Welcome to Central Valley Almond Association

Based in McFarland, California, Central Valley Almond Association (CVAA) is a grower-owned cooperative that provides hulling and shelling services for our members. We combine four decades of hulling and shelling experience with our new, ultra-modern, large-capacity processing facility.

CVAA serves the almond growers of California’s great Central Valley — where 80% of all U.S. almonds are produced. Our core business philosophy is grower-driven:

  • To provide a high-quality product for our members with rapid, efficient through-put rates, while keeping pace with ever-larger almond crops, and continuing to find ways to keep our members competitive and profitable.

We’re proud to say CVAA has consistently fulfilled that promise. Explore our Web site to read what members say about CVAA and to learn more about us and our competitive advantages.

Our Competitive Advantages

Our cooperative structure

As a grower-owned cooperative, CVAA works for the membership. All earnings, minus the cost of doing business, are shared among our members. We keep an open-door policy that allows us to work closely with each and every grower-member. And we never forget that CVAA belongs to our members.

Driven by quality and food safety

We regard our operation as a “food factory.” That’s why quality, sanitation and safety are CVAA priorities.

CVAA adheres to the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) developed by the Almond Board of California. GMPs are the minimum sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of wholesome food. By adhering to GMPs, CVAA can assure government regulators and customers worldwide that we are serious about processing safe, high-quality almonds.

With the increased scrutiny of food processing and manufacturing as well as escalating regulations, CVAA knows the importance of compliance in all aspects of almond processing.

“CVAA is all about integrity, efficiency and quality. The staff of CVAA has convinced me they’re looking out for the growers’ interests. It’s truly a cooperative. CVAA is growing with an eye to what’s going to improve the members’ returns.”

Don Davis, CVAA member since 1976

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