Sept. 29, 2017 – – The Almond Alliance of California, an association dedicated to ensuring the sustainability and success of the California almond community, has developed a strategic alliance with Western Growers Insurance Services Inc. (WGIS) to advance the breadth of health benefits and insurance services available to members of the Alliance. On Sept. 27, the Alliance and WGIS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to provide proprietary insurance programs and full-service risk management solutions to its members including almond processors, huller/shellers and growers. Under the partnership agreement, the Almond Alliance will endorse and promote WGIS as a preferred insurance broker for all lines of insurance.

“We represent over 80 percent of the almonds processed in California, and this new strategic alliance with Western Growers Insurance Services will be crucial in helping advance our mission of enabling the almond community to conduct their businesses as efficiently as possible,” said Kelly Covello, president of the Almond Alliance of California.

Backed by WGIS’ access to global markets, WG’s insurance programs leverage a proprietary approach unique to agriculture and builds an insurance solution that is fully customizable and tailored to each individual organization. The partnership agreement stipulates that now all Almond Alliance members will be offered WG’s insurance programs such as tailored insurance solutions, employee health benefits, general liability, crop insurance, workers compensation and more.

“This partnership goes beyond expanding member benefits,” said Jeff Gullickson, senior vice president of WGIS. “Our alliance is a step forward in a collaborative effort to jointly develop solutions and offer unique insurance offerings that will not only benefit the almond sector, but will advance the industry as a whole.”

Members of the Almond Alliance who enroll in any of the WG’s insurance solutions will receive comprehensive consultation to assist in the prevention of recalls, mitigate exposure and expertly navigate through any recall-related event.