December 21, 2014 2:41 PM ET

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Company Overview of Blue Diamond Growers, Inc.

Company Overview

Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. produces, processes, and markets almonds in the United States and internationally. Its products include oven roasted almonds, nut thins, and cooking and baking almonds; almond drinks and gifts; and fruit and coffee flavored almonds. Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. was formerly known as California Almond Growers Exchange. The company was founded in 1910 and is based in Sacramento, California.

1802 C Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

United States

Founded in 1910

Phone:

916-442-0771

Fax:

916-446-8461

Key Executives for Blue Diamond Growers, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
General Manager of Operations
General Manager of Global Human Resources
Director of Member Relations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. Key Developments

Blue Diamond Growers Launches New Line of Honey Flavored Products to Satisfy Any Craving

Blue Diamond Growers launched a new line of honey flavored products across its Snack Almonds, Nut Thins and Almond Breeze brands. Just in time for summer, this latest line mixes the subtly sweet essence of honey with forward flavors to create the perfect snack or beverage to satisfy any craving. Honey is growing in popularity as a great natural alternative to sugar. From sweet to savory and everything in between, Blue Diamond's new products include: Four new flavors of Snack Almonds including, Honey Roasted, Honey Roasted Vanilla, Honey Roasted Cinnamon and Honey Roasted Chipotle come in 6 ounce cans and are developed with Blue Diamond's unique honey roast process. Made with real honey, this line is a mix of sweet and salty flavor combinations. Blue Diamond's new Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard Nut Thins are available in 4.25 ounce boxes. Made with real almonds and a touch of honey, these wheat and gluten-free snacks are perfect for everyone. Almond Breeze Almondmilk's two new flavors, Hint of Honey and of Honey Vanilla, are rich and creamy with a hint of honey. Available in both the refrigerated and shelf stable cartons. Blue Diamond also recognizes that almonds are the only crop that is completely dependent on honey bees for the pollination of its crops and that without them honey would also not exist. Since 1976, Blue Diamond has helped fund research in more than 70 projects focused on the health of bees, pollination and colony health. Blue Diamond is donating $100,000 to Project Apis m., a non-profit 501 (c) (5) organization whose mission is to direct research that will enhance the health of honey bees while improving crop production.

Marusan-Ai Co. to Tie up with Blue Diamond Growers

Marusan-Ai Co. announced that it will tie up with Blue Diamond Growers for the production and sales of its almond drinks in Japan. Marusan-Ai will launch Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze drink on Sept. 9. The suggested retail price, excluding tax, will be JPY 105. Working women in their 30s and 40s are expected to be the main customers. The company hopes sales will reach JPY 650 million in the year ending in September 2014.

Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. Expands in Sacramento

Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. opened 6,500 square-foot Almond Innovation Center. Blue Diamond Growers, Inc. expects to increase new almond product sales growth five-fold over the next five years. The success of Blue Diamond's investment in new snack products broke all sales records in the North American market in 2012. While Blue Diamond's snack almond business grew 21%, the Almond Breeze Aseptic Milk business jumped 21% and chilled Almond Milk sales skyrocketed 59%. Nut Thins cracker sales rose 28%. New snack products introduced early in 2013 include Roasted Coffee, Mocha and Caramel Macchiato flavored almonds, and three fruit-inspired flavors, Raspberry, Blueberry and Strawberry. Likewise in the global ingredients business where almonds are used in a variety of foods, sales increased 35% and almonds remained in first place as the nut in new food products worldwide. Value-added revenues over the last two years are up 69%.

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