OK Produce; Coast Citrus Distributors
B-299058,B-299058.2: Feb 2, 2007
- Full Report:
OK Produce and Coast Citrus Distributors protest the award of two (of three) contracts to Coast Produce Company under request for proposals (RFP) No. HDECO2-06-R-0009, issued by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) for fresh fruits and vegetables (produce) for resale at commissaries located in DeCA's west region. (The Area 6, Group 1 award covers 8 commissaries in California and Nevada; the Group 2 award covers 22 commissaries in California, Arizona and Nevada; and the Group 3 award, not challenged here, covers 5 commissaries in Hawaii.) OK Produce and Coast Citrus contend that the agency's evaluation of the proposals and the award decisions are unreasonable. The protesters also contend that the awardee benefited from an improper competitive advantage by hiring a former DeCA commissary produce manager as a consultant.
We deny the protests.