The USDA has announced plans to purchase US$30 million of domestic table grapes for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs.
But unlike similar announcements over the last couple of years, these purchases will be under Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935 - not the more recent trade mitigation programs.
The purpose is therefore to "encourage the continued domestic consumption" by diverting table grapes from normal trade and commerce channels.
Solicitations will be issued soon and will be available through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system.
All future information regarding this acquisition, including solicitation amendments and award notices, will be published through WBSCM, and on the Agricultural Marketing Service's website.
Interested parties shall be responsible for ensuring that they have the most up-to-date information about this acquisition.
Additionally, the contract pricing type for table grape purchases will likely be firm-fixed, the USDA says. Deliveries will be to various locations in the U.S. on an FOB destination basis.
Interest parties can review the following:
- AMS Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurement (MSCP), October 1, 2019;
- Applicable commodity specification(s) identified in the subsequent solicitation(s); and
- Qualification Requirements for Prospective Contractors Selling Commodities to USDA, March 1, 2017.
These documents are now available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.