Aramark, the global provider of food, facilities management and uniforms, has been named the official retail provider of event merchandise for the Eighth World Meeting of Families Congress from Sept. 22- 25. Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27. Up to 3 million people are expected to visit the city.
Aramark will be selling a range of branded merchandise from $5 to $500. Commemorative pins start at $5 while paintings and a sterling silver cross will go for up to $500 apiece. Apparel range from $40 to $70. A commemorative plush doll of the pope will cost $20.
Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark's sports and entertainment division, expects rosaries - from $10 to $200 - will be the most popular item.