almond conference
December 10-12, 2019
Cal Expo • Sacramento • California


We look forward to you joining us for The Almond Conference 2019 in Sacramento, December 10-12, 2019.

Please click HERE for the current Conference agenda.
Please click HERE for the Conference Program.

Conference agenda is tentative and subject to change.


STATE OF THE INDUSTRY | Tuesday, December 10 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Building C

ABC Chair Holly A. King and President/CEO Richard Waycott will share industry accomplishments during the 2018/19 crop year and discuss what the Board of Directors and ABC staff have established as priorities for the years ahead. This session will include updates on the industry’s progress toward the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals, as well as an overview of the longerterm outlook for our industry, given the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), pollination challenges and increases in global almond production. Holly and Richard will also celebrate the industry’s successes, including achieving record shipments in a year of considerable trade upheaval and a globally recognized sustainability program. Rounding out this session, the 2019 Almond Achievement Award winner will be announced. Be sure to attend this session for important insights into the future of the California almond industry.

SOLD OUT - LUNCHEON | Tuesday, December 10 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Building C
Sponsored by Yosemite Farm Credit

Going for Gold … Again!
Speaker: Kerri Walsh Jennings

California native and former Stanford All-American Kerri Walsh Jennings became the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian of all time after winning a Bronze medal in 2016, adding to the three Gold medals she earned in 2012, 2008 and 2004. The five-time Olympian, and mother of three, will be shooting to make her sixth Olympics in 2020. Starting in February of 2020 through the Summer Olympics, Kerri Walsh Jennings will be the spokesperson for California Almonds. Join us for lunch and a casual conversation with Kerri to learn how she moves from Mom to Super Olympian fueled by almonds.

SOLD OUT - LUNCHEON | Wednesday, December 11 | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Building C
Sponsored by Farm Credit

Pushing Your Personal Limits
Speaker: John Stenderup

John Stenderup has reached heights few people ever have as one of only seven Americans to have summited Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, K2 (2nd highest) and Lhotse (4th highest). He’s also deeply rooted in California agriculture, growing up on his family’s farm, Stenderup Ag Partners, in Arvin, and earning a degree in International Agribusiness from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. As a supply chain consultant for C.H. Robinson in Monterrey, Stenderup helps shippers of produce and perishable foods navigate the global supply chain. As a professional mountaineer John boasts an impressive climbing resume focused on alpine climbing, ice climbing, and high-altitude mountaineering. After successfully summiting Everest and Lhotse in 2017, Stenderup set his sights on K2, the most difficult and dangerous of the three. Also known as the “savage mountain,” one person dies on K2 for every four who reach the summit. Come listen to the harrowing story of how his team battled weather and other chilling setbacks to reach their ultimate goal.

GENERAL SESSION | Thursday, December 12 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Building C
Startup Spotlight
Moderator: Jennifer Barney (3rd and Broadway)
Speakers: Madeline Haydon (nutpods), Ashley Thompson (MUSH Foods), Val Griffith (Skinny Dipped Almonds), Jenny Eu (Three Trees)

You won’t want to miss this special General Session panel on Thursday morning! Hear why young, innovative companies continue to choose almonds as a key ingredient to their products.

Moderator Jennifer Barney founded Barney Butter Almond Butter, named by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing small businesses in the U.S. in 2015. After selling the company Barney started 3rd and Broadway, her food product innovation consulting company. In addition to start ups, Jennifer helps Ag companies sell value added ingredients to the food industry.

Madeline Haydon launched nutpods, a non-dairy coffee creamer made with almond and coconut cream, online in 2015 and quickly outpaced traditional brands to become the #1 best-selling alternative creamer on Amazon and the category leader in velocity. This year, nutpods was #13 overall on this year’s Inc Magazine’s annual guide to the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies. Madeline also won Entrepreneur of the Year- Pacific NW.

Working in her home kitchen, Val Griffith and her daughter Breezy spent a year perfecting their recipe for a “whole, better-for-you, outrageously delicious snack.” SkinnyDipped Almonds was launched in 2014 and is now available in more than 10,000 stores nationwide and on Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. SkinnyDipped was ranked #32 on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US (2019) and Breezy and Val were chosen as Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women (2019) for their leadership in a high growth company.

As seen on TV’s Shark Tank, Ashley Thompson co-founded MUSH overnight oats in 2015 and recently expanded distribution to 3,500 retail locations, including Whole Foods Markets, across the U.S. Unlike traditional oatmeal, MUSH overnight oats are cold-soaked overnight in dairy-free milk (almond or coconut) and never heated.

Jenny Eu’s passion for delicious and nourishing plant-based foods led her to start Three Trees in 2013. Her food philosophy drives the company to create organic, clean almondmilks that showcase the natural goodness of the almonds that go into every bottle. With nationwide distribution and a loyal following, Three Trees is leading the plant-based milk category.

NEW this year! FFA Almond Photography Contest
For the first time ever, the Almond Board of California is hosting an FFA Almond Photography Contest. Members of California FFA are encouraged to submit their finest almond photography to the Almond Board, and all entries will be displayed onsite at The Almond Conference, Dec. 10-12. The top three entries will receive scholarships, as well as two tickets to one of the keynote lunches. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on November 1, 2019.

Click here to view the contest rules and entry form.

Tuesday, December 10
8:00 am - 4:30 pm   Conference Sessions
11:30 am - 6:00 pm   Exhibit Halls Open
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm   Opening Reception in Exhibit Halls
Wednesday, December 11
8:00 am - 4:30 pm   Conference Sessions
8:00 am - 6:00 pm   Exhibit Halls Open
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm   Social Hour in Exhibit Halls
Thursday, December 12
7:30 am - 11:30 am   Exhibit Halls Open
8:30 am - 12:15 pm   Conference Sessions

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