Corn chips anyone??? New "breakfast of champions"?January 31 2002 at 6:08 PM
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General Mills sends tons of corn chips to Olympics -- by mistake
Published Feb 1 2002
SALT LAKE CITY -- Please, take some chips.
A delivery mix-up has left Olympic organizers with 27,146 cases of corn chips, not the 584 that were ordered. That's more snack food that anyone can deal with.
``We have a lot of chips,'' said Don Pritchard, the food service director for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, which was saddled with more than 1.3 million of the three-quarter-ounce bags of chips.
Organizers don't have to pay for the mistake, apparently made by supply clerks who dispatched trucking companies that ``just kept coming from all parts of the General Mills' system'' loaded with chips, he said. ``This is an internal (mistake). It happens.''
Even General Mills, an Olympic supplier which is already contributing more food than required for the games, doesn't want the 25 truckloads of their ``Wahoo'' chips back.
But there's only so many chips that can be packed in lunch boxes or sold at concession stands for the estimated 150,000 spectators, Olympic workers, officials and athletes, journalists and sponsors.
So Pritchard will let the chips fall where they may, searching for every opportunity to ``pass out some chips.''
The larger community might benefit from the botched delivery: Organizers have made arrangements to give away excess food on a daily basis to the Utah Food Bank, which could be seeing a lot of chips, too.