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FEDERAL CONTRACT GOES FOR REAL PORK

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The military announced a contract Tuesday for a Utah company that it doesn't mind admitting is for pure pork.

The Defense Commissary Agency gave a $9.2 million award to Thorn Apple Valley's Tri-Miller Division in Hyrum, Cache County, for pork products to be sold in military commissaries throughout the Southwest."This is one type of `pork' that I can live with," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who announced the award.

Hatch added that it is Miller's first sale to the commissary system - sort of low-cost retail stores for soldiers, reservists and retirees - but that it has sold pork for troop mess halls on the West Coast.

Hatch added that the commissary system is a $1 billion a year business. He said consolidating the commissaries into a single command "has afforded small- and medium-sized companies commissary sale opportunities that just never existed before."

Hatch said he wants further consolidation, possibly bringing the Defense Commissary Agency under the Defense Logistics Agency to encourage greater economies of scale in purchasing.