Study #: 4173 | Published: 07/2021 | Pages: 117 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Demand for fresh fruit packaging is projected to increase 4.0% per year to $2.4 billion in 2024. Sales gains will be supported by:

  • rising demand for fresh fruit sold in some form of packaging, including pouches, bags, and rigid plastic containers
  • more intensive use of higher value packaging that offers convenience and ease-of-use features, superior performance and shelf life, and/or improved environmental footprint
  • increasing sales of ready-to-eat (RTE) pre-cut fruit such as apple slices, melon spears, and citrus segments that are typically sold in tubs, cups, or other rigid plastic containers

Nonetheless, increases will be limited by relatively slow growth in overall domestic fresh fruit output, with declines projected for a few key fruit types, including citrus.

Pouches & Plastic Cups to See the Fastest Gains of Fresh Fruit Packaging Types

Growth in demand for pouches, including stand-up and pillow pouches, is expected to outpace that of all other commonly used types of fresh fruit packaging. Pouches will continue to supplant commodity bags due to their superior display properties and convenience, especially with RTE foods such as pre-cut/pre-sliced fruits. Plastic containers, especially cups and two-piece plastic containers, are also set to make significant gains in the fresh fruit packaging market due to their growing use with smaller fruits and in fresh-cut RTE applications.

Despite quick growth in plastic retail packaging, corrugated boxes are expected to remain the leading fresh fruit packaging type due to their extensive use in fruit shipping. Increases in the amount of fruit packaged in rigid plastic containers by growers and distributors (rather than at the retail level) will benefit corrugated box demand to an extent, since rigid containers can have greater cube space than loose fruit, requiring use of more box space overall.

Berries & Apples Remain the Best Opportunities for Packaging Suppliers

Apples and berries will remain the largest markets for fresh fruit packaging in value terms, together accounting for 51% of demand:

  • Growth in apple packaging demand will be above average, supported by a projected increase in domestic apple production and rising demand for apple slices packaged individually for convenience and snacking.
  • Berries are relatively intensive users of higher cost rigid packaging containers due to their greater need for protection compared to other fruits, and packaging demand will also benefit from rebounds in domestic production and increasing availability of smaller sizes.

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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Market Scope & Product Description

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Impact on the Economy

Impact on the Fresh Fruit Packaging Industry

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Demand by Packaging Format

Rigid Packaging

Flexible Packaging

Demand by Packaging Material

Demand by Format (Ready-to Eat vs. Other)

Pricing Trends

4. Factors Impacting Fresh Fruit Packaging

Fresh Fruit Industry Outlook

Field-to-Fork/Farm-to-Table Packaging

Food Safety

Sustainability

Food Waste/Shelf Life

Recycling & Recycled Content

Biobased Materials

Regulations

5. Packaging Products

Demand by Packaging Product

Corrugated Boxes

Plastic Containers

Demand by Type

Clamshells

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls

Other Plastic Containers

Bags

Trays & Platters

Pouches

Baskets, Punnets, & Tills

Other Fresh Fruit Packaging

6. Fresh Fruit Applications

Demand by Fruit Type

Berries

Berries: Packaging Types & Requirements

Berries: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Berries: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

Apples

Apples: Packaging Types & Requirements

Apples: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Apples: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

Citrus

Citrus: Packaging Types & Requirements

Citrus: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Citrus: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

Melons

Melons: Packaging Types & Requirements

Melons: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Melons: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

Grapes

Grapes: Packaging Types & Requirements

Grapes: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Grapes: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

Other Fruit

Other Fruit: Packaging Types & Requirements

Other Fruit: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging

Other Fruit: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities

7. Key Suppliers & Industry Structure

Industry Composition

Key Suppliers

Mergers & Acquisitions

8. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographics

Consumer Spending


List of Tables

2. About This Report

Table 2-1 | Annual Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2020 (million dollars & billion units)

Table 3-2 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Rigid Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-4 | Flexible Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-5 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Format, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Pricing by Product, 2009 - 2024 (dollars per unit)

4. Factors Impacting Fresh Fruit Packaging

Table 4-1 | US Fresh Fruit Production, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds)

5. Packaging Products

Table 5-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-2 | Fresh Fruit Corrugated Box Demand by Type & Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-3 | Fresh Fruit Plastic Container Demand by Type & Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-4 | Fresh Fruit Clamshell Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-5 | Fresh Fruit Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-6 | Other Plastic Fresh Fruit Container Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-7 | Fresh Fruit Bag Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-8 | Fresh Fruit Tray & Platter Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-9 | Fresh Fruit Pouch Demand by Type & Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-10 | Fresh Fruit Basket, Punnet, & Till Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-11 | Other Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Type & Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

6. Fresh Fruit Applications

Table 6-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Berries: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Apples: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-4 | Citrus: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-5 | Melon: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-6 | Grapes: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-7 | Other Fruit: Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

7. Key Suppliers & Industry Structure

Table 7-1 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

8. Appendix

Table 8-1 | Study Scope: Fruit Applications

Table 8-2 | Relevant HS/HTS Codes

Table 8-3 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 8-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 8-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 8-6 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Market

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Annual Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand, 2018 - 2024 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand, 2000 - 2020 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Growth Comparison: Rigid vs. Flexible Fresh Fruit Packaging, 2009 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-3 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-4 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Format, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-5 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Pricing by Product, 2009 - 2024 (dollars per unit)

5. Packaging Products

Figure 5-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-2 | Fresh Fruit Corrugated Box Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-3 | Fresh Fruit Plastic Container Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-4 | Fresh Fruit Bag Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-5 | Fresh Fruit Tray & Platter Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-6 | Fresh Fruit Pouch Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Fresh Fruit Basket, Punnet, & Till Demand by Fruit, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Fresh Fruit Applications

Figure 6-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-2 | Berries: Packaging Types

Figure 6-3 | Berries: Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

Figure 6-4 | Apples: Packaging Types

Figure 6-5 | Apples: Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

Figure 6-6 | Citrus: Packaging Types

Figure 6-7 | Citrus: Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

Figure 6-8 | Melons: Packaging Types

Figure 6-9 | Melon Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

Figure 6-10 | Grapes: Packaging Types

Figure 6-11 | Grape Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

Figure 6-12 | Other Fruit: Packaging Types

Figure 6-13 | Other Fruit Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds & million dollars)

8. Appendix

Figure 8-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 8-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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