USDA Shelf Stable Chicken Purchase Program Announced April 9, 2019

April 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase poultry products for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal food nutrition assistance programs. Offers will be solicited with the intent to issue an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract for the following material:

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Offerors are able to offer canned or pouch product based on the product they intend to offer to the Government.  The initial solicitation will be issued in the near future for deliveries beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The solicitation will be issued seeking a maximum quantity over the twelve-month period; and the solicitation will provide estimated monthly quantities.  Orders (specifying delivery date and location will be issued 45 days prior to the start of the delivery period).  Subsequent solicitation may be issued.  Offers to sell these products must be received not later than the date specified on the Solicitations. Solicitations 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 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), March 25, 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 is Andrea Lang who can be reached by phone at (202) 720-4237 or by email to Details of these requirements are available online at: 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.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a telephone conference call on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 1:00 PM Central Time. During the call, AMS Commodity Procurement staff will explain the program requirements and answer any questions industry may have. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-844-9904. The participant code for the call is 1801764#. Questions may be submitted in advance to Lauren Heer @ not later than 3:00 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Inquiries may be directed to the Contracting Officer, Hilary Cole at 816-823-2169 or

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