Diamond of California appoints industry veteran Craig Hope as CEO
As CEO for the century-old producer of "Made For Homemade," Hope aims to lead the charge in accelerating the company’s growth and innovation
Diamond of California, the century-old producer of “Made for Homemade” specialty nuts, has announced Craig Hope as CEO. With over three decades of leadership experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, Craig’s expertise has been tapped to reinvigorate the brand’s focus for the path ahead, including product innovation, new segment growth and reimagining how Diamond of California’s core culinary line is presented to today’s consumer.
As a century-old brand, Diamond of California has spent the last two years reinventing its look for its product offerings, including introducing a brand extension, Heirloom Reserve Nut + Fruit Blends, a continuation of its premium line of Heirloom Reserve Walnuts, Pecans, and Marcona Almonds, paired with premium dried fruit from the best possible growers. Craig’s focus with his team will be to expand the product offering of Diamond of California to drive accelerated, sustainable topline growth as consumers diets demand more plant-based options throughout the world and in its retail customers stores.
“I’ve been a longtime fan of Diamond of California, a staple brand in the homes of countless Americans for generations. As the growing interest for plant-based diets continue to rise, we are interested in exploring what it means to be ‘Made For Homemade’ in this day in age and move our product into new categories that drive growth every day for our retail and international partners.” said CEO Craig Hope. “This year we plan on continuing to push the envelope by introducing groundbreaking products, as well as celebrating our core line in new ways so that we can accelerate the brand’s growth for years to come.”
Craig brings a very successful record of accomplishment, energy for growth and success from best-in-class companies such as E&J Gallo, Nabisco, Kraft Foods and WhiteWave while successfully working in the Private Equity environment over the last 10 years with Small & Mid-Cap Growth companies in the consumer packaged goods segment.
Most recently, Craig served as CEO of Country Fresh LLC, JTM Foods and led a very successful growth story at Earthbound Farms. His career showcases a breadth of experience and a proven track record in building revenue and executing profitable growth strategies. Craig also has a strong background in repositioning brands in order to speak to the company’s core customers, while also gaining growth with expanded usage and execution edge. This expertise has led him to drive distribution and heighten financial results for a multitude of global companies.
In his new role as CEO for Diamond of California, Craig’s aim is to push the brand forward as it continues to enter new markets, new segments and territories. This includes rethinking where Diamond of California’s customers are fitting tree nuts into their daily diets and overall lifestyles.
Following the company’s rebrand in 2017 and the launch of both Nut Toppings, and its premium line of Heirloom Reserve Nut + Fruit Blends in 2018, the company has seen continued growth and interest. As Craig Hope steps into his new role, he will hone in on his industry expertise to assume day-to-day leadership that will continue to move the brand forward and drive significant growth with customer partners and new innovation.
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