Articles by Lauren R. Hartman

High-tech almond processing at Blue Diamond Growers

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Going for LEED Silver certification, Blue Diamond Growers’ new, state-of-the-art almond production plant in Turlock, CA, features nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of sophisticated almond technology, setting new standards of excellence for food safety, processing and building innovation. 


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Blue Diamond Growers’ dream plant cooks up healthy almond snacks

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Using advanced technology, a cross-functional operational strategy and effective collaboration tools, Blue Diamond’s ‘dream plant,’ a multimillion-dollar almond-processing facility in Turlock, CA, is a reality. The nearly 200,000-sq.-ft. site sets new standards of excellence for food safety, processing and building innovation. 


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In this issue and on our website

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Ah, even in what used to be called “the lazy days of summer,” people are busier than ever before. And because of this, consumers’ eating habits are changing and straying from the typical three-meal-a-day habit. 


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Consumers are crazy for chips

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Packaging enhancements, a twist on shapes and ingredients and many new flavor combinations continue to win over consumers. 


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The stats on snacks

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Snacking is really evolving this year, serving as a meal substitute in daily eating, rather than just as ‘a quick bite.’ Snacks are also becoming healthier, or at least attempting to do so. 


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Snacking Substantially

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Snackers should celebrate. This is their year. In this issue, our annual State of the Industry report on the snack market uncovers all sorts of news on what’s trending in snacks, both from the perspective of snack manufacturers, as well as marketers, brand leaders and industry researchers. 


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The changing face of bread

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The bread market is changing, with fluctuating commodity prices, a still-sluggish economy, consolidations, mergers and buyouts. 


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State of the Industry on Bakery: Driving the bakery market forward

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New influences, trends and preferences are redirecting many bakers to develop and produce new products. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is still a critical issue, as are commodities, private-label products and many business consolidations. 


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State of the Industry on Bakery: A state of change

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The bakery market is rife with change this year, as bakers face plenty of challenges that just keep coming. With a hailstorm of food-safety issues, for example, most bakers are beginning the certification process through the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program and others. 


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Baking treats the gluten-free way

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Enjoy Life Foods’ cookies, snack bars, chips, cereals, granolas and trail mixes are made in an allergen-free, gluten-free facility, and the company’s 40,050-sq.-ft. production plant is bulging at the seams to accommodate growing demand for its products. Enjoy Life is expanding at such a rapid pace, it may need to add a facility or relocate to a larger one. 


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This month's publication of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery takes a special look at Blue Diamond's growers and advanced technology, as well as a tour through the Blue Diamond production plant in Turlock, CA.

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