. Vend-o-licious makes candy bars for vending machines and sells them to vendors in

cases of 30 bars. Although Vend-o-licious makes a variety of candy, the cost differences

are insignificant, and the cases all sell for the same price.

Vend-o-licious has a total capital investment of $13,000,000. It expects to

produce and sell 500,000 cases of candy next year. Vend-o-licious requires a 10% target

return on investment.

Expected costs for next year are as follows:

Variable production costs $3.50 per case

Variable marketing and distribution costs $1.50 per case

Fixed production costs $1,000,000

Fixed marketing and distribution costs $700,000

Other fixed costs $500,000

Vend-o-licious prices the cases of candy at full cost plus markup to generate profits equal

to the target return on capital.

a) What is the target operating income?

b) What is the selling price Vend-o-licious needs to charge to earn the target operating

income? Calculate the markup percentage on full cost.

c) Vend-o-licious’s closest competitor has just increased its candy case price to $15,

although it sells 36 candy bars per case. Vend-o-licious is considering increasing its

selling price to $14 per case. Assuming production and sales decrease by 5%, calculate

Vend-o-licious’ return on investment. Is increasing the selling price a good idea?