An Olympic amount of seafood


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 29, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games are well under way in London, and while the event is widely deemed the world’s foremost athletic competition, it’s also heralded as the world’s largest ever peacetime catering gig.

About 14 million meals are projected to be served in Olympic Park throughout the Games, and seafood represents a surprisingly big share of the total. 

About 82 metric tons of seafood are expected to be served to 10,500 Olympic athletes and more than 9 million spectators, compared to 100 metric tons of meat and just 31 metric tons of poultry, according to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Also, 25,000 loaves of bread, 232 metric tons of potatoes and 330 metric tons of fruit and vegetables are anticipated to be served.

In addition to the sheer amount of seafood being served, all fish at the Games is required to be “demonstrably sustainable.”

Interested in learning more? Click here to read the SeaFood Business feature “Can London fulfill the sustainable seafood commitments it made for the 2012 Olympics?” > 

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