Quincy School Board Finance Committee makes recommendations on food, non-food, bread bids

Posted: Jan. 22, 2013 6:54 pm Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy School Board's Finance Committee on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to award a total of $375,144 in combined contracts to Kohl Wholesale of Quincy and Fox River Foods of Montgomery, Ill., for food and nonfood items needed for the district's food service program for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

Both companies offered individual bid packages covering all the district's needed items, with Kohl's bid totaling $387,462 and Fox's bid totaling $395,435.

However, Food Services Director Jean Kinder managed to shave off some costs by parceling out contracts to the two firms based on the lowest prices offered by the companies for each individual item on the district's shopping list. That list included cheeses, fruits and vegetables, dry goods, snacks, ice cream, frozen foods, and certain disposable items.

U.S. Foodservice of St. Louis also submitted a bid for food and non-food items, but its bid was not considered in the line item bidding because "it had a definite minority of items at the lowest price," Kinder wrote in a memo to the School Board.

The Finance Committee also endorsed a proposal to award a $99,251 contract for bread to Bimbo Bakeries, which makes Sara Lee products. The contract would cover the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

The district previously received bread through a contract with Interstate Brands. However, Interstate Brands, a subsidiary of Hostess Brands Inc., closed its doors in November after Hostess announced it was ceasing its operations and selling the company's assets in response to a national Bakers Union strike.

After Interstate stopped providing bread, the Quincy School District initially received bread for two weeks from the Hy-Vee grocery store at 3700 Broadway. The district subsequently made arrangements with Bimbo Bakeries to have a sufficient supply of Sara Lee bread products shipped to Quincy once a week from the company's St. Louis distribution center.

The district since then solicited formal bids from vendors interested in supplying bread to the Quincy School District for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. In addition to the apparent low bid of $99,251 from Bimbo Bakeries, the district received bread bids from Kohl Wholesale for $123,471 and Fox River Foods for $149,160.

The food and bread bids will now go to the full School Board for consideration at its meeting Wednesday night.