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Sampling of food equipment purchased by Pentagon

Here is a sampling of food equipment purchased from a prime vendor and what each costs when purchased from a non-prime vendor or directly from the manufacturer.

DEEP FAT FRYER

Prime vendor average price: $3,087

Non-prime vendor average price: $2,128

Difference: 45 percent

PLASTIC BLADE SCRAPER

Prime average price: $20

Non-prime average price: $11

Difference: 82 percent

POPCORN MAKER

Prime average price: $575

Non-prime average price: $465

Difference: 24 percent

MICROWAVE OVEN

Prime average price: $887

Non-prime average price: $690

Difference: 29 percent

FOOD WARMING RACK

Prime average price: $441

Non-prime average price: $106

Difference: 316 percent

Source: Knight Ridder database of prime and non-prime vendor prices.

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(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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