MGT 60200: Problem Solving

Food Processing Equipment Manufacturer



Industry Background

  • IBISWorld
    • C1112-GL - Global Fruit & Vegetables Processing (Global Industry Report)
    • 31142 - Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing in the US
      • To get the full picture of the supply and demand industries, look in the ‘SEE THE FULL CONTEXT’ box on the left side of the screen.  Click on “Related Reports” under the heading ‘View Full Context Diagram’
      • 33329b - Printing, Paper, Food, Textile & Other Machinery Manufacturing in the US
  • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage 
    • US primarily
    • Select ‘Industries’ tab from top of screen
    • Industrial Machinery Industry Survey may be helpful
    • Look at Sub-Industry Reviews list

  • Mergent Online 
    • Select 'Report Search' tab
    • Europe and Asia Pacific regional reports for “Food & Beverage"


  • ThomasNet
    • Find information on suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors of industrial products and services in North America
    • Product information covering 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies within 67,000-plus Directory Categories.

  • Business Insights: Essentials 
    • Use NAICS or SIC code


  • FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association)  
    • Created in 2005 through the merger of the Food Processing Machinery Association and the International Association of Food Processing Suppliers
    • By selecting the 'ATTENDEES' link and then 'Exhibitor/Product Search', you can conduct a 'Product Category Search' 
    • One main category is 'Food Processing Equipment and Services.'  There are then several sub-categories to select from.  The results include names of exhibiting companies.

    • Home page for the Food & Beverage Industry
    • Take a look at the “White Papers” tab.  An example of a report included here: "What Machine Vision Can Do For You."

    • List of suppliers
    • "Food Engineering is the industry’s oldest and most preferred publication serving the $630 billion food and beverage manufacturing market."


  • International Labour Organization
    • LABORSTA-- Database on labour statistics for over 200 countries 
      • Wages (in Statistics by topic)

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 
    • FAOSTAT-- Database providing time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries 
      • Production | Crops processed

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Other Sources


  • Try scanning for information in Factiva. Steve uses the following technique:

Blue arrow next to 'All Industries,' start typing "Food Product Machinery" in box.  Note you get many choices.  Select the "industry" that best meets your needs and click on the blue up arrow. This places a code (i.e. in=i3244) in the search box.  Next add a connector "and" and your next search term such as "production lines". Change the "Date" to "last two years"...

When I review the results I look at them within the "frames" view -- click on "frames" on the right hand side of the screen. Two columns will open -- the results list in the left frame and the actual article in the right. In the right frame is use the "Keywords in Context" view -- this can be selected from the "View as" pull down.  Click on the next title allows you to quickly scan the results.


  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry 

    Search for articles using the Advanced Search. Search the “Document text” field. 

    Note: If your company name or topic is two words, put it in quotes e.g. “Key Technology”

  • Business Insights: Essentials

    Search for articles using the Advanced search. Search the content area: News/Magazines.

  • Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

    In the right hand frame you can “Browse” “Company Profiles” which will give you Datamonitor reports for company and/or industry.

    Search for articles using the “Advanced Search”. Search the “TX All Text” field.

    Note: If your company name or topic is two words put it in quotes e.g. “Key Technology”



Last Update: July 30, 2015 11:23