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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.3.1 code 15


  • Section: D - Manufacturing
  • Division: 15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages


This Division is divided into the following Groups:

  • 151 - Production, processing and preservation of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, oils and fats
  • 152 - Manufacture of dairy products
  • 153 - Manufacture of grain mill products, starches and starch products, and prepared animal feeds
  • 154 - Manufacture of other food products
  • 155 - Manufacture of beverages

Explanatory note

The food industry processes the products of agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing into food and drink for humans or animals, and includes the production of various intermediate products that are not directly food products. The activity often generates associated products of greater or lesser value (for example, hides from slaughtering, or oilcake from oil production).
This division is organized by activities dealing with different kinds of products: meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, fats and oils, milk products, grain mill products, animal feeds, other food products and beverages. Production can be carried out for own account, as well as for third parties, as in custom slaughtering.
Some activities are considered manufacturing (for example, those performed in bakeries, pastry shops, and prepared meat shops etc. which sell their own production) even though there is retail sale of the products in the producers' own shop. However, where the processing is minimal and does not lead to a real transformation (as is the case, for example, for butchers, fishmongers etc.), the unit is classified to Wholesale and retail trade (section G).
Production of animal feeds from slaughter waste or by-products is classified in 1533, while processing food and beverage waste into secondary raw material is classified to 3720, and disposal of food and beverage waste in 9000.

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