MGT 40490: Business Problem Solving (Angst, W)

Food Processing

Problem: Food Processing Equipment Manufacturer

Recommended resource list (Alpha by title):

Industry Background

  • Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage 
    • US primarily
    • Look for a company and see if S & P Industry report is available – left frame
  • Mergent Online 
    • Non-US world regional reports “Food & Beverage “
  • IBISWorld
    • C1112-GL - Global Fruit and Vegetables Processing and Preserving - Global Industry Report
    • 31142 - Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing in the US - Industry Report
      • See also “DEMAND & SUPPLY INDUSTRIES” bottom of reports
      • 33329b - Printing, Paper, Food, Textile & Other Machinery Manufacturing in the US - Industry Report
  • ABI/Inform Global
    • Fruit and Vegetable Processing - Quarterly Update 7/26/2010
      • To get to this report, type 'vegetable processing and first research' in the Basic search box on the first page.
    • You also might want to try the search query 'crop and first research.'



  • FPSA
    • A trade association that was created in 2005 through the merger of the Food Processing Machinery Association and the International Association of Food Processing Suppliers.
    • Some of the White Papers may be of interest
    • By selecting the 'Exhibitors' link and then 'Exhibitor 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

U.S. & International:

  • International Labour Organization
    • ILO Bureau of Statistics – LIBORSTA 
      • Wages
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (
    • FAO Statistical Database (FAOSTAT)
      • Crop processed
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Other Info Sources:


  • Try Scanning for information in Factiva. I use the following technique:

Using the search mode, select the "Industry" which represents you area of "Food Product Machinery". 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 -- chick 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: is your company name or topic is two words put it in quotes e.g. “Key Technology”

  • Business and Company Resource Center

    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: is your company name or topic is two words put it in quotes e.g. “Key Technology”
Last Update: April 05, 2012 13:29 | Tagged with: problem solving