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Almond Alliance Celebrates as WIC Expands Food Offerings to Include Almond-Based Alternatives

In response to persistent advocacy efforts initiated in October 2022 and a formal request filed in February 2023, the Almond Alliance is celebrating the inclusion of almond-based dairy alternatives and the authorization of nut and seed butters as alternatives to peanut butter in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This marks an important milestone in …

Almond Alliance Announces Leadership Transition

Today, the Almond Alliance Board of Directors announced that our esteemed President and CEO, Aubrey Bettencourt, will be leaving the organization after nearly three years of dedicated service. “As President of the Almond Alliance, Aubrey showed exceptional vision and commitment, guiding us through a period of significant growth and accomplishments,” said Blake Vann, Chairman of the Almond Alliance. “Her leadership …

Meridian Growers Processing Brings on Cristian Lazcano as Inventory Specialist

Cristian Lazcano may be new to the tree nut industry, but he has more than 3 years’ experience managing inventory. He began in 2019 in sales, transitioned into logistics in 2020 before taking a position as the Director of Inventory Management in 2021. Cristian will be overseeing all of Meridian Growers Processing inventory, from the field all the way through …

Honey Bees at Risk for Colony Collapse from Longer, Warmer Fall Seasons

The famous work ethic of honey bees might spell disaster for these busy crop pollinators as the climate warms, new research indicates. Flying shortens the lives of bees, and worker honey bees will fly to find flowers whenever the weather is right, regardless of how much honey is already in the hive. Using climate and bee population models, researchers found …

Plant-Based Dairy Substitutes Demand Surges as Lactose Intolerance Rises in India

Amidst growing concerns over lactose intolerance and dairy allergies, India is witnessing a surge in demand for plant-based dairy substitutes. Despite challenges like low consumer awareness and higher costs, the country’s affluent middle class and environmentally conscious younger demographics are driving the adoption of plant-based food and beverages. This trend is poised to propel the Indian market for milk alternatives …

Buzzing Spring Pollinator Plays Significant Role in Almond Industry

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in collaboration with the Ecological Forestry Applications Research Centre in Spain and North Dakota State University, conducted a comparison of the physiological and molecular processes involved in the summer and winter dormancy of Osmia lignaria, also known as blue orchard bee or orchard mason bee. This analysis of gene expression is believed to be the …

UK Suspends Tariffs on All Raw Almonds Beginning April 11

Almond Board of California — The United Kingdom’s government announced it would suspend tariffs for at least two years on raw kernel and inshell almonds from all origins – including the U.S. – beginning April 11, 2024. The Almond Board of California has been working for many years with the UK’s Nut and Dried Fruit Trade Association (NDFTA), the group …

USDA Completes Laboratory Modernization to Advance Pecan Breeding and Research

The Pecan Breeding and Genetics Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) recently completed a 2.5 million dollars laboratory modernization to accelerate pecan breeding through innovations in genetics and plant disease research. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 26 to commemorate the completion of the project. Pecan trees represent North America’s native nut tree and …

Tyler Zion Promoted to Director of Sales at Meridian Growers

Meridian Growers has announced the promotion of Tyler Zion to the position of Director of Sales. In this new capacity, Tyler will be responsible for all sales for Meridian Growers. Tyler Zion was hired in February of 2023 as a sales representative. Since coming on board, he has progressed quickly and proven his ability to adapt and grow in his …

North San Joaquin Valley Issued ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating For Tree Nut Biomass

BEAM Circular, the Almond Board of California, Stanislaus County and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of a rare ‘AA’ rating to the North San Joaquin Valley Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone centered in Modesto, CA, North America’s first BDO Zone rating for Orchard Biomass, Nut Tree Shells and Almond Hulls. The North San Joaquin Valley BDO Zone investment grade rating denotes ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply …

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