It was in 1998 that Denver Public Schools first sought to consolidate all its vending under the foodservice department. Until then, each principal had his or her own arrangement with vendors, typically with one contract for soft drinks and one for snacks. “Our first step was to consolidate the beverage programs under a single contract” says Lesh. “The principals got a better deal than they had before, and this helped when we raised the idea of consolidating the snack ...

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