Sacramento, Calif.-based Blue Diamond Growers, a cooperative that is the world’s largest almond marketer and processor, has agreed to purchase 88 acres near Turlock in the north San Joaquin Valley as part of future expansion plans.

“California’s almond volume has doubled in the past 10 years, and global demand for almonds has increased even more,” said Susan Brauner, communications director.

Ground breaking at the Turlock site is scheduled to take place in spring 2012, she said.

The land acquisition is part of the cooperative’s 15-year capacity expansion strategy, according to a news release. Just what role the site will play has yet to be determined, Brauner said, but Blue Diamond’s strategic plan includes continuing operations and upgrades at existing processing plants in Sacramento and Salida, Calif. However, there was not sufficient land available at either of those sites to allow for expansion, according to the release.

“After an exhaustive site selection process, we chose Turlock because not only is it an ideal location for our long-term expansion plans, but the Turlock City council demonstrated great leadership by dedicating the resources necessary to provide the required infrastructure,” Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, said in the release.