Study #: 3632 | Published: 06/2018 | Pages: 231 | Individual User License: US$ 5,500

US demand for produce packaging is projected to increase each year, representing an improvement over previous years, when domestic produce production declined. Historically, a significant share of fresh produce sold at retail was packaged for shipment, then displayed and sold in bulk. This is changing, and will continue to do so, fueled by such new and ongoing trends as the:

  • increased packaging of items not traditionally packaged, such as apples and pears
  • establishment of packaged salads as a ubiquitous grocer item – first in bags, then in a proliferation of packaging formats, including two-piece plastic containers
  • introduction of such products as steamable fresh vegetables in the hope they will be as commercially successful as their frozen counterparts

This study analyzes the US produce packaging industry. Products covered include corrugated boxes, flexible packaging, plastic containers, trays, and other products (including RPCs, wood crates, foam boxes, and molded pulp baskets).


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Produce Packaging

Produce Packaging: Trends, Demand, & Forecasts

Need to know key findings about shifting trends in the produce packaging market? This study presents historical demand data (2007, 2012 and 2017) and forecasts for 2022 by product and application. 

Produce Packaging Methodology

Information and data on protective packaging products were obtained from numerous primary and secondary sources, including industry participants, government agencies, trade associations, online databases, and other Freedonia Group studies.

Macroeconomic and demographic indicators presented in this study were obtained from The Freedonia Group Consensus Forecasts dated April 2018. Because of the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ use of chain-weighted price indices, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product components (2009 dollars) do not necessarily add to the total.

Primary information was gathered through consultations with marketing and technical personnel of participating companies and other industry specialists.

Secondary data and background information were derived from major news publications as well as numerous trade publications, including:

  • Flexible Packaging Magazine
  • Packaging Digest
  • Packaging Strategies
  • The Packer
  • Plastics News
  • Produce Business
  • The Produce News
  • Progressive Grocer
  • Pulpapernews.com

Trade associations like Fiber Box Association and Paperboard Packaging Council are also used in sourcing qualitative data.

Produce Packaging Scope

This study analyzes the US produce packaging industry. Products covered include corrugated boxes, flexible packaging, plastic containers, trays, and other products (including RPCs, wood crates, foam boxes, and molded pulp baskets). 

Produce Packaging Scope

HT/HTS Codes

Relevant Industry Codes

Produce Packaging Industry Coverage

Need to learn about the role that acquisitions, distribution, and marketing plays in the produce packaging industry? Several hundred firms participate in the US produce packaging industry, ranging from large, multinational paper and paperboard manufacturers, firms that offer a broad range of packaging products for food and other consumer goods, and smaller companies that focus more squarely on produce packaging.

Several leading suppliers have bolstered their market positions or expanded their product ranges via recent acquisitions. Smaller suppliers often thrive despite competitive pressures due to cultivation of customer relationships and subject matter expertise.

This study will highlight top companies with their total company sales, their relevant US produce packaging sales, and their principal product lines. 

In addition to this information, you will also receive market share information. 

Ready for more detailed information on produce packaging? The study offers 74 charts and 49 data rich tables, in addition to all the industry context you'll need.


Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Key Findings

Fresh Produce Industry Outlook

Packaging Trends

Overview

Convenience

Sustainability

Product Differentiation

Technology

Pricing Trends

Environmental Issues

Regulatory Considerations

PRODUCTS

Key Findings

Demand by Packaging Type

Corrugated Boxes

Corrugated Boxes: Product Description & Scope

Corrugated Boxes: Advantages & Disadvantages

Corrugated Boxes: Forecast & Key Trends

Overview

Modular & Display Ready Boxes

White-Top Linerboard Boxes

Moisture-Resistant Recyclable Boxes

Corrugated Boxes: Producers & New Products

Flexible Packaging

Flexible Packaging: Product Description & Scope

Flexible Packaging: Advantages & Disadvantages

Flexible Packaging: Forecast & Key Trends

Overview

Plastic Bags & Pillow Pouches

Mesh, Paper, & Textile Bags

Plastic Film

Stand-Up Pouches

Flexible Packaging: Producers & New Products

Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers: Product Description & Scope

Plastic Containers: Advantages & Disadvantages

Plastic Containers: Forecast & Key Trends

Overview

Clamshells

Tubs, Cups, & Bowls

Other Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers: Producers & New Products

Trays

Trays: Product Description & Scope

Trays: Advantages & Disadvantages

Trays: Forecast & Key Trends

Trays: Producers & New Products

Other Packaging

Other Packaging: Product Description & Scope

Other Packaging: Forecast & Key Trends

Overview

Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs)

Wood Crates

Foam Boxes

Molded Pulp Baskets

Other Packaging: Producers & New Products

APPLICATIONS

Key Findings

Demand by Application

Vegetables

Vegetable Sales Outlook & Key Packaging Trends

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Lettuce

Onions

Mushrooms

Carrots

Celery

Cabbage

Other Vegetables

Fruit

Fruit Sales Outlook & Key Packaging Trends

Berries

Apples

Citrus

Melons

Grapes

Other Fruit

Salad

CURRENT TRENDS & FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Key Findings

Growth in Ready-to-Eat Produce

Growth of ALDI & Similar Low Price Grocery Chains

E-Commerce Sales of Fresh Produce

Introduction of New Produce Varieties

Increasing Popularity of Locally Grown Produce

Sustainable Packaging Requirements

The Walmart Effect

Organic Produce Sales Continue to Increase

Steamable Fresh Pouches: Will They Match Success of Frozen?

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Overview

Corrugated Packaging Market Leaders

Other Produce Packaging Market Leaders

End Users

Overview

Growers/Shippers

Repackagers

Retail & Other

Acquisitions & Divestitures

Marketing & Distribution

Research & Development

Competitive Strategies

Cooperative Agreements

List of Industry Participants

APPENDIX

Scope

Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Freedonia Group Studies

Definitions

Abbreviations

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Packaging Industry Overview


List of Tables

OVERVIEW

Table 2-1 | US Produce Production & Consumption, 2007 - 2022 (billion pounds)

Table 2-2 | Selected Produce Packaging Prices, 2007 - 2022 (dollars per unit)

PRODUCTS

Table 3-1 | Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Type & Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Corrugated Boxes: Selected Suppliers

Table 3-4 | Flexible Packaging Demand in Produce Applications by Type & Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-5 | Plastic Bag & Pillow Pouch Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Mesh, Paper, & Textile Bag Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Plastic Film Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-8 | Stand-Up Pouch Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-9 | Flexible Packaging: Selected Suppliers

Table 3-10 | Plastic Container Demand in Produce Packaging by Type & Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-11 | Clamshell Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-12 | Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-13 | Other Plastic Container Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-14 | Plastic Containers: Selected Suppliers

Table 3-15 | Tray Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 3-16 | Produce Trays: Selected Suppliers

Table 3-17 | Other Produce Packaging Demand by Type & Application, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

APPLICATIONS

Table 4-1 | Produce Packaging Demand by Application & Format, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Fresh Vegetable Packaging Demand by Type & Format, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Tomato Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-4 | Potato Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-5 | Lettuce Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-6 | Onion Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Mushroom Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Carrot Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Celery Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-10 | Cabbage Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Other Vegetable Packaging Demand by Vegetable & Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Fruit Packaging Demand by Application & Format, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-13 | Berry Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-14 | Apple Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-15 | Citrus Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-16 | Melon Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-17 | Grape Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-18 | Other Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 4-19 | Salad Packaging Demand by Product, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Table 6-1 | US Produce Packaging Sales by Company (million dollars)

Table 6-2 | Produce Packaging Demand by End User, 2007 - 2022 (million dollars)

Table 6-3 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Table 6-4 | Selected Cooperative Agreements

APPENDIX

Table 7-1 | Study Scope: US Produce Packaging Products & Applications

Table 7-2 | Relevant HS/HTS Codes

Table 7-3 | Relevant Industry Codes

Table 7-4 | Abbreviations

Table 7-5 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2007 - 2022 (billion 2009 dollars)

Table 7-6 | Population & Households, 2007 - 2022 (million persons)

Table 7-7 | Packaging Supply & Demand, 2007 - 2022 (billion dollars)


List of Figures

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Figure 1-1 | US Produce Packaging Market

OVERVIEW

Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the US Produce Packaging Market

PRODUCTS

Figure 3-1 | Produce Packaging Products

Figure 3-2 | Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Corrugated Boxes: Example Products for Produce Packaging

Figure 3-4 | Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-5 | Outlook for Key Corrugated Box Produce Applications, 2017 - 2022 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-6 | Modular & Display Ready Boxes: Product Spotlight

Figure 3-7 | Moisture-Resistant Recyclable Boxes: Product Spotlight

Figure 3-8 | Flexible Packaging: Example Products for Produce Packaging

Figure 3-9 | Flexible Packaging for Produce Applications: Key Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-10 | Outlook for Key Corrugated Box Produce Applications, 2017 - 2022 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-11 | Stand-Up Pouches: Example Products

Figure 3-12 | Plastic Containers: Key Advantages & Disadvantage

Figure 3-13 | Outlook for Key Plastic Container Produce Applications, 2017 - 2022 (% CAGR)

Figure 3-14 | Other Plastic Containers: Product Characteristics

Figure 3-15 | Produce Trays: Key Advantages & Disadvantage

Figure 3-16 | Reusable Plastic Containers: Key Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-17 | Wood Crates: Key Advantages & Disadvantages

Figure 3-18 | Foam Boxes: Product Characteristics

Figure 3-19 | Molded Pulp Packaging: Product Characteristics

APPLICATIONS

Figure 4-1 | Produce Packaging Applications

Figure 4-2 | Produce Packaging Demand by Application, 2017

Figure 4-3 | Fresh Vegetable Packaging Demand by Type, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-4 | Tomatoes: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-5 | Tomato Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-6 | Potatoes: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-7 | Potato Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-8 | Lettuce: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-9 | Lettuce Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-10 | Onions: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-11 | Onion Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-12 | Mushrooms: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-13 | Mushroom Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-14 | Carrots: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-15 | Carrot Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-16 | Celery: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-17 | Celery Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-18 | Cabbage: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-19 | Cabbage Production & Packaging Demand, 2002 - 2022

Figure 4-20 | Other Vegetables: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-21 | Other Vegetable Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-22 | Fruit Packaging Demand by Application, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 4-23 | Berries: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-24 | Berry Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-25 | Apples: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-26 | Apple Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-27 | Citrus: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-28 | Citrus Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-29 | Melons: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-30 | Melon Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-31 | Grapes: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-32 | Grape Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-33 | Other Fruit: Leading Packaging Types

Figure 4-34 | Other Fruit Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

Figure 4-35 | Salad: Packaging Types

Figure 4-36 | Salad Production & Packaging Demand, 2007 - 2022

CURRENT TRENDS & FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Figure 5-1 | Examples of Ready-to-Eat Produce Packaging Innovations

Figure 5-2 | Key Trends in the Limited Assortment Low Price Grocery Store Market

Figure 5-3 | Key Trends in the E-Commerce Grocery Market

Figure 5-4 | Number of Local Food Distribution Outlets & Consumer Interest in Purchasing Local Foods, 2000 - 2017

Figure 5-5 | Steamable Produce Pouch

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Figure 6-1 | US Produce Packaging Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 6-2 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Leading Supplier

Figure 6-3 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 6-4 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 6-5 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 6-6 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Fifth Leading Supplier

Figure 6-7 | US Produce Packaging Market Share: Sixth Leading Supplier

Figure 6-8 | US Corrugated Packaging Market Share for Fresh Produce, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 6-9 | Other Produce Packaging Market Share, 2017 (billion dollars)

Figure 6-10 | Produce Packaging Demand by End User, 2017 (million dollars)

APPENDIX

Figure 7-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2017, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 7-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2002 - 2017 (percent)


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