Win Big with California Almond Snack-spiration at IFT17 Las Vegas

Craving innovative snack-spiration? Visit Almond Board of California (ABC) at booth #1462 during the IFT17 Annual Meeting + Food Expo, June 26–28 in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo Center. Throughout the Expo, Almond Board will offer creative almond snack samples, the latest consumer and nutrition research, and access to industry and culinary experts to answer all of your almond questions.

Chef Rob Corliss of All Things Epicurean will be available for individual or small-group California Almond Solution Sessions (CASS) at ABC’s booth, offering a deep dive into the inspiration of this year’s IFT17 samples and all things almonds.  Contact foodprofessionals@almondboard.com before June 23 to schedule your session at the Expo.

ABC will feature an array of exciting, trend-forward booth samples with full recipes for inspiration, available throughout the Expo:

  • Garden Goddess Almond Bar

A delicious antioxidant blend of salted, whole almonds and roasted sliced almonds pressed with trendy spirulina algae, coconut, dried blueberries, dates and a hint of heat from jalapeño peppers.

  • Korean BBQ Almonds

Smoked and glazed in a tangy blend of a honey-soy sauce, these salty-sweet Korean barbecue-inspired almonds are coated in a crunchy shell of garlic, chili, ginger and powdered chicharrones for authentic flavor.

  • Savory and Sweet Almond Snack Truffles

Each of the three mini snack truffle varieties consists of finely ground almonds, dates, chia seeds and almond butter, coated in unique and in-demand seasonings—spiced chocolate almond, hibiscus orange almond, and curry almond coconut—for an exciting burst of flavor in each bite.

  • Togarashi Nori-Almond Crunch

Smoked almonds and slivered almonds lend themselves to this savory snack mix along with bits of nori, sesame seeds, crisp puffed rice, togarashi, ponzu and maple syrup for an addictive snack.


California Almond Solution Sessions

Almond Board of California will once again host the popular individual and small-group California Almond Solution Sessions, led by Chef Rob Corliss at the Almond Board booth. The personalized sessions can be tailored to your specific request and offer individual time with Chef Corliss to address your almond-related culinary questions.

Sign up now by emailing foodprofessionals@almondboard.com or stop by the booth during the expo and discover a wide range of innovative almond form techniques and functions.

The 2017 California Almond Solution Session topics include:

  • Nondairy beverages featuring almond milk
  • Snacks and snack bar concepts
  • Variations on almond butter flavor and textures

Choose one of the above topics, or create your own custom session by contacting: foodprofessionals@almondboard.com


For onsite education, don’t miss two important sessions of interest at IFT17:

Recent Developments in Pasteurization of Low-Moisture Foods

Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in Bellini 2101B

This session, featuring ABC’s Tim Birmingham, Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Services, will discuss relevant research and advances in pasteurization, including new technologies, applications and research findings, that can address the specific challenges associated with using conventional methods to treat low-moisture foods.

Sound Off! Four Industries’ Success Stories for Environmental Monitoring, Food Safety Validation and Sanitation

Tuesday, June 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. at the IFTNEXT stage

Hear from four panelists, including Brian Dunning, ‎Director, Corporate Quality Assurance at Blue Diamond Growers, as they discuss the steps they have taken to monitor, verify and validate preventative controls to develop effective food safety programs. Moderated by Prepared Foods editor Bob Garrison, this interactive session will allow participants to submit questions for the panelists to address on stage.


Looking for more almond inspiration? A series of informative California Almond Solutions Session videos are now available on the topics of:

  • Snack bars
  • Almond crème
  • Almond flour and butter
  • Brewed almond tea
  • Baking with almonds
  • Almonds in chocolate and confectionery products

And be sure to visit ABC’s Recipe Center, which has a plethora of innovative chef-developed recipes for inspiration.

Click here to download the most recent Technical Kit and stay updated on the latest sustainability information at almondsustainability.org.

For questions or additional technical information, please email us at foodprofessionals@almondboard.com.