|SIC Codes:||2032 2033 2034 2037 2038|
|NAICS Codes:||311411 311412 311421 311422 311423|
Companies in this industry use freezing, canning, dehydrating, and pickling processes to preserve fruits and vegetables. Major companies include Del Monte, Heinz, and JR Simplot (all based in the US); McCain Foods (Canada); Bonduelle (France); AGRANA (Austria); Pinguin (Belgium); La Doria (Italy); and divisions of large food companies such as ConAgra and General Mills (US).
Demand is driven by food consumption, which depends on population growth. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, because products are commodities subject to intense price competition. Companies compete largely based on cost and their ability to distribute the finished product. Large companies have advantages in purchasing and distribution. Small companies can compete effectively in local or regional markets. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 70 percent of revenue.
The major processed crops in the US are tomatoes (solid tomato and tomato paste products); potatoes (French fries, potato chips); and oranges (orange juice). Other important processed products include corn; cucumbers (pickles); beans; grapefruit; apples (apple juice, applesauce); grapes (raisins); pineapples; peaches; jams and jellies; baby food; and soup. The two major types of operations are canning and freezing. Canned goods account for about 60 percent of industry revenue; frozen goods, 40 percent.Buy Now