USDA seeking even more Alaska pollock
Soon after announcing its multimillion-dollar purchase of Alaska pollock from several key North American suppliers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking more of the frozen fish.
In a 29 March bid notice, the USDA said it’s looking to buy 646,000 pounds of frozen Alaska pollock fish sticks for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs.
Trident Seafoods, High Liner Foods, and Channel Fish are the beneficiaries of the USDA’s March purchase of nearly USD 28.1 million (EUR 25 million) worth of frozen Alaska pollock.
Alaska legislators urged the U.S. government to purchase Alaska pollock last fall, to help mitigate the effects of the U.S.-China trade war.
In its new bid for pollock, the USDA set a bidding deadline of 11 April.
The winning bidders will be required to deliver the fish between 1 October and 31 December, 2019, to a number of cities, including: Sacramento, California; Savannah, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Vineland, New Jersey; Syracuse, New York; Houston, Texas; and Bradenton/ Fort Myers, Florida.