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Almond Joy

TradeScope, accompanied by European visitors, is attending the Almond Conference in California this week. This conference is huge with over 3,500 attendees and 250 exhibitors. The size makes sense when you consider that the US is the largest supplier and dominant producer of almonds with production concentrated in California. Sessions at the conference will include global technical and trade issues, California legislation and regulatory environment and there will also be a Shipping Panel. It goes without saying that this will be a great place for almond networking!

Please visit to discover all sorts of other almond facts; for example, almond orchards often stay in a family for generations while almond orchards themselves live for up to 25-30 years. One of the best things about almonds is that there is no waste; each tree fruit has 3 parts - the outer hull layer is used for livestock feed, the shell in the middle is used in alternative farming uses such as livestock bedding, and then the kernel at the center contains the almond that is so good for people. In every one-ounce serving of almonds there are 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. And almonds are gluten free, have a low glycemic index for diabetics, contain 12 vitamins and minerals, which makes this wonder food America's number one snack nut.

But all of this reminds this author of Almond Joys, a very guilty pleasure ..... anyone else??

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