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.
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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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