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Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods, Inc.
Public company
Traded as NASDAQ: DMND
Industry Consumer packaged goods
Founded 1912
Headquarters Stockton, California, U.S.
Area served
Products sold in over 100 countries
Key people
Brian J. Driscoll
President and CEO
Products Kettle Brand chips, Emerald snack nuts, Pop Secret popcorn, and Diamond of California snack and culinary nuts.
Revenue 2012: $981.4 MM
2011: $966.6 MM
2010: $682.3 MM
2012: ($86.3) MM
2011: $26.5 MM
2010: $15.6 MM

Diamond Foods is an American packaged food company based in Stockton, California specializing in marketing nuts, particularly walnuts. Its brands include Kettle Brand chips, Emerald snack nuts, Pop Secret popcorn, and Diamond of California snack and culinary nuts.


  • History 1
    • Timeline 1.1
  • Diamond Foods brands 2
  • Production 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The company was founded in 1912 as Diamond Walnut Growers, Inc., a member-owned Californian agricultural cooperative association. In July 2005, Diamond Walnut Growers converted to a Delaware corporation and initial public offering of stock as Diamond Foods.


  • 1912: Diamond was founded as a cooperative by a group of Californian walnut growers.
  • 1919: Diamond was the first nut producer to launch a national advertising campaign.
  • 1930: Diamond started to sell its nuts abroad.
  • 1950: Diamond became the first nut company to advertise on TV.
  • 1956: Diamond centralized its operations to Stockton, California.
  • 1989: Diamond was the first company to adopt laser sorters in its processing plant to eliminate shell fragments.
  • 1997: Japan became Diamond’s number one export market for shelled walnuts.
  • 1998: Diamond introduced a full line of shelled packaged nuts for baking and cooking and became the number one global marketer of in-shell nuts.
  • 1999: Diamond changed its name to Diamond of California.
  • 2000, 2002 and 2004: Diamond was the exclusive nut supplier to the U.S. Olympic teams.
  • 2004, J Stone & Son merged with Diamond Foods.[1]
  • 2004: The Emerald Nuts line of snack nuts was launched.
  • 2005: Diamond of California became Diamond Foods, Inc., and became a publicly traded company (NASDAQ DMND).
  • 2006: Diamond acquired Harmony Foods, including an Indiana production facility.
  • 2007: Diamond’s Super Bowl spot featuring Robert Goulet, ranked as the number one ad by Advertising Age and resulted in a 68 percent sales increase of Emerald.
  • 2008: Diamond acquired Pop Secret popcorn from General Mills.
  • 2009: Emerald hits ten percent share of the snack nut market in U.S. food stores.
  • 2010: Diamond acquired Kettle Foods potato chip company with operations in the U.S. and the U.K.[2]
  • 2011: Diamond and Procter & Gamble announced that Pringles would merge with Diamond. The deal was expected to close by June 2012.[3]
  • 2012: The company is troubled by an accounting scandal and the Pringles deal is cancelled.[4]
  • 2013: Following the accounting scandal of 2012, on January 18, 2013, Diamond Foods officially ceases all production at Fishers, Indiana plant. Over 100 full-time employees are fired and the Harmony brand is permanently discontinued.
  • 2014: The SEC authorized a settlement in regards to the 2012 accounting scandal. The SEC separately entered into a settlement with the former CEO, Michael Mendes. SEC litigation with the former CFO, Steven Neil, is still unresolved.[5]

Diamond Foods brands

Diamond Foods has five product lines:

  • Diamond Foods’ line of potato chips are sold under the Kettle Brand label in the United States and Kettle Chips brand in the United Kingdom. They are available in a variety of flavors, styles and package sizes.
  • Diamond Foods’ snack nuts are sold under the Emerald brand, and include trail mix, roasted, glazed and flavored snack nut products and other snacks. The product line includes 100 Calorie pack sizes.
  • Diamond Foods’ popcorn, in both kernels and various flavors of microwave popcorn, is sold under the Pop Secret brand. The product line includes Homestyle microwave popcorn and items such as 94% Fat Free and 100 Calorie snack size.
  • In-shell and culinary nuts are sold under the Diamond of California brand. In-shell nuts are typically sold in grocery store produce sections during the winter holiday season. Culinary nuts are sold in the baking aisle of grocery, mass, club and other retailers.
  • North American and International Ingredient and Food Service products include Diamond of California brand in-shell nuts, shelled and processed nuts, glazed nuts, and custom-processed nuts for food processors, restaurants, bakeries and food service companies and suppliers.

Each of the snack product lines has “better-for-you” options including 100-calorie packs, 94% Fat Free popcorn and both baked potato chips with 65% less fat than traditional potato chips and a reduced fat chip with 40% less fat.


The company has about 1400 full-time employees in Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama and the United Kingdom. Diamond does not grow any of its own crops; it purchases raw material from domestic and international sources. Diamond products are processed and packaged at facilities in Stockton, California; Salem, Oregon; Van Buren, Indiana; Beloit, Wisconsin; Robertsdale, Alabama; and Norwich in the United Kingdom.


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  2. ^ Bloomberg News (February 26, 2010). "Kettle Foods of Salem sold for $615M". Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Press Release (November 1, 2011). "Diamond Foods Provides Update on Pringles Transaction". Diamond Foods. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Insight: Seeds of trouble sown at Diamond Foods years ago". Reuters. 2012-03-19. 
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External links

  • Diamond Foods Inc.
  • Diamond of California culinary nuts
  • “Diamond Chews on Acquisitions” San Francisco Business Times, September 3, 2010
  • “Meet the Boss: Diamond Foods CEO Michael Mendes” San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2010
  • "Diamond walnut co-op files for IPO"; Sacramento Business Journal, March 25, 2005
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