Hershey’s Chocolate Loves California Almonds

Almonds and Chocolate: The Perfect Duo

By Mikenzi Meyers, Associate Editor

You can find a piece of Hershey’s Chocolate with almonds almost anywhere. The delicious pairing makes for the perfect treat! Karen Ocamb, a supply quality auditor for Hershey’s, is working to make sure the relationship between the almond industry and her company remains sustainable and beneficial.

After visiting the Almond Board Conference in Sacramento, Ocamb reported the good things the board is doing to make the partnership a success.

“My perspective of the Almond Board is a really good, beneficial kind of facility that takes the almonds and gives us a better perspective of what should be done out there,” she explained.

Ocamb also knows the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship between Hershey’s and the almond industry, particularly on the consumer’s behalf. Her goal is to ensure that the communication between the two stay open, in order to keep improving the quality of product for the customer.

“Almonds are a great source of protein, so for the company, blending the chocolate and the almonds together is an essential piece of giving something to the consumer that is beneficial to them, but also sweet,” she said.

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California Among Good Food Awards Winners

California Among Good Food Awards Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Good Food Awards Winners and their food communities for leading the way towards a tasty, authentic and responsible food system.

For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. We take a comprehensive view, honoring people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

Chosen from 1,927 entrants, California companies placed among the 242 award winners that are creating vibrant, delicious, sustainable local food economies.

 

BEER

Almanac Beer Co., Farmer’s Reserve Citrus & Golden Gate Gose, California
Eel River Brewing Company, California Blonde Ale, California
Fort Point Beer Company, Manzanita, California
Rogue Ales & Spirits, Rogue Farms Fresh Roast, California

CHARCUTERIE

Black Pig Meat Co., Coppa, California
Fork in the Road Foods, Uncured Black Forest Ham, California
Real Good Fish, Smoked Carmel Canyon Black Cod, California
Wooden Spoons, Pork Rillettes, California

CHEESE

Bellwether Farms, Whole Milk Ricotta, California
Cowgirl Creamery, Red Hawk, California
Pennyroyal Farm, Reserve Boont Corners, California
Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Teleeka, California

CHOCOLATE

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, 70% Bolivia, Alto Beni, California

COFFEE

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Panama Esmeralda Estate, Lino Lot Natural, California
Equator Coffees & Teas, Panama Finca Sophia Gesha, California
Klatch Coffee, Kenya Karatu, California

CONFECTIONS

Little Apple Treats, Rose and Cocoa nib Caramels, California
Neo Cocoa, Toffee Nib Brittle, California
Nosh This, Lavender Crack, California

HONEY

Bloom Honey, Orange Blossom, California
Mikolich Family Honey, Sage and Wild Buckwheat, California
UrbanBeeSF, Tree Blossom Honey Quince & Tree Blossom Honey Nopa, California

OILS

Apollo Olive Oil, Sierra & Mistral, California
Berkeley Olive Grove 1913, California Mission Blood Orange,California
Calivirgin, Calivirgin Jalapeno-Garlic Olive Oil, California
La Nogalera Walnut Oil, La Nogalera Walnut Oil, California
La Tourangelle, Gourmande Roasted Hazelnut Oil, California
MoonShadow Grove, Ascolano, California
The Olive Press, Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California

PANTRY

Happy Quail Farms, Farm Style Relish, California
Mimi’s Confitures, Radicchio Jam, California
SALSAOLOGY, Ancho Chile and Tamarind Sauce, California
Spoiled Rotten Vinegar, Blackstrap Vinegar, California

PICKLES

Pernicious Pickling Co., Pickled Red Beets: Fashionably Dill,California
Wild West Ferments, Seasonal Sauerkraut, California
Wine Forest, Pickled Sea Beans, California

PRESERVES

Happy Girl Kitchen Co., Raspberry Lemon Jam, California
The Good Stuff, Best Plum Jam, California

SPIRITS

Bear & Eagle Products, 1.0.1 Ultra Premium Vodka, California
Five By Five Tonics, Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bitters, California
Venus Spirits, Gin Blend No. 2, California

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