The Almond Board of California has funded research to explore alternative uses of almond byproducts such as hulls and shells. The industry always tries to make good use of the materials rather than waste them, and they may prove useful in industries such as food, automotive, pharmaceuticals and plastics. According to the Almond Board, the industry produced 3.8 billion pounds of hulls and 1.3 billion pounds of shells last year, which can be used in cosmetics or biodegradable plastics. Grower Dan Errotabere added that the new markets complement the existing almond market because processing costs are covered and growers see a return.
Demand for almond byproducts
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