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Luz Yurge; Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Director at Josapar

Brief Bio of Guest:

  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Believes in the quality of Brazil Long Grain
  • Working hard to make his rice acceptable to the US Market
  • Critical of the quality of US hybrid rice to meet Brazil rice demand

Ricardo Hahn; Montevideo, Uruguay

Director of Molson Investments SA 2014 – Current

Brief Bio of Guest:

  • Director de Exportaciones Saman 1976-1988
  • Director de Glencore SA 1993-2014
  • Universidad de la República in Uruguay; Masters Degree in Agronomy, Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas

Brief Overview of Interview:

  • Insightful on the workings of the Americas, European, African, Middle Eastern and Asian rice market
  • International trader having bought and sold rice across the globe.

Robert Trahan; Crowley, Louisiana USA

Director of Sales and Business Development at Falcon Rice Mill, Inc.

Brief Bio of Guest:

  • Believes in US jasmine as strong growth market to compete with Asian imports.
  • Strong advocate of domestic rice sales in the US
  • Learned the rice business from his father and his brother
  • He has come a long way from being a caddy at Milo Hamilton’s golf course in Austin


Kaizar Colombowala; Died May 2022 in Houston, Texas

Voice only interview was conducted in July 2021 in Houston

Brief Bio of Guest:

  • University of California, Berkeley graduate
  • Food Engineering Consultant
  • Consulted with LT Foods, India’s largest Basmati exporter, to build up their rice processing facilities in Houston, Amsterdam, and New Delhi, India
  • Mentor: A Life-long rice mentor to Milo Hamilton, who like Kaizar, worked for Uncle Ben’s for over two decades. Mentored many, many others in the rice business both at Mars, Incorporated and LT Foods.

Brief Overview of Interview:

  • Broad knowledge of rice production processes.