Team: Programs | Commitment: Request for Quotation | Location: The Republic of Georgia

RFQ: Facilitation of USDA Organic Certification for BPC Ltd

RFQ Number: RFQ-TA- No: 009

Issuance Date: December 6, 2019

Deadline for Questions: December 11, 2019

Deadline for Offers: December 15, 2019

Description: Facilitation of USDA Organic Certification for BPC Ltd

For: The USAID Agriculture Program

Funded By: USAID Contract No. 7211418C00001

Implemented By: CNFA

Point of Contact

Ms. Mariam Tevdoradze

Marketing and Export Promotion Manager

47, Kostava, Tbilisi, Georgia

2982207/13

mtevdoradze@apgeorgia.org

 

1.       Introduction: The USAID Agriculture Program is implemented by CNFA in Georgia. The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year activity that aims to accelerate growth of agricultural sub-sectors that demonstrate strong potential to create jobs and increase micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) revenues. The USAID Agriculture Program provides competitive cost-shared grants and technical assistance (TA) to address identified gaps in horticultural value chains (VCs), namely berries, stone fruits, pome fruits (apples), culinary herbs, perishable vegetables, table grapes , mandarins, and nuts, that will result in the improved productivity and productive capacity of MSMEs, strengthened value chain linkages, increased access to markets, and improved capacity of MSMEs, cooperatives, associations, and service/information/extension providers.

 

These VCs, especially those for niche market products like organic products have considerable potential for further growth. Over the past years, Georgian organic production and the export of organic certified products have shown steady growth, with the main certified and exported organic products being wine and wild plants. A relatively new area of interest in Georgia is fresh and processed fruits, berries, and vegetables, due to the increased popularity of healthy, natural, organic products both locally and internationally. 

 

To this end, the USAID Agriculture Program, within the framework of a cost-share based technical assistance program, is soliciting quotes from legally registered, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-accredited certification bodies to provide the full-package of services for USDA organic certification (according to National Organic Program [NOP] standards) to the Georgian juice producer company BPC Ltd and its supplier, Agricultural Cooperative Sharakhevi 1, which collects wild rose hip throughout eco-friendly regions of Georgia.

 

BPC Ltd operates a processing facility in Tbilisi, producing organic juices that are exported to the US, Qatar, and Russian markets. With exports and domestic sales of rose hip, cherry, and pomegranate juices bottled in glass through the leading supermarket chains, the company annually makes 350,000 liters. BPC is the only juice producer in Georgia that sells organic products in the US. The company plans to obtain organic certification and to achieve USDA’s NOP certification in 2020.

 

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