The purpose of this guide is to point business researchers to some key resources when researching the the brewing industry. While not entirely comprehensive, this guide does list several of the key and highly recommended resources when analyzing the industry and researching the companies in the industry. I’ve listed the databases and resources below, with recommendations on how to find the best information in the quickest fashion.
Six Databases in Six minutes Video
This 6-minute video offers tips on using many of the databases and tools found below.
IbisWorld is a good place to get started for a good overview of the industry. A search for Brewing yields a report for Breweries in the U.S.
Passport GMID offers essential macroeconomic information that can be really useful in performing a PEST analysis. This video shows you how to find information from GMID that addresses the broad Political, Economic, Social, and Technological trends affecting industries. This video shows you how to find information from Passport GMID for your PEST analysis.
You can also find some excellent market research and company reports in the Passport GMID. Use the search box to search for “beer in the U.S.” to find these reports.
Mintel Oxygen is an excellent source for market research reports pertaining to this industry. A search for “beer” yields several relevant reports, such as the ones shown in the picture below.
OneSource is another fantastic resource for both company and industry information.
- It has company news, financials, SWOT analyses, ratio comparisons, peer analysis, stock reports and more.
- See my video tip on using OneSource to research the brewing industry
S&P Net Advantage
S&P NetAdvantage is a key tool to use when researching this industry.
- It has a very good report for the Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco industry, of which Brewing is a part. The industry reports can be very useful in performing a PEST analysis, particularly when addressing the “economic” area. To find these reports, click on the Industry Tab in NetAvantage, then select the industry in the drop-down menu. Be sure to look for the “downloadable company data” link on the left side of the page as well.
- It has stock reports and company financials for major companies.
- The Compustat Excel Analytics are great when analyzing companies. This video shows you how to find them.
- See my video tip on using NetAdvantage to research the brewing industry
Mergent Online is a great tool for looking at both company and industry information.
- It has Equity Reports for major companies. Take a look at this video for how to find Equity Reports in Mergent Online.
- It is a great way to compare companies in the same industry. This video shows you how to compare companies in the same home improvement retail industry with Mergent Online.
Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete has a lot of useful information that can take your research to the next level. I’ve listed here last not because it is the least important, but because I would us articles and reports from Business Source Complete to fill in the gaps of your research. You will find Industry Profiles (search for Brewing or Beer), and Trade Publications that can enhance the broad coverage of other industry reports.
Factiva is a great resource for looking for news about companies in the industry. You will also find company profiles, financials, ratios, and more in the “Companies & Markets” section of Factiva. This video shows you how to use Factiva effectively when analyzing your company.
The 10-k (annual SEC filings) for individual companies contain financial information for companies, as well as textual descriptions of business strategies, risk factors, competition, and more. Look in Part 1, Item 1 and Item 1A for this information in a company’s 10-K report. As an example, take a look at the 10-K for Molson Coors and look at the Business and Risk Factors sections. You will notice that Molson Coors uses some of the similar language found in reports like IBISWorld and others. You might also look at similar 10-K’s for other companies in the industry.
Statista is great resource to find some extremely useful statistics for you industry. Simply search for “beer” or “brewing” to find stats for your project.