Satake Rice Milling College hosts students from across the globe

by World Grain staff
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STAFFORD, TEXAS, U.S. — In mid-April, Satake USA hosted 52 guests from Australia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Venezuela and the U.S for a three-day Rice Milling College at the company’s facilities in Stafford, Texas, U.S.

The Rice Milling College program covered all aspects of rice milling such as process technologies, quality control, practical tests with full-scale machines, problem-solving training sessions, including social evening events and other topics. The instructors included well respected experts with years of industry experience.

Satake’s Rice Milling College featured high-profile guest speakers from across the rice industry: Steve Rocca, Vogel Sales Engineering; Scott Lindsey, Riceland Foods; Jennifer Kalfsbeek, Sun Valley Rice; and Jim Bond, Philip Rahm International.

Satake President & Chief Executive Officer Junjiro Naoki welcomed the participants and expressed his high satisfaction that the annual Satake Rice Milling College has been growing every year. From Satake’s Cereal Division, Chuck Vincent, Thomas Kock and Tony Lopez all made presentations to the assembled students.

Satake provided professional simultaneous Spanish translators for its guests who needed this service.

Participants utilized the following Satake equipment at the company’s test mill to augment their education: the New Water Polisher KB75 and New Color Sorter SSM, the Abrasive Whitener VTA-10, Friction Whitener VBF-10 and laboratory equipment.

Phil Meline from SunRice, New South Wales, Australia remarked in his post-course survey “I gained many valuable skills by completing this course, Excellent Experience!” Nelson Martinez from Costa Rica, Compania Arrocera Industrial, said, “This program is very intensive which makes the course even more interesting”

“The international diversity in our classes provides a valuable exchange of experience between our worldwide participants,” Satake USA Vice-President Chuck Vincent said. “Our Satake Team is looking forward to hosting next year’s Rice Milling College.”