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Hospitality Research:
Food & Beverage Industry


This guide is designed to help you begin researching topics relating to the food and beverage industry. For more assistance, please Ask a Rosen Librarian.

A printable version of this guide is also available:
Food & Beverage PDF (40 KB)

Finding Books

Reference Sources
It is often a good idea to begin your research in the following types of sources, which are designed to be consulted for topic overview or for authoritative information. In many cases, they contain vital information that cannot be found anywhere else. A    denotes a core resource.

  General Food & Beverage Call Number
  A-Z of Food and Drink Rosen REF TX349 .A86 2002
  Cambridge World History of Food Rosen REF TX353 .C255 2000
Demographics of Consumer Food Spending Rosen REF HD9004 .D35
  Dictionary of Drink Rosen REF TX815. E393 2007
Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink Rosen REF TX 349 .M266 1999
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture Rosen REF GT2850 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of Foods: A Guide to Healthy Nutrition Rosen REF TX349 .E482 2002
Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food Rosen REF TX370. S63 2006
Grand Livre de Cuisine: Alain Ducasse's Culinary Encyclopedia Rosen REF TX349 .D83 2004
International Dictionary of Gastronomy Rosen REF TX349 .G595 2003
Larousse Gastronomique Rosen REF TX349 .L365 2009
Larousse Gastronomique Recipe Collections Rosen REF TX [varies]
Menus from History Rosen REF TX645 .C534 2009
Oxford Companion to Food Rosen REF TX349 .D36 2006
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America Rosen REF TX349 .E45 2004
Penguin Atlas of Food Rosen REF HD9000.5.M52 2003
Visual Food Encyclopedia Rosen REF TX349 .E48 1996
  Foodservice/Restaurants Call Number
Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry Rosen REF TX911.3 .V62 S56 2002
Chef's Book of Formulas, Yields, and Sizes Rosen REF TX820 .S355 2003
Culinary Schools Rosen REF TX667 .C85 2004
Food Values of Portions Commonly Used Rosen REF TX551 .P385 2010
Plunkett's Food Industry Almanac Rosen REF HD9003 .P58
Quickservice Restaurant Trends Rosen REF TX945 .Q52
Restaurant & Foodservice Market Research Handbook Rosen REF TX901 .R47
Restaurant Industry Forecast Rosen REF TX943 .N38 2004
Restaurant Industry Operations Report Rosen REF TX909.A1 R47
RMA Annual Statement Studies Rosen REF HF5681 .B2 R6
Tableservice Restaurant Trends Rosen REF TX909 .A1 T32
Who's Buying at Restaurants and Carry-Outs Rosen REF TX945 .W48
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios Main REF HF5681 .R25 A45

The above lists are not comprehensive and certain food/beverage topics may be covered in sources listed on the Rosen Research Guides on Wine & Beer, on Marketing, on Statistics/Demographics, or on Travel & Tourism. For more assistance in locating appropriate reference materials, please Ask a Rosen Librarian.

Circulating books relating to the food and beverage industry are generally found in the following call number ranges:

  • TP368 - TP546: Food processing
  • TP500 - TP660: Fermentation, beverages, alcohol
  • TP546 - TP561: Wine & wine making
  • TX341 - TX641: Nutrition, foods, food supply
  • TX642 - TX840: Cookery, cookbooks
  • TX851 - TX885: Dining service
  • TX901 - TX947: Hospitality industry, hotels, food service, restaurants
  • TX911.3 .F5 (also see HF5686 .H75): Restaurant accounting/finance
  • TX911.3 .M3: Restaurant marketing/advertising
  • TX911.3 .P7-P8: Menu pricing, food purchasing
  • TX950 - TX953: Bars, bartending, alcohol service

For more information about the location of books, consult the library catalog.

Library Catalog
Through the UCF Library Catalog, you can locate books, journals, audiovisuals, government documents, and other types of materials. You can search the catalog by Keyword, Author, Title, Subject, and many other ways.

For assistance with searching the UCF Library Catalog, see the Rosen Research Guide on Finding Books, or Ask a Rosen Librarian.

Finding Articles

Browsing Periodicals
The following periodicals are available in print in the library and may contain helpful information about the food and beverage industry. General hospitality/tourism periodicals may also have relevant material on the industry. To find articles on a specific topic, you may need to use one of our databases. A    denotes a scholarly (peer-reviewed) source.

Cooking for Profit Journal of Hospitality Financial Mgmt.
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Nation's Restaurant News
Food Management Restaurant Business
Food Service (Europe & Middle East) Restaurant Hospitality
Food Technology Restaurant Start-up & Growth
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Saveur
Journal of Foodservice Business Research Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery

Some hospitality periodicals, such as Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, are moving from print to electronic versions. You can find these and other periodicals online by clicking on Online Journals and typing in the journal title.

To find articles from journals and magazines on your topic, or to find information about a company or industry, you may need to use one of UCF's many databases. (Note: if you are off campus, refer to the Off Campus Access page to find out how to access library databases using your UCF ID card.)

To find databases that are typically most useful for the study of hospitality, click on the Database Locator tab on our homepage, and then choose the subject Hospitality. Some useful databases for food and beverage research include:

For finding articles in journals/magazines on particular topics:

  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete: Includes scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism, with coverage from the 1960s to the present.
  • Leisure Tourism Abstracts: Indexes journals from the fields of leisure, recreation, sport, hospitality, tourism, and culture, with coverage from the 1970s to the present.
  • ABI Inform: A general business database that indexes articles on advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, corporate strategies and tactics, management techniques, product information, company histories, and more, with coverage from the early 1900s to to the present.
  • Business Source Premier: A general business database that indexes articles in business, management, economics, finance, banking, investment, and more, with coverage from the 1960s to the present.

For finding information on companies, industries, financial ratios, etc.:

  • LexisNexis Academic: By clicking on the Business tab, you can search for company profiles, SEC filings, news sources, and other resources. You can also create company lists by SIC code and/or geographical area.
  • ValueLine Research Center: Financial summaries and investment advice on over 1,700 stocks and more than 90 industries.
  • Mintel: Provides full-text reports on many U.S. and European markets, including dozens in the food and foodservice sectors (e.g., off-premises eating, casual dining, organic foods, etc.).
  • MarketLine Advantage: Provides full-text international market research reports, including several in the food & beverage industry sector (e.g., foodservice, full-service and fast food restaurants, wine, etc.).

For a more detailed overview of how to use our databases, see the Rosen Research Guide titled Finding Articles.

Finding Other Materials

Vertical Files
We have a small selection of industry catalogs, directories, menus, etc., that may be helpful for certain types of projects. Ask a library staff member if you wish to see this material.

The Internet is generally not a good place to find scholarly information on the food and beverage industry. However, you may wish to explore the websites listed on our Helpful Websites page.

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A printable version of this guide is also available: Food & Beverage PDF (40 KB)

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