Ice Usage Guide Approximate Ice Needs
 
Food Service Restaurant 1-1/2 lbs. ice
per person
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:
Cocktail 3 lbs. ice
per person/seat
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Water Glass 4 oz. ice
per 10 oz. glass
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Salad Bar 30 lbs. ice
per cubic foot

Number of
cubic feet

Number of 22# bags needed:
Fast Food 5 oz. ice
per 7-10 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
8 oz. ice
per 12-16 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
12 oz. ice
per 18-24 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
 
Lodging Guest Ice 5 lbs. ice
per room
Number of
rooms
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Restaurant 1-1/2 lbs. ice
per person/seat
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Cocktail 3 lbs. ice
per person/seat
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
  Catering
1 lb. ice
per person
Number of
guests
Number of 22# bags needed:
 
Healthcare Patient Ice 10 lbs. ice
per bed
Number of
beds
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Cafeteria 1 lb. ice
per person
Number of
guests
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
 
Convenience Store Beverage 6 oz. ice
per 12 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
10 oz. ice
per 20 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
16 oz ice
per 32 oz. drink
Number of
drinks
 
Number of 22# bags needed:  
Cold plate 50% more
ice per day
 
Beverage Service Drinks 40% ice per glass serving x number of drinks served on peak day
Bottle or Can Cooling 22 lbs. ice per 1-1/2 cases
Increase quantities by 10% - 20% if the weather is extremely hot.
Remember: The party ends when the ice runs out! Always have extra ice.