Columbia Students Are Eating (Or Stealing) $5,000 Worth Of Nutella Each Week

Holy hazelnut.

1. BREAKING NEWS. Columbia has a Nutella problem.


2. The school’s Dining division started offering the treat in February, but supply continues to run low — partially, some suspect, because students are stealing some for later.


The Columbia Spectator broke the news on Tuesday. BuzzFeed did the math to figure out just how much students are eating and/or hoarding.

4. We don’t know the specifics of Columbia’s Nutella order, but we do know the prices listed online:

Here and here.

5. Columbia officials say they’re losing $5,000 worth of Nutella each week. Using the numbers above, that’s 850-950 pounds worth of supply.

About the same weight of a horse (840 to 1,200 pounds) or seven average-sized couches weekly.

6. If Columbia students are consuming 100 pounds per day, as alleged, that’s roughly…

7. Columbia estimates that at this rate, Nutella consumption will cost them $250,000 a year. That’s about seven jars per undergrad!

58,275 jars for 8,103 undergrads.

8. Or, you know, annual tuition and fees for four students.

2012-2013: $61,642

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