“We’re anticipating a fairly significant increase in production in the next three to five years,” said Julie Adams, vice president of global, technical and regulatory affairs for the Almond Board of California. High-value commodities continue to be the crop of choice in California, which is seeing additional almond tree plantings and greater efficiency in production. Almonds are the No. 1 specialty crop export in the U.S. and California’s No. 1 ag export. The state grows 100 percent of U.S. almonds and accounts for 80 percent of global production. California’s almond exports were valued at about $4.5 billion in 2015. Exports continue to be a “very significant” opportunity for California almonds, and growers invest quite a bit in marketing programs in many countries, Adams said. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in virtually all our overseas markets,” she said. Any disruption in exports makes it difficult for customers who rely on California almonds and difficult for the industry. Such was the case in the port slowdown two years ago, she said.
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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 organisation 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.co.uk or check out California Almonds on Facebook and the California Almonds blog.