Surprise Cause of College Price Hikes: Midnight Pizza

Student demand for organic, late-night meals has driven school costs higher.


7. Profits for the vendors. Many colleges have turned operation of their dining services over to profit-seeking corporations such as Bon Appétit, Sodexo, or Aramark. Although the companies don't report  how much they make from specific college contracts, they tell investors that managing college dining halls is quite profitable. The education sector "continues to show very solid top-line and bottom-line results,” Aramark chief financial officer Fred Sutherland told investors in May 2010, adding that "there is a lot of opportunity, particularly on the retail side inside our existing college campuses." 

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