NEWS IN A NUTSHELL Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Salida a Success Dozens gathered together on a bright, sunny morning in Salida to celebrate the new manufacturing building that stands proud with industry- first technologies. Blue Diamond spearheaded the almond industry in its creation of an almond pasteurization line that includes roasting capabilities. Amongst its many wonderful features, the 52,000 square foot facility was built with future expansion in mind and houses a natural pasteurization processing line with dry roasting, a natural pasteurization processing line for whole almonds, an almond flour processing line, an integrated line to reduce material handling and trucking costs, and the facility puts the environment’s well-being first by being a Cal-Green building. Just a mile up the road from the Salida campus lies the Valley Children’s Hospital, and in the spirit of Blue Diamond ’s love for our community, Blue Diamond presented a check to Valley Children’s Hospital to support their new Pelandale Specialty Care Center. Dave Hodge Jr., vice president of operations and ancillary service, shared that he was pleased with the partnership and opportunity to be joined with the cooperative in serving the children of the community. Among many special guests, Bill Lyons, Ag Liaison for Governor Gavin Newsom, and Ripon Mayor, Leo Zuber, gathered around the ribbon as President and CEO Mark Jansen and Chairman of the Board Dan Cummings, cut the ribbon. It was a great morning for Blue Diamond , and we are glad to celebrate our collective success while partnering with the good going on in our community. 1 0 A L M O N D F A C T S