08 Ago '08 GoldRiver Orchards To Make Major Upgrades GoldRiver OrchardsOakdale, CA – GoldRiver Orchards, a walnut processor based here, has announced major upgrades to its processing facility. The company, which began processing walnuts in 2004, is focusing its efforts on increasing bulk storage of field run walnuts as well as making equipment upgrades in its shelling plant to further improve its product quality. "We're adding about 700 tons worth of storage capacity here on top of what we already have", said Don Barton, GoldRiver's managing partner and CEO. "We're also adding equipment in the plant designed to more effectively remove foreign material before it gets to our shelling line, as well as conveyance equipment designed to remove the smallest shell fragments in order to make us more efficient in removing that type of product defect." Barton also announced that GoldRiver will be adding a second electronic sorting machine in its plant this year, thereby increasing its sorting capacity and giving the company more flexibility to respond to customer demand during the peak sales season of October, November, and December. "The past few years, we've been able to meet our customer's demand for product during the peak holiday shipping period, but just barely", Barton explained. "The additional sorting capacity will allow us to continue to give our customers the service and responsiveness they've come to expect from us, while also allowing us to grow."