100 Pounds Of Nutella A Day: Columbia Students Scarfing Down $250,000 In Chocolate Spread Per Year [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on March 7, 2013 4:51 PM EST

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100 pounds of Nutella are consumed each day in the Columbia University cafeteria. Measured over the span of a week, that is 700 pounds or $5,000 worth of Nutella necessary to meet the incredible demand for the delicious chocolate hazelnut spread.

In fact, students at Columbia University are even stealing the Nutella to bring back into their dorm rooms, no doubt to use as brain food for the late-night study sessions.

The introduction of Nutella at Columbia University has been no longer than one month. Already, Columbia must spend $5,000 per week, or $20,000 a month, to replace its quickly depleting stock. Judging by the rate of consumption, Columbia would have to set aside $250,000 if it were to offer Nutella for a full academic year.

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"Students have been filling cups of Nutella to-go in Ferris Booth Commons and taking the full jars out of John Jay, which means we're going through product faster than anticipated." Vicki Dunn told the student newspaper, The Columbia Spectator.

The theft of Nutella is but one factor of a bigger and more pressing issue that is affecting the school cafeteria. The cost of a dining plan at Columbia University costs $4,726 a year, causing students to feel a sense of entitlement since such an enormous monetary figure suggests unlimited access to the cafeteria's food and facilities. In fact, students are stealing silverware from Columbia dining halls as well.

"People take silverware, cups and plates, and that adds up over the course of a year to a lot of money," said Columbia freshman Peter Bailinson, who serves in the student government.

"With Nutella, it added up much more quickly. Where Dining might have to spend $50,000 to replace silverware and cups, they were spending thousands of dollars on Nutella in one week.

"When you're paying that much for a dining plan, some people feel a bit more entitled to taking things from the dining hall.

"But what they don't realize is that dining uses any extra money to get awesome new items like Nutella, almond butter, and to make structural changes like the JJ's renovation."

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