A recent Packaged Facts analysis of the global market for food e-commerce anticipates intense near-term growth – albeit from a small base – supported in part by packaging innovations that are making online grocery-shopping a more attractive option for retailers and consumers alike. Now available from the Freedonia Group, Food & Beverage Packaging Innovation leverages consumer survey data to identify and analyze the hottest trends in food e-commerce and other food and beverage markets for packaging.

Global electric and hybrid bus demand is forecast to increase 8.8% per annum to 114,200 units in 2023, registering faster growth than all other bus types. The popularity of electric and hybrid models will continue to grow due to their: • limited impact on the environment • greater fuel efficiency than conventional buses • lower fuel and maintenance costs • ability to operate more quietly than combustion engine-driven models

According to Global Water Treatment Equipment & Chemicals, a new industry study from The Freedonia Group, the worldwide water treatment industry was a fragmented $87.8 billion industry in 2018, with the top three suppliers representing less than 8% of all sales.

While the bulk of demand for live plants, shrubs, and trees is generated by rural and suburban homeowners with large yards and high incomes, a new Freedonia Group analysis of the $10.7 billion US market for these goods identifies a number of rising environmental trends among urban dwellers that are expanding sales opportunities in cities – including: • green/vegetative roofing systems and living walls • urban greenspace, park, and community garden and farming projects

Following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the production of hemp (or industrial hemp) is legal nationwide, and hemp is removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana, on the other hand, remains illegal at the federal level.

A new Freedonia Group analysis finds that global demand growth for alternating current (AC) electric motors will accelerate through 2023, outpacing gains for direct current (DC) types. While integral horsepower AC motors are to expand at the faster pace, fractional horsepower types will continue to account for a higher volume of AC motor sales.

Global demand for gasket and seal products is expected to rise 3.3%, reaching $10.3 billion by 2023, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group. This mature market is not generally dominated by fast growing product segments.

A new Freedonia Group study finds that the 3.9 billion metric ton global cement market will return to slight growth through 2023 after posting marginal declines from 2013 to 2018. Global Cement provides key context for understanding where the global market is headed, and which countries, innovations, and other key factors will drive it.

In 2018, the US commercial market for ceilings totaled 92% of value demand, a share that is projected to remain consistent going forward, according to a new Freedonia Group study. However, while baffles, clouds, and other costly, high-performance ceiling products keep commercial sales high, design innovation and evolving consumer trends are turning traditionally commercial-only products like ceiling tiles into must-have items for homeowners.

According to The Freedonia Group’s new study on the US landscaping products market, consumers are crazy about outdoor living, and it’s positively impacting demand for higher value hardscape products and outdoor heating implements. Outdoor living can be characterized by such activities as: • lounging (e.g., reading or watching TV) • cooking and dining • entertaining guests • gardening and landscaping • tailgating