Blue Diamond almond co-op has banner year, plans new facility

11/17/2011 02:41:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

As he reported at the annual meeting, they didn't meet the goal—they exceeded it and hit 34 percent growth.

"The only thing that can slow this down is manufacturing capacity," he says.

The increased popularity of Blue Diamond's value-added products has translated into strong growers returns.

For the 2010 crop, members received a maximum of $2.20 per pound for Nonpareil inshell and $2.15 per pound, including quality premiums, for shelled Nonpareil, the most widely grown almond variety.

Growers of Buttes and Padres, pollinizer varieties, received a maximum of $1.58 per pound.

Despite a larger almond crop in 2010, Blue Diamond was able to obtain a higher return for its grower members than in 2009, when the average Nonpareil return was $2.01 per pound.

The 2009 crop was 1.4 billion pounds.

Jansen pointed to the increasing popularity of the co-op's consumer lines, the growth of value-added ingredients, increases in operating efficiency and $10 million in cost savings as a few reasons for the higher 2010 grower returns.

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