Study #: 4107 | Published: 02/2021 | Pages: 95 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Through 2024, demand for flexible frozen food packaging is forecast to rise 3.6% per year to $3.2 billion. Advances will be supported by:

  • rising demand for convenient frozen foods and expanding availability of innovative flavors and styles, including premium options and more packaging-intensive single-serving items that support portion control
  • the expanding use of lighter weight flexible packaging rather than rigid packaging in a number of frozen food applications due its source reduction and performance advantages
  • continued widespread use of bags, lidding, and wrap with rigid packaging in many frozen food applications

Additionally, 2020 sales will be bolstered by a spike in at-home frozen food purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic due to surging grocery sales amid reduced foodservice activity and increased consumer stockpiling of nonperishable foods.

Bags Will Continue to Dominate, But Pouches Will Increase Market Share in Key Segments

Though bags will remain the most used type of flexible frozen food packaging due to their low cost and broad range of applications, pouches will post the faster gains as they continue to capture market share from bags and rigid containers. Stand-up pouches offer enhanced performance and visual appeal and are increasingly preferred in applications such as frozen entrées and meat, poultry, and seafood products due to their enhanced billboard space and visibility in store freezers.

Leading Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Segment Continues to Drive Market Growth

The meat, poultry, and seafood segment will remain the leading and fastest growing market for flexible frozen food packaging, bolstered by rising use of higher value products such as stand-up pouches and vacuum skin packaging in premium applications.

Healthy increases are also expected in applications such as frozen fruits, vegetables, and juices; frozen specialty foods; and frozen ice cream novelties – due in part to increasing adoption of higher value pouch packaging. For instance, in ready-to-heat frozen specialties and frozen vegetable applications, steamable stand-up pouches employing value-added venting technologies are increasingly used due to their enhanced convenience.

Sustainability Represents a Key Growth Area for Frozen Food Flexible Packaging Suppliers

Ongoing efforts by manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprints through source reduction will continue to drive the development of more sustainable packaging technologies, such as products based on recycled or degradable materials. Suppliers of bags, pouches, and plastic film used with frozen food packaging are increasingly investing in recycled, recyclable, and/or biodegradable materials (e.g., post-consumer recycled plastic, bioplastics) that help these companies – as well as their customers – meet sustainability goals.


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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 Product

Demand by Material (Plastic, Paper, & Aluminum Foil)

Demand by Frozen Food Application

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling & Recycled Content

Source Reduction (Weight Reduction)

Biodegradable Plastics

4. Bags

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

5. Pouches (Flat & Stand-Up)

Product Description

Demand by Type & Application

Suppliers

6. Wrap

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

7. Lidding

Product Description

Demand by Application

Demand by Material

Suppliers

8. Other Flexible Packaging

Demand by Application

Interleaving

Chubs

Vacuum Skin Packaging

Brick Packs

9. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

10. 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 Flexible Packaging Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

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

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

Table 3-5 | Average Prices for Selected Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Products, 2009 - 2024 (cents per unit)

4. Bags

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

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

Table 4-3 | Selected Frozen Food Bag Suppliers

5. Pouches (Flat & Stand-Up)

Table 5-1 | Frozen Food Pouch Demand by Type & Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Selected Frozen Food Pouch Suppliers

6. Wrap

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

Table 6-2 | Frozen Food Wrap Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Selected Frozen Food Wrap Suppliers

7. Lidding

Table 7-1 | Frozen Food Lidding Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

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

Table 7-3 | Selected Frozen Food Lidding Suppliers

8. Other Flexible Packaging

Table 8-1 | Other Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand by Product & Market, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

9. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Table 9-1 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

10. Appendix

Table 10-1 | Industry Codes Related to Frozen Food Packaging

Table 10-2 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 10-3 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 10-4 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Market Outlook

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Flexible Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

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

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

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

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

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

Figure 3-5 | Comparative Growth: Flexible Frozen Food Packaging & Competitive Products, 2019 - 2024 (% CAGR)

4. Bags

Figure 4-1 | Bags for Frozen Food: Product Examples

5. Pouches (Flat & Stand-Up)

Figure 5-1 | Pouches for Frozen Food: Product Examples

6. Wrap

Figure 6-1 | Wrap for Frozen Food: Product Examples

7. Lidding

Figure 7-1 | Lidding for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

8. Other Flexible Packaging

Figure 8-1 | Interleaving for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 8-2 | Chub Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 8-3 | Vacuum Skin Packaging for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

Figure 8-4 | Brick Packs for Frozen Foods: Product Examples

9. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 9-1 | Flexible Frozen Food Packaging Market Share, 2019 (billion dollars)

10. Appendix

Figure 10-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 10-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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