312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing

Industries in the Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing subsector manufacture beverages and tobacco products. The industry group, Beverage Manufacturing, includes three types of establishments:

  1. those that manufacture nonalcoholic beverages;
  2. those that manufacture alcoholic beverages through the fermentation process; and
  3. those that produce distilled alcoholic beverages.

Ice manufacturing, while not a beverage, is included with nonalcoholic beverage manufacturing because it uses the same production process as water purification.

In the case of activities related to the manufacture of beverages, the structure follows the defined productive processes. Brandy, a distilled beverage, was not placed under distillery product manufacturing, but rather under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) class for winery product manufacturing since the productive process used in the manufacturing of alcoholic grape-based beverages produces both wines (fermented beverage) and brandies (distilled beverage).

The industry group, Tobacco Manufacturing, includes two types of establishments:

  1. those engaged in redrying and stemming tobacco and
  2. those that manufacture tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars.