Ask a chef, a fisherman, a farmer and the night manager at your local supermarket exactly what the ‘food industry’ is and you’ll get four different answers. The truth is that the ‘food industry’ is a complex web of separate businesses connected to each other in various ways. Sure, the general manager of your favorite restaurant in town is a part of the food industry but increasingly he is more a part of the entertainment business and the hospitality business as much as he is the food industry.
The reality is that the food industry covers such a broad group of businesses that it probably makes more sense to think of its totality as a ‘system’ as opposed to an industry. Like any system it helps to break the larger parts into smaller categories. Check out some of the broad business categories, as well as related industries, that lots of food industry information falls into.