Industry Guide: Food and Beverage

Industry Overviews:

Industry Survey Locator: Try this research tool organized by Pardee librarians to find Industry Surveys available through library sources online and in print. Or look at the individual surveys below:


Selected Search Terms: food, bottled water, candy, bread, cookies, crackers, pasta, cereals, confectionery, tea, coffee and snack foods.

Note: In depth investment reports include industry overview and trends along with section on How the Industry Operates.

Selected Report: Foods & Nonalcoholic Beverages

MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Industry Profiles

Note: MarketLine (FormerlyDatamonitor) Industry Profiles provide profiles on industries worldwide and are available through the Business Source Complete database. Each industry profile includes a market overview, market share, market size, leading companies in the industry and market forecasts. To locate an industry survey, type the industry name in the search box, select title from the drop-down menu and click on the Search button.

Selected Reports:
Bottled Water Industry Profile: United States
Bread & Rolls Industry Profile: United States
Confectionery Industry Profile: United States
Fast Food Industry Profile: United States

Selected Reports: SIC 2064 Candy and Other Confectionery Products SIC 2051 Bread, Cake, and Related Products SIC 2052 Cookies and Crackers

Selected Report: Nonalcoholic Beverage Manufacturing – Quarterly Update 11/12/2012


Hoover’s Industry Snapshots Available in LexisNexis Academic

Industry Snapshots contain detailed overviews including key players and company rankings, descriptions and links for terminology, associations and organizations, and selected resources. Some reports are a few lines but include important links for more information.

Selected Reports: Snack Foods Pastas and Cereals

IBISWorld (1999)

Selected Reports: Frozen Food Production in the US – 31141
Snack Food Production in the US – 31191
Tea Production in the US – 31192b
Coffee Production in the US – 31192a

Frost & Sullivan

Note: Frost & Sullivan is a well known information technology research and advisory company. Frost & Sullivan reports cover technology and market trends in various technology, energy and manufacturing related fields.

Selected Reports: Challenges Affecting the Food and Beverage (F&B) Packaging Market,

Market Research:

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Mintel reports provide information on markets for consumer products, travel, lifestyles, and leisure. Our subscription predominately covers products and markets in the United States. Each report combines data & analysis of the competitive landscape and consumer profiles. Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel with your BU e-mail address.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial


Industry News and Trade Publications:


Note: ABI/INFORM GLOBAL indexes, abstracts, and provides full text of articles in business magazines, journals, and the Wall Street Journal. ABI/Inform covers more than 1,600 leading business and management publications and scholarly journals with full text for 700 of these titles. ABI/Inform Global also includes ABI/Inform Trade and Industry which covers more than 750 trade publications and ABI/Inform Dateline which provides coverage of more than 140 local, city, state, and regional business publications as well as business-oriented newswire services from the U.S. and Canada.

Note: Current news from business magazines, scholarly and trade journals.

Factiva (2001)
Note: Current news from thousands of international newspapers, newswires and trade journals. Includes Wall Street Journal.

Note: Search by SIC code for articles about an industry.

Note: Current news from major and local newspapers and newswires.

Selected Search Terms: food: (specific foods such as cakes, desserts, snack foods, and cereals), fast food industry, beverages, beverage industry, soft drinks, soft drink industry, bottled water and nonalcoholic beverages.

Selected Trade Publications available through eJournals. Go to the eJournals link on the Pardee Library page and type the journal name into the search box and click on the search button.
Beverage World
Beverage Industry
Prepared Foods
Progressive Grocer
Supermarket News


Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: This database will compare company against company using ratios and financial metrics, access company SEC filings like 10-k’s as well as annual reports and allows you to export financials into Excel.

Help in searching for SIC/NAICS codes:

Economic Census: Industry Snapshots
The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from the Economic Census and per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in: enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.

U.S. Census Bureau Industry Statistics Portal
This application provides access to the Census Bureau programs that provide economic data for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.  Once you are on the industry page, click on Economic Data in AFF (American Fact Finder)  to view the list of industry data available through the Economic Census.  Click on the 2007 data year to access the Economic Census data series that can be downloaded into Excel.

U.S. Census NAICS-SIC Correspondence Tables
Find your NAICS code, and you will find the corresponding SIC code.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Search
Search by keyword to find the NAICS code for the industry you are researching. Includes both 2007 NAICS codes and 2002 NAICS codes.

Industry Associations:

Go to: the Industry Survey Locator

Industry Surveys often provide information on trade associations.

Another source of trade associations is:

Take a look at the Selected Industry websites under Foods.

Selected Industry Associations:
Grocery Manufacturers of America
International Dairy Foods Association
National Confectioners Association
Organic Trade Association
Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA)