The USDA purchased about $9.7 million of bottled juices Feb. 13. A total of 695,895 cases of seven different types of juices were purchased for the federal food assistance program. The products purchased include 231,650 cases of 8/64-oz. apple juice for about $2.9 million; 142,475 cases of 8/64-oz. grape concord juice for about $2.0 million; 140,425 cases of 8/64-oz. orange juice for about $2.4 million; 117,875 cases of 8/64-oz. cranberry apple juice for about $1.6 million; 54,325 cases of 8/64-oz. tomato juice for about $560,000 ; 6,160 cases of 8/64-oz. cherry apple juice for about $104,000; and 3,075 cases of 8/64-oz. grapefruit juice for $42,289.
Of the nine companies that USDA bought from, three had over a million dollars of bottled juice purchased. Those three were Cherry Central Cooperative selling a total of about $3.5 million with Commercial Lynks Inc. and Ludford’s Inc. each selling about $1.7 million. Other companies that had bottled juices purchased included Mayer Brothers Apple Products, Inc. ($927,000 sold), Clement Pappas and Co., Inc. ($826,000), Del Monte Foods ($357,000), Robert Barrios ($298,000), Giovanni Food Co. Inc. ($252,000) and Citrus World ($12,000).
[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 email@example.com or by phone at 201.791.5570 ext. 227.
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