Study #: 4297 | Published: 12/2021 | Pages: 68 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Demand for clamshell food packaging is projected to grow 3.6% per year to $1.6 billion in 2025, supported by healthy growth in fresh prepared food sales and the importance of clamshells in packaging fragile items like berries, tomatoes, and cookies.

Clamshells offer a variety of advantages in retail food packaging, including:

  • high visibility, which allows consumers to check for freshness and variety
  • resealability, which preserves the freshness of package contents
  • structural strength, which prevents bruising, crushing, crumbling, and smearing

Despite these advantages, though, clamshells will face continued competition from other packaging types, especially two-piece plastic containers and pouches.

Fresh Produce to Remain the Largest Application of Clamshell Packaging

Fresh produce comprises over 60% of clamshell packaging use for food; they offer many benefits in this application, including transparency, crush resistance, proper air circulation, and drainage. These characteristics are especially important to fresh berries, for which clamshells are the dominant form of packaging.

Plastic Expected to Lose Share to Alternative Materials Due to Sustainability Concerns

Historically, clamshell packaging for retail food has been comprised almost entirely of rigid plastic. While the vast majority of clamshell packaging will continue to be made of plastic, due in part to the importance of high visibility in key applications, sustainability concerns are expected to spur the use of other materials. The most notable of these materials include paperboard and sugarcane, as they are biodegradable, compostable, and offer a more natural image.

In response to ongoing sustainability initiatives, producers of plastic clamshells are expected to use more recycled content and pursue the development of clamshells made with bioplastics.

Fresh Prepared Foods to be the Fastest Growth Market for Clamshell Packaging

Clamshells continue to be a popular option for the packaging of fresh entrées, salads, sandwiches, and other perishable prepared foods; above average growth in retail sales of fresh prepared foods will continue to drive demand. Clamshells are one of the few types of packaging to offer both high visibility and crush resistance – key advantages for “grab and go” foods where appearance and convenience play key roles in purchase decisions.


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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

Materials Trends

Demand by Material

Plastic Clamshell Resins

Factors Impacting Clamshell Packaging Demand

Product Innovation

Sustainability

4. Applications

Demand by Application

Fresh Produce

Demand by Application

Berries

Tomatoes

Baked Goods

Fresh Prepared Foods

Other Foods

5. Key Suppliers & Industry Trends

Industry Composition

Industry Leaders

6. 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 Food Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Food Clamshell Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2020 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Food Clamshell Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Plastic Clamshell Demand by Resin, 2010 - 2025 (million pounds)

4. Applications

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

Table 4-2 | Fresh Produce Clamshell Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Baked Goods Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Fresh Prepared Foods Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

6. Appendix

Table 6-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 6-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 6-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 - 2025 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 6-4 | Population & Households, 2010 - 2025 (million persons)

Table 6-5 | Personal Consumption Expenditures & Retail Sales, 2010 - 2025 (billion dollars)

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


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Clamshell Demand in Food Packaging

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 2-2 | Annual Clamshell Food Packaging Demand, 2018 - 2022 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Food Clamshell Packaging Demand, 2000 - 2020 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Food Clamshell Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Clamshell Packaging Innovation: Product Examples

4. Applications

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

Figure 4-2 | Fresh Produce Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-3 | Fresh Produce Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Berry Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-5 | Berry Clamshell Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-6 | Berry Production in the US, 2010 - 2025 (million pounds)

Figure 4-7 | Tomato Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-8 | Tomato Clamshell Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-9 | Baked Goods Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-10 | Baked Goods Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-11 | Fresh Prepared Foods Clamshell Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-12 | Fresh Prepared Foods Clamshell Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

Figure 4-13 | Other Foods Clamshell Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2025 (million dollars)

5. Key Suppliers & Industry Trends

Figure 5-1 | IP's Paper Clamshell Packaging


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