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: Market research on consumer products, travel, lifestyles and leisure. Industries covered are airlines, automotive, beauty and personal products, clothing and fashion, food and food service, health, medical and wellness, internet and retailing. Reports contain the following information: Market Size and Forecast Segment Performance Retail Channels Brand Share Advertising & Promotion Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel for academic use only, and accept a user agreement. Must use BU e-mail address to sign in. You can download batches of reports, sections and individual graphs.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial
Selected Search Terms: cereal, drinks, snacks and snacking.
Selected Reports:
Breakfast Cereal – US – September 2009
Salty Snacks – US – August 2009
Energy Drinks and Energy Shots – US – July 2009
Carbonated Soft Drinks – US – June 2009
Healthy Snacking – US – June 2009

Industry News and Trade Publications:

Note: Find articles on industries, companies, and business topics from business and management journals and industry specific trade publications. Select “Topic Guide” tab and enter industry or subject. ABI includes full text articles from the Wall Street Journal.

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:

Industry Statistics Sampler

To find economic data by industry, click on “View the New Industry Statistics Portal” and type an industry keyword or NAICS code into the search box. Also Economic Census data is being released over time in the American FactFinder.

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)