Study #: 4108 | Published: 06/2021 | Pages: 84 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Frozen food box and carton demand is projected to grow 3.2% annually to $3.1 billion in 2024, supported by:

  • heightened demand for boxes and cartons with value-added features
  • the increasing use of higher quality graphics, which are a means for brand owners to convey a premium image for their products
  • an increased willingness on the part of consumers to purchase frozen foods as a result of the pandemic
  • the favorable characteristics of boxes, including their stackability and good product protection
  • the popularity of frozen foods in formats such as bowls, which generally require an outer carton

Despite Competition from Other Packaging, Boxes & Cartons Maintain Majority Market Share

Boxes and cartons face particular competition from bags, sleeves, and pouches in the frozen food market due to sustainability concerns and cost pressures:

  • Bags and pouches are seeing increased use in the frozen meat, poultry, and seafood segment due to their cost effectiveness and lighter weight, which reduces energy requirements for shipping.
  • Frozen food manufacturers have increasingly adopted paperboard sleeves at the expense of folding cartons due to their lighter weight.

Box manufacturers are responding to competition by recycling more, increasing the use of recycled content, and decreasing product weight.

Despite competition from alternatives, boxes and cartons will remain the largest segment of frozen food packaging due to the positive image of paper and the popularity of frozen dinners, which are predominantly packaged in cartons.

Frozen Specialties Remain the Largest & Fastest Growing Segment for Boxes & Cartons

Frozen specialties – such as dinners, pizza, and breakfast foods – account for 43% of frozen food box and carton demand and this product category is expected to see the fastest growth of any market segment for boxes and cartons. Demand for frozen dinners – the largest segment of specialties – is predicted to experience particularly fast growth due to consumer demand for increased convenience in home meal preparation. Other factors driving growth are the improved quality of frozen dinners – specifically a wider range of healthy and clean-label options that appeal to millennials and younger consumers – and growth in older age groups and single-person households, which are more intensive consumers of single-serving and portioned dinners.

Box & Carton Growth Remains Strong Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Though many industries faced slow growth or even declined in 2020, the frozen food box and carton market posted healthy advances as consumers increased their reliance on at-home cooking. Additionally, the pandemic prompted consumers to stockpile nonperishable foods, including frozen foods. These habits persist as consumers have become accustomed to the convenience of frozen foods and aware of expanded frozen food offerings.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

Report Details

Study Scope & Product Description

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

3. Overview

Historical Market Trends

Demand by Type

Folding Cartons

Corrugated Boxes

Gable Top Cartons

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling & Recycled Content

Source Reduction (Weight Reduction)

4. Applications

Demand by Application

Frozen Specialty Foods

Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood

Frozen Baked Goods

Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

Frozen Fruits, Vegetables, & Juice

Other Frozen Foods

5. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

6. 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 Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Frozen Food Folding Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Frozen Food Corrugated Box Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Frozen Food Gable Top Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Pricing, 2009 - 2024 (cents per unit)

4. Applications

Table 4-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Frozen Specialties Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Frozen Baked Goods Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Other Frozen Foods Box & Carton Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Table 5-1 | Selected Frozen Food Box & Carton Suppliers

Table 5-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

6. Appendix

Table 6-1 | Industry Codes Related to Frozen Food Packaging

Table 6-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 6-3 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 6-4 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 6-5 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Market

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Boxes & Cartons for Frozen Food: Product Examples

Figure 2-2 | Annual Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand, 2018 - 2022 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand, 2000 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

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

Figure 3-4 | Frozen Food Corrugated Box Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-5 | Frozen Food Gable Top Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-6 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Average Price Growth, 2009 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-7 | Comparative Growth: Frozen Food Boxes & Cartons & Competitive Products, 2019 - 2024 (% CAGR)

4. Applications

Figure 4-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Frozen Specialty Foods Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Frozen Baked Goods Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-5 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-6 | Frozen Fruit, Vegetable, & Juice Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-7 | Other Frozen Foods Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 5-1 | Frozen Food Box & Carton Market Share, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 5-2 | US Frozen Food Box & Carton Industry, 2019: Leading Supplier

Figure 5-3 | US Frozen Food Box & Carton Industry, 2019: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 5-4 | US Frozen Food Box & Carton Industry, 2019: Third Leading Supplier

6. Appendix

Figure 6-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 6-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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