Blue Diamond Growers, the world's well-known marketer and processor of California almonds, continues to create new opportunities for its customers in the Middle East. With more than 30 years' experience as a trusted resource to the region's food manufacturers and other buyers, Blue Diamond offers an unparalleled array of almond forms and varieties, as well as seamless efficiency in distribution and service. While offering traditional forms popular in the Middle East such as whole brown almonds, in-shell almonds and blanched manufactured products, the company is also innovating with its line of almond flour. Almond flour fulfills growing global interest and demand for a gluten-free, "healthy halo" alternative for baking as well as a coating for meats, poultry and fish. The almond flour line has three options available: Extra Fine Natural, with exceptionally fine granulation, it is as versatile as blanched flour while maintaining a natural light tan color, Extra Fine Blanched, the finest granulation almond flour available with a powder-like consistency that is perfect for delicate cookies, breads and cake, Fine Blanched, this option gives nutritious texture to everyday baking and cooking and toasts to a rich golden color. "Almond consumption in the Middle East as well as throughout East Asian countries has more than tripled in recent years and is an essential factor in our growth," noted Bill Morecraft, Blue Diamond Senior Vice President. Morecraft added that Blue Diamond continues to invest in new state-of-the-art processing plants, distribution and warehouse facilities. Its plant in Turlock, California, was recently named "Plant of the Year" by Food Engineering magazine.