University of Kentucky agrees to 15-year deal with Aramark

Aramark is providing guarantees to increase Kentucky Proud and local food purchasing during the contract period.

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Saying it will “transform overnight the way we provide a vital service to our campus,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said the university is moving forward with a 15-year, nearly $250 million contract with Aramark to provide dining services for UK.

“In many respects, the direction we are embarking on today is as transformative as the process we started two years ago to revitalize student housing across the campus,” Capilouto said. “Both initiatives place as a priority our top goal as an institution — doing what is best for our students. We are placing students first — in how they live, how they eat, where they learn and how we prepare them through a first-class education alongside a stellar faculty and staff. Today marks another way that we are declaring that the University of Kentucky will be among the handful of top-tier residential public research campuses in America.