If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It I continue to be impressed by the perseverance of farmers. Global trade wars, government bureaucracy and especially weather make resilience a defining attribute of every successful farm. This will be my tenth year of experience with the almond crop and I am still waiting for a good weather season. Years of historic drought followed by blooms where university research would suggest limited chances for pollination. This year, there were numerous challenges during bloom with cold and rainy weather, but there were some reasons for optimism. The cooler weather gave bees more time to pollinate blossoms, an overlap between varieties allowed for plenty of pollen and when bees were able to work they had plenty of open flowers on all varieties to forage. Blue Diamond is wishing you have a bountiful crop in the 2019 season. While it is too early to determine the size of the coming crop, we anticipate larger supplies of almonds in the coming years. And, Blue Diamond has been preparing for them by delivering on innovations at our processing facilities, creating new products, and developing global partnerships. Our growing investments in manufacturing innovations strengthen our commitment to you. Mark Jansen President & CEO PRESIDENT’S CORNER Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing. — Abraham Lincoln 6 A L M O N D F A C T S