On Feb. 23, USDA purchased 11 types of canned vegetable products for federal food assistance programs worth about $6.3 million. There was a total of 553,840 cases purchased that included 194,400 24/300 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce; 122,400 24/300 cases of tomato sauce; 77,520 24/300 cases of spinach; 55,000 24/1 cases of vegetable soup; 37,400 24/1 cases of tomato soup; 33,600 12/22 cases of cream of chicken soup; 27,300 12/22 cases of cream of mushroom soup; 3,648 cases of tomato sauce; 1,620 24/300 cases of canned pumpkin; and 952 6/10 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce. Additionally 877,800 pounds of tomato paste for bulk processing was sold.
USDA purchased $2.1 million of tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti sauce, tomato paste for bulk processing, and spinach from Del Monte; $984,312 of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup from Tabatchnick Fine Foods; $624,272 of vegetable and tomato soup from Aunt Kitty’s; $594,400 of tomato soup and meatless spaghetti sauce from Hirzel Canning; $441,832 of spinach from McCall Farms; $838,060 of tomato and meatless spaghetti sauce from Red Gold; $335,050 of tomato and meatless spaghetti sauce from Robert H. Barrios; $357,042 of vegetables soup, tomato soup, and canned pumpkin from Seneca; and $23,475 of tomato sauce from Furman’s Foods.
Due to a lack of bids received, USDA did not purchase 3,060 24/300 cases of Hominy, 1,620 24/300 cases of meatless spaghetti sauce, 912 6/10 cases of salsa and 6,120 24/300 cases of tomato sauce.
Deliveries are to be made between Apr. 1 and June 30.
[Editor's note: OFW Law Principal Attorney Michael J. O'Flaherty provided this blog piece regarding the need for federal oversight regarding the ongoing trend of class action lawsuits filed against food companies regarding product labeling.]read more
James covers markets for the Food Institute, including the canned vegetable, frozen vegetable, tomato products, processed fish, dried fruit, nuts and juice and concentrate sectors. A reporter and editor for 21 years, James has worked as a writer and editor for North Jersey Media Group, an associate editor at Rodman Publishing and a production editor for the Daily Racing Form. James can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 201.791.5570 ext. 227.
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