Sodexo Selected by the University of Maine System to Provide Contract Dining Operations at Six Institutions

Source: Sodexo Press Release, February 16, 2016

The University of Maine System (UMS), the state’s largest educational enterprise, selected Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations to provide dining hall, retail, and food catering services at six of the system’s seven universities. Through this five-year contract, with option for five one-year renewals, Sodexo will begin managing those services for the UMS starting on July 1, 2016.

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