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McDonald's Has Monopoly on Olympics Fries

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McDonald's Has Monopoly on Olympics Fries

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The Olympics are all about being the best you can be, something the Oak Brook-headquartered McDonald's has taken to heart by edging out all other food vendors to become the exclusive French fry distributor at the London Summer Olympics. If you're at the games and want fried potatoes in stick, that means the only kind of fries you'll be getting is McDonald's. There's an exception for fish and chips consumers who can purchase a package deal, but even that wasn't easy. 

From the Guardian

To sell fish and chips, the London organising committee (Locog) had to get a special dispensation from McDonald's, the official restaurant sponsor, which is expected to provide 10% of meals served at the Games. Under its deal with the International Olympic Committee, t he fast-food chain had the sole rights to sell chips or french fries. It allows Locog's caterers to sell fish and chips, but not chips on their own. 

This isn't the first time a company has had the exclusive rights to sell a food product at a sporting even. But still. This is the Olympics. And McDonald's. Talk about going faster, higher and stronger.  

David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.

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