In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Baking Association of Canada (BAC) | BAC is a national trade association representing retail, in-store and commercial baking companies and allied trades. It seeks to empower its members through knowledge transfer and networking. BAC’s newsletter is published 10 times a year and is distributed in Bakers Journal.
American Bakers Association (ABA) | ABA is the voice of wholesale baking in the US. Its mission is to enhance the American bakery industry through public policy advocacy, education, and networking.
Independent Bakers Association (IBA) | IBA is a national trade association with over 200 family-owned wholesale bakeries and allied industry trades.
TIP: Use ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory to search for an association by name, interest area, or international geographic location (including Canada and BC). You can also search using a combination of various fields.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
- Bakers Journal | Canadian magazine that highlights the latest industry trends and success stories in Canada’s bakery industry.
- Baking & Snack | Industry magazine covering the development, production, packaging, and distribution of grain-based products.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Federal department that is responsible for supporting the growth and development of the agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada.
Baking Business | Go-to resource for information on grain-based food industry news, commodity markets, ingredients, processing trends and innovations, publications and more. Provides free access to all previous issues of the Baking & Snack magazine.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer | The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles | A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
TIP: As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.