Study #: 4098 | Published: 02/2021 | Pages: 71 | Individual User License: US$ 2,900

Through 2024, US demand for frozen food tubs, cups, and bowls is forecast to rise 3.8% per year to $844 million. Near-term growth will be boosted by surging retail sales of ice cream and frozen desserts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, though decreased foodservice activity will somewhat offset overall gains. Long-term advances will be driven by:

  • ongoing introductions of new ice cream and frozen dessert flavors and styles, including superpremium items such as gelato and protein-packed ice cream, which often employ higher value packaging
  • rising demand for more packaging-intensive single-serving frozen food items in cups and bowls for convenience and portion control
  • rapidly growing popularity of frozen meal bowls due to their convenience and the increasingly wide range of flavors and healthy options available

However, growth will be limited by market maturity in the tubs segment, as well as by ongoing competition from other packaging formats such as plastic trays.

Cups to Overtake Tubs as Leading Product Type by 2024, Partly Due to Single-Serving Trends

Though a well-established packaging format for ice cream quarts and half-gallons, tubs are expected to continue to lose market share to cups, which are forecast to account for the largest share of market gains through 2024, when they will eclipse tubs as the leading product type. Demand for ice cream cups will be primarily driven by rapidly rising demand for smaller single-serving ice cream and frozen desserts – which are convenient and provide portion control – as well as for multipacks of these single-serve items.

Bowls Continue to Carve Strong Niche in the Frozen Meals Market

Demand growth for frozen food bowls will continue to benefit from the rapidly rising popularity of single-serving, ready-to-heat frozen dinner and breakfast food bowls due to their convenience, ability to provide easy portion control, and the increasingly wide range of flavors and healthy options that is available.

However, frozen food bowls are most widely used in applications where the contents are intended to be mixed together (e.g., curries, stir-fry, pasta dishes, soups, stews, risottos). Bowls are less amenable to compartmentalization without additional packaging than trays, which can easily be pre-formed with compartments. As a result, bowls will not make strong inroads in applications where separation of foods is required.

Sustainability Trends Increase Demand Value, Especially for Healthy & Premium Brands

Demand for frozen food tubs, cups, and bowls will be bolstered by growing adoption of higher value products sourced from more environmentally friendly or biobased materials over traditional plastics due to rising consumer demand for sustainable packaging. Sustainability trends are particularly strong in markets, such as frozen food bowls, where healthy eating and clean label trends are more prevalent.


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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

Tubs

Cups

Bowls

Demand by Material (Plastic, Paperboard, & Molded Pulp)

Pricing Trends

Competitive Products

Sustainability Initiatives

Recycling & Recycled Content

Source Reduction (Weight Reduction)

Alternative Materials

4. Applications

Demand by Application

Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

Frozen Specialty Foods

Other Frozen Food Applications

5. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Industry Composition

Market Share

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 Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Demand by Product, 2019 - 2021 (million dollars)

3. Overview

Table 3-1 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

4. Applications

Table 4-1 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Frozen Specialty Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Other Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

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 Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Market Outlook

2. About This Report

Figure 2-1 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Value Demand, 2018 - 2024 (percent annual change)

3. Overview

Figure 3-1 | Frozen Food Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Frozen Food Tubs: Product Examples

Figure 3-4 | Frozen Food Cups: Product Examples

Figure 3-5 | Frozen Food Bowls: Product Examples

Figure 3-6 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-7 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Average Price Growth, 2009 - 2024 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-8 | Comparative Growth: Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls & Competitive Products, 2019 - 2024 (% CAGR)

4. Applications

Figure 4-1 | Frozen Food Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Cups, Tubs, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Frozen Specialty Food Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Other Frozen Food Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Key Suppliers & Market Share

Figure 5-1 | Frozen Food Tubs, Cups, & Bowls Market Share, 2019 (million dollars)

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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