Corps Bulk Up To Find Strength In Numbers
17,500 gallons of milk. 20,000 pounds of peanut butter. 150,000 bowls of cereal. These are just some of the quantities World Class corps collectively devour each summer, amounting to some 1.2 million meals served at a price tag around $850 a day. But what if corps could cut down food costs by 20, 30, or even 50 percent?
A collective of corps this summer is doing just that. During the off-season, Drum Corps International and several corps laid the groundwork for the Food Purchasing Program, a plan to negotiate lower prices with food distributors by buying in bulk. Now, the first steps are in motion: While corps are on the road, DCI is helping to deliver shipments of cereal, peanut butter and mixed flour products to 12 World Class corps at select show sites.
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