CADC Seeks Contractors for Processing Facility Feasibility Study

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The Community Agricultural Development Center (CADC) has received a grant for the planning of a specialty product processing facility here in Stevens County.  As part of this, CADC is seeking contractors to conduct research on the feasibility of developing a processing facility for processing vegetables, fruits and berries produced in Stevens County, Washington.

Below is a full request for proposals from qualified and interested vendors who would like to provide us with the research necessary to complete this planning work.

Call for Proposals:

The Community Agricultural Development Center (CADC) is seeking contractors to conduct research on the feasibility of developing a processing facility for processing vegetables, fruits and berries produced in Stevens County, Washington.

Proposals must be postmarked on or before January 16, 2015. The contracts will be let on or before February 2, 2015.

Proposals must be sent in a sealed envelope to: CADC, PO Box 627, Colville, WA 99114.

Questions regarding this request for proposals must be sent in writing to: CADC, Attn: Al Kowitz, PO Box 627, Colville, WA 99114.

Contractors may submit proposals on one or both of the following requests for proposals.

Contractors are expected to include a scope of work in their proposal.

Part A: $15,285. Report on the potential supply and demand for vegetables, fruits and berries produced in Stevens County, Washington. The final report will be due on June 26, 2015.

Current supply and demand for vegetables, fruits and berries produced in Stevens County seem to be evenly matched. This supply/demand structure is constrained, however by the limited growing season in this region. The contractor for Part A must conduct research on the farm community in Stevens County to determine potential increase in production of these crops if processing options were available. The report should specify what crops, potential supply and when during the growing season these crops would be available. The contractor must also research demand for the increased production by analyzing demand from institutions, retail outlets, restaurants, direct sales and food banks including price points for these products. Those submitting proposals for Part A are encouraged to consider markets beyond Stevens County.

Part B: $15,265. Report on the feasibly of constructing a processing facility for vegetables, fruits, and berries produced in Stevens County, Washington. The final report is due on December 18, 2015.

Contractor is to specify processing options of appropriate scale including equipment, startup and operating costs, management, and the option of portability. Contractor will develop a business plan giving a year by year projection for the first five years of operation of usage, income, costs, storage and distribution of product based on the supply/demand analysis and the results of the analysis of processing options..