NIS 132 Million Spent on Food for Simchas
by Betzalel Kahn
Wedding halls, other catered facilities and catering
companies spend NIS 132 million ($28 million) per year on
food, according to a special survey conducted by the Israel
According to the survey NIS 25 million ($5 million) was spent
on 9 million liters (2.4 million gallons) of soft drinks and
another NIS 20 million ($4.2 million) was spent on liquor.
The survey also showed NIS 13 million ($3 million) went
towards the purchase of 25 million rolls, NIS 12 million
($2.4 million) was spent on cold cuts and NIS 11 million
($2.6 million) was spent on beer. The two million liters
(530,000 gallons) of cooking oil used cost NIS 7 million
($1.5 million). NIS 6 million ($1.3 million) was used to buy
two million loaves of bread and another NIS 1 million
($200,000) to buy two million pitas. NIS 4.5 million
($950,000) was spent on 730,000 kilograms (1.6 million
pounds) of ice cream.
According to the survey 29,000 weddings are held annually
where 8.7 million guests are served. Another 9 million guests
are served at the 60,000 bar mitzvah ceremonies held annually
and nearly 7 million guests are served at the 68,000 annual
bris ceremonies held.