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Ελληνικό ρύζι Χαλάστρας Greek (GR)Ελληνικό ρύζι Χαλάστρας English (UK)

The Products

The Begas Agro brings to your plate all the nutritional values of the land of Macedonia in a wide variety of rice cultivated by Greek producers with the contribution of the company while processed and standardized by methods that stand out for their unique flavor, keeping it intact in suitable packaging. Yellow / parboiled rice for granular delicious pilaf, long grain white rice and large round grain rice for tasty Greek traditional recipes, medium grain rice sticky soup, basmati for delicious Asian cuisine, Arborio rice for delicious risotto and brown and organic rice for highly nutritious dishes. Try the rice of the company Begas Agro and enjoy a wonderful tasty experience!

Rice Series

From the seed to the grain

The quality assurance and vertical integration of the production process are our fundamental values. We cover 38% of the total exports of Greece in rice

«At the beginning, there was the seed», Theofrastos
Without qualitative (genetic material) seed, there is not good final product produced. The Company Begas Agro, wanting to ensure quality end product, started providing quality seeds. Therefore, since 1985, where it received the sporulation permission, it produces seeds of different rice varieties currently grown by many producers across Greek territory,such as the varieties Ronaldo, Gloria, Samba, Thai Bonnet, Golden Bon, Calliston etc.

The Begas Agro having 30 years’ experience in seed production is the most specialized and leading company in Greece, thus covering 80% of the country's needs.

In parallel, The Company Begas Agro sells seed cotton, corn, alfalfa, sunflower, wheat and barley representing foreign companies.

The agronomists of Begas Agro are daily on the side of the farmer by providing advice on the rational use and management of plant protection products and information for proper plant nutrition so that production obtains the best performance, with practices environmentally friendly.

At the same time controls are carried out strictly and continuously by the team of agronomists of the company, directly in the field through the integrated management system implementation while stringent controls are applied at the stage of the receipt of raw materials by the company before the start of the phase of processing.

The Company Begas Agro exports 95% of its products in Europe and the Middle East while the rest is available domestically. The means of transport used by the company meet the safety and hygiene standards of the transported products so that they arrive in perfect condition to the final recipient.

The Company Begas Agro at all stages of the production process makes numerous measurements and analysis for moisture, performance, nutritional value (energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber), any pesticide residues (from aerial spraying for mosquito control) and toxins in collaboration with three specialized certified laboratories, ensuring the quality and safety of the product and the confidence of the consumer.
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The Company Begas Agro processes rice varieties using modern equipment that include cleaners of raw material, drying machinery, heat-moisture processing lines, peeling and bleaching machines, sorting and color sorting and after wards it packs the final product in big bags (1000-1200 kg) and bags (5,10,15,25,30,50 kg) or in consumer packages of 500 grams and 1. 2 and 5 kg. The products are palletized and stored in warehouses of the company, meeting hygiene and food safety criteria, until their shipment having as destination, customers and end consumers.

Η Begas Agro εξάγει το 95% των προϊόντων της στην Ευρώπη και τη Μέση Ανατολή ενώ το υπόλοιπο διατίθεται στην εγχώρια αγορά. Τα μεταφορικά μέσα που χρησιμοποιεί η εταιρία, πληρούν τις προδιαγραφές ασφάλειας και υγιεινής των μεταφερόμενων προϊόντων προκειμένου να φτάσουν σε άριστη κατάσταση στον τελικό παραλήπτη.

For professionals

The Begas Agro sells its products in packages suitable for the market of Ho.Re.Ca (Hotel. Restaurant. Catering) as well as for the wholesalers in Greece and abroad.
• big bags 1000-1200 kg • bags 5,10,15,25,30,50 kg

Rice Types

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10 Mar. 2016

Traditional stuffed leaves

Large round grain rice (Carolina type)
Ingredients: (for 6 persons)
  • 12 coffee cups Large round grain rice BEGAS AGRO (calculate 1 cup rice for each tomato / pepper to be filled)
  • 6 large tomatoes (tight and mature)
  • 6 flask peppers (for filling)
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 2-3 onions
  • 2-3 riped extra tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper
Preparation:
Wash all vegetables and rice.Cut the top of peppers/tomatoes to be open edlike acap.Peel the spores from the peppers and with a tea spoon remove the inside of the tomatoes without creating hole,pass it through the food processor and keep it in a deep dish.Pass there maining tomatoes by the grate. Pour some oil in a baking panand place the tomatoes and peppers with the lids up wards.
Preparethefilling:
Finely chop the onion and fry it in a pan. Add the rice, parsley, mint and ¾ of the oil. Salt and pepper the filling and add half of the crushed tomatoes. Carefully fill the tomatoes and peppers. Do not fill to the brim because the filling will overflow in baking. Cut the potatoes and put them in the pan. Pour the rest of the tomatoes, add a glass of hot water, the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper all over and bake in preheated oven at 200 'C for 1 hour. Remove the pan carefully, turn the peppers and bake for another half hour (if necessary add a little warm water).
10 Mar. 2016

White grained pilaf

Parboiled Rice
Ingredients: (for 6-8 people)
  • 500 g parboiled BEGAS AGRO rice
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 3-4 liters of meat or chicken broth
  • 75g fresh butter

Preparation:
1. Clean the rice, put it in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons salt and pour hot water until full covering. When the rice has cooled, strain it and rinse it with plenty of cold water.
2. Pour the rice in salted meat or chicken broth that is boiling. Keep the high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the water is absorbed and it comes to the same level with the rice. Lower the heat and allow the rice to boil for 5-6 minutes.
3. Add the butter, stir gently, cover with a clean towel, put the lid and pull from the heat. Cover the pan for 10 minutes and it is ready.
4. Those who prefer butter sautéed that a gives better taste, add the sautéed butter just when taken out from the heat and stir the rice.
Note: The rice is mixed only after having boiled and after covered by the butter. Stirring must beal ways very light, like a caress.
10 Mar. 2016

Dolmadakia Gialantzi (Stuffed vine leaves with rice without meat)

Long grain white rice
Ingredients: (for 8-10 persons)
  • 2 tea cups of nychakiriceBEGASAGRO
  • 60 leaves
  • 1 ½ teacups olive oil
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch dillorfennel chopped
  • ½ bunchmint, chopped (or 4 tbsp. of dried mint)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Juice of 4 lemons

Preparation:
In a large bowl, add 1 cup ofrice, olive oil, juice of 3 lemons and all other ingredients. Mix well the herbs. The filling is ready!
Wrapping:
In a plate, spread a vine leaf with the glossy side on the bottom and “the nerved” part on the top, so that when wrapped, there is the "smooth" side outside. Cut the stalk. Place at the “mouth” of the leaf a teaspoon of the filling. We close it first from the side of the stem and after we close the sides of the leaf and we roll it, until it closes completely. Each sarmadaki (wrapped leaf) we make, we put it in the pot very close one to another in layers and continue until finished the filling. Sprinkle half cup of olive oil, the juice of a lemon and 4 cups warm water. Place a plate upside down so you do not open as they boil. Boil for half an hour. Serve plainor with yogurt.
10 Mar. 2016

Easy soup with rice and vegetables

Medium grain white rice
Ingredients:
  • 150 medium grain white rice BEGAS AGRO
  • 1 leek cut in rings
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 5 potatoes into cubes
  • ¾ teacup chopped celery
  • 4-5 liters of meat or chicken broth (or 2 cubes of broth)
  • 50ml olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, dill (if you are using the soup cubes, there is no need for extra salt)

Preparation:
Peel, wash and drain the rice. Pour the broth into the pot and make sure it covers a little above the middle. Add salt and pepper and bring to boil. Then add all the vegetables together, lower the heat and let boil for 15 minutes, add the rice and boil for another 10 minutes. Finally add the olive oil and dill. Close the heat and leave the pot covered for another 15 minutes. Serve with fresh lemon juice.
10 Mar. 2016

Rice and Health

The rice is considered the most precious seed of the Greek land and one of the strongest crops in Greece to produce thousands of tons each year.
The rice, in all its forms and colors, the long grained, the risotto, Basmati or Jasmine, brown or wild is the food of the Greek family with many nutritional benefits.
Energy Source
The carbohydrates contained by the rice provide energy to the human body that needs every day and acts as fuel for the body, contributing to normal brain function. No wonder that it is an excellent food for athletes and those with intense physical and mental activity. 160 grams of boiled long grain rice provides the body 47 grams of carbohydrates and give energy with the right rhythm to the human body.

Rich in fibers, vitamins and minerals
The rice contains fibers that are important because they regulate digestion while the containing proteins represent an essential structural component of the body. Also the rice is rich in B vitamin complex and vitamin E (Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin E). It also contains iron that is necessary for the synthesis of hemoglobin, potassium that regulates the functioning of the nervous system, the phosphorus helps in the energy production and magnesium is an essential constituent of bone and teeth.
Weight control
The rice has low calories and according to nutritionists, it is recommended as a good food for weight control and treatment of obesity.
Aportionof 62.5gr of rice yields 215 Kcal.
Protection & Prevention
The rice does not contain cholesterol, it is low in sodium, fat and trans fat helping to reduce the arterial blood pressure and it is considered an ideal food for people suffering from high blood pressure.
The brown rice that contains the cortical layers and germ, where beneficial nutrients can be found, ingredients such as phytonutrients antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, promoting thus the cardiovascular endurance by reducing the cholesterol levels in the body while containing high levels of neurotransmitter nutrients that can buffer the body towards Alzheimer's disease on a large scale.
Still, it helps to prevent particular diseases. The rice has a low glycemic index which means that this food is recommended by nutritionists to prevent certain diseases such as diabetes type 1 and 2 and cardiovascular diseases.
It is rich in resistant starch, which helps to the growth of beneficial bacteria for the normal bowel movement and helps treat dysentery. The rice hulls is considered as an effective drug in order to treat this disease. Finally, the Chinese believe that rice cures stomach ailments and indigestion problems.

About us

40 years now, the agronomist Stavros Begas writes his own, separate page in the Greek history of quality rice from the famous area of Chalastra.

Having as objective the commerce of plant protection products and agricultural supplies, the execution of green projects and rice cultivation, he created one of the largest and vertically integrated rice processing and standardization units in the country.

The dedication to quality, to full control of the production process from seed to grain, where as the successful business ventures and investments brought results.

In the 80’s, he proceeds to the marketing of propagating seeds’material of large cultivation such as cotton, corn, wheat and lucerne and then he expands his activity in the rice production and the production of certified propagating material for varieties of Indica and Japonica rice type, spreading their distribution throughout Greece.

At the dawn of the 21st century, he turns the company into anonymous company and he moves to an ambitious development plan by investing in skilled human resources, facilities and machinery for the industrial processing of parboiled and white rice.

He creates fully equipped quality control laboratory where experienced scientists work to ensure 100% high quality of the company's products.

He cooperates closely with the Greek producers by providing them with advice of experienced agronomists from the company and providing them with environmentally friendly selected farm supplies, to ensure high production efficiency while ensuring excellent quality, as well.

He proceeds to rice standardization in micro-packages for the supermarkets and grocery stores by investing in suitable machinery and sales organization.

He innovates in cooperating with research institutes in Greece and abroad while actively participating in research on the use of products and by-products of rice.

The quality assurance, the continuous strengthening of Greek producers and their crops and the vertical integration of the production process are the fundamental success values of Begas Agro.

There is avertiginous sales growth in Greece and export to Europe and the Middle East that reaches 95% of the company produced rice and covers 15-18% of the total country's rice exports.

Today, Begas Agro is one of the largest rice manufacturing, packaging and marketing companies in Greece having as compass, the quality and Greek character of its products from the green center of Greece - thewell-known Delta of four rivers – Axios – Gallikos - Loudias – Aliakmonas.

The company Begas Agro has a wide range of activities that are:
Commerce of agrochemical products
Begas Agro is trading seeds and plant protective products for large crops such as rice, maize, cotton and alfalfa as well as fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides etc. at the region of northern Greece.
Rice Seed Production
Rice seed production from varieties mainly derive from Begas Agro’s research and simultaneously the company is trading foreign houses, that cover 80% of domestic rice cultivation.
Certified seeds
Rice, Cotton, Alfalfa, Maize
Fertilizers
Complex and simple, all types with macro elements and trace elements
Indicative Types
RISOFERT
32-5-5+2MgO+0.5Zn
27-5-5+2MgO+0.5Zn
26-5-10+2MgO+0.5Zn
RIZAMMON
40-0-0+SULFUR 5,5%
25-0-0+SULFUR 19,5%
20,5-0-0+SULFUR 24%
Pesticides
Central pesticides warehouse in cooperation with the largest foreign houses.
Basf - Bayer – Dow – Pioneer – ALFA – Sipcam – Κ+Ν Efthymiadis
Rice production
Rice from varieties that originate mostly from thes ameculture of the company Begas Agro, while using seeds of foreign companies, as well, covering 80% ofthe domesticrice-growing
Industrial processing and standardization rice
The Company Begas Agro supplies high quality rice raw material from different varieties grown in the region of Northern Greece and afterwards the processing and standardization follows in the industrial facilities of the company.
The varieties are intended for direct consumption in suitable packaging:
ΙNDICA type Rice
• white long grain rice
• Parboiled Rice: light yellow long grain rice with parboiled processing

JAPONICAtype Rice
• White middle grain rice
• Carolina, Baldo, Arborio: white big grain rice

Aromatic Basmatirice-BEGATI

Biological Rice

Brown Rice
• Longgrain
• Middlegrain
• Parboiled

Standardization and marketing of legumes
The Company Begas Agro standardizes and sells a wide variety of high quality pulses such as lentils, split peas, beans, chickpeas etc.

Commercialization of rice products
The rice products of the company Begas Agro are available in a wide variety as bulk, inprofessional as well as consumer packaging, in Greece and a broad.

Marketing of agricultural supplies
The Begas Agro distributes seeds and plant protection products for major crops like rice, maize, cotton and agricultural supplies such as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, etc. in the area of Northern Greece

Innovative research
The Company Begas Agro in collaboration with the national agricultural research institute NAGREF, AUTH and other organizations abroad, within the European Union programs, actively participates in research on the utilization of rice products and by-products for use in the creation of:
• biological glue
• cosmetics
• insulating materials (from rice husk)
• Biofuel
• specialized uses in livestock units
• ash derived from burning bark in the parboiled rice procedure for use in the metal industry and cement and fertilizer and soil improvers
In addition, the company Begas Agro participates in the smartpaddy program. That is a system for controlling water salinity of the crop and of the drinking water. With the smart paddy system, the information is transferred automatically to the user's mobile phone. This program has been completed and it is already applied.

At the Company Begas Agro, the teamwork, the commitment to quality and traditional values with which we grew up, our love for Greece and our passion for perfection, are the reasons that make us set high goals: to offer those who appreciate quality, the best rice that nature can "give birth" and the man can produce. To inspire love for everything that is Greek, participation in what is tasty in order to offer a high culinary experience to our consumers.

We envisageto establish our selves as are ference point of Greek riceandits excellent quality.

The pursuit of quality and taste are our core values. It is what identifies us and this is the rice we offer. And above all Greek!

Points – miles to nes of our philosophy:
• We support the Greek producers and Greek products
• We ensure the high quality of the final product through the integrated production control procedure (seed - fertilizer - plant protection - collection - drying - storage - processing - standardization)
• We are close to the producer as consultants and partners, providing the appropriate farm supplies for high yields and quality.
• We monitor closely all stages of the production process from seed to grain

• 20 km from Thessaloniki, in Chalastra
• 28,5 acres total land
• 10.000 sqm industrial and storage spaces
• 5 silo capacity of 1,500 tons each
• 4 Driers
• 3 modern high-capacity production lines (600MT / 24h) for the production of white and parboiled rice
• 5-cleaners of raw material
• 7 peeling machines
• 10 whitening machines
• 10 sorting machines of the whole grain to broken grain
• 6-state CCD Sortexcolor sorting machines for cleaning the final product
• 5 weighing machines and packaging in big bags (1000-1200 kg) and bags (5,10,15,25,30,50 kg)
• 5 palletising machines
• 3 packaging machines for packets of ½, 1,2,5 kg
• 1 fully equipped quality control laboratory

• The Company Begas Agro is certified according to the standard ISO 22000: 2005 ensuring the quality and safety of products.
• The plant operates in accordance with the provisions of national and European legislation regarding the establishing and operating industrial facilities and environmental protection.
• The company daily invests in compliance with the quality policy that it applies. The selected raw materials and packaging materials, the facilities that meet strict health and safety standards, the operational equipment and trained personnel – all these guarantee the highest quality products and services
• The Company Begas Agro has developed and applies modern practices that can ensure product quality and confirmation of the compliance with strict quality acceptance criteria, storage, production, packing and distribution.
• The quality control of the compliance with operating procedures in all departments is daily carried out and its results are evaluated directly, so as to make the necessary improvements.
• At the same time, the concern of the company Begas Agro is to ensure a safe and healthy working environment that respects the rights of staff and does not support discrimination.

For the Company Begas Agro, development must be based on rules of environmental protection and management, participation and well-being of the local community.

We recognize, and make daily practice, the production of high standards and quality products to be interwoven with the protection of the natural environment and with the support of people and organizations in our region.

We operate in every direction by applying a consistent social responsibility program with a main priority to environmental protection.

We are on the side of our fellow human beings in need of any kind of sponsorship and we support sports clubs, foundations, monasteries and various organizations who care for vulnerable groups.

At the center of our agenda for the environment is to recycle that is maintained consistently in major categories while we make major efforts in saving energy resources and their proper management.

Recycling
Husk
During husking the rice, alarge amount of bark is produced as a by product that is used as fuel to produce steam for the needs of the plant and part of it is available to livestock and to poultry groups and electricity units, as well.
Cinders
The ash results from the combustion of rice peeling and we dispose it to the organic fertilizers industries and smelters.
Materials
We work with licensed recycling companies that pick up from our factory the recyclable materials that can no longer be used
Energy
To meet the needs of the plant, we use rice husk as biofuel to produce hot water and steam. In this way, we reduce our dependency on hydrocarbons while the husk as biofuel is environmentally friendly.

The Region

The west coast of the Thermaic Gulf is a blessed place. One of Greece's most important wetlands. The protected area of the National Park Axios - Loudias - Aliakmonas, which also includes the mouth of the River Gallikos and Kalochori lagoon, the off Nea Agathoupoli and the Alyki Kitros. A mosaic of wetlands with rich vegetation that make a beautiful landscape with flooded rice fields, shallow lagoons and sandy islets.

The ecological value of the area is huge, so it is included in Europe's most important wetlands protected by the Ramsar Convention and it belongs to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000. Over 500 plantspecies, 278 species of birds and many wild animals live in this rich wetland.

Here lie the vast rice fields of the Macedonian land occupying large areas in the plains of the delta of four rivers. In the spring, flooded by the waters of the river, enjoy the euphoria as they prepare to welcome the seed. This area is the main rice production center in Greece, with agriculture, especially rice cultivation, to be the principal activity of the inhabitants of the surrounding settlements.

It produces 70% of the total amount of Greek rice with yields at very high levels that are continuously improved, with high-tech means of production and highly skilled growers. In the center of this area, there are the facilities of the company Begas Agro.

Cultures rich in nutrients are carried by the river basins decisively affecting the morphology of the flat area around their mouths. Minerals, precious for animal organisms, and especially humans, are absorbed from the soil due to the proximity of the rice fields and the sea, thus giving the seed a very distinctive flavor. The climate, perfect for the crops, is continental Mediterranean with average lower temperature 5oC in February and average maximum temperature of 25oC in July.

The northern (Vardaris) and northwest winds provide a unique clarity into the atmosphere by wiping it of the fog and pollution, while contributing to the reduction of air humidity. All these factors create a blessed place for growing rice generously offering us one of the most valuable foods, which not accidentally from antiquity is considered symbol of happiness, prosperity and fertility.

Within this place, BEGAS AGRO operates, successfully for more than 40 years, picking, packing and bringing to the table of Greek household, the precious products of theblessed area of Delta.

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