Study #: 3822 | Published: 04/2020 | Pages: 146 | Individual User License: US$ 4,900

While the effects of the COVID-19 virus may cause supply and demand disruptions in the near term, the overarching trends driving molded pulp packaging sales – namely, rapidly expanding demand for sustainable packaging alternatives – are expected to support a quick return to strong growth as the effects of the virus subside.

US demand for molded pulp (or molded fiber) packaging is forecast to increase 6.1% annually to $1.3 billion in 2024. Demand is expected to climb at a robust pace due to molded pulp’s environmental advantages, specifically its recyclability, biodegradability, and ability to be composted in industrial facilities. Other key factors supporting strong sales growth include:

  • expanding recognition of molded pulp’s performance advantages, including excellent cushioning, bracing, and blocking
  • the development of molded fiber products that are more competitive with plastic alternatives in terms of cost, performance, and aesthetics
  • backlash against single-use plastic products manufactured from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, as well as bans on certain EPS foodservice products in a growing number of cities

Food Trays & Filler Flats Will Remain the Leading Molded Pulp Packaging Types

Trays and filler flats used for eggs, apples, and other types of fruits and vegetables will remain the leading packaging outlets for molded pulp through 2024, accounting for over 20% of sales. Trays and flats – along with egg cartons – were among the earliest end uses for molded pulp, due to the material’s good cushioning properties and low cost.

Egg cartons will continue to account for the second largest portion of sales, as egg producers continue to rely on molded fiber for its protective properties and comparable price to EPS foam. The natural aesthetics of molded fiber – while limited compared to plastic – also help impart a “farm fresh” image that many egg suppliers desire for product differentiation purposes.

Foodservice & Protective Packaging Markets to Post Robust Annual Gains

Over the long term, the fastest annual sales increases are projected for the foodservice market, as eating and drinking establishments increasingly invest in environmentally friendly, molded pulp clamshells, plates and bowls, and lunch trays for delivery, takeout, and for serving food. Despite temporary suspensions in enforcement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a rising number of bans on EPS foodservice products will also continue to boost demand for eco-friendly alternatives such as molded fiber.

In the protective packaging market, the most significant sales increases are forecast for the relatively large e-commerce, wine, and other beverages segments. Sales will be supported by falling prices for custom tooling, combined with growing awareness of the environmental and performance benefits of molded fiber.


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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview

Study Scope

Demand Forecast

Molded Pulp Packaging Outlook & Key Drivers & Constraints

Demand by Product

Demand by Market

Pricing Trends

Sustainability

Environmental Advantages of Molded Pulp

PFAS

Polystyrene Foam Foodservice Container Bans

Consumer Attitudes: Sustainable Packaging

Consumer Attitudes: Recycling & Environmental Responsibility

Consumer Attitudes: Higher Prices for Sustainable Packaging

Production & Raw Materials Overview

Competitive Product Comparison

New Product Development

International Trade

Near Term COVID-19 Impact

3. Primary Packaging

Market Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Key Product & Application Trends

Trays/Flats

Egg Cartons

Baskets, Tills, & Punnets

Other Primary Packaging

Food Packaging

Demand by Application

Eggs

Produce

Meat, Frozen Food, & Other Foods

Nonfood Packaging

Growth Opportunities/New Product Development

4. Foodservice Packaging

Market Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Key Product Trends & Outlook

Clamshells & Containers

Plates, Bowls, & Lids

Drink & Food Carriers

Lunch Trays

Other Products

Demand by Application

Key Application Trends & Outlook

Limited Service Restaurants

Institutions

Full Service Restaurants

Other Foodservice Applications

Growth Opportunities & New Product Development

5. Protective Packaging

Market Scope & Description

Demand by Product

Key Product Trends & Outlook

Tray Inserts

End Caps

Shippers

Cradles, Pallets, Corner Guards, & Other Products

Demand by Application

Key Application Trends & Outlook

Wine & Other Beverages

E-Commerce

Automotive Parts

Industrial Components

Food Products

Electronics

Appliances & Other Durable Goods

Other Nondurable Goods

Growth Opportunities & New Product Development

6. Industry Structure

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Mergers & Acquisitions

List of Industry Participants

7. Appendix

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Manufacturers' Shipments

Retail Sales & E-Commerce Outlook


List of Tables

2. Overview

Table 2-1 | Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 2-2 | Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Market, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 2-3 | Average Prices for Selected Molded Pulp Packaging Products, 2009 - 2024 (cents per unit)

Table 2-4 | Consumer Attitudes on Sustainable Packaging by Gender & Age Group, 2019 (percent of respondents)

Table 2-5 | Consumer Attitudes on Recycling & Environmental Responsibility by Gender, 2019 (percent of respondents & index)

Table 2-6 | Consumer Attitudes on Sustainable Packaging by Gender & Age Group, 2019 (percent of respondents)

Table 2-7 | Molded Pulp vs. Competitive Materials

3. Primary Packaging

Table 3-1 | Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Product & Market, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Molded Pulp Tray/Flat Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-3 | Molded Pulp Egg Carton Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-4 | Molded Pulp Produce Basket, Till, & Punnet Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-5 | Other Molded Primary Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 3-6 | Food Products: Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Eggs: Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-8 | Produce: Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-9 | Meat, Frozen Food, & Other Foods: Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 3-10 | Nonfood Products: Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

4. Foodservice Packaging

Table 4-1 | Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Foodservice Molded Pulp Clamshell & Container Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-3 | Foodservice Molded Pulp Plate, Bowl, & Lid Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-4 | Foodservice Molded Pulp Drink & Food Carrier Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-5 | Foodservice Molded Pulp Lunch Tray Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-6 | Other Foodservice Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars & million units)

Table 4-7 | Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Limited Service Restaurants: Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Institutions: Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-10 | Full Service Restaurants: Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Other Foodservice Applications: Molded Pulp Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

5. Protective Packaging

Table 5-1 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Molded Pulp Tray Insert Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-3 | Molded Pulp End Cap Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-4 | Molded Pulp Shipper Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-5 | Molded Pulp Cradle, Pallet, Corner Guard, & Other Product Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-6 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-7 | Wine & Other Beverages: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-8 | E-Commerce: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-9 | Automotive Parts: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-10 | Industrial Components: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-11 | Food Products: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-12 | Electronics: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-13 | Appliances & Other Durable Goods: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Table 5-14 | Other Nondurable Goods: Molded Pulp Protective Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

6. Industry Structure

Table 6-1 | US Molded Pulp Packaging Sales by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

Table 6-3 | Selected Industry Participants

7. Appendix

Table 7-1 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 7-2 | Relevant HS Codes

Table 7-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 7-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 7-5 | Population & Households, 2009 - 2024 (million persons)

Table 7-6 | Manufacturers' Shipments, 2009 - 2024 (billion dollars & billion 2012 dollars)

Table 7-7 | Retail & E-Commerce Sales, 2014 - 2024 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

1. Executive Summary

Figure 1-1 | US Molded Pulp Packaging Market

2. Overview

Figure 2-1 | Molded Pulp Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-2 | Molded Pulp Packaging: Demand & Annual Growth Forecast by Market, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 2-3 | Key Areas of Focus for Molded Pulp Product Development

3. Primary Packaging

Figure 3-1 | Molded Pulp Primary Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-2 | Molded Pulp Trays/Flats: Product Examples

Figure 3-3 | Molded Pulp Egg Cartons: Product Examples

Figure 3-4 | Molded Pulp Produce Baskets, Tills, & Punnets: Product Examples

Figure 3-5 | Molded Pulp Primary Packaging: Demand & Annual Growth Forecast by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 3-6 | Molded Pulp Packaging for Meat, Frozen Food, & Other Foods: Product Examples

Figure 3-7 | Molded Pulp Packaging for Nonfood Goods: Product Examples

Figure 3-8 | Molded Pulp Primary Packaging: Key Growth Applications

4. Foodservice Packaging

Figure 4-1 | Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-2 | Molded Fiber Clamshells & Containers: Product Examples

Figure 4-3 | Molded Pulp Plates, Bowls, and Lids: Product Examples

Figure 4-4 | Molded Pulp Drink & Food Carriers: Product Examples

Figure 4-5 | Molded Pulp Lunch Trays: Product Examples

Figure 4-6 | Other Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 4-7 | Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging: Demand & Annual Growth Forecast by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 4-8 | Molded Pulp Foodservice Packaging: Key Growth Applications

5. Protective Packaging

Figure 5-1 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging: Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-2 | Molded Pulp Tray Inserts: Product Examples

Figure 5-3 | Molded Pulp End Caps: Product Examples

Figure 5-4 | Molded Pulp Shippers: Product Examples

Figure 5-5 | Cradles, Pallets, Corner Guards, & Other Molded Pulp Protective Packaging: Product Examples

Figure 5-6 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging: Demand & Annual Growth Forecast by Application, 2019 - 2024 (million dollars)

Figure 5-7 | Molded Pulp Protective Packaging: Key Growth Opportunities

6. Industry Structure

Figure 6-1 | US Molded Pulp Packaging Market Share by Company, 2019 (million dollars)

Figure 6-2 | Molded Pulp Packaging Market: Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 6-3 | Molded Pulp Packaging Market: Second Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 6-4 | Molded Pulp Packaging Market: Third Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 6-5 | Molded Pulp Packaging Market: Fourth Leading Supplier, 2019

Figure 6-6 | Molded Pulp Packaging Market: Fifth Leading Supplier, 2019

7. Appendix

Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 - 2019 (percent)


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