Illa de Riu

About us

About us

We are an agricultural firm currently run by Juan Trías del Romero, member of the third generation of the family, dedicated to the production and commercialization of high quality rice under the brand name ILLA DE RIU.


We produce Certified Seed of Rice, with Official Title as Seed Sorters, and thus obtain from the first generation several varieties of rice for our use and for its commercialization. Among these seeds is Bomba rice, which we do not commercialize to give more prestige to the finished product.

We also produce commercial rice of different varieties that we use for the industry. Annually they are collected in our farm “Illa de Riu” (Delta del Ebro) approximately 2800 tons of rice, of which approx. 50% are from Bomba.
With this we only want to highlight the quality of our product. By producing our own seed and cultivating it without relying on third parties, we ensure maximum quality without any mixing with other varieties, and with constant product equality and uniformity.

Only the elaboration is done in the Cooperativa del Montsià, which has modern facilities that comply with all health regulations. Our packaging has, in addition to an elegant presentation, a double sealed inner container, to ensure its maintenance and conservation.

For all this, Bomba rice “Illa de Riu” has been the only European rice awarded at the “Intarnational Taste Quality Institute” of Brussels with two stars in 2014, and is being increasingly valued by the best restaurants and shops specialized in and out of Spain.

We also offer the Bahia rice “Illa de Riu” (exclusively of this variety), with the same rigor and quality as the Pump, to all those people interested in improving their cuisine, looking for a constant texture, flavor, cooking time, etc. ., that can only be offered with a monovarietal rice, at a more affordable level.

Among our rices you will also find Carnaroli (Italian variety known for its excellent quality and risottos), also awarded with a star in 2015 by the “Intarnational Taste Quality Institute” of Brussels, produced here by us, as the others rice, on our farm and with the “Illa de Riu” brand.

Illa de Riu

HISTORY

HISTORY

José del Romero (1873-1936), a Barcelonian and corvette captain, acquired in 1917 in the Delta del Ebro an immense estate, property of the marquisate of Tamarit, known as Illa del Pantar or Illa de Riu.


The salinity of the lands of the farm did not allow another crop than that of rice, and with the great help of the sharecroppers, they ended up turning into rice fields that were leased for their cultivation.

On the death of José del Romero in 1936 was his wife, Montserrat de Sentmenat, who came to be known by the nickname of “La Comandanta”, who took over the farm.

Roberto Trías, husband of Pilar, one of the daughters of Montserrat, also took care of the property, warehouses, dryer, machinery, making irrigation canals, opening roads between paddies… for more than 40 years. His son Juan Trías del Romero, the youngest of nine children, is the current head of the company SAT el Pantar, which has been operating the Illa de Riu farm since 1977, continuing the work begun by his father, putting the last barren areas under cultivation, restructuring the plots, conditioning the irrigation channels, updating machinery, etc.

With quality and excellence as a fundamental principle in its work, the Illa de Riu farm bet in 1987 to become one of the first seed selectors, with a large technological investment. Since then and following a meticulous selection process, the Illa de Riu farm produces seeds of different varieties for trade and its own consumption among which are: Bahia, Carnaroli and Bomba. The latter is not marketed to maintain its exclusivity.

Following in the quality line, and given the circumstances of the market, in 1995 Juan Trias del Romero decided to commercialize the Bomba variety, offering to the market one of the most appreciated culinary rice varieties, produced with the highest quality (rigorous selection of seeds, homogeneous and controlled cultivation ..) elaborated in the Montsiá Cooperativa facilities and packaging the final product in a double container that guarantees a good presentation and conservation. In the commercial aspect, Juan Trias del Romero strives to transfer and promote the knowledge of rice and its different varieties, as well as the importance of a monovarietal commercialization in favor of a higher quality and better use of its varieties Bomba, Carnaroli and Bahia.