Blue Diamond Almonds has three campuses in Northern California – located in the cities of Sacramento, Salida and Turlock — which collectively employ more than 1,500 people. Each campus offers a healthy work environment in an attractive, vital community.
California’s capital city is home base for our historic headquarters, founded in 1910. A 1995 assessment confirmed this as the best location to continue the heart of our operations, and we launched a ten-year, $30-million plant improvement program. We created a secure, enclosed, gated campus and state-of-the-art technologies to process our almonds for worldwide distribution. It includes our administrative offices, our Almond Innovation Center, almond processing, shipping, and receiving.
In 2013 we opened our 6,500-square-foot Almond Innovation Center – a research center dedicated to designing and developing new almond products. It is here where our food scientists, regulatory staff, and others advance the work that makes Blue Diamond Growers the world’s leading almond co-op.
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The Salida facility was built in 1968 as a receiving station for freshly harvested almonds. By 1984 it grew into the largest receiving station in the world and can now receive millions of pounds of almonds each day. Safe, under-roof storage accommodates more than 100 million pounds at any given time.
In 1979 the plant was upgraded from simply almond storage to include a brown almond processing line and by 2007 in became the most technologically advanced brown almond processing line in the world.
The facility encompasses 49 acres and can process over 1 million pounds of almonds every day.
In April 2021, the Salida site underwent a comprehensive certification process to earn the distinction of being “Green Business Certified” by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Network, Stanislaus County. This honor is obtained by companies that achieve a verified set of standards, including reducing water use, conserving energy, preventing pollution, increasing recycling, avoiding waste, encouraging alternative transportation, and partnering with other local vendors. Blue Diamond, Salida, was the first business in Stanislaus County to receive this honor with Turlock following close behind in June 2021.
Salida is an easy, three-mile commute from the friendly city of Modesto in the heart of the booming agricultural San Joaquin Valley. The Gallo Center for the Arts attracts renowned performers, offering a rich cultural environment surrounded by beautiful orchards, dairy farms, and vineyards. From farmers’ markets to museums, there’s plenty to do year-round for its 200,000 residents. Modesto is also the birthplace of filmmaker George Lucas and home to the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route!
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In 2013, we celebrated the opening of a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on 88 acres in Turlock, California, significantly enhancing our capacity. The three-phased project yielded a total of 500,000 square feet and many more job opportunities.
New principles of project design and delivery, and cutting-edge technology have vastly increased our production rate. This new facility represents the largest single investment in the almond industry since 1910, when the Blue Diamond Cooperative organized and created the world’s most recognized almond brand.
In April 2014, this state-of-the-art Turlock facility was named the 2014 “Plant of the Year” by Food Engineering Magazine.
In June 2021, Turlock followed closely on the heels of the Salida plant to become “Green Business Certified” by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s California Green Business Network, Stanislaus County.
Located just 14 miles from Modesto in the heart of California’s Central Valley, Turlock is the second largest city in Stanislaus County with a population of more than 69,000. The presence of California State University Stanislaus makes Turlock an educated college town with a casual, rural lifestyle.
Add to that a lively arts and cultural scene, frequent athletic events, 24 parks, and 16 good schools. The nearby Gold Country, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Sierra Nevada allow residents plenty of opportunities for weekend relaxation.
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