Study #: 4169 | Published: 07/2021 | Pages: 96 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Demand for corrugated boxes used to package fresh produce is projected to increase 3.3% per year to $2.4 billion in 2024. Sales gains will be supported by:

  • modest increases in domestic produce production
  • rising use of value-added boxes, such as those with retail-ready features designed to reduce labor costs, white-top linerboard boxes, those with additional functionality, and moisture-resistant boxes

However, boxes continue to face competition from other packaging types, mostly reusable plastic containers (RPCs), which offer similar advantages in shipping and warehousing logistics and also benefit from a sustainability standpoint due to their greater durability, promoting reuse.

Retail-Ready Boxes Offer the Best Opportunities Due to Their Competitive Advantages

Retail-ready boxes are expected to register stronger advances than other box types due to their ability to improve logistics compared to other boxes and to compete against alternative shipping solutions, namely RPCs. These boxes are low cost and able to be printed with high-quality graphics, which promotes branding. Additionally, suppliers continue to innovate with the addition of more functional features that improve ease of use and the applications for which boxes are well suited.

Corrugated Common Footprint (CCF) boxes are well established, easily recycled, and accepted by retailers as efficient, one-way shipping solutions. Additionally, they are lower cost than RPCs and can be printed with high-quality graphics that enhance their use as attractive packaging on store shelves.

Sustainability Initiatives a Key Factor in Growth

Corrugated boxes have long benefited from a positive environmental image, in part because of the generally favorable perception of paper and paperboard products as sustainable options, especially when compared to plastics. As consumers who commonly purchase large quantities of produce also tend to be environmentally conscious, use of packaging that is considered to be ecofriendly benefits sales of produce and improves consumer image of the companies from which they are purchasing these products.

Additionally, corrugated boxes have one of the most established recycling systems. Corrugated boxes that do not leave retail premises are recycled at a very high rate, and old corrugated boxes are one of the primary sources of fiber used in the production of new boxes. Box suppliers that serve the produce industry are further improving the sustainability of their products by introducing wax-free coated boxes and using water-based inks, which makes boxes more easily recyclable.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

3. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 & Market Growth

Impact on the Produce Box Industry

4. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Demand by Type

Retail-Ready Boxes

Other Boxes

Demand by Box Size

Demand by Application

End Users: Growers, Shippers, & Repackers

Corrugated Boxes: Advantages & Disadvantages

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

5. Factors Impacting Fresh Produce Corrugated Boxes Demand

Fresh Produce Industry Outlook

Growth of ALDI & Similar Low Price Grocery Chains

E-Commerce Sales of Fresh Produce

Increasing Popularity of Locally Grown Produce

Sustainable Packaging Requirements

The Walmart Effect

6. Fresh Vegetables & Salad Boxes

Vegetables

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Mushrooms

Onions

Lettuce

Other Vegetables

Salad

7. Fresh Fruit Boxes

Demand by Fruit Type

Citrus

Apples

Berries

Melons

Grapes

All Other Fruit

8. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Market Share

Marketing & Distribution

9. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographics

Consumer Spending


List of Tables

3. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Table 3-1 | Annual Corrugated Produce Box Demand by Type, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

4. Overview

Table 4-1 | Fresh Produce Boxes Demand, 2009 - 2020 (million dollars & billion units)

Table 4-2 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-3 | Retail-Ready Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Other Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Box Size, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Commonly Used Corrugated Box Sizes for Selected Produce Types

Table 4-7 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Produce Category, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Factors Impacting Fresh Produce Corrugated Boxes Demand

Table 5-1 | US Fresh Produce Production & Consumption, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds)

6. Fresh Vegetables & Salad Boxes

Table 6-1 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Vegetable Packaging, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-2 | Fresh Tomatoes Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-3 | Fresh Potatoes Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-4 | Fresh Mushroom Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-5 | Fresh Onions Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-6 | Fresh Lettuce Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-7 | Other Vegetables Corrugated Box Demand by Type & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-8 | Salad Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

7. Fresh Fruit Boxes

Table 7-1 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Fruit Packaging, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-2 | Fresh Citrus Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-3 | Fresh Apples Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-4 | Fresh Berries Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-5 | Fresh Melon Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-6 | Fresh Grapes Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 7-7 | Other Fruit Corrugated Box Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars and million units)

9. Appendix

Table 9-1 | Relevant HS/HTS Codes

Table 9-2 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 9-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 9-4 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 9-5 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Fresh Produce Box Market

3. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Figure 3-1 | Annual Corrugated Produce Box Demand Growth, 2019 - 2024 (% annual change)

4. Overview

Figure 4-1 | Fresh Produce Box Demand, 2000 - 2020 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 Retail-Ready Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Other Corrugated Box Demand in Fresh Produce Packaging, by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-5 | Corrugated Box Demand by Produce Category, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-6 | Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging: Key Advantage & Disadvantages

Figure 4-7 | Average Prices for Corrugated Produce Boxes, 2009 - 2024 (dollars per unit)

Figure 4-8 | Produce Boxes: Growth Compared with Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024 (% CAGR)

5. Factors Impacting Fresh Produce Corrugated Boxes Demand

Figure 5-1 | Key Trends in the Limited Assortment Low Price Grocery Store Market

Figure 5-2 | Key Trends in the E-Commerce Grocery Market

8. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 8-1 | Produce Corrugated Box Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 8-2 | US Corrugated Box Packaging Market, 2019: Leading Supplier

Figure 8-3 | US Corrugated Box Packaging Market, 2019: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 8-4 | US Corrugated Box Packaging Market, 2019: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 8-5 | US Corrugated Box Packaging Market, 2019: Fourth Leading Supplier

9. Appendix

Figure 9-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 9-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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