“The unprecedented growth in our Blue Diamond consumer brand and ingredient business requires us to expand our capacity beyond our Sacramento and Salida operations,” says Jansen. “The California almond crop has doubled over the last decade. Global demand continues to climb: 2010 crop shipments exceeded previous shipments by 14 percent for a five-year annual growth rate of 13 percent. This plan will provide the capacity we need to grow as global markets expand and U.S. consumers demand more nutritional almond products.”

“This is an exciting moment for the City of Turlock,” says Mayor John Lazar. “We are pleased that Blue Diamond has selected Turlock for expansion of its operations because it brings economic growth to our community. This is the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between Blue Diamond and our city that will benefit our citizens and the region as a business community. The selection of our city for such a major corporate investment validates the foresight and planning of the Turlock City Council by preparing Turlock for economic growth like this. We are pleased to welcome Blue Diamond to our community as our newest corporate citizen.”

The Blue Diamond brand ranks at the top of competing categories in the food industry and is slated for additional growth. Blue Diamond’s ingredients business increased 50 percent to date in 2010-11, while its snack almond business increased 19 percent; Nut Thins cracker business is up 32 percent; and its Refrigerated Almond Breeze non-dairy milk is up a whopping 121 percent during the same period.

Blue Diamond Growersis the world’s largest almond marketer and processor. It is responsible for developing the industry and opening world markets over 100 years ago when Spain and Italy were the major producers of almonds. While the U.S. market is the largest single market for almonds, over 70 percent of them are exported to 95 countries worldwide. Almonds are California’s largest food export and they rank among the top ten food exports in America. California produces over 80 percent of the world’s supply.