Soda contracts sweet deal for schools

For local schools, deciding whether vending machines and concession stands will carry Coca-Cola or Pepsi has nothing to do with taste.

School officials want to know how many free drinks the beverage companies are willing to provide, which can be used during teacher meetings and training sessions, how much they’re willing to share from vending machine profits and how much money they’ll contribute to student athletic and academic programs.

The company that provides the higher dollar amount wins.

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