Produce Packaging

Growth in packaged produce will be driven by rising demand for healthy foods that are fresh-cut or ready-to-eat, and by value added packaging products that help protect, trace and market fresh produce.

US demand to rise 3.2% annually through 2019

Demand for produce packaging in the US is forecast to increase 3.2 percent per year to $6.0 billion in 2019, out-pacing growth in fresh produce production as packaging takes on a greater role in the protection, traceability, and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Demand for healthy foods which are fresh-cut or ready-to-eat will drive gains for packaged produce and help to sustain demand for packaging products, particularly value added types.

Trends toward healthier food to favor produce

Produce packaging will benefit from trends toward healthier food consumption, particularly in fruit applications, which will rise at a faster rate than vegetables or salads. With the rising demand for meat- and gluten-free meal options, fresh produce has become more valued in both retail and foodservice industries as these operations look for ways to appeal to consumers with dietary restrictions. Within the retail market, more offerings of produce that are display ready and sold ready-to-eat will boost demand for packaging products that can extend shelf life and allow contents to be seen clearly. Likewise, foodservice operations will demand greater amounts of packaged fresh-cut produce in order to provide healthier options while cutting down on meal preparation time and labor costs.

Corrugated boxes to remain key packaging type

Corrugated boxes are the leading type of produce packaging due to their light weight, low cost, graphics capabilities, and well established recycling infrastructure. With innovations made to create recyclable alternatives that can be substituted for wax-coated boxes and the development of modular box formats that are more easily stacked and shipped, corrugated boxes are the primary format for bulk shipments. However, demand will grow at a slightly below average pace through 2019 due to market saturation and competition from reusable plastic containers (RPCs) and flexible packaging formats.

Plastic containers, pouches among fastest growing

The fastest growing package formats are those that possess aesthetic appeal, such as plastic containers and stand-up pouches, both of which have the capability to increase brand marketing and recognition. Pouches using anti-fogging films to allow for product visibility often feature colorful graphics to advertise nutritional properties and environmental sourcing practices, especially for products targeted to children. Plastic containers such as clamshells, tubs, cups, and bowls not only provide an extra level of protection for delicate products such as tomatoes and berries, but also differentiate their retail appearance.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $5.1 billion US produce packaging industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by packaging type (e.g., corrugated boxes, bags and liners, plastic containers, trays), application (e.g., vegetables, fruit, salads) and end user (growers/shippers, repackers, retail stores). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 43 industry players, including International Paper, Pactiv, and WestRock.

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  1. Produce Packaging

    $5,300.00

  2. INTRODUCTION: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

    $0.00

  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $155.00

  5. Overview

    $35.00

  6. PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  7. PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2009 - 2024

    $60.00

  8. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $2,235.00

  9. General

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Environment (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  11. Macroeconomic Environment (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  12. Macroeconomic Environment (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  13. Macroeconomic Environment (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  14. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  15. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  16. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  17. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  18. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  19. Consumer Income & Spending (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  20. Consumer Income & Spending (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  21. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  22. Retail Trends (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  23. Retail Trends (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  24. Retail Trends (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  25. RETAIL SALES (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  26. Food Industry Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  27. Food Industry Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  28. FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  29. Fresh Produce Industry Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  30. Fresh Produce Industry Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  31. Fresh Produce Production: Overview

    $35.00

  32. FRESH PRODUCE SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  33. Fresh Produce Production: Vegetables (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  34. Fresh Produce Production: Vegetables (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  35. FRESH VEGETABLE SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  36. Fresh Produce Production: Fruit

    $35.00

  37. FRESH FRUIT SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  38. Fresh Produce: Shipping & Distribution Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  39. Fresh Produce: Shipping & Distribution Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  40. Fresh-Cut Produce Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  41. Fresh-Cut Produce Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  42. FRESH-CUT PRODUCE SALES (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  43. Fresh-Cut Produce: Salad

    $35.00

  44. Fresh-Cut Produce: Vegetables

    $35.00

  45. Fresh-Cut Produce: Fruit

    $35.00

  46. Food Packaging Industry: Overview

    $35.00

  47. FOOD PACKAGING DEMAND (billion dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  48. Food Packaging Industry: Rigid Containers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  49. Food Packaging Industry: Rigid Containers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  50. Food Packaging Industry: Flexible Containers

    $35.00

  51. Produce Packaging: Raw Material Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  52. Produce Packaging: Raw Material Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  53. Produce Packaging: Technology Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  54. Produce Packaging: Technology Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  55. Produce Packaging: Technology Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  56. Produce Packaging: Pricing Trends (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  57. Produce Packaging: Pricing Trends (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  58. SELECTED PRODUCE PACKAGING PRICES (cents per unit) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  59. Produce Packaging: Environmental Issues (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  60. Produce Packaging: Environmental Issues (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  61. Produce Packaging: Environmental Issues (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  62. Produce Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  63. Produce Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  64. Produce Packaging: Regulatory Considerations (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  65. PACKAGING TYPES: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $2,615.00

  66. Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  67. Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  68. Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  69. PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORM (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  70. Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  71. Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  72. Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  73. CORRUGATED BOX DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  74. Corrugated Common Footprint Boxes

    $35.00

  75. Corrugated Boxes: Producers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  76. Corrugated Boxes: Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  77. Bags & Liners for Produce Packaging

    $35.00

  78. BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING BY MATERIAL (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  79. BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  80. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  81. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  82. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  83. PLASTIC BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  84. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Applications (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  85. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Applications (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  86. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Producers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  87. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Producers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  88. Plastic Produce Bags & Liners: Producers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  89. Mesh & Combination Produce Bags & Liners (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  90. Mesh & Combination Produce Bags & Liners (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  91. Mesh & Combination Produce Bags & Liners (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  92. MESH & COMBINATION BAG DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  93. Paper & Textile Produce Bags & Liners

    $35.00

  94. PAPER & TEXTILE DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  95. Plastic Containers for Produce Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  96. PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  97. PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  98. Plastic Produce Clamshells (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  99. Plastic Produce Clamshells (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  100. Plastic Produce Clamshells (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  101. CLAMSHELL DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  102. Plastic Produce Tubs, Cups, & Bowls (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  103. Plastic Produce Tubs, Cups, & Bowls (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  104. TUB, CUP, & BOWL DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  105. Other Plastic Containers for Produce (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  106. Other Plastic Containers for Produce (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  107. Other Plastic Containers for Produce (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  108. OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  109. Trays for Produce Packaging (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  110. Trays for Produce Packaging (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  111. Trays for Produce Packaging (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  112. Trays for Produce Packaging (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  113. TRAY DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  114. Other Produce Packaging Types

    $35.00

  115. OTHER PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  116. OTHER PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  117. Plastic Film for Produce Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  118. Plastic Film for Produce Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  119. Plastic Film for Produce Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  120. Reusable Plastic Produce Containers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  121. Plastic Film for Produce Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  122. Plastic Film for Produce Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  123. Wood Produce Crates

    $35.00

  124. Foam Produce Boxes

    $35.00

  125. Molded Pulp Produce Baskets

    $35.00

  126. All Other Produce Packaging Types (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  127. All Other Produce Packaging Types (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  128. All Other Produce Packaging Types (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  129. All Other Produce Packaging Types (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  130. APPLICATIONS: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $3,090.00

  131. Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  132. Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  133. PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION & FORMAT (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  134. Bulk Produce Packaging

    $35.00

  135. Packaging for Ready-to-Eat Produce

    $35.00

  136. Vegetable Packaging: Overview

    $35.00

  137. FRESH VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORMAT (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  138. Tomato Packaging (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  139. Tomato Packaging (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  140. Tomato Packaging (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  141. Tomato Packaging (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  142. TOMATO PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  143. Potato Packaging (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  144. Potato Packaging (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  145. Potato Packaging (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  146. Potato Packaging (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  147. POTATO PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  148. Lettuce Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  149. Lettuce Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  150. LETTUCE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  151. Onion Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  152. Onion Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  153. ONION PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  154. Carrot Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  155. Carrot Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  156. Carrot Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  157. CARROT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  158. Mushroom Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  159. Mushroom Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  160. MUSHROOM PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  161. Celery Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  162. Celery Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  163. CELERY PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  164. Cabbage Packaging

    $35.00

  165. CABBAGE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  166. Other Vegetable Packaging (1 of 5)

    $35.00

  167. Other Vegetable Packaging (2 of 5)

    $35.00

  168. Other Vegetable Packaging (3 of 5)

    $35.00

  169. Other Vegetable Packaging (4 of 5)

    $35.00

  170. Other Vegetable Packaging (5 of 5)

    $35.00

  171. OTHER VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY VEGETABLE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  172. OTHER VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY PACKAGING TYPE (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  173. Fruit Packaging: Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  174. Fruit Packaging: Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  175. FRESH FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORMAT (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  176. Berry Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  177. Berry Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  178. Berry Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  179. BERRY PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  180. Apple Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  181. Apple Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  182. Apple Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  183. APPLE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  184. Citrus Fruit Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  185. Citrus Fruit Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  186. CITRUS FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  187. Grape Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  188. Grape Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  189. Grape Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  190. GRAPE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  191. Melon Packaging (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  192. Melon Packaging (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  193. Melon Packaging (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  194. MELON PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  195. Other Fruit Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  196. Other Fruit Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  197. OTHER FRESH FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  198. Salad Packaging: Overview (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  199. Salad Packaging: Overview (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  200. Salad Packaging: Overview (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  201. SALAD PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  202. Conventional Salad Packaging

    $35.00

  203. Specialty Mix Salad Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. Specialty Mix Salad Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  205. END USERS: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $590.00

  206. Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  207. Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  208. PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY END USER (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  209. Growers/Shippers: Produce Packaging Demand (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  210. Growers/Shippers: Produce Packaging Demand (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  211. Growers/Shippers: Produce Packaging Demand (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  212. Growers/Shippers: Produce Packaging Demand (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  213. GROWER/SHIPPER MARKET FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  214. Repackers: Produce Packaging Demand (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  215. Repackers: Produce Packaging Demand (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  216. Repackers: Produce Packaging Demand (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  217. REPACKER MARKET FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  218. Retail Stores & Other: Produce Packaging Demand

    $35.00

  219. RETAIL STORE & OTHER MARKETS FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars) 2004 - 2024

    $60.00

  220. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $975.00

  221. General (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  222. General (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  223. Industry Composition (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  224. Industry Composition (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  225. US PRODUCE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2014 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  226. Market Share

    $35.00

  227. US PRODUCE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES, 2014 (percent)

    $60.00

  228. Market Leaders (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  229. Market Leaders (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  230. Market Leaders (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  231. Market Leaders (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  232. Acquisitions & Divestitures (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  233. Acquisitions & Divestitures (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  234. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

    $60.00

  235. Marketing & Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  236. Marketing & Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  237. Manufacturing

    $35.00

  238. Research & Development (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  239. Research & Development (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  240. Competitive Strategies (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  241. Competitive Strategies (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  242. Competitive Strategies (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  243. Cooperative Agreements (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  244. Cooperative Agreements (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  245. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  246. COMPANY PROFILES: PRODUCE PACKAGING TO 2019

    $1,680.00

  247. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  248. Acme Companies (Sacramento Bag)

    $35.00

  249. AEP Industries

    $35.00

  250. Amcor Limited

    $35.00

  251. American Packaging

    $35.00

  252. Ampac Holdings

    $35.00

  253. Bemis Company

    $35.00

  254. Berry Plastics

    $35.00

  255. Brambles Limited (IFCO)

    $35.00

  256. Cady Bag Company

    $35.00

  257. Cascades Incorporated (Norampac) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  258. Cascades Incorporated (Norampac) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  259. CKF Incorporated (Vancore)

    $35.00

  260. Coveris Holdings (Exopack)

    $35.00

  261. D&W Fine Pack (Stone Plastics)

    $35.00

  262. Deluxe Packages

    $35.00

  263. Dow Chemical Company

    $35.00

  264. DuPont (EI) de Nemours

    $35.00

  265. Emerald Packaging

    $35.00

  266. Highland Packaging Solutions

    $35.00

  267. Honeywell International

    $35.00

  268. Innovia Films

    $35.00

  269. International Paper Company

    $35.00

  270. IPL Incorporated

    $35.00

  271. Keyes Packaging Group (Wrap Pack)

    $35.00

  272. Koch Industries (Georgia Pacific)

    $35.00

  273. Landec Corporation (Apio)

    $35.00

  274. Leucadia National (Conwed)

    $35.00

  275. Menasha Corporation (ORBIS)

    $35.00

  276. Pacific Agricultural Packaging

    $35.00

  277. Packaging Corporation of America

    $35.00

  278. Peninsula Packaging Company

    $35.00

  279. Printpack Incorporated

    $35.00

  280. Rehrig Pacific Company

    $35.00

  281. Reynolds Group Holdings (Pactiv) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  282. Reynolds Group Holdings (Pactiv) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  283. Sambrailo Packaging

    $35.00

  284. Schoeller Allibert

    $35.00

  285. Sealed Air (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  286. Sealed Air (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  287. Sonoco Products Company (RTS Packaging)

    $35.00

  288. Taghleef Industries

    $35.00

  289. Tekni-Plex Incorporated (Dolco)

    $35.00

  290. Tosca Services

    $35.00

  291. Volm Companies

    $35.00

  292. WestRock Company (RTS Packaging)

    $35.00

  293. Wihuri Oy (Winpak)

    $35.00

  294. Additional Companies in Produce Packaging

    $35.00

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