Study #: 3966 | Published: 02/2021 | Pages: 234 | Individual User License: US$ 4,900

Demand for frozen food packaging is forecast to increase 3.5% per year to $8.8 billion in 2024, driven by:

  • strong consumer demand for convenience foods
  • frozen food product innovations and a continuously expanding range of healthy and premium options, which often use different and higher value packaging
  • a continued reliance on frozen foods in the foodservice industry due to their longer shelf life, lower cost, and ease of preparation
  • the use of higher value packaging – including stand-up pouches, susceptor trays, and folding cartons with high-quality graphics – to help differentiate products
  • expanded availability of products in portion-controlled sizes, with smaller servings resulting in higher packaging use per product

Frozen Specialty Foods & Frozen Meat to See Fastest Growth for Packaging

Frozen specialties (e.g., dinners, pizza, breakfast foods, and entrées) are expected to remain the largest market for frozen food packaging – and see the fastest annual growth – through 2024. Sales growth in this category will be driven by increased at-home meal preparation as well as by an expanded range of available specialty foods and packaging innovations, which improve the quality of the final product and increase the value of packaging demand. 

Demand for packaging of frozen meat, poultry, and seafood is also expected to increase at a healthy pace, supported by rising production volumes, the popularity of new convenience products, and the favorable price and quality of frozen meats. In addition, gains will result from high volume requirements in the foodservice sector as restaurants recover from closures and capacity restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic Boosts At-Home Cooking & Reliance on Convenience Foods

Increased work-at-home and remote learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a rapid expansion of at-home meal preparation, which, in turn, prompted consumers to stock up on convenient, long-lasting frozen foods. In addition, panic buying and supply chain issues for fresh and shelf-stable foods encouraged increased purchases from the freezer aisle. Heightened sales of frozen foods are expected to carry forward – supporting related packaging demand – as consumers become increasingly accustomed to the convenience of frozen foods and as they become more familiar with the quality and variety of frozen dinners, entrées, and other available items.

Frozen Food Packaging Suppliers Invest in More Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic

Negative perceptions about the sustainability of plastic have increased interest in alternative packaging materials with environmental profiles that are perceived to be more environmentally friendly, including paper, molded pulp, and bioplastics. In addition, many companies have pledged to meet specific sustainability goals through the increased use of recycled post-consumer content in their packaging products.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Study Scope

Historical Trends

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Demand by Application

Fastest Growing Frozen Food Packaging Applications

Demand by Format (Rigid vs. Flexible)

Fastest Growing Frozen Food Packaging Products

Pricing Trends

Global Market Size & Trends

3. Factors Impacting Packaging Demand

Frozen Food Industry Trends

Consumer Preferences

Coronavirus Frozen Food Trends

Preferred Food Formats For Produce

Supplemental/Free-Standing Freezer Ownership & Purchases

Packaging Insights

Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling & Recycled Content

Source Reduction (Weight Reduction)

Alternative Materials

4. Flexible Packaging for Frozen Food

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Product

Bags

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

Pouches (Flat & Stand-Up)

Product Description

Demand by Type & Application

Suppliers

Wrap

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

Lidding

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

Other Flexible Packaging

Demand by Product

Interleaving

Chubs

Vacuum Skin Packaging

Brick Packs

Flexible Packaging Market Share & Key Suppliers

5. Rigid Packaging for Frozen Food

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Product

Boxes & Cartons

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Box Type

Folding Cartons

Corrugated Boxes

Gable Top Cartons

Box & Carton Suppliers

Trays

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

Plastic Containers

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Type & Application

Suppliers

Paperboard Sleeves

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Suppliers

Foil Packaging

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Suppliers

Other Rigid Packaging

Scope & Product Description

Demand by Application

Rigid Packaging Market Share & Key Suppliers

6. Packaging Materials

Demand by Material

Plastic

Demand by Product

Flexible Plastic

Rigid Plastic

Paper & Paperboard

Aluminum Foil

Molded Pulp & Other Materials

7. Frozen Specialty Food Packaging

Application Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Demand by Material

Demand by Application

Frozen Dinners

Frozen Pizza

Frozen Breakfast Foods

Frozen Entrées & Side Dishes

Other Frozen Specialty Foods

8. Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Application Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Demand by Material

Demand by Application

Frozen Poultry

Frozen Meat

Frozen Seafood

9. Frozen Baked Goods Packaging

Application Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Demand by Material

Demand by Application

Frozen Baked Desserts (Pies, Cakes, & Pastries)

Breads, Rolls, & Bagels

10. Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging

Application Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Demand by Material

Demand by Application

Frozen Vegetables

Frozen Fruit

Frozen Juice

11. Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging

Application Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Demand by Material

Demand by Application

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Novelties

Sherbet, Sorbet, & Other Frozen Desserts

12. Suppliers & Market Share

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

List of Industry Participants

13. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographics

Consumer Spending


List of Tables

2. Overview

Table 2-1 | Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Annual Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 2-3 | Annual Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 2-4 | Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 2-5 | Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Format, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 2-6 | Selected Frozen Food Packaging Average Prices, 2009 - 2024 (cents per unit)

Table 2-7 | Global Frozen Food Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

3. Factors Impacting Packaging Demand

Table 3-1 | "Because of the coronavirus, I am buying more frozen..." by Gender & Age Group, 2020 (percent of respondents)

Table 3-2 | Types of Produce Purchased by Format, 2020 (percent of respondents)

Table 3-3 | Types of Frozen Produce Purchased by Gender & Age Group, 2020 (percent of respondents)

Table 3-4 | Supplemental or Free-Standing Home Freezer Ownership & Purchases by Gender & Age Group, 2020 (percent of respondents)

Table 3-5 | Packaging Consumer Insights by Gender & Age Group, 2020 (percent of respondents)

4. Flexible Packaging for Frozen Food

Table 4-1 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Frozen Food Bag Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Frozen Food Bag Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Selected Frozen Food Bag Suppliers

Table 4-5 | Frozen Food Pouch Demand by Type & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Selected Frozen Food Pouch Suppliers

Table 4-7 | Frozen Food Wrap Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Frozen Food Wrap Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Selected Frozen Food Wrap Suppliers

Table 4-10 | Frozen Food Lidding Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Frozen Food Lidding Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Selected Frozen Food Lidding Suppliers

Table 4-13 | Other Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Rigid Packaging for Frozen Food

Table 5-1 | Rigid Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Frozen Food Folding Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Frozen Food Corrugated Box Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-6 | Frozen Food Gable Top Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-7 | Selected Frozen Food Box & Carton Suppliers

Table 5-8 | Frozen Food Tray Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-9 | Frozen Food Tray Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-10 | Selected Frozen Food Tray Suppliers

Table 5-11 | Frozen Food Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-12 | Frozen Food Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-13 | Selected Frozen Food Cup, Tub, & Bowl Suppliers

Table 5-14 | Frozen Food Plastic Container Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-15 | Selected Frozen Food Plastic Container Suppliers

Table 5-16 | Frozen Food Paperboard Sleeve Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-17 | Rigid Foil Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-18 | Selected Frozen Food Foil Packaging Suppliers

Table 5-19 | Other Rigid Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Packaging Materials

Table 6-1 | Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Plastic Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Flexible Plastic Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-4 | Rigid Plastic Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-5 | Paper & Paperboard Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-6 | Aluminum Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-7 | Molded Pulp & Other Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Material & Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

7. Frozen Specialty Food Packaging

Table 7-1 | Frozen Specialty Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-2 | Frozen Specialty Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-3 | Frozen Specialty Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-4 | Frozen Dinner Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-5 | Frozen Pizza Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-6 | Frozen Breakfast Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-7 | Frozen Entrée & Side Dish Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 7-8 | Other Frozen Specialty Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

8. Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Table 8-1 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 8-2 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 8-3 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 8-4 | Frozen Poultry Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 8-5 | Frozen Meat Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 8-6 | Frozen Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

9. Frozen Baked Goods Packaging

Table 9-1 | Frozen Baked Good Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 9-2 | Frozen Baked Goods Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 9-3 | Frozen Baked Goods Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 9-4 | Frozen Baked Dessert Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 9-5 | Frozen Bread, Roll, & Bagel Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

10. Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging

Table 10-1 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 10-2 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 10-3 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 10-4 | Frozen Vegetable Packaging Demand by Application & Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 10-5 | Frozen Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 10-6 | Frozen Juice Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

11. Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging

Table 11-1 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 11-2 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 11-3 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 11-4 | Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Packaging Demand by Application & Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 11-5 | Frozen Novelties Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 11-6 | Sherbet, Sorbet, & Other Frozen Dessert Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

12. Suppliers & Market Share

Table 12-1 | US Frozen Food Packaging Sales by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 12-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 12-3 | Selected Industry Participants

13. Appendix

Table 13-1 | Industry Codes Related to Frozen Food Packaging

Table 13-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 13-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in the Study

Table 13-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 13-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 13-6 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market Outlook

2. Overview

Figure 2-1 | Frozen Food Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 2-2 | Frozen Food Packaging Value Demand, 2018 - 2024 (percent annual change)

Figure 2-3 | Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-4 | Fastest Growing Frozen Food Packaging Applications

Figure 2-5 | Fastest Growing Frozen Food Packaging Products

3. Factors Impacting Packaging Demand

Figure 3-1 | Frozen Food Shipments by Market, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)

4. Flexible Packaging for Frozen Food

Figure 4-1 | Flexible Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-2 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Bags for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 4-4 | Pouches for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 4-5 | Wrap for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 4-6 | Lidding for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-7 | Interleaving for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-8 | Chub Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-9 | Vacuum Skin Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-10 | Brick Packs for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 4-11 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Market Share, 2019 (billion dollars)

5. Rigid Packaging for Frozen Food

Figure 5-1 | Rigid Packaging for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-2 | Rigid Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-3 | Boxes & Cartons for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-4 | Trays for Frozen Food Products: Product Examples

Figure 5-5 | Tubs, Cups, & Bowls for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-6 | Plastic Containers for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-7 | Paperboard Sleeves for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-8 | Aluminum Foil Packaging for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-9 | Other Rigid Packaging for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 5-10 | Rigid Frozen Food Packaging Market Share, 2019 (billion dollars)

6. Packaging Materials

Figure 6-1 | Outlook for Packaging Materials by Type & Frozen Food Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars sales increase)

Figure 6-2 | Plastic Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-3 | Paper & Paperboard Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-4 | Aluminum Foil Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

7. Frozen Specialty Food Packaging

Figure 7-1 | Frozen Specialty Foods: Product Examples

Figure 7-2 | Frozen Specialty Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

8. Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Figure 8-1 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood: Product Examples

9. Frozen Baked Goods Packaging

Figure 9-1 | Frozen Baked Goods: Product Examples

10. Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Packaging

Figure 10-1 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetables, & Juice: Product Examples

11. Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging

Figure 11-1 | Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts: Product Examples

Figure 11-2 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

12. Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 12-1 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market Share, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 12-2 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Leading Supplier

Figure 12-3 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 12-4 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 12-5 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 12-6 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Fifth Leading Supplier

Figure 12-7 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Sixth Leading Supplier

Figure 12-8 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Seventh Leading Supplier

Figure 12-9 | US Frozen Food Packaging Market, 2019: Eighth Leading Supplier

13. Appendix

Figure 13-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 13-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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