Blue Diamond team members Anthony Melo, Dennis Bettencourt, Resham Klair and Brian Barczak accepted the award on behalf of the cooperative. Salida Plant Awarded Safe Food Alliance “Plant of the Year” The Safe Food Alliance recognized Blue Diamond’ s Salida manufacturing plant as Plant of the Year at its annual Food Safety Conference. Blue Diamond is celebrating this achievement and is the direct result of a commitment to food safety and dedication to delivering the benefits of almonds to the world. “We support this vision with a Food Safety Culture based on being food safety aware and audit ready,” said Brian Barczak, Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing Operations for Blue Diamond . Blue Diamond’ s century-long record for food safety built the foundation of high standards and best practices in the plants. The ongoing investments made in the manufacturing plants ensure they are the most advanced and efficient in the world. This competitive advantage provides unmatched value to Blue Diamond customers – some of the largest food companies in the world. The Safe Food Alliance annually recognizes a food processing facility that demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement, achieves success as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certified facility, and ranks as a top scoring facility during unannounced food safety audits. Safe Food Alliance provides food safety training and consulting services to more than one hundred food processing companies. As a leader in almond production, Blue Diamond strives to uphold, promote and improve programs based on the GFSI standards as established by the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute, and undergoes an audit of their Food Safety and Quality program at a frequency of one audit per week. Blue Diamond consistently receives high scores on audits and for three consecutive years achieved excellent ratings on SQF audits. 11 M A Y – J U N E 2 0 1 9