March 12—Sodexo, one of the nation's largest food service companies in the world, has earned an approximate $5 million dollar annual operating contract to take over dining services for four of Vermont's state colleges, and Lyndon is one of them.
The company will replace Aramark, who has been serving the Vermont State College system for nearly twenty years.
"The decision ultimately came down to cost and quality," said Daniel Smith, VSC Director of Community Relations and Public Policy. "Across the colleges, their proposal was simply a better deal. The people responsible for the contract felt they were better," he said. The 5-year contract also comes with a 5-year renewal option. Sodexo will be paid an annual $1.1 million for operating Lyndon's dining services, about $100,000 less than what Aramark would have charged had the contract carried over to next year with the company.