“From almond growers and handlers, to processing, packaging and sales, our food quality and safety program is continually evolving to ensure almonds are produced in a safe, responsible manner throughout the food supply chain, so consumers around the world can have the highest level of confidence in our product,” says Tim Birmingham, ABC’s director of quality assurance and industry services. “I think the unique and outstanding fact about the almond industry and ABC is that we have continued to engage in research to understand threats such as Salmonella, and identify ways to effectively control those threats. Thanks to its ideal growing conditions, including a mild climate, rich soil, and abundant sunshine, California is the world’s largest producer of almonds, with some 6,800 farms supplying more than 80 percent of the global demand,” says Tim Birmingham, ABC’s director of quality assurance and industry services. “Of those, 91 percent are family farms, many of which are owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation farmers.”
About the Almond Board
Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.