Companies in this segment produce carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, bottled water, ice, and alcoholic beverages.


Companies in this segment manufacture dairy-based products from both raw and processed milk, as well as dairy substitutes.

Fruits and Vegetables

Companies in this segment distribute fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. The main task of distributors is to get the fruit and vegetables from producers to customers, including both food retailers and foodservice providers.


In this segment, companies mill flour and rice, malt grains, and mixed prepared flour mixes and dough. Major products include flour, rice, and malted grains.

Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Major products in this segment are wholesale meat products that will be cut or processed further, ground beef for commercial use, and "case-ready" items for retail use.

Sugar and Confectionery

Companies in this segment produce raw sugar from sugar cane, refine raw cane sugar, and produce refined beet sugar from sugar beets. The most widely used product for sugar manufacturers is refined sugar for both industrial and consumer use.

The Food and Beverage industry is Fragmented. The production in this industry is divided among a few different companies, however, no single firm has large enough share of the market to be able to influence the industry's direction or price levels.

Primary Demand Drivers

  • Food consumption
  • Population growth

Profitability Drivers

  • Efficient operations, because products are commodities subject to intense price competition

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As the days continue to get colder and darker, many Americans flock to the grocery store to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. Families gather to celebrate with turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie, parades, and football. The holiday is commemorative of the original feast between Pilgrims and Native Americans. While Thanksgiving has been a national holiday in the United States since the Civil War, many other countries have their own version of Thanksgiving.

Since the United States of America was founded, food has played an important role, especially meat on holidays; burgers on the Fourth of July, turkey on Thanksgiving, and much more. Yet, within the last two decades, different meat alternatives have started to disrupt sales in the meat industry. Does this mean the meat industry as we know it is coming to an end?


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