(Dec. 5, 1:40 p.m.) The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awarded produce wholesalers nearly $31.7 million in November to supply fresh fruit and vegetables to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The companies, and the maximum amounts awarded through the contracts, are:

  • Foster-Caviness Co. Inc., Colfax, N.C., $14.1 million;

  • Produce Source Partners, Newport News, Va., $10.3 million; and

  • East Coast Fruit Co. Inc., Savannah, Ga., $7.2 million.

The companies had existing contracts with the Defense Logistics Agency, which oversees the feeding programs. Those contracts expired in October. The new contracts expire May 29, 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Defense Web site. The contracts are handled by the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia.

Nine other contracts with seven produce suppliers are still valid until 2009:

  • Adams Bros. Produce Co. Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (two contracts), $18.4 million;

  • Coast Produce Co., Los Angeles, (two contracts), $14.7 million;

  • Frank Gargiulo & Son Inc., Hillside, N.J., $14.4 million;

  • Fox River Foods Inc., Montgomery, Ill., $6 million;

  • JC Produce, West Sacramento, Calif., $10.7 million;

  • Roby’s Country Gardens Inc., Bardstown, Ky., $8 million; and

  • The Produce Connection, Miami, $10 million.