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From day one, we’ve been committed to growing our crops responsibly, sustainably and deliciously. And we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. So if you’ve got questions about organic farming, water conservation, soil preservation or anything else rice-related, we’ve got answers.
- Where can I buy your products?
You can buy directly from our online store here.
Our products are available nation-wide in the US and Canada at mainstream grocers as well as natural food stores. To find a retail store near you that carries our products, visit our store locator.
There are also many online retailers who carry our products if you’re unable to find a specific product at your local store.
- What is the difference between brown and white rice?
All rice is brown (or another color such as Red, Black, or Purple) at first– it is the milling process that determines whether rice is brown or white. When it comes to white rice, the husk, germ and bran are removed in the milling process. In contrast, only the husk is removed when producing brown rice– the whole grain, including the bran and germ, is left intact. Rice that is to be milled for white rice is harvested earlier than rice that is to remain brown. An earlier harvest ensures that the rice has a higher moisture content which reduces breakage during milling. At Lundberg Family Farms, we grow a majority of our rice for brown rice production. Because of this, we allow our rice to mature in the fields for a longer period of time to increase its flavor and improve its appearance. Brown rice is whole grain and contains significant amounts of B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. To learn more about whole grains and the health benefits of eating brown rice, visit the Whole Grains Council website.
- Can I use your products after the Best Before Date?
We don’t recommend using our products after the Best Before Date.
Rice and rice products can go rancid or lose their integrity after the Best Before Date, so it’s best to use it before that date.
- How do you read the Best Before date on your rice?
Our Best Before Date is printed on the back, bottom section of our our packages. It is printed in year-month-day format.
Ex- 18Jan01, 01/01/18
- What allergens are in your facilities?
The packaged, dry rice is made in a facility free from the top 9 US allergens and the top 11 Canadian allergens.
The regular Rice Cake and Thin Stacker facility is free from peanuts, tree nuts, milk and milk products, eggs, wheat or grains that contain gluten, fish, shellfish, and sesame seed. This facility contains soy.
Please reach out to our Customer Service team with any specific questions about allergens.
- Do I need to rinse your rice?
We do recommend lightly rinsing the rice for 1-2 minutes.
We chose to include this step on our new packaging because we found that it is a better eating experience because it removes some of the starch and can make the rice fluffier in the end.
- How do you recommend storing your rice?
You can leave the rice at room temperature, in a pantry or cabinet, and it will last until the Best Before Date (or around that time).
Refrigerating will help extend that shelf life by 4-6 weeks and freezing will help extend it up to 3 months.
- How do I cook rice or quinoa in an Instant Pot?
Brown Rice, Red Rice, Black Rice, Quick Wild Rice, and Rice Blends
Combine 1 cup rice and 1 cup water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the rice mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “High” for 15 minutes. Once completed, turn the Instant Pot off and carefully quick-release the remaining pressure. Using 1 cup water results in a bouncy, slightly chewier texture. If a softer texture is desired, use 1 ¼ cup water instead.
Combine 1 cup rice and 1 ½ cup water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the rice mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “High” for 20 minutes. Once completed, let the pressure naturally release for another 5 minutes before quick-releasing the remaining pressure.
White Arborio, White Jasmine, White Basmati, and Long Grain White Rice
Combine 1 cup rice and 1 cup water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the rice mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “High” for 5 minutes. Once completed, let the pressure naturally release for another 10 minutes before quick-releasing the remaining pressure.
Combine 1 cup rice and 1 cup water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the rice mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “Low” for 10 minutes. Once completed, let the pressure naturally release for another 7 minutes before quick-releasing the remaining pressure. If making sushi rolls, add ½ cup rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. sea salt to a bowl, mix until combined, add to rice, and fold gently.
Antique White Quinoa
Combine 1 cup quinoa and 1 cup water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the quinoa mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “Low” for 5 minutes. Once completed, turn the Instant Pot off and carefully quick-release the remaining pressure.
Tri-Color Blend & Red Quinoa
Rinse 1 cup quinoa in a sieve with cold water for 2 minutes, or until the water runs clear. Combine rinsed quinoa and 1 cup and 2 Tbsp. water in an Instant Pot. Pressure-cook the quinoa mixture: Close the lid of the pressure cooker, set the valve to “Sealing,” and start the pressure cooker on “Low” for 5 minutes. Once completed, turn the Instant Pot off and carefully quick-release the remaining pressure.
- What is the shipping cost?
Shipping fees are dynamic based on location and product. We do not have a “calculator” to let you know exactly what they will be beforehand. We do offer free shipping for orders over $65.
- What is the processing time?
All orders are processed within 1 to 2 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after we send your order confirmation email. You will receive another notification when your order has shipped.
Occasionally, there can be delays on shipments based on unforeseen circumstances. We communicate these issues as fast as possible.
- How can I track my order?
When your order ships, we’ll send you an email with your tracking information. Please use the link provided in your email to check your order status at any time.
For larger orders that are sent in multiple boxes, the shipments may arrive on different days. Please be sure to check the individual tracking info for each shipment.
- Can I change or cancel an order I’ve already placed?
We aren't able to make changes to an order, but we do have a short window when we can cancel it. If you need to cancel an order that hasn’t shipped yet, please contact Customer Service as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to stop the order.
- I never received my order. What do I do?
First, check the shipment status of your order through the tracking information we provided in your Shipping Confirmation email. Note that larger orders may be sent in multiple boxes and may arrive on different days. Please be sure to check the individual tracking info for each shipment. We also recommend that you check back doors, side doors and check with neighbors.
If it’s more than 2 days past the stated delivery date then please contact Customer Service and we’ll work with you to make it right!
- My order arrived damaged.
We’re sorry to hear about your experience. Please contact Customer Support as soon as possible. Let us know your name, your order number, and the damaged item(s) you received — photos are appreciated! We will be happy to replace the item(s) or issue a refund.
- What is your stance on GMO/GE food?
Lundberg Family Farms recognizes the consumer’s interest in knowing how their food was produced and what ingredients are present. For this reason, our products go through the Non-GMO Project’s verification process to assure that they have been produced according to best practices for genetically modified organism (GMO) avoidance. For more information, visit the About page.
- Are any of your products vegan?
Yes, we have a large selection of products for our vegan consumers. Each vegan product is labeled as such on the package. You can also visit the Products section of our website to view all of our vegan products.
- Are any of your products kosher?
Yes, a large selection of our products are Kosher certified by OU Kosher and are labeled on the package with an OU or OUD symbol. For a list of our products that have been Kosher certified, visit the Products section of our website or the view the OU Kosher Certificate: View Certificate | View Chips Certificate
- Are any of your products Fair Trade?
While most of our products are domestic, therefore ineligible for Fair Trade certification, we do offer a couple products with Fair Trade certified ingredients which can be found here.
Fair trade is an organized social movement that helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and promote sustainability. For more information visit Fair Trade USA.
- My rice isn’t cooking correctly. What am I doing wrong?
The cooking directions printed on our packaging have been carefully tested but may vary depending on factors such as elevation, cooking appliance, and even cookware. Below are a few suggestions to ensure your rice cooks up as intended:
Using the right saucepan and lid
- A heavy bottomed saucepan with triple-ply layers will ensure even heat and prevent burning on the bottom, before the rest of the rice is cooked through.
- Use the correct size for the amount of rice being cooked: use a medium size (2 quart) for 1 cup of uncooked rice; use a 3 quart for 2 cups rice. If you use too large a saucepan the liquid will evaporate too quickly as you are bringing the water to boil.
- You will want to choose a saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Part of the cooking process is keeping the steam in the saucepan in contact with the rice. If the lid isn’t sealing well, then too much water is evaporating before it is absorbed by the rice, resulting in underdone or crunchy rice.
Do Not Disturb!
- Resist the urge to lift the lid and take a peek while the rice is cooking or steaming. You are letting the steam out! Steam is what penetrates the rice and softens the kernels.
- Don’t stir while cooking! Once you have put the lid on the saucepan to cook on low simmer, let it cook without stirring. Otherwise the outer layer of rice will get mushy, while the interior will still be hard because you have let the steam out.
Crunchy or chewy rice
- Check that your measuring cups are accurate and that you are using the correct measuring cups for the job. We recommend dry ingredient measuring cups for rice. Use a glass measuring cup for liquids.
- Don’t lift the lid to check on your rice while it is cooking or steaming. (See above) You are letting the steam out!
- It is important to let the rice steam for 10 minutes after cooking on the stove. Don’t be impatient! The steam is penetrating the rice kernels and making it tender throughout.
- Once your water and rice have come to a full boil, immediately put the lid on and reduce the heat to a low simmer. If you wait too long, too much water will have evaporated. Add back 2-4 tablespoons of water and cook as directed.
- Be sure that you have turned your heat down enough, for a low simmer. You should have slow bubbling. If the heat is too high, the water will cook off before it has a chance to penetrate the rice kernels.
- Use the correct size burner for the saucepan. If you put a small saucepan on a large burner you have too much heat on the exterior walls of the saucepan, resulting in burned or crunchy rice on the edges.
- Use the correct size saucepan for the amount of rice. (See ‘using the right saucepan’ above)
- If you are cooking a small quantity of rice (less than ½ cup) the water may have evaporated before the rice was cooked. Try adding additional water (1-2 tablespoons) or try using the Pasta Method.
- If you are cooking on a gas stove that doesn’t have a low enough flame for a low simmer, or you are cooking with propane, try using a diffuser to spread the heat.
- Allow extra time for cooking at high altitudes; as much as 10 extra minutes. You may need additional water, 2-4 tablespoons.
- How do you read the code dates on your products?
All Lundberg Family Farms product packages have a Standard Day Code to identify the date of manufacture. In addition, most packages also have a Best Before Date.
Standard Day Code
The Standard Day Code identifies the day that the product was manufactured. This can appear in two different formats depending on the type of product:
- YYMMDD (Example: April 15th, 2012 = 120415)
- YDDD (Example: 2063 = March 4, 2012. “2” is the year, and “063” is the day of the year)
- YYMMDDLL HH:MM(year, year, month, month, day, day, line, line, hour, hour, minute, minute) Ex- 120415RC 13:35
The day of the year can be found using the Julian Calendar
Best Before Date
The Best Before date is the second code printed in the series of codes and can be formatted in several different ways depending on the product:
- YYMMDD (Example: 120815 = August 15, 2012)
- YYMMMDD (Example: 12AUG15 = August 15, 2012)
- MMMDDYYYY (Example: AUG1512 = August 15, 2012)
- YYYYMMDD (Example: 20120815 = August 15, 2012)
- DDMMMYYYY (day, day, month, month, month, year, year, year, year) Ex- 15APR2012
Canadian Products with Best Before Date
The date is listed: YYMMDD, but the months are listed as follows:
- How do you assure the quality of your products?
We regularly review our carefully selected growers, handlers, and processors to ensure food safety regulations and agricultural standards are consistently met. Our strict quality requirements, which range from kernel moisture to prepared rice appearance/flavor/texture, are routinely monitored from harvest through final processing and packaging. Our organic fields, as well as those of our growers, are certified to USDA Organic standards. All Eco-Farmed rice meets our Eco-Farmed criteria (See above for more information on our Eco-Farmed products). In addition, we verify that all of our rice is not genetically engineered, through our participation in the Non-GMO Project. Our facilities also meet SQF Level 2 food safety standards.
- What is the shelf life of your products?
Raw rice is stable for at least one year with proper storage. As with any natural grain, deterioration can be caused by heat, light, and pests. To maintain and extend shelf life, store rice in a cool (below 55 degrees F), dark, pest-free location; the refrigerator and freezer are great options.
The following is a list of products’ shelf life and is reflected in the Best Before Date printed on the package:
- Brown rice (raw): 12 months
- White rice (raw): 12 months
- Sprouted rice (raw): 12 months
- Heat & Eat Rice Bowls: 12 months
- Rice & Seasoning Mixes: 12 months
- Brown Rice Pasta: 24 months
- Risotto: 12 months
- All Chip Products: 10 months
- Rice Cakes: 12 months
- Brown Rice Syrup: 18 months
- Brown Rice Flour: 12 months
- Quinoa: 12 months
- Sprouted Rice & Seasoning Mixes: 10 months
- All Frozen Products: 18 months
- Baked Grain Bites: 10 months
- Steamed Rice Pouches: 18 months
- Are all of your products gluten-free?
While rice is naturally a gluten-free food, not all of our products are gluten-free. We do proudly offer a large selection of gluten-free products but urge our gluten-free consumers to look for a “gluten-free” statement or logo on the package and review allergen statements and ingredient lists. To see a list of all our gluten-free products, visit the Products section of our website.
- Is your facility gluten-free?
No. Facilities where our products are manufactured may produce gluten-containing products. Our in-house cleaning policies assure that all products with allergens are appropriately processed and stored. Any item in our warehouse that contains allergens will be stored separately from products without allergens.
- My family suffers from food allergies. How do I know your products are safe for us?
At Lundberg, we take allergens seriously and follow a strict honesty policy when labeling products. Our product labeling will say “contains allergens,” but never “may contain allergens.” We adopted this straightforward policy to ensure your safety when selecting Lundberg products for your family and friends who may be prone to specific food allergies.
Our in-house cleaning policies assure that all products with allergens are appropriately processed and stored. Any item in our warehouse that contains allergens will be stored separately from products without allergens. Additionally, items that contain allergens will be specifically labeled to ensure that all employees take the safety and quality provisions necessary with these products.
- Do your products contain arsenic?
Arsenic has been in food as long as humans have been consuming food. Because arsenic exists in the soil and water, incorporation into most plants and food, including rice, is inevitable. To find out more on this issue and how we are addressing it, visit Arsenic in Food.
- How does sustainability factor into your business practices?
Lundberg Family Farms was founded on the belief of “leaving the land better than you found it.” This belief originated on the farm and helped us become a leader in organic farming. Over time, this belief has been integrated into all operations, from growing rice to producing products. Sustainability is written into every job description. It is part of everyday work on the farm and in our facilities.
As we grow and expand, we will continue to implement energy conservation and renewable energy, waste reduction and resource efficiency, safe and fair working conditions, along with many other practices that are environmentally and socially responsible.
- How do I recycle Lundberg Family Farms packaging?
*We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with TerraCycle! With their help, all of our flexible packaging is fully recyclable so it can skip the landfill for a second life as durable plastic goods, like park benches. Participation is simple and free. For more information—and to start recycling—please visit our Recycling Program Website.
8-ounce, 1-pound, and 2-pound rice bags*: Fully recyclable through our partnership with TerraCycle! You can also reuse the re-sealable pouch for bulk rice, beans, or for packing carrots in your lunch!
12-pound rice bags*: Fully recyclable through our partnership with TerraCycle! Our 12-pound rice bags can also be recycled at designated #4 recycling locations. To find a recycling location near you, please use Earth 911 or Plastic Film Recycling. This includes most Safeways, Whole Foods, and many other grocery stores.
25-pound rice bags: Recyclable paper. If you have curbside recycling service at your home or business, just drop it in there. If you don’t have curbside recycling, you can take it to your city or county recycling center. Other uses: use it as a fire starter, cut it open to make a nice drawing canvas, or use to line your kitty litter pan.
Rice Cakes*: Fully recyclable through our partnership with TerraCycle! The outside bag is #4 plastic, which can also be recycled anywhere that recycles plastic shopping bags (go to Earth 911 or Plastic Film Recycling to find out where in your community). This includes all Safeways, Whole Foods, and many other grocery stores. Most curbside recycling will not accept plastic bags. Other uses: save the outside bag to use as a lunch bag, sandwich bag, or take it with you to the natural foods store to fill up with our bulk rice!
Rice Chips*: Fully recyclable through our partnership with TerraCycle!
Risotto, Rice* & Seasoning Mixes, Pasta & Sauce Mixes: The outside box is made from recycled paper and can be recycled again in most curbside recycling programs. You can also recycle it with mixed paper or cardboard. Any spice pouches are not recyclable, but the internal bag can be recycled through our partnership with TerraCycle!
Rice Pastas: The box is made from recycled paper and can be recycled again in most curbside recycling programs. You can also recycle it with mixed paper or cardboard. Please just remove the small plastic window and place that in the trash before you recycle the cardboard. The 10-pound bulk penne cartons are also recyclable cardboard.
Rice Syrup: The glass jar can be recycled in most curbside recycling programs. The tin lid can also be recycled in most curbside programs. Please rinse out both before you recycle. Other uses: wash out and re-use for storing beans, rice, jams, etc. or use for carrying hot tea to work. They also work great for storing nails, screws, and other odds and ends in your garage!
Heat & Eat Bowls: The plastic film on the top is not recyclable but the rigid plastic bowl is #7 recyclable plastic. If your curbside recycling allows #1-7 rigid plastics, then you can add this bowl. If they do not, most city and county recycling centers will take rigid #7 plastic. Other uses: Wash out the bowl and re-use for taking on a picnic, backpacking, or fill with beer and place in your garden to catch slugs!
Ready to Heat Rice Pouches*: Fully recyclable through our partnership with TerraCycle!
- How can I reduced my consumption of Lundberg Family Farms packaging?
Purchasing in bulk has big impact on overall packaging waste. Lundberg products are offered in bulk bins at Whole Foods and in bulk bags at Costco. We are also often stocked at local Co-ops and Natural Food stores.
Lundberg Family Farms is also a member of the Bulk Grain Council which works to promote the availability of products in bulk; shipping larger quantities in bulk to stores where consumers can use reusable containers to purchase smaller quantities. We are actively working to get our bulk rice into stores near you.
- Why do you have plastic packaging?
Lundberg uses single-use plastic packaging and we would love to have an alternative that would minimize weight for shipping, while providing a protective environment for the product itself so that it doesn’t spoil before you are able to consume it. Finding an alternative to plastic is a challenge for the entire food industry, and we are collaborating with other food manufacturers to find reliable alternatives. (see question below for details on organizations we are working with).
While we are working to find solutions, we wanted to shed light on our current packaging. More than ten years ago we did a collaborative research project with the local university and a major software company. Using our short grain brown rice in a two-pound package, we were able to begin understanding the carbon footprint of our products. What we discovered is now broadly understood throughout the food industry: about 75% of the carbon footprint of food products is generated in the production of the product from field to the point of packaging; around 12% of the footprint can be attributed to packaging. What this helped us to understand and put into perspective was that it is very important to protect our carbon “investment” through choosing appropriate packaging. If we choose an inferior packaging material—one that breaks or allows insects or doesn’t keep out moisture—we cannot deliver products safely to our consumers. Inferior packaging would cause us to waste a tremendous amount of resources, for nothing. Lundberg understands the need to find ways to lessen the impact on the planet and will continue to use the best options available.
Meanwhile, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with TerraCycle. With their help, all of our flexible packaging will be fully recyclable so it can skip the landfill for a second life as durable plastic goods!
- What organizations are you working with to reduce climate impacts?
We are primarily working with three organizations: The Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA), One Step Closer to an Organic and Sustainable Community (OSC2), and the Climate Collaborative (CC).
Lundberg Family Farms has been very involved with the SFTA since its creation in 2008. This association is working to build the capacity of the organic food trade to transition to a sustainable business models. We have committed to improve our performance in 11-action categories and report results annually through our Sustainability Report.
OSC2 was formed in 2012 to bring a community of sustainable leaders and mission-driven companies together. We have been working with this organization to tackle the challenge of flexible packaging. Since the first Packaging Collaborative meeting in 2013, Lundberg Family Farms has been actively engaged in finding solutions that are compostable, renewable, and recyclable.
Lastly, the CC’s overall vision is to leverage the power of the natural products industry to reverse climate change. Lundberg Family Farms has been working with the Climate Collaborative since is began in 2017. We have pledged to take action in all nine climate initiatives and are excited to be working with other committed companies to make a difference.
As part of our commitment to act, we are members of The Rooted Community Action Group. This group is facilitated by the Climate Collaborative and the Sustainable Food Lab. It is open to all companies that have made an agriculture commitment. This group meets monthly to discuss a range of topics relevant to carbon farming.
- What sustainable certifications do you have?
Lundberg Family Farms has been a TRUE Zero Waste Certified facility since 2016 and diverts 99.6% of our waste from landfill.
- How much renewable energy does Lundberg Family Farms use?
Lundberg is committed to renewable energy. In Richvale, Lundberg offsets 100% of electricity used onsite with renewable energy through renewable energy certificates (RECs) and self-generation (onsite solar).
In 2003, Lundberg began purchasing Green-e certified RECs to offset all electricity consumed at our Manufacturing Facility. We celebrated 15 years of 100% renewable energy in 2018. Today, we continue to purchase certificates that support offsite wind projects in the United States.
In 2005, Lundberg installed its first self-generation system; a ground mounted solar array. Since then the company has grown onsite solar to include six separate arrays. The last array was commissioned in 2019. This expansion increased onsite generation by more than 250% and increased our annual offset of energy use to 25%, up from 10%!
- Does Lundberg offer sustainability tours?
At Lundberg we offer a variety of tour opportunities! For local schools and organizations, we provide educational tours around our main office. These tours include videos, rice snacks and an interactive display of rice in its many stages. Please contact our front desk to set up a time to visit our facility.
- Does Lundberg Family Farms grow all of their own rice?
Lundberg Family Farms manages approximately 5,000 acres of farmland. We also proudly work with a strong network of rice farmers who grow an additional 12,000 acres of rice for our products.
- How is your Sustainable Rice different from your Organic Rice?
What is the difference between your Sustainable Rice and your Organic Rice?
Our Sustainable Rice is grown using sustainable farming practices, but it is not certified organic. Our Organic Rice is certified organic and sustainably grown (sustainable farming practices are integral to the organic system).
What does "Sustainable" mean?
At Lundberg Family Farms, we lead with a holistic view of sustainability. We are committed to not only reducing our carbon footprint but also increasing our positive impact on the planet. In our fields, we use organic farming practices to prioritize the health of the soil and sequester carbon. We also tend to wildlife as carefully as our crops by providing habitat for hundreds of species, supporting endangered salmon populations, rescuing duck eggs, and more. However, our farming practices are only the beginning. We also use 100% renewable energy to offset our Richvale office and operations—including our granary, mill, warehouse, and other facilities—where we reduce, reuse, and recycle just about everything (99.7% to be exact). We work with likeminded growers to meet demand for sustainable foods and support other local family farms in one fell swoop, and we treat our team members like family, offering wages and benefits that are competitive with those in more urban settings. It’s all part of our mission to nourish, conserve, and innovate for a healthier world so we can keep growing together for generations to come!
What does "Organic" mean?
Our “organic” or “made with organic” products are grown, handled, and processed in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program. California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) inspects our fields, farms, granaries, mill, production facilities, organic system plan, and records. These inspections are part of the process that allows CCOF and others to certify our organic products so they can bear the organic seal.
Your non-GMO rice is listed as sustainable. Does this mean your Organic Rice is not sustainable?
At Lundberg Family Farms, ALL of our rice is grown using sustainable farming practices. Our Organic Rice is certified organic and sustainably grown. Our Sustainable Rice is sustainably grown but not certified organic. So, even when a variety isn’t certified organic, we prioritize the health of our soil, planet, and consumers by:
- Saying no to GMOs from seed to shelf
- Minimizing applications of reviewed and allowed conventional inputs—no carcinogens, mutagens, or PAN Bad Actors
- Practicing crop rotation
- Growing cover crops as part of the soil’s well-balanced diet
- Returning rice straw to the soil after harvest instead of burning or removing it
- Implementing water-conservation practices
- Providing habitat for hundreds of species
- Rescuing duck eggs
- Treating everything in our handling and processing facilities as organic
- Offsetting our Richvale, CA facilities with 100% renewable energy
- Maintaining TRUE Zero Waste certification
Some people say we’re a bit “unconventional.” But doing things our way—sustainably at every step—allows us to make better food for the table while leaving a better world for the next generation.
Your Sustainable Rice is labeled as non-GMO but your Organic Rice is not. Is your Organic Rice also non-GMO?
All of our rice—including our Organic Rice—is non-GMO. GMOs are prohibited in organic production and we say no to using them across the board, from seed to shelf.
Why isn't all of your rice organic?
We are committed, first and foremost, to growing and producing organic rice. However, we are also passionate about making sure all families have access to healthy foods that are made with Mother Nature in mind, even when they don’t bear the organic seal. All of our rice—whether organic or not—is non-GMO and sustainably grown and manufactured. So no matter which Lundberg product you choose, you can feel confident that you’re bettering the world with every bite.
- Does all of your rice come from California?
The vast majority of the rice used in our products comes from California. All of the rice in our 1 pound, 2 pound and 12 pound packaged rice, with the exception of wild rice, comes from California. In addition, our rice bowls, 25 pound bags labeled as “California rice”, risotto, and rice cakes contain exclusively California rice.
Occasionally, when the available rice supply in California is not sufficient to meet the demand, we work with our rice grower and processor partners located in the Southern United States. This generally happens when we have challenging growing conditions that reduce yields in the field, or when demand grows substantially faster than we anticipate. Currently, the products we sell that may utilize rice from other US rice growing regions are: 25 pound bags of American Basmati (white and brown), 25 pound bags of American Jasmine (white and brown), and 25 pound bags of Long Grain (white and brown), rice syrup, rice chips, and rice pasta. Additionally, much of our wild rice comes from growers in Minnesota and occasionally from Canada.
We believe that expanding organic practices across the country is a positive thing for the environment, for the farmers who work the land, and for consumers.
- Where does the farm's water come from?
Our fields are nourished by water from the snow melt of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range which flows naturally to the fertile Sacramento Valley by way of the Feather River. This “surface water” comes to our fields through gravity-fed streams and canal systems, some of the most efficient and effective in the world. For fields without access to surface water, or during periods of extended drought, ground water is pumped from underground aquifers. All of our farms utilize practices to reduce our water consumption as well as maintain a high water quality.
- Why Thailand?
Farmer-related (Fair Trade):
- The rice is sourced from small, remote farming communities in Thailand
- The Fair Trade premium is invested in educational and health-related services
- Farming communities receive support and training in organic and sustainable farming methods to improve yields and build systems that work with and enhance their natural surroundings
- Enhances farmers’ livelihoods in an environmentally friendly and equitable manner
- This partnership supports our mission of nourishing, conserving and innovating for a healthier world
- We are fostering relationships with farms and farming communities that are supplying the rice, continuing our link from farm to fork
- Thai Jasmine Rice is not the same as CA jasmine rice – Thai jasmine rice cannot grow in CA, since CA has a different climate than Thailand we cannot grow the same variety of rice we are offering here.
- Allows us to offer a FAIR TRADE Certified product which consumers have been requesting from us for years.
- Where do you get your seeds and how do you maintain their purity?
Saving good, clean seed for next year’s crop may be one of the most important parts of our harvest at Lundberg. Seed is taken from the harvest yield every year and prepared for the next year’s planting. After being taken from the field, the seed is cleaned—straw, weed seeds and other foreign material are sifted out and the seed is then dried and stored in separate seed bins according to variety. To check for additional purity in each load of seed, samples from every seed bin are taken and checked on-site, which lets us know our purity levels are constant. These samples are also sent to several outside labs, which perform additional checks to assure that our seed for each individual variety is clean and pure.
Our on-site nursery maintains seventeen different varieties of rice. At Lundberg, we do not support the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Through smart, attentive and natural farming practices, we have improved and maintained the quality of our seed which has allowed our company to grow and produce nutritious food for over seventy-five years.
- The Camp Fire, Nov. 8th, 2018
In honor of the one year anniversary of the devastating Camp Fire, we remember those we lost, and those who lost everything. Employees, friends and neighbors endured an unprecedented tragedy, but through it all hope has endured. We are inspired by the resiliency of our community and the determination to persevere.
Support Ongoing Recovery Efforts
For those who wish to support the larger Butte County community in the ongoing recovery effort, please consider monetary donations to the following organizations.
North Valley Community Foundation
This respected local organization is known for their ability to problem-solve and mobilize resources in the face of challenges to our community. They have created a fund specifically for the Camp Fire and have outlined a plan to utilize 100% of donations for relief efforts in our community.
Butte Strong Fund
As a collaborative effort between Aaron Rodgers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the North Valley Community Foundation, the Butte Strong Fund is a grant program for organizations that are providing relief in the areas of housing, health & wellness, education, community development and business recovery.
How We Supported Our “Extended Family”
The Camp Fire displaced 13 Lundberg Family Farms employees, some of which lost their homes. The outpouring of support from fellow employees was inspiring.
- $44,923 was donated to impacted employees
- 189 hours of PTO was donated by Lundberg employees and an additional 189 hours was matched by the company for a total of 378 hours of donated PTO
- Employees and community members donated clothing, household items, groceries and gift cards
- Lundberg Family Farms donated hundreds of cases of rice snacks to support evacuees as well as first responders and recovery workers
- Where can I access the Transparency in Coverage Machine-Readable Files?
In partnership with Anthem, AmeriBen creates and publishes the Machine-Readable Files on behalf of Lundberg Family Farms. To link to the Machine-Readable Files, required by the Transparency in Coverage guidelines, please click on the URL provided: https://github.com/Ameriben/MRF