Pre-Solicitation Announcement for Trade Mitigation Purchase of Dairy Products

September 30, 2019

On July 25, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced details of additional actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would take to support American agricultural producers while continued efforts on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals take place.  As part of those actions, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announces the food purchase of up to $68,000,000 under the authority of Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs.  Products to be procured include but are not limited to:

Material Code

Material Description

Solicitation

Delivery Timeframe*

1000001

Print Butter

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

110396

LMPS Mozzarella String Cheese 360/1oz

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

110841

Cheddar Yellow Chunks 12/1lb

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

110843

Cheddar Yellow Shreds 6/2lb

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

111111

Regular Process Cheese LVS 12/2lb

January 2020

 

Quarter 2

 

111006

Milk Instant NDM PKG 24/12.8 oz.

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Gallons &

Half-Gallons

 

Fluid Milk Whole

Fluid Milk 2%

Fluid Milk 1%

 

November 2019

February 2020

May 2020

August 2020

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

 

*Quarter 1 delivery period: January 1 – March 31, 2020

  Quarter 2 delivery period: April – June, 2020

  Quarter 3 delivery period: July – September, 2020

  Quarter 4 delivery period: October – December, 2020

Solicitations will be issued in the near future, and will be available electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system.  A hard copy of the solicitation will not be available. Public WBSCM information is available without an account on the WBSCM Public Procurement Page. All future information regarding this acquisition, including solicitation amendments and award notices, will be published through WBSCM, and on the Agricultural Marketing Service's website at www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food. Interested parties shall be responsible for ensuring that they have the most up-to-date information about this acquisition. The contract type is anticipated to be firm-fixed price. Deliveries are expected to be to various locations in the United States on an FOB destination basis.

Pursuant to Agricultural Acquisition Regulation 470.103(b), commodities and the products of agricultural commodities acquired under this contract must be a product of the United States, and shall be considered to be such a product if it is grown, processed, and otherwise prepared for sale or distribution exclusively in the United States. Packaging and container components under this acquisition will be the only portion subject to the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement and Free Trade Agreements, as addressed by FAR clause 52.225-5.

Offerors are urged to review all documents as they pertain to this program, including the latest—

  • AMS Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurements (MSCP), August 2, 2019;
  • Applicable commodity specification(s) identified in the subsequent solicitation(s); and
  • Qualification Requirements for Prospective Contractors Selling Commodities to USDA, March 1, 2017.

These documents are available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.

To be eligible to submit offers, potential contractors must meet the AMS vendor qualification requirements. The AMS point of contact for new vendors may be reached via email at NewVendor@usda.gov. Details of these requirements are available online at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food/becoming-approved. Once qualification requirements have been met, access to WBSCM will be provided. Bids, modifications, withdrawals of bids, and price adjustments shall be submitted using this system. Submission of the above by any means other than WBSCM will be determined nonresponsive.

To receive e-mail notification of the issuance of AMS solicitations, contract awards, and other information, subscribe online by visiting: “Stay up to date on USDA Food Purchases” available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.

In an effort to assist all impacted producers, these acquisitions will not be set-aside for small business.  Adjustments to the information in this notice may be subject to change due to growing conditions; product availability; market conditions; trade negotiation status; and program capacity. The acquisition schedules are subject to change at the unilateral right of the Government.  USDA/AMS reserves the right to update products listed in this pre-solicitation and may procure other commercially available items during the acquisition based on market research and industry feedback.

Inquiries may be directed to the Contracting Officer, William Lang, via email at william.lang@usda.gov

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