USDA food purchases to include $25 million worth of orange juice

Citrus Industry reports that U.S. Department of Agriculture food purchases to come this summer will include $25 million worth of orange juice. Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks said “the vast majority” of the OJ will come from Florida. “It’s going to be NFC (not from concentrate) and FCOJ (frozen concentrated orange juice),” he said.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the food purchases Monday, saying they will occur in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020. They will be in addition to previously announced purchases. “These Section 32 purchases will provide additional support for producers and Americans in need, in response to changing market conditions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency,” a USDA media release stated. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will begin issuing solicitations in June and making deliveries in July.

Perdue said American farmers and ranchers “have experienced a dislocated supply chain caused by the coronavirus. USDA is in the unique position to purchase these foods and deliver them to the hungry Americans who need it most.”

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