Objective: To understand how changes in beverage options at the University of Vermont impacted the beverage choices, and calorie and added sugars consumption of the campus community.Participants: Nine vendors shipped bottled beverages to campus locations over three consecutive semesters. Method: Using shipments as a proxy for consumption, changes in beverage choices, per capita calories, sugars, and added sugars were compared across semesters.
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As classes resume for a new semester, NPR’s “Morning Edition” notes that bottled water will no longer be for sale on the UVM campus, the largest public university in the country to take the stand against environmental waste. Retrofitted stations for students to refill reusable bottles with tap water are now readily available.
On February 1, 2012, a request for proposal was released seeking proposals to provide UVM with beverage vending. UVM received 3 bid responses as part of this process. The University has chosen Sodexo as the vendor for the beverage vending contract for the next 3 years. This contract begins on July 1, 2012 and extends through June 30, 2015. The contract is a non-exclusive agreement and Sodexo will offer products from multiple brands.