, Derry, New Hampshire


March 9, 2012

Stonyfield donation ends up on road

LONDONDERRY — Anyone who happened to be on Harvey Road last week could have picked up a free yogurt smoothie — from the roadside.

A truck carrying three pallets of the Stonyfield Farm drinkable yogurt accidentally dumped dozens of cases along Harvey Road.

Small containers of pomegranate berry Oikos were accidentally dumped on nearly 200 feet of the road. A police officer was called in to direct traffic while company workers cleaned up the mess, according to Lt. Timothy Jones.

Traffic was delayed only briefly as two Stonyfield employees walked along the roadside, throwing smashed containers into big plastic bags. They declined to comment.

Despite the jarring experience, none of the pink drink spilled. The incident occurred when the driver of a Merrimack Valley Food Pantry vehicle came to pick up a donation from Stonyfield, company spokeswoman Carrie Kocik said.

The truck was turning onto Harvey Road from Burton Drive when the Oikos slipped out the back, she said.

By the time the driver realized what happened, there was pomegranate berry everywhere.

"A little yogurt was wasted," Kocik said, "but we're just glad no one was hurt."

At least $100 worth fell out, she said. The workers even picked up some roadside litter while they were at it, she said.

A lot of the Oikos landed on the lawn of Linear & Metric Co., but company president Len Galvin Jr. took it all in stride.

The milky mishap didn't disrupt business, he said. It was cleaned up in less than an hour. No one from the Lowell-based food bank could be reached for comment.

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