Sacramento Kings, Blue Diamond Partner to Showcase California Growers and Inspire Health and Wellness

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Sacramento Kings announced a new partnership with Sacramento-based Blue Diamond Growers, the world’s leading almond brand. The new partnership connects the Sacramento Kings with an internationally recognized company that shares the team’s vision for showcasing the best of California in a global marketplace, highlighting the regional roots in agriculture, and investing in health and wellness.

Blue Diamond Growers represent 100 years of agricultural history in Northern California, with over 3,000 family growers helping to produce eighty percent of the world’s almonds. As the Kings move into Golden 1 Center – the world’s greenest and most technologically advanced arena, they’ll feature an unmatched food sourcing program that honors the rich regional agricultural tradition by utilizing sources within 150 miles of the arena. Together, the Kings and Blue Diamond will seek to inspire others to take steps toward healthy, fulfilling lives.

“For decades, Blue Diamond almonds have been one of Sacramento’s most well-known products around the country,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “We are proud of this community’s history of high-quality agriculture – it’s why we’ve committed to supporting local producers by using locally sourced food in our arena and why our players are proud to showcase the Blue Diamond brand on the court and around the league.”

Though the partnership, Blue Diamond and the Kings will be one of the first to experiment with the NBA’s industry-leading jersey sponsorship pilot program. Beginning in the 2017 season, a Blue Diamond logo will be incorporated in all of the Sacramento Kings uniforms.

Blue Diamond will also join the Kings for their inaugural season at Golden 1 Center – the world’s first LEED Platinum indoor arena -- as they seek to transform Sacramento and the region beyond. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze logo will appear on the court apron below the visitor and Kings benches. Fans will find select menu items that feature high-quality Blue Diamond almonds, as well as Blue Diamond Almond Breeze beverages at arena kiosks.

“Blue Diamond has quietly created every major innovation in almonds, including the almond milk category,” said Blue Diamond CEO Mark Jansen. “This innovative partnership helps us to clearly connect our global Blue Diamond and Almond Breeze brands with elite, professional athletes to inspire healthier lifestyles. As with our recent support of U.S.A. Swimming and Volleyball, we’re excited to join the Kings as part of our continued commitment to wellness and active living.”

For more information about the Sacramento Kings and the partnership, visit Kings.com. For more information about Blue Diamond Growers, visit BlueDiamond.com.

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About Blue Diamond Growers

Blue Diamond Growers, a grower-owned cooperative representing over 3,000 of California’s almond growers, is the world’s largest almond marketer and processor. Established in 1910, it created the California almond industry and opened world markets for almonds. Blue Diamond is dedicated to delivering the benefits of almonds around the world and does so by providing high-quality almonds, almond ingredients and branded products. Headquartered in Sacramento, the company employs more than 1,500 people throughout its processing plants, receiving stations, and gift shops. To learn more about Blue Diamond Growers, visit www.bluediamond.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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