Study #: 3787 | Published: 03/2020 | Pages: 236 | Individual User License: US$ 5,500

Demand for meat, poultry, and seafood packaging is forecast to increase 2.9% per year to $12.3 billion in 2024. Sales are expected to rise due to:

  • steady increases in the volumes of meat, poultry, and seafood produced
  • trends favoring convenience-oriented products, including single-portion packages and those that facilitate on-the-go consumption
  • continued healthy growth for case-ready packaging, which typically uses more costly trays and barrier films
  • the use of higher value packaging products to improve shelf life

Key Findings for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging:

Pouches & Niche Plastic Films to Post Fastest Annual Gains

Pouches are forecast to post the fastest annual gains of any major packaging product due largely to consumers’ growing demand for more convenient (e.g., easy to open and reclose) and portioned packaging for food items. Processors’ investments in higher value packaging with improved graphics and larger upfront displays will also support pouch demand.

Smaller plastic film markets – including vacuum skin packaging (VSP), chub packaging, and brick packs – are also expected to post strong gains. Demand will be driven by expanding use of case-ready products with improved barrier properties, as well as by growing consumer acceptance of all-film packaging. While VSP is expected to remain a niche segment, sales will rise quickly as consumers become increasingly familiar with this packaging format and as it is used more intensively with premium meats.

Case-Ready & Retail-Ready Packaging to Support Growth for Traditional Packaging Formats

Traditional, commodity packaging formats – including corrugated boxes, film overwrap, foam trays, and bags – will continue to lead all other product categories in sales value through 2024. The ubiquitous use of corrugated boxes will remain strong due to bulk shipping requirements. In addition, growth opportunities will be found in retail-ready packaging, which typically requires boxes with high-quality graphics and other value-added features.

Expanding demand for case-ready meat, poultry, and seafood will continue to support sales gains for plastic films, bags, and trays, especially due to the more intensive use of better performing products that help extend shelf life and improve package performance.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Key Findings

Historical Market Trends

Demand by Material

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Industry Overview

Key Industry Trends & Outlook

Meat

Poultry

Seafood

Pricing Trends

Factors Driving Packaging Innovation

Convenience

Sustainability

Experience

Quality

Differentiation & Personalization

E-Commerce

Innovation in Food & Beverage Packaging Machinery

Consumer Attitudes

Priorities for Packaging Features

Safety & Handling Concerns

Recycling & the Environment

Meat Buying Habits

Regulations

Foreign Trade & Tariffs

3. Technologies

Key Findings

Technologies Used in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Case-Ready Packaging

Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Vacuum Packaging

Active & Intelligent Packaging

Retort Packaging

4. Plastic Packaging

Key Findings

Demand by Product

Plastic Film

Plastic Film: Scope & Product Features

Plastic Film: Demand by Application & Market

Plastic Film: Demand by Type & End Use

Overwrapping & Lidding

Chub Packaging

Brick Packs

Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP)

Plastic Film: Suppliers

Trays

Plastic Trays: Scope & Product Features

Plastic Trays: Demand by Application & Market

Plastic Trays: Foam vs. Rigid Plastic

Plastic Trays: Suppliers

Bags

Plastic Bags: Scope & Product Features

Plastic Bags: Demand by Application & Market

Plastic Bags: Suppliers

Pouches

Plastic Pouches: Scope & Product Features

Plastic Pouches: Demand by Application & Market

Plastic Pouches: Suppliers

Rigid Containers

Rigid Plastic Containers: Scope & Product Features

Rigid Plastic Containers: Demand by Application & Market

Rigid Plastic Containers: Suppliers

Blister Packs

Blister Packs: Scope & Product Features

Blister Packs: Demand by Application

Blister Packs: Suppliers

5. Paper & Paperboard Packaging

Key Findings

Demand by Product

Corrugated Boxes

Corrugated Boxes: Scope & Product Features

Corrugated Boxes: Demand by Application & Market

Corrugated Boxes: Suppliers

Folding Cartons

Folding Cartons: Scope & Product Features

Folding Cartons: Demand by Application & Market

Folding Cartons: Suppliers

Paperboard Sleeves

Paperboard Sleeves: Scope & Product Features

Paperboard Sleeves: Demand by Application & Market

Paperboard Sleeves: Suppliers

Other Paper (Butcher Paper, Trays, & Bags)

Other Paper & Paperboard Products: Scope & Product Features

Other Paper & Paperboard Products: Demand by Product, Application, & Market

Other Paper & Paperboard Products: Suppliers

6. Other Packaging & Accessories

Key Findings

Demand by Product

Metal Cans

Metal Cans: Scope & Product Features

Metal Cans: Demand by Application & Market

Metal Cans: Suppliers

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum Foil: Scope & Product Features

Aluminum Foil: Demand by Application & Market

Aluminum Foil: Suppliers

Glass Jars

Glass Jars: Scope & Product Features

Glass Jars: Demand by Application & Market

Glass Jars: Suppliers

Accessories

Accessories: Demand by Product

Labels

Labels: Scope & Product Features

Labels: Demand by Application & Market

Labels: Suppliers

Other Packaging Accessories

Other Accessories: Demand by Product

Other Accessories: Demand by Application & Market

Other Accessories: Suppliers

7. Applications

Key Findings

Demand by Application

Meat

Demand by Meat Type & Market

Beef & Veal

Pork

Lamb & Other Meat

Poultry

Demand by Poultry Type & Market

Chicken

Turkey & Other Poultry

Seafood

Seafood: Demand by Market

Seafood: Demand by Packaging Product

8. Markets

Key Findings

Demand by Market

Fresh & Frozen

Fresh & Frozen: Demand by Application

Fresh & Frozen: Demand by Packaging Product

Processed

Processed: Demand by Application

Processed: Demand by Packaging Product

Ready-to-Eat

Ready-to-Eat: Demand by Application

Ready-to-Eat: Demand by Packaging Product

9. Competitive Analysis

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

Cooperative Agreements

Selected Industry Participants

10. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends


List of Tables

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Table 2-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Production & Consumption, 2009 - 2029 (billion pounds)

Table 2-3 | Meat Shipments by Type & Market, 2009 - 2029 (billion dollars)

Table 2-4 | Poultry Shipments by Type & Market, 2009 - 2029 (billion dollars)

Table 2-5 | Seafood Shipments by Market, 2009 - 2029 (billion dollars)

Table 2-6 | Pricing for Selected Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Products, 2009 - 2029 (cents per unit)

Table 2-7 | Consumer Insights: Opinions on Meat & Poultry Packaging Features, 2019 (percent of total respondents)

Table 2-8 | Consumer Insights: Opinions on Food Product Safety, 2019 (percent of total respondents)

Table 2-9 | Consumer Insights: Opinions on Recycling Meat & Poultry Packaging, 2019 (percent of total respondents)

3. Technologies

Table 3-1 | Factors Influencing Adoption of Case-Ready Packaging by Product Type

Table 3-2 | Case-Ready Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Modified Atmosphere Packaging: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 3-4 | Modified Atmosphere Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Factors Impacting Vacuum Meat Packaging Demand by Market

Table 3-6 | Vacuum Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Active & Intelligent Product Types & Key Features

Table 3-8 | Active & Intelligent Packaging Demand by Product & Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 3-9 | Retort Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

4. Plastic Packaging

Table 4-1 | Plastic Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Selected Plastic Film Materials: Primary Applications & Advantages

Table 4-3 | Plastic Film Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Plastic Film End Uses: Primary Applications & Growth Opportunities

Table 4-5 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Plastic Film Demand by Type & End Use, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Selected Plastic Film Producers & Product Offerings

Table 4-7 | Advantages of Selected Tray Colors & Shapes in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Table 4-8 | Plastic Tray Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-9 | Foam & Rigid Plastic Trays: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 4-10 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Plastic Tray Demand by Type, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Selected Plastic Tray Producers & Product Offerings

Table 4-12 | Features & Attributes of Specific Types in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Table 4-13 | Plastic Bag Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-14 | Selected Plastic Bag Producers & Product Offerings

Table 4-15 | Attributes & Applications of Plastic Pouch Types in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Table 4-16 | Plastic Pouch Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-17 | Selected Plastic Pouch Producers & Product Offerings

Table 4-18 | Advantages & Disadvantages of Rigid Plastic Containers in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Table 4-19 | Rigid Plastic Container Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-20 | Selected Rigid Plastic Container Producers & Product Offerings

Table 4-21 | Blister Pack Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

5. Paper & Paperboard Packaging

Table 5-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Paper & Paperboard Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Corrugated Boxes: Value-Added Components & Benefits for Retail- & Case-Ready Products

Table 5-3 | Corrugated Box Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-4 | Selected Corrugated Box Producers & Product Offerings

Table 5-5 | Folding Carton Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-6 | Selected Folding Carton Producers & Product Offerings

Table 5-7 | Paperboard Sleeve Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 5-8 | Other Paper & Paperboard Product Demand by Product, Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 5-9 | Selected Other Paper & Paperboard Packaging Producers & Product Offerings

6. Other Packaging & Accessories

Table 6-1 | Other Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging & Accessories Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Metal Cans: Advantages & Disadvantages

Table 6-3 | Metal Can Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars & million units)

Table 6-4 | Aluminum Foil Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-5 | Glass Jar Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-6 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Accessory Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-7 | Label Types & Key Added Features by Packaging Market or End Use

Table 6-8 | Label Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-9 | Other Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Accessory Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 6-10 | Other Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Accessory Demand by Application & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

7. Applications

Table 7-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-2 | Meat Packaging Demand by Meat Type & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-3 | Beef & Veal Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-4 | Pork Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-5 | Lamb & Other Meat Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-6 | Poultry Packaging Demand by Meat Type & Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-7 | Chicken Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-8 | Turkey & Other Poultry Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-9 | Seafood Packaging Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 7-10 | Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

8. Markets

Table 8-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Market, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-2 | Fresh & Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-3 | Fresh & Frozen Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-4 | Processed Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-5 | Processed Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-6 | Ready-to-Eat Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

Table 8-7 | Ready-to-Eat Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2029 (million dollars)

9. Competitive Analysis

Table 9-1 | Leading Participants in the US Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Industry, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 9-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 9-3 | Selected Cooperative Agreements

Table 9-4 | Selected Industry Participants

10. Appendix

Table 10-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Products Included in Report Scope

Table 10-2 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 10-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 10-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2029 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 10-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2029 (million persons)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market

2. Overview

Figure 2-1 | Key Findings for Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging

Figure 2-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 2-3 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Material Type, 2009 - 2029 (% CAGR)

Figure 2-4 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Production, 2009 - 2024 (billion pounds)

Figure 2-5 | Per Capita Consumption of Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Products, 2009 - 2024 (pounds per capita)

Figure 2-6 | Consumer Insights: Adherence to Different Eating Practices (percent of total respondents)

3. Technologies

Figure 3-1 | Key Trends in Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Technologies

4. Plastic Packaging

Figure 4-1 | Key Findings for Plastic Packaging

Figure 4-2 | Plastic Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-3 | Plastic Film Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Overwrapping & Lidding: Product Examples

Figure 4-5 | Chub Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-6 | Brick Packs: Product Examples

Figure 4-7 | Vacuum Skin Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-8 | Plastic Trays: Product Examples

Figure 4-9 | Plastic Tray Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-10 | Plastic Bags: Product Examples

Figure 4-11 | Plastic Tray Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-12 | Plastic Pouches: Product Examples

Figure 4-13 | Plastic Pouch Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-14 | Rigid Plastic Containers: Product Examples

Figure 4-15 | Rigid Plastic Container Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-16 | Blister Packs: Product Examples

Figure 4-17 | Blister Pack Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Paper & Paperboard Packaging

Figure 5-1 | Key Findings for Paper & Paperboard Packaging

Figure 5-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Paper & Paperboard Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-3 | Corrugated Boxes: Product Examples

Figure 5-4 | Corrugated Box Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-5 | Folding Cartons: Product Examples

Figure 5-6 | Folding Carton Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Paperboard Sleeves: Product Examples

Figure 5-8 | Paperboard Sleeve Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-9 | Other Paper & Paperboard: Product Examples

Figure 5-10 | Other Paper & Paperboard Product Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Other Packaging & Accessories

Figure 6-1 | Key Findings for Other Packaging & Packaging Accessories

Figure 6-2 | Metal Cans: Product Examples

Figure 6-3 | Metal Can Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-4 | Aluminum Foil: Product Examples

Figure 6-5 | Aluminum Foil Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-6 | Glass Jars: Product Examples

Figure 6-7 | Glass Jar Demand by Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 6-8 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Accessory Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

7. Applications

Figure 7-1 | Key Findings for Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Applications

Figure 7-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 7-3 | Meat Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 7-4 | Poultry Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 7-5 | Seafood Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

8. Markets

Figure 8-1 | Key Findings for Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Markets

Figure 8-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Market, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 8-3 | Fresh & Frozen Market Packaging Demand Share by Application & Product, 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 8-4 | Processed MPS Packaging Demand Share by Application & Product, 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 8-5 | Ready-to-Eat Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand Share by Application & Product, 2019 (million dollars)

9. Competitive Analysis

Figure 9-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market Share by Company, 2019 (billion dollars)

Figure 9-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-3 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-4 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-5 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-6 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Fifth Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-7 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Sixth Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 9-8 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Market: Seventh Leading Supplier, 2019

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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