GoldRiver Orchards Achieves Excellent Rating

GoldRiver Orchards today received an excellent rating from the American Council for Food Safety & Quality as a result of an unannounced plant audit conducted on October 28, 2009. GoldRiver voluntarily submits to unannounced plant audits three times annually from ACFSQ.

New Study Confirms That Walnuts Lower LDL Cholesterol

Loma Linda University research just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compares the effects of walnuts and fatty fish (in this case, salmon) in the fight against heart disease. In healthy individuals, walnuts lower cholesterol more than fish, while fatty fish are superior for reducing triglycerides. Both eaten together can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

California Walnut Board Announces 2008 Crop Size

The California Walnut Board has announced that the 2008 California walnut crop hit a record 454,301 tons–by far the largest crop California has ever produced. This number is 21% higher than the 375,000 ton estimate issued by the California Agricultural Statistics Service last September and is 28% higher than the previous largest crop California had ever produced of 354,218 tons in 2005. The 2008 crop also exceeds last year's crop by 34%.