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Watertown’s Renzi Foodservice secures $16 million Fort Drum contract

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WATERTOWN — Renzi Foodservice has secured an estimated $16 million contract to exclusively provide food and beverages to all dining facilities on Fort Drum.

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency announced this week the family-operated Watertown business bested two other bidders for the contract, which will last at least two years, but run no longer than five years.

Jude Renzi, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, said in a prepared statement that the company is proud to have been awarded the agency’s “Fort Drum Troop Support Full Line Food Distribution” contract.

“Together we will have an economic impact on the community by stimulating local growth and enriching the lives of many in the local area,” Mr. Renzi said. “We are honored as a local business to have been awarded this contract to support our military, local economy and our employees living and working in this community.”

In a phone interview, Mr. Renzi said Renzi Foodservice has all of the space its needs to accommodate the business growth at its site on Rail Drive in the City Center Industrial Park, although it likely will have to hire a few additional employees to service the contract.

He said Renzi Foodservice had bid on the contract the last time it was up for renewal, five years ago, but had been unsuccessful, with a Pennsylvania company gaining the contract. The contract became effective Monday.

A press release by the Defense Logistics Agency pegged the value of the contract at $33.6 million, but Mr. Renzi said that amount was likely based on potential option years included in the terms of the contract.

He said the value of the contract to Renzi Foodservice is $16 million.

Renzi Foodservice started in 1977 and is now one of the largest family-owned and operated food distributors in upstate New York. The business was based on Bradley Street for about 27 years before moving its headquarters to Rail Drive in 2007.

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