October of 1998, management bought the company
from American Rice, Inc. and renamed the company Sage V Foods. The original
production facilities were in Freeport, Texas. Since that time, Sage V Foods
built an additional flour milling and extrusion facility in Stuttgart,
AR, in 2006, and then expanded that same plant in 2008. In July of 2009,
the company completed construction and started up a new state of the art
facility in the Port of Little
Rock, AR. to produce frozen rice and instant rice. The new Arkansas plants
are designed to meet the strictest new food safety standards.
The company has very close relationships with key suppliers of rice (two of the
three largest mills in the southern growing area) in both Texas and Arkansas
where its plants are located very close to their mills. Sage V Foods has direct
access to all types and varieties of U.S. rice from both the southern and
California rice growing areas as well as foreign grown rice. The company
contracts directly with farmers to grow specialty varieties of rice and organic
The headquarters for Sage V Foods is
located in Los Angeles, CA. at 12100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 605.