Diamond Foods Expanding U.K. Kettle Chips Plant to Meet Increasing Demand

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND) today announced a $10 million expansion of its production facility in Norwich, U.K. to meet increasing demand. The Kettle® brand has experienced significant growth driven by the introduction of its new Kettle® Ridge Crisp line, the expansion of its Kettle® Chip Sharing, Single Serve and Multi-Pack lines and an increased penetration in both the Impulse Channel and international markets.

The Kettle® brand performed well during the important Christmas holiday season, up 13% for the twelve weeks ending December 25, 2010 and up 19% in the four weeks running up to Christmas according to scanner data.

"We are continuing to drive strong growth in a tough marketplace and see a lot of opportunity to sustain this trend," said Jeremy Bradley, Managing Director for Kettle Foods Europe. "It's a credit to the work of the Norwich team that Diamond is making this investment, which supports our plans for growth and will create a number of new jobs for the region."

The expansion is anticipated to get underway in the spring and includes new packaging lines, an increase in multi-packing capability and enhancements to employee facilities.

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

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