14m meals to be served during Olympics
LONDON, June 3 — In what’s being described as the largest peacetime catering operation in the world, organisers of the summer games have released logistics on the Olympic task of feeding the 15,000 athletes and millions of spectators who will descend on London throughout the Games.
According to their number crunching, organisers estimate that more than 14 million meals will be served throughout the Olympics.
Of that figure, 1.2 million meals will be served to the athletes sourced with as many sustainable, ethical and local ingredients as possible, organisers say.
In an effort to prevent price gouging — a common practice among vendors at previous Olymic editions — organisers have also put a cap on the cost of staple foods and meals among their contract caterers. A family of four, for instance, should be able to eat for under £40 (RM196). A bottle of water costs £1.60, a 500 ml bottle of Coca-Cola comes in at £2.30 and a plate of fish and chips £8.
Spectator concession foods are divided into two main themes: international flavours reflective of Britain’s multicultural population — Indian curries, Italian fare — and classic British dishes made with regional products such as Welsh lamb and brick oven-baked sourdough bread from Tower Hamlets.
Here are the Olympics by the numbers when it comes to food:
— 14 million meals will be served during the Games across 40 locations.
— 1.2 million meals will be served to athletes comprising 1,300 different dishes.
— 833 spectator concession stands will feature more than 150 different types of foods, chosen to showcase the diversity of British food.
— On the busiest day of the Games, it’s estimated more than 65,000 meals will be served to athletes.
— A family of four should be able to eat for under £40.
— The main dining room for the athletes seats more than 5,000 people. — AFP/Relaxnews