Study #: 4299 | Published: 12/2021 | Pages: 92 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Demand for packaging used with baby food and formula is projected to grow 1.5% annually to $377 million in 2025, supported by:

  • the convenience of packaged infant food over most home prepared foods
  • the relatively high number of working mothers with infants and toddlers, for whom time and convenience are at a premium
  • above average growth in organic and natural baby foods, supporting the use of higher value packaging
  • innovations in baby food and formula packaging, such as the introduction of bowls for baby cereals

Though Still Significant, Glass Packaging Continues to Lose Share to Plastic

Baby food remains one of the few food markets to use glass packaging to a significant degree – particularly with organic and premium baby food – due to the perception of quality and purity that it imparts. Despite this, glass continues to face competition from plastic that is largely attributable to the latter’s lighter weight, shatter resistance, and lower costs of production and transportation. Some plastic packaging, such as bowls and pouches, also come equipped with added convenience features not present in glass packaging.

Furthermore, though glass is generally recyclable, its heavy weight leads to increased fuel consumption during shipping, creating both higher costs and a larger carbon footprint.

Plastic Tubs Are Taking Share from Composite Cans in Formula Packaging

Though composite cans remain the most popular form of packaging for powdered formula due to their economical nature, they will lose share to plastic tubs. Despite being more expensive, plastic tubs tend to have a variety of value-added features – built-in scoops, scoop levelers, and snap-shut lids, among others – that are becoming increasingly important to selective and busy parents. Additionally, plastic tubs convey a more premium image and have better crush resistance than composite cans.

Bowls Are Forecast to Remain the Fastest Growing Product

Introduced to the baby food category in 2017, bowls quickly became a popular alternative to cups and jars due to their resealability and ready-to-serve nature. Cereals and oatmeals, in particular, benefit from bowl packaging compared to plastic jar or composite canister packaging since they do not need to be prepared and are easy to heat, saving time for busy parents.

Convenience & Sustainability Continue To Be the Most Important Factors for Packaging

Convenience and sustainability are important in any packaging market, but especially so in baby food and formula. Parents of infants and toddlers have to balance raising their children with their work schedules; any convenience that can save them time or hassle is vital. Packaging equipped with value-added features – spouts for self-feeding, scoop holders, or snap-shut lids that ensure safety and/or freshness – are particularly valued by busy parents. Additionally, the primary consumers of baby food and formula – parents of young children – have a vested interest in the future of environmental health and, as such, tend to prioritize sustainable packaging more than the standard consumer.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Packaging Formats (Rigid vs. Flexible)

Materials Trends

Packaging Demand by Material

Plastic

Paperboard

Glass

Product Innovation

Sustainability

Consumer Insights

Environmental Attitudes

Eco-Friendly Priorities in Packaging

4. Applications

Demand by Application

Food

Formula

Cereal & Snacks

5. Packaging Products

Demand by Product

Jars & Bottles

Jars

Bottles

Composite Cans

Pouches

Plastic Cups & Lidding

Cartons & Sleeves

Plastic Tubs

Bowls

Other Packaging

6. Key Suppliers & Industry Trends

Industry Composition

Leading Suppliers

7. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographics

Consumer Spending

Retail Sales


List of Tables

2. About This Report

Table 2-1 | Annual Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2020 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Packaging Format, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Plastic Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Paperboard Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Environmental Attitudes Among Households With Children, 2021 (% of respondents who agreed with the statements)

4. Applications

Table 4-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Baby Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Baby Formula Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Baby Snack & Cereal Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

5. Packaging Products

Table 5-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Baby Food & Formula Jar & Bottle Demand by Application & Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | Baby Food & Formula Jar Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Baby Food & Formula Composite Can Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Baby Food & Formula Pouch Demand by Application & Type, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-6 | Baby Food & Formula Plastic Cup & Lidding Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 5-7 | Baby Food & Formula Carton & Sleeve Demand by Application & Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

7. Appendix

Table 7-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 7-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 7-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 - 2025 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 7-4 | Population & Households, 2010 - 2025 (million persons)

Table 7-5 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2010 - 2025 (billion dollars)

Table 7-6 | Nondurable Goods Retail Sales, 2010 - 2025 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Market Outlook

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Baby Food & Formula: Product Examples

Figure 2-2 | Annual Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand, 2018 - 2022 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand, 2000 - 2020 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Packaging Format, 2010 - 2025 (dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 3-4 | Glass Baby Food Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 3-5 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Innovations

Figure 3-6 | Priorities When Thinking About Eco-Friendly or Sustainable Packaging, 2021 (% of respondents who said each element or feature was a priority)

4. Applications

Figure 4-1 | Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Baby Food Packaging: New Product Examples

Figure 4-3 | Cereal & Snack Packaging: New Product Examples

5. Packaging Products

Figure 5-1 | Jar Demand in Baby Food and Formula Packaging by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-2 | Bottle Demand in Baby Food & Formula Packaging, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-3 | Baby Food & Formula Composite Can Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-4 | Baby Food & Formula Pouch Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-5 | Baby Food & Formula Plastic Cup & Lidding Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-6 | Baby Food & Formula Carton & Sleeve Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Plastic Tub Demand in Formula Packaging, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 5-8 | Bowl Demand in Baby Food & Formula Packaging, 2017 - 2030 (million dollars)

Figure 5-9 | Bowl Packaging: New Product Examples

Figure 5-10 | Other Baby Food & Formula Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)


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