October 22, 2020, NEW YORK – Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), one of the world’s leading public relations firms, has been selected by California Walnut Board & Commission to enhance the communications programs and platforms serving its grower and handler community. 

“The industry’s continued growth necessitates we do everything in our power to support the industry this year. H+K is going to help us enhance our industry communications program and deliver expanded engagement tools such as a public relations program, social media, and more which will build on our foundation to increase engagement with stakeholders about all the vital work the Board and Commission does on the industry’s behalf."

Michelle Connelly, Executive Director & CEO of the California Walnut Board & Commission.

H+K will be responsible for managing California Walnuts’ grower and handler communications, drawing on the agency’s deep expertise in agriculture, content and publishing, government and public affairs and earned and social media alongside H+K’s in-house creative team, the Studio.

The California Walnut Board (CWB) and California Walnut Commission (CWC), which supports the industry to help build sustainable growth domestically and internationally. The CWB and CWC represent the California walnut industry, which is made up of nearly 100 handlers and over 4,500 growers. California walnuts are more than 99 percent of U.S. production of English walnuts and two-thirds of the world trade.

“H+K has deep agriculture experience and a passion for bringing new, innovative ways to engage audiences. We are honored the California Walnut Board & Commission has selected H+K to help modernize its grower and handler communications.”

Sam Lythgoe, H+K’s Global Chief Business Development Officer

For Media Enquiries:

Ed Patterson, Global Communications Lead

+1 (404) 213-3106 | Ed.Patterson@hkstrategies.com

Megan Jackson, Senior Marketing Executive

+44 7809 643 667 | Megan.Jackson@hkstrategies.com

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. H+K has over 80 offices in more than 40 markets, as well as an extensive associate network, delivering award winning campaigns to clients across all sectors and disciplines and with a focus on continued innovation for the industry. Recent innovations include Flight School +, a crisis communications training and simulation tool, Better Impact™, a new approach to citizenship and sustainability consultancy, and H+K Smarter™, a behavioral science unit. Headquartered in New York, the firm is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

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