Diamond Foods, Inc. has added Smoked Almonds to its Emerald line of premium snacks, bringing to 20 the number of products in the Emerald snack lineup. Packaged in a handy, on-the-go, 11-oz plastic canister that fits into auto cup holders, the nuts stay fresh with a twist-on lid that locks in flavor. Specifically distributed in C-stores, the almonds are also available in a 2.25-oz pouch. Graham Packaging Co. (www.grahampackaging.com) blow-molds the proprietary canister of polyethylene and uses a proprietary process to insert an oxygen barrier that preserves freshness. Shrink-sleeve labels from Fort Dearborn Co. (www.fortdearborn.com) are flexo-printed in eight colors. The peel-off seals are from Savoye Packaging (408/995-5514), and twist-on caps are injection-molded of polypropylene by Berry Plastics (www.berryplastics.com). Diamond's main processing facility in Stockton, CA, packs the canisters on a new, $2.2 million line that outputs 120 cpm. Diamond says the controlled-atmosphere, metallized film pouches, provided by TechFlex (www.tfpack.com), are made of a pouchstock from Deluxe Packages (www.deluxepackages.com), flexo-printed in eight colors on rolls of a proprietary film.
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