Laura Gerhard is the Vice President of Blue Diamond’s Global Ingredients Division. Laura leads the day-to-day operations of the division, which supplies almond ingredients for processed and prepared food manufacturers, as well as for bulk purchase, around the world. She has responsibility for developing the strategic growth of the division’s global product portfolio, which includes a growing array of almond-based ingredients, such as almond protein powder, almond flour, and almond butter. Laura began her career with Blue Diamond Growers in 2017 as Director, Strategy and Planning with Global Ingredients where she has driven business growth, developed a strong team and organized strategic planning. She added responsibility for Global Ingredient Division Marketing in 2020.
Laura has worked in food and agriculture for over 23 years. She has rich experience in global commodity trading, developing and leading commercial strategies as well as sales leadership. She has a B.A. in Economics from Saint Olaf College and a Master’s in Agribusiness from Kansas State University.