MIDDLEBORO — A newly trademarked Ocean Spray Cranberries product is getting a $200,000 boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value Added Producer Grants program.
The money will be used to assist with the costs of producing 100,000 cases of what is being called PACt, "a new beverage platform that uses natural cranberry extract while reducing sugar content and caloric value," according to an announcement fromU.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass.
The grant will pay for the production of 100,000 cases of the new beverage.
The value-added grants assist agricultural producers to develop new uses for existing products and turning raw materials into value-added products.
Keating, a co-founder of the Congressional Cranberry Caucus, said in a statement: "Ocean Spray Cranberries has long been a vital job creator within the region, and this funding will help the company continue to grow and provide both valuable products and economic benefits to Massachusetts."
Ocean Spray President and CEO Randy Papadellis, said in a statement that "Our grower-owners appreciate Congressman Keating's leadership of the cranberry caucus and his commitment to promoting our industry and the family farms it supports."