Associations & Magazines

Published: Apr 9, 2012
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2013
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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.

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade | The largest specialty food association in North America. The NASFT sponsors an annual trade show, a database of news resources, and an online community space.

Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) | The FCPC is the largest industry association in Canada representing the food and consumer products industry.

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) | RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants. Check out the Training and Resources page.


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 Grocer
The top grocery industry magazine covering Canada. Subscribe to their print magazine or view online content.

Gourmet Retailer
Offers print and digital magazines, as well as extensive information available free online. Use the website to research industry trends and products, get the latest news, and connect with other specialty foods business owners.

Specialty Food Magazine
A publication of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, this monthly journal contains product and buying information, trends, and forecasts. Browse back issues for free online.


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