Hinsdale District 86 School Board signs contract with vending machine operators

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Hinsdale High School District 86 will contract with two companies to operate all the vending machines at both high schools.

The District 86 School Board unanimously approved five-year contracts July 21 with PepsiCo to sell its beverages and with the Classic Group to sell snacks in the vending machines at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South.

Quest, the district’s food service company, will continue to stock the beverages in the cafeteria lines at both schools.

PepsiCo will pay a bonus of $2,000 every year to the district. In addition, the district will receive 30 percent of the cost of each drink sold.

The beverages will include Dole fruit juices and Gatorade, and will range in price from $1 for a 12-ounce can of soda to $1.50 for a 20-ounce bottle of SOBE life water.

District officials are unable to estimate the total number of drinks sold during the year, because the 27 vending machines throughout the district were operated by different people and helped support various student clubs and activities.

Classic Group will pay the district a 20 percent commission on each snack item sold in the vending machines, plus $3,000 when gross sales are more than $60,000 during the five-year contract. Snack items will include candy, chips and crackers, and range in price from $1 to $2.50.

District 86 Chief Financial Officer William Eagan said at least 10 percent of the food in the machine will be “healthy,” such as nuts and granola bars.

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