A collaborative effort between cranberry industry stakeholders, USDA officials and the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) has culminated in the commitment to a $27.5 Million purchase of cranberry concentrate through the USDA’s Section 32 Commodity Purchase Program.
The purchase is equivalent to 30 million pounds or 300,000 barrels of US-grown cranberries, and will benefit national nutritional assistance programs and other charitable institutions. These kinds of commodity purchases provide quality, wholesome, healthy foods to those in most need.
The USDA’s Food Purchase Program benefits American farmers who are supplying quality finished products and raw materials for USDA foods and, in turn, can continue to provide economic opportunities for their local communities. The agency will put out procurement notices for specific products in the next few months.
“We are grateful for the continued support of the USDA and appreciate the positive impact that this bonus buy has on our industry,” said CMC’s Executive Director Michelle Hogan. “Additionally, we are excited that more consumers across the country will have access to America’s Original Superfruit®.”