Apr 26, 2024
California Walnut Board and Commission welcomes Christine Lott

The California Walnut Board (CWB) and California Walnut Commission (CWC) have announced that Christine Lott was named director of integrated communications.

As director of integrated communications, Lott will work proactively to help drive more visibility to activate sales for California walnuts. She will support domestic and international marketing efforts with a focus on public and media relations, spanning consumer and trade segments including retail, foodservice, food manufacturing and the nut trade.

Christine Lott
Christine Lott

Lott will also oversee corporate and industry communication activities, including refreshing the California Walnuts website, managing digital and social media platforms, and expanding California walnut industry news and information sharing.

“Christine’s activities will be an integral part of our efforts to expand California walnut consumption through better informed consumers and trade partners,” said Robert Verloop, executive director and chief executive officer for the CWB and CWC. “With a strong background in consumer marketing, she understands the importance of having a proactive integrated approach to consumer, trade and industry communications.”

California Walnuts logoLott brings extensive experience in communications and product marketing to her role with the CWB and CWC. Most recently, she worked in new business development for Safe Food Alliance (SFA). Prior, she worked for 13 years at Blue Diamond Growers as the senior global brand manager.

She led the marketing department for the international consumer division, which encompassed all branded products available in retail stores under the Blue Diamond brand in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including milks (Almond Breeze), snack nuts and various other nut-based products.

Christine has a great appreciation and respect for the complexities in agriculture and for family farms, having been raised on a California dairy farm and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and management from the University of California, Davis.

“Having been raised on a dairy operation in a small farm town, I was instilled with a deep appreciation for California agriculture and its importance to providing safe and nutritious food for the world,” said Lott. “It is a passion of mine to support farmers and producers in this livelihood and help ensure that they can continue the important role of feeding the world for generations to come.”

The California Walnut Board (CWB) and California Walnut Commission (CWC) represent more than 4,600 California walnut growers and nearly 75 handlers, grown in multi-generational farmers’ family orchards. More than 99% of the walnuts grown in the United States are from California, which in 2023 accounted for 1.64 billion pounds of walnuts, shipping to over 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit walnuts.org.

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