Almond marketer and processor Blue Diamond Growers is increasing its capacity with the opening of a new bulk storage warehouse in Saldia, California. 

The 48,000 square foot warehouse was engineered to store up to 60m pounds of almond meats, increasing Blue Diamond's receiving capacity by 33%. It contains three separate storage areas for different varieties of almonds, the company noted. 

The cooperative added its "advanced design" will also reduce wait time for trucks and will boost delivery and handling efficiency. It supports "hands-free" processing from the point almonds are received. 

Blue Diamond's director of major projects, Darrel Nelson, noted: "This warehouse is state-of-the-art in design, providing gentle handling, food safety and added flexibility in order to meet the needs of our grower-owners as well as customers."

In the year to 28 August, Blue Diamond generated net sales and other revenue of US$1.65bn, up from $1.49bn in the previous 12 months.