Category: Mark’s Corner

The Value of Partnerships

With 2018 now underway, I want to first wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year! Last year was an exciting one for Blue Diamond and I am energized for what this year will offer the cooperative, our grower-owners and the almond industry. The partnerships Blue Diamond has built...

Partnering for Growth, Leading the Way

Blue Diamond is an incredibly valuable business and our grower-owners know that second only to their land and trees is their ownership stake in the cooperative. Grower-owners have a responsibility to ensure the business is well run and the most important action is to elect a strong board of...

What It Means to Be a Member of Blue Diamond Growers

Sometimes it’s good to be reminded just what it means to be a member of the Blue Diamond Growers cooperative. When describing an almond, we use words such as “versatility” and “quality.” Remarkably, we use those same words to describe Blue Diamond. We’ve proven – especially over the last...

Inspiration Comes to Us in Different Ways

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams My role as CEO of Blue Diamond is the best job in the world. Working with our grower-owners, customers and employees gives me exposure to diverse personal...

Ensuring Economic Viability

There is a sense of purpose in being part of a cooperative. For Blue Diamond Growers, our mission – our purpose – is a noble one. We are here to ensure the economic viability of more than 3,000 multi-generational farm families in California. It’s pretty remarkable to think about...

Overcoming Adversity Through Commitment and Innovation

History has shown the resilience of our growers, our trees, and the almond itself. Orchards have endured periods of drought and disease and very recently found themselves literally under water. California weather has always been unpredictable. The recent heavy rainfall presented a new set of challenges. The wet conditions...

Get Together and Get Your GRAMMY Going

Blue Diamond continues to develop innovative marketing and this Sunday, February 12, for Music’s Biggest Night, you will want to get together to see our latest “performance” during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. As one of the most prestigious and highest rated awards shows on television – seen by...

Agriculture Must Stand Together and Support Consumer Choice

With the recent California rains, many will forget the challenges of the historic drought.  Almond growers will never forget the negative publicity on the water use of our industry.  We responded by consistently sharing the facts, like almonds represent 13% of California agricultural acreage and only 9% of the...

Resolutions For A Successful 2016

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln It’s that time of year again when people all over the world set New Year’s resolutions for the year to come. Just like everyone else, the management team and board...