Texas-based Riviana Foods has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to create a new joint venture in the UK rice market with Spanish food firm Ebro Puleva. The joint venture will combine Riviana's UK subsidiary, Stevens & Brotherton (S&B) with Ebro Puleva's UK subsidiary, Joseph Heap & Sons, and will be owned 51% by Ebro Puleva and 49% by Riviana.