Associations & Magazines

Published: Oct 8, 2010
Last Updated: May 16, 2018
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Associations & Magazines Are Great Sources of Industry Information

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.

Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) | ABLE BC is the industry advocate for issues affecting pubs, bars and independent liquor stores throughout the province. Check out the Industry Resources and Useful Links pages.


British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) | The BCRFA is an industry organization that represents over 3,000 restaurant and foodservice businesses across British Columbia.

Restaurants Canada | Restaurants Canada (formerly the CFRA) represents every sector of Canada's foodservice industry. Check out the Industry Issues and Research sections.


ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory
Use this 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. 

Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News
Official magazine of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA).

Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine
Provides foodservice and hospitality operators with the tools they need to compete in the market and grow their business. Published 12 times per year.

Nightclub & Bar Magazine
Features information on bar management for nightclubs, restauarants, hotels, resorts and cruise ships. Published 12 times per year.

The Publican Magazine
Official publication of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees of British Columbia (ABLE BC). Published 4 times per year.


Try searching Ulrichs Periodical Directory to develop a list of important trade publications in your industry.