The US Agriculture Department is looking to buy up to US$50m worth of canned and frozen orange juice. The department wants to donate the juice to child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs, it announced yesterday.

The Agriculture Department has already bought $4.3m of orange juice in the current fiscal year starting 1 October 2003. Last year, the department said it bought $13.1m worth of juice.

The department has said that the purchase offer will only be open to companies processing 100% domestic orange juice.