Study #: 3609 | Published: 04/2018 | Pages: 177 | Individual User License: US$ 5,500

This study examines the US market for food containers. For purposes of this study, a container refers to a product that houses a food item that features a closure designed to be opened by the end user. This includes both primary and secondary packaging. However, this excludes packaging such as shrink wrapped items or tray and film combinations common in meat and related products.

Product segments covered include flexible and rigid. Flexible containers include bags and pouches in both plastic and paper formats. Rigid containers include plastic, paperboard, metal, and glass applications. Rigid containers cover cartons, cans, cups/tubs/bowls, bottles, jars, and clamshells. Both retail and commercial foodservice food containers are included.

Market segments include fresh and processed foods. Fresh food segments include:

  • dairy products
  • fresh produce
  • meat, poultry, and seafood
  • eggs
  • perishable prepared foods

Processed foods include:

  • baked goods
  • processed fruits and vegetables
  • snack foods
  • sauces and condiments
  • pet food
  • candy and confections
  • frozen specialties
  • soups and canned specialties
  • other processed foods (e.g., fats and oils; coffee and tea; baby food)

Historical data (2007, 2012, and 2017) and forecasts for 2022 are presented for demand for food containers by unit and value in current dollars (including inflation); demand data by market is presented in current dollars. Also presented are historical and forecast data for raw material usage in food containers in pounds and total dollars. “Demand” (or sales) is defined as all shipments from US plants, plus imports minus exports.


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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Key Findings

Food Industry Outlook

Consumer Preferences

Food Outlet Trends

Packaging Trends

Convenience

Sustainability

Product Differentiation

Technology

Food Container Outlook

Container Pricing Trends

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS

Key Findings

Flexible Container Demand

Pouches

Pouches: Demand Forecast

Pouches: Product Characteristics & Markets

Bags & Sacks

Bags & Sacks: Demand Forecast

Bags & Sacks: Product Characteristics & Markets

Flexible Containers: Growth Opportunities

Flexible Containers: Markets

Flexible Containers: Market Share

RIGID CONTAINERS

Key Findings

Rigid Container Demand

Cartons

Cartons: Demand Forecast

Cartons: Product Characteristics & Markets

Cans

Cans: Demand Forecast

Cans: Product Characteristics & Markets

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls: Demand Forecast

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls: Product Characteristics & Markets

Bottles

Bottles: Demand Forecast

Bottles: Product Characteristics & Markets

Jars

Jars: Demand Forecast

Jars: Product Characteristics & Markets

Other Rigid Food Containers

Other Rigid Food Containers: Demand Forecast

Other Rigid Food Containers: Product Characteristics & Markets

Rigid Containers: Growth Opportunities

Rigid Containers: Demand by Material

Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers: Scope

Plastic Containers: Market Forecasts

Plastic Containers: Market Share

Paperboard Containers

Paperboard Containers: Scope

Paperboard Containers: Market Forecasts

Paperboard Containers: Market Share

Metal Containers

Metal Containers: Scope

Metal Containers: Market Forecasts

Metal Containers: Market Share

Glass Containers

Glass Containers: Scope

Glass Containers: Market Forecasts

Glass Containers: Market Share

MARKETS

Key Findings

Food Container Demand by Market

Growth Opportunities

Fresh Foods

Fresh Foods: Demand Forecast

Dairy Products

Dairy Products: Market Size & Scope

Dairy Products: Container Demand Forecast

Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce: Market Size & Scope

Fresh Produce: Container Demand Forecast

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood: Market Size & Scope

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood: Container Demand Forecast

Perishable Prepared Foods

Perishable Prepared Foods: Market Size & Scope

Perishable Prepared Foods: Container Demand Forecast

Eggs

Eggs: Market Size & Scope

Eggs: Container Demand Forecast

Processed Foods

Processed Foods: Demand Forecast

Baked Goods

Baked Goods: Market Size & Scope

Baked Goods: Container Demand Forecast

Processed Fruits & Vegetables

Processed Fruits & Vegetables: Market Size & Scope

Processed Fruits & Vegetables: Container Demand Forecast

Snack Foods

Snack Foods: Market Size & Scope

Snack Foods: Container Demand Forecast

Sauces & Condiments

Sauces & Condiments: Market Size & Scope

Sauces & Condiments: Container Demand Forecast

Pet Food

Pet Food: Market Size & Scope

Pet Food: Container Demand Forecast

Candy & Confections

Candy & Confections: Market Size and Scope

Candy & Confections: Container Demand Forecast

Frozen Specialties

Frozen Specialties: Market Size & Scope

Frozen Specialties: Container Demand Forecast

Soups & Canned Specialties

Soups & Canned Specialties: Market Size & Scope

Soups & Canned Specialties: Container Demand Forecast

Other Processed Foods

Other Processed Foods: Market Size & Scope

Other Processed Foods: Container Demand Forecast

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Cooperative Agreements

Competitive Strategies

Marketing & Distribution

List of Industry Participants

APPENDIX

Scope

Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Freedonia Group Studies

Definitions

Abbreviations

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Consumer Spending

Food Outlook

Packaging Industry Overview

Retail Sales Outlook


List of Tables

OVERVIEW

Table 2-1 | Food Container Demand by Type, 2007 - 2022

Table 2-2 | Food Container Prices by Material, 2007 - 2022 (cents per unit)

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS

Table 3-1 | Flexible Food Container Demand by Type, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Pouches Demand by Material in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Bags & Sacks Demand by Material in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Growth Opportunities for Flexible Food Containers

Table 3-5 | Flexible Food Containers by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

RIGID CONTAINERS

Table 4-1 | Rigid Food Container Demand by Type, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Carton Demand in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Can Demand in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Demand in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Bottle Demand in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Jar Demand in Food Applications, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Other Rigid Food Container Demand, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Growth Opportunities for Rigid Food Containers

Table 4-9 | Major Rigid Food Container Products by Expected Value Growth Rate, 2017 - 2022

Table 4-10 | Rigid Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Plastic Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Paperboard Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-13 | Metal Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-14 | Glass Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

MARKETS

Table 5-1 | Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Growth Opportunities in Food Container Markets

Table 5-3 | Major Container Markets by Expected Growth Rate, 2017 - 2022

Table 5-4 | Fresh Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Dairy Product Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-6 | Fresh Produce Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-7 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-8 | Perishable Prepared Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-9 | Egg Carton Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-10 | Processed Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-11 | Baked Goods Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-12 | Processed Fruit & Vegetable Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-13 | Snack Foods Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-14 | Sauce & Condiment Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-15 | Pet Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-16 | Candy & Confection Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-17 | Frozen Specialties Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-18 | Soups & Canned Specialties Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-19 | Other Processed Food Container Demand by Market, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-20 | Other Processed Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 5-21 | Container Demand in Select Processed Food Markets: Drivers & Restraints

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Table 6-1 | US Food Container Sales by Company, 2017 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Table 6-3 | Selected Cooperative Agreements

Table 6-4 | Competitive Strategies

APPENDIX

Table 7-1 | Industry Codes Related to Food Containers

Table 7-2 | Abbreviations

Table 7-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2007 - 2022 (billion 2009 dollars)

Table 7-4 | Population & Households, 2007 - 2022 (million persons)

Table 7-5 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2007 - 2022 (billion dollars)

Table 7-6 | Food Shipments by Market, 2007 - 2022 (billion dollars)

Table 7-7 | Packaging Supply & Demand, 2007 - 2022 (billion dollars)

Table 7-8 | Retail Sales, 2007 - 2022 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Figure 1-1 | US Food Container Market

OVERVIEW

Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Food Container Market

FLEXIBLE CONTAINERS

Figure 3-1 | Key Trends in Flexible Food Containers

Figure 3-2 | Flexible Food Container Demand by Market, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 3-3 | US Flexible Food Container Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

RIGID CONTAINERS

Figure 4-1 | Key Trends in Rigid Food Containers

Figure 4-2 | Sonoco TruVue Brand Clear Plastic Cans

Figure 4-3 | Plastic Food Container Demand by Market, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-4 | US Plastic Food Container Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-5 | Paperboard Food Container Demand by Market, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-6 | US Paperboard Food Container Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-7 | Metal Food Container Demand by Market, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-8 | US Metal Food Container Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-9 | Glass Food Container Demand by Market, 2017 (million dollars)

Figure 4-10 | US Glass Food Container Market Share, 2017 (million dollars)

MARKETS

Figure 5-1 | Food Containers: Key Market Trends

Figure 5-2 | Daisy Brand Squeezable Sour Cream Pouch

Figure 5-3 | Dairy Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-4 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-5 | Perishable Prepared Foods Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-6 | Egg Carton Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Baked Goods Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-8 | Processed Fruit & Vegetable Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-9 | Snack Foods Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-10 | Sauce & Condiment Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-11 | Pet Food Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-12 | Candy & Confection Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-13 | Frozen Specialties Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Figure 5-14 | Soups & Canned Specialties Container Demand by Material, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Figure 6-1 | US Food Container Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 6-2 | Food Containers: Leading Supplier

Figure 6-3 | Food Containers: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 6-4 | Food Containers: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 6-5 | Food Containers: Co-Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 6-6 | Food Containers: Co-Fourth Leading Supplier

APPENDIX

Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2017, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2002 - 2017 (percent)


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