Muir Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City, has been awarded a maximum $9.2 million contract for fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the Department of Defense.
The two-year base contract runs until Aug. 15, 2015, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. The contracting agency is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, according to the release. Federal agencies using the services of Muir Copper Cannon in Utah are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, U.S. Department of Agriculture Schools and Indian reservations, according to the release.
The firm has had a similar contract six years, said Phil Muir, president and chief executive officer of Muir Copper Canyon Farms.
“We were fortunate enough to be awarded again,” he said.
The contract includes options for two one-year renewal, he said, which could extend the contract to a total of four years.
“Right now we are doing about 32 school districts in Utah and western Wyoming as part of this contract and we have another Department of Defense contract for the entire state of Idaho,” he said.
The contract does not include commissaries on military bases, Muir said, but only facilities such as restaurants and other foodservice outlets on military bases.
With separate funding sources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Utah, the firm also provides fresh fruits and vegetables for the school snack program and meals to some districts. A little less than 10% of the company’s business is with schools, Muir said.