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Food services at SBU have been provided by Fresh Ideas for 15 years.
Courtesy Southwest Baptist University
Food services at SBU have been provided by Fresh Ideas for 15 years.

SBU pens new food service contract after 15 years

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Bolivar's Southwest Baptist University is replacing its longtime food service contractor.

The university inked a "multiyear contract" with Riverside, California-based Provider Food Contract Service for undisclosed financial terms, said Charlotte Marsch, the school's director of marketing and communications. SBU's previous contract with Columbia-based Fresh Ideas Food Service Management LLC lasted for around 15 years, she said.

“Provider will be a key partner with SBU as we transform the entire campus experience for our students,” SBU President Rick Melson said in a news release. “The company has a proven record of providing student-first campus dining experiences and is a great missional fit for our university."

Provider Food Contract Service is slated to introduce its small-plates concept, such as tapas, to Mellers Dining Commons at SBU, along with multiple dining options across campus.

Renovations and new technology are scheduled to be introduced at on-campus dining locations as the contract begins June 1, according to the release. More extensive renovations are planned in the future.

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