Blue Diamond expands Salida facility
Central Valley Business Times
June 18, 2019
- Building a new bulk almond receiving warehouse
- “This investment … demonstrates our solid commitment to the Modesto region”
Blue Diamond Growers is expanding the capabilities of its Salida facility, which it says it already the largest almond receiving station in the world, with a new bulk receiving warehouse that will store an additional 50 million pounds of almond meats. It will bring the total number of bulk warehouses at the facility to eight.
The company says the state-of-the-art warehouse will feature a number of enhancements to reduce the cooperative’s carbon footprint and meet its sustainability initiatives including increased energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and stormwater recharge.
The warehouse will have LED lights, an integrated truck scale and loading pit, and 2,400 feet of buried perforated pipe directing storm water to the soil beneath the facility.
“Blue Diamond is excited about the continued growth of our business and this investment by the cooperative demonstrates our solid commitment to the Modesto region,” says Mark Jansen, president and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers. “Expanding our capabilities also provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our grower-owners and customers as we deliver innovative new almond products worldwide.”
The unique design of the warehouse features 60-foot ceilings and extends 26 feet into the ground, increasing Blue Diamond’s receiving capacity by 25 percent. Growers can expect “gentle handling” of almond meats, enabling higher yield and throughput on the main production line, and separate areas inside for storing three different varieties of almonds, the co-op says.
The cooperative expects the warehouse to be in operation for the fall 2020 harvest season.