Industrial licenses for an additional three honey-producing plants have been approved. The consumption of honey in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected to continue to rise, reaching almost 2,872 tons in the year 2001. Over the period 1991 to 1995, the average annual honey consumption was 2,293 tons, and in 1996 the figure was 2,382 tons. This demand is satisfied in full by local supplies, with the Kingdom’s annual production of honey running at 2,760 tons. Currently there are five honey-processing plants, three in Jeddah and one each in Abha and Riyadh, with a total capital investment of about SR 35 million (U.S. $ 0.3 million).