Where’s the Beef? Defense Commissaries Seeking Beef Suppliers

February 16, 2017

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Sources Sought for Fresh Beef

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is seeking potential sources and information in anticipation of a requirement to provide and deliver Fresh Beef (primals and subprimals), Ground Beef and Case-Ready products to 93 commissary locations in DeCA’s Central and East Areas. Delivery days and hours will vary per location. Sources Sought notices like these are the government’s means of deteriming if sufficient suppliers exist to set aside a future solicitation for small business – or for specific categories of small business such as 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran-owned, Woman-owned.  (Learn more about Sources Sought notices)

The number of commissary locations and estimated tonnage per group for 1 year are as follows (click here for map):

  • Group-1 – 413,280 Lbs.;
  • Group-2 – 4,886,286 Lbs.;
  • Group-3 – 6,834,237 Lbs.;
  • Group-4 – 6,093,939 Lbs.;
  • Group-5 – 3,594,719 Lbs.;
  • Group-6 – 5,105,372 Lbs.;
  • Group-7 – 3,736,294 Lbs.;
  • Group-8 – 3,082,791 Lbs.;
  • Group-9 – 3,277,355 Lbs.;
  • Group-10 – 2,894,305 Lbs.;
  • Group-11 – 4,125,085 Lbs.

The contractor must be able to provide additional support and promotions to each commissary. Additional support includes on-site demos, Point-Of-Sale (POS) materials such as recipe cards, pamphlets, nutritional facts, or other consumer related items.

DeCA commissaries are Government-owned and operated facilities designed to operate similar to commercial retail supermarkets, providing food items and other merchandise for resale to active-duty and retired military, and their families at a cost savings compared to the same or similar products sold in the commercial retail markets.

The attached form (click to download) is a request for industry feedback.  Please use this form to respond

This is for information purposes only and is not a solicitation for offers.

Companies are encouraged to explore the possibility of creating “teaming” arrangements with other companies and competing in the upcoming solicitation or inquire with other companies on subcontracting possibilities.

Responses to this request for information are due back no later than 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Fort Lee local time) on Friday, February 24, 2017 and must be submitted via email to mprc.commodities@deca.mil.


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