(UPDATED 10/20/17) I recently stopped by the Blue Diamond Growers Nut and Gift Shop to purchase some 6 oz. cans of almonds. The Sacramento Blue Diamond Growers Nut and Gift Shop is located at 1701 C Street. There is customer parking available – but it was a bit crowded when I arrived in the late morning. However, when I made the second pass through the parking lot I secured a spot.
The reason the customer parking lot was busier than usual is because Blue Diamond Growers had a sale going on – all 6 oz. cans of almonds were priced at $2.29. It was also the first day of the sale – which was limited to stock on hand.
The regular price of a 6 oz. can of almonds at the Blue Diamond Growers Nut & Gift Ship is $2.89 – still a bargain if you compare the price for the same product at a local grocery store. I recently did check the price at one of the various grocery stores that I patronize – the same 6 oz. can was priced $4.99.
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Numerous varieties of almonds are available in the 6 oz. cans – Smokehouse, Roasted Salted, Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Honey Roasted, Jalapeno Smokehouse, Whole Natural, Sweet Thai Chili, Toasted Coconut, Salted Caramel, Honey Roasted Chipotle, Habanero BBQ, Sriracha, Honey Dijon, and Salt & Vinegar. When you enter the shop on your left there is a table with bottles containing samples of each. I sampled several before deciding what varieties I was going to buy.
While I purchased ten cans, other shoppers were doing their holiday shopping and buying 6 oz. cans by the case. I was also buying the almonds to give as gifts – although I will likely pop open a can or two to enjoy myself or to serve when I have company over.
Blue Diamond Growers, headquartered in Sacramento, is a real success story. Blue Diamond Growers goes all the way back to 1910 when 230 almond growers formed the cooperative. Today, the cooperative is owned by half of the state’s almond growers and California almond growers produce over 80% of the world’s almond supply.
Blue Diamond Growers is an internationally known brand. In addition to distribution throughout the U.S., Blue Diamond Growers ships California almonds to over 90 foreign counties.
According to the Blue Diamond Growers website, almonds are not only the #1 specialty crop in the U.S., but almonds are also California’s largest food export. Additionally, the website reports that Blue Diamond Growers represents more than 3,000 multi-generational farm families who farm an average of 75 acres.
You may remember the successful marketing campaign Blue Diamond Growers ran XX years ago now – “A can a week, that’s all we ask.” The phrase popped into my mind as I approached the building – that is what I call a successful marketing campaign!
The California Almond Board website has a lot of information you may find interesting about almonds – including recipes.
It is great to have a Blue Diamond Growers Nut and Gift Shop here in Sacramento. It carries a wide variety of almond products at a great price, including pre-made baskets for when you need a gift in a hurry.
(UPDATED 10/20/17) Blue Diamond Almonds was voted #1 in the Sacramento Magazine 2017 Best of Sacramento survey for Product Made in Sacramento.
Have you shopped at the Blue Diamond Growers Nut and Gift Shop? What is your favorite almond snack?
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