(Dec. 27) The Department of Defense has awarded Bardstown, Ky.-based Roby’s Country Gardens Inc. an $8 million, 18-month contract to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other government programs, according to Business First of Louisville.

Founded in 1986, Roby's supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to industrial food manufacturers, restaurants, schools and retail chain stores.

The company serves customers in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Southern Ohio and Northern Tennessee, Business First reported.