From the “why should I be surprised?” file.
The snack table at the Cypress Mountain media centre included — gasp! — free cookies. This was in the same room where VANOC was selling Snickers candy bars for $3. The ones with the special Believe wrappers. (I Believe that’s price-gouging!)
There was a whole basket of generic milk and white chocolate cookies. The one I had went down just fine with the free hot chocolate.
So who makes the snacks? Good question. The bilingual wrapper with very detailed ingredients (“may contain peanuts, tree nuts, sulphites and tartrazine”) and nutritional information (170 calories per serving) only says “made exclusively for VANOC, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 5J5.”
At the Olympics, there is paranoia about avoiding sponsor conflicts or making a commercial relationship where one should not exist. But this is taking it a little too far.
Then again, VANOC is one of the most secretive businesses in Canada. The organizer of Canada’s Games doesn’t have a Canada flag on the property outside its City of Vancouver-owned headquarters.
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