updated 12/7/2010 6:17:06 PM ET 2010-12-07T23:17:06

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kettle Brand  Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar Chips received top ranking in a recent London-based Financial Times taste test. The blind taste test featured 14 different gourmet salt and vinegar flavored chips and crisps from a variety of manufacturers and was conducted by the Financial Times writer Peter Bazalgette. The runner-up in the taste test was Kettle Ridge Crisps, Salt & Malt Vinegar, giving Kettle a clean sweep of the competition.

"Our consumers have recognized the quality and taste of our chips, making Kettle brand the leader in the Hand Cooked chip category, so it is an honor to receive this recognition from the Financial Times panelists," said Andrew Burke, Chief Marketing Officer of Diamond Foods. "We are also very pleased to see how well our new Kettle Ridge Crisps scored, as this is a new product just launched this spring."

To view the Financial Times article, please follow this link.

About Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods is a high-growth innovative packaged food company focused on building, acquiring and energizing brands including Diamond of California ® culinary nuts, Emerald ® snack nuts, Pop Secret ® microwave popcorn, and Kettle Brand ® potato chips. The Company's products are distributed in a wide range of stores where culinary nuts and snacks are sold.

Corporate Web Site: www.diamondfoods.com

Diamond Foods' Consumer Web Sites: www.kettlebrand.com , www.kettlefoods.co.uk , www.emeraldnuts.com , www.popsecret.com , and www.diamondnuts.com

The Diamond Foods, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6112

CONTACT:  Diamond Foods, Inc.
          Investor Contact:
          Linda Segre, SVP, Corporate Strategy
            (415) 230-7924
            lsegre@diamondfoods.com
          Media Contact:
          Stephen Sibert, VP, Corporate Affairs and Communications
            (415) 445-7439
            ssibert@diamondfoods.com

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