Blue Diamond Growers

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Company Description
Blue Diamond® Growers is the world’s largest tree nut processing and marketing company. Founded in 1910, the cooperative celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Blue Diamond® led the development of California’s almond industry from a minor domestic specialty crop to the world leader in almond production and marketing.

Headquartered in Sacramento, CA, approximately 3,000 California almond growers deliver California almonds annually to the cooperative. The crop is marketed to all 50 states and more than 90 foreign countries, making almonds California’s largest food export, and the sixth largest U.S. food export. The California crop is valued annually at over $2 billion.

Rooted in everything we do are our core values: partnership, quality, innovation and integrity. These values allow us to continue to build markets, create new products, and new opportunities for almonds across the world.

Key Market Areas
• Snack Nuts
• Crackers
• Chips
• Non-dairy Beverage

Major Products/Service Offerings
• Blue Diamond® Snack Almonds: Traditional flavors, Bold flavors, Oven Roasted flavors, 100-calorie packs, Value packs, and Single Serve packs
• Gluten-Free Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins Crackers
• Gluten-Free Blue Diamond® Baked Nut Chips
• Blue Diamond® Almond Breeze Non-dairy Beverage
• Blue Diamond® Cooking and Baking Almonds

What’s New?
For snacks on the run or when planning your next get-together, don’t forget to invite the irresistible taste of Blue Diamond® Nut Thins®. You’ll love this Gluten-Free* natural cracker snack packed with good-for-you taste. Nine delicious flavors to choose from, including NEW! Pepperjack, a tasty cheesy-packed snack cracker with a kick!

* Each production run is sampled and tested to confirm gluten levels do not exceed 20 PPM.

New! Blue Diamond® Baked Nut Chipstm, the great new way to add a little fun to your lunchbox and a lot of guilt-free pleasure to your party table. Available in three great flavors, these tasty baked chips are not only gluten-free*, but also less saturated fat and calories per serving than potato chips*!

*According to the USDA Nutritional Database, 2000, SR23, Baked Nut Chips contain at least 75% less saturated fat than potato chips, and less fat and fewer calories than tortilla chips. Each production run is sampled and tested to confirm gluten levels do not exceed 20 PPM.

Blue Diamond Growers
1802 C Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Tel.: (800)987-2329, (916)442-0771
Fax: (916)446-8466
customerservice@bdgrowers.com
www.bluediamond.com
Year Founded: 1910

Key Personnel:
Chairman of the Board: Clinton Shick

Board of Directors: Dale Van Groningen (Vice Chairman), Charles Crivelli, Dan Cummings, Kevin Fondse, George Goshgarian, Elaine Rominger, Steve Van Duyn, Robert J. Weimer, Don Yee (Director-at-Large)

President and CEO: Mark Jansen

CFO: Robert Donovan

General Manager, Consumer Products Division:
John O’Shaughnessy

Marketing Director, Consumer Products Division:
Algernon Greenlee

Director of Sales, Consumer Products Division:
Jim Mortenson

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, November 2011