Ayear or so ago, Ohio University faced what most foodservice providers faced as food prices rose rapidly, driven by poor weather and escalating fuel costs. For OU, this was the companion piece to a double whammy, pairing with a labor cost escalation brought about by the state's mandated rise in minimum wage, which increased student labor costs by an annual rate of almost six percent in three years since the law's inception in January 2007. Over the past year, the rise was a more ...

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