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Industry Research

Guide to industry research

Grocery & Supermarkets

This page is designed specifically to support the Certificate in Food Industry Management (FIM) program at the USC Marshall School of Business, but may be of use to anyone interested in food and grocery retailing, wholesaling, manufacturing or supply chain.

Below are some of the top resources for finding market and industry research:

For general overviews and market research reports, search terms like:

  • Grocery
  • Grocery stores OR supermarkets OR food retail

For related information, also look at the Food & Beverages tab.

Listed below are links to trade publications and relevant industry news:

Note: A trade publication (often a magazine) is an information source that is intended for a very specific audience and will have content that appeals to that audience. The content may come directly from people within the industry, or it may come from freelance or staff writers that have vast experiences writing for that particular trade.

Professionals often subscribe to trade magazines in order to gather valuable information that will help them achieve something within their industry or field. Trade publications are a Marketer's secret weapon and can be helpful for tracking recent industry developments, identifying competitors or uncovering market opportunities. 

Below are links to key industry associations:

Note: If your industry is not represented here, search Google with your industry name + "association".  Not all content on these websites is free; you may need to be a member to access exclusive reports and data.

In some industries, associations might be referred to as;

  • Guild OR federation OR society
  • Foundation OR council
  • Bureau OR forum

Find key government data, including reports and statistics using the following resources:

Books and Reference Sources

For more, search USC Libraries Catalog for books and periodicals using the following words and phrases:

  • Grocery or Grocery Stores
  • Grocery retailing
  • Grocery trade
  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery shopping
  • Food retailing or food industry
  • Food distribution channels
  • Produce trade