Packaging

Mike Richardson
Meet Mike Richardson

Senior Industry Analyst

Packaging analyst Mike Richardson takes a few fun minutes to share a bit of what he learned while writing the new editions of Global Caps & Closures and World Wine Packaging.

Freedonia industry market research on Packaging covers a broad range of packaging materials (e.g., paper, plastic, metal) and applications (e.g., protective packaging, food containers). In each case various factors affecting demand are considered such as renewability, life style, distribution, end use product demand and other related issues. Freedonia's Packaging industry market research studies include market size, forecasts, product and market segmentations, related economic indicator and regulatory analysis, market share estimates, a discussion of industry structure, and profiles of the leading companies.

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  • World Cups & Lids

    3283

    Global cup and lid demand will rise 5.2 percent annually to $30.2 billion in 2019. The important foodservice market will see faster-than-average growth as Western-style fast food restaurants and coffee shops become more prevalent. Central and South Am...

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  • Labels

    3291

    US label demand will rise 3.8 percent annually to $19.7 billion in 2019. In-mold, stretch sleeve and heat-shrink labels will grow the fastest. Digital printing will continue to displace traditional label printing methods. Primary packaging will remain...

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  • Beverage Containers

    3297

    US beverage container demand will rise 1.9 percent yearly to 283 billion units in 2019, valued at $31.5 billion. Plastic will remain the dominant and fastest growing material, supported by increased consumption of bottled water, which will become the ...

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  • Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging

    3263

    US demand for meat, poultry, and seafood packaging will rise 3.8 percent annually to $10.9 billion in 2019. Flexible packaging will outpace rigid based on performance and sustainability advantages of pouches and high barrier films. Fresh and frozen wi...

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  • World Caps & Closures

    3259

    World cap and closure demand will rise 5.6 percent yearly to $58 billion in 2019. The Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast markets will grow the fastest, while North America will remain a leading outlet. The key beverage market will be driven by growth in ...

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  • Stretch & Shrink Film

    3262

    US demand for stretch and shrink film will rise 3.5 percent yearly to $3.1 billion in 2019. Shrink film will outpace the larger stretch film segment based on the former's improvements in strength and customizability. Stretch hoods used in storage and ...

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  • Tube & Stick Packaging

    3252

    Demand for tube and stick packaging in the US is projected to advance 4.0 percent per year to $2.1 billion in 2018. Stick packs will grow the fastest from a small base, while squeeze tubes will remain by far the largest segment. The relatively small f...

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  • Plastic Film

    3243

    US demand for plastic film is expected to grow 1.5 percent per year through 2018 to 15.4 billion pounds, valued at $24.9 billion. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) will remain the most common film resin and maintain solid growth, while polypropy...

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  • World Bulk Packaging

    3233

    World demand for bulk packaging is projected to increase 5.0 percent annually to $59.2 billion in 2018. The Asia/Pacific region will surpass North America as the largest market, and along with the Africa/Mideast region, will be the fastest growing mar...

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  • Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

    3235

    US corrugated and paperboard box demand will rise 2.6 percent per year to $39.4 billion in 2018. Corrugated and solid fiber boxes will remain the largest and fastest growing product segment. The food and beverage market will remain dominant, based in ...

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  • World Pouches

    3220

    World demand for pouches will grow at a pace surpassing that of most other packaging types. Stand-up pouches will show accelerated global growth, and opportunities in nonfood markets will outpace those in food segments. This study presents historical ...

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  • World Protective Packaging

    3215

    World demand for protective packaging will rise 6.1 percent annually to nearly $27 billion in 2018. The Asia/Pacific region will see the fastest gains. The online retail market will continue to grow rapidly from a small base and boost the whole retail...

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  • Rigid Bulk Packaging

    3213

    US demand for rigid bulk packaging will rise 4.0 percent per year to $7.3 billion in 2018. Rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs) and material handling containers will see the fastest growth, while pails will overtake drums as the largest product ...

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  • World Labels

    3185

    World Labels presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, and forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by application method (e.g., pressure sensitive, glue-applied), material (e.g., paper, plastic), market (e.g., food, beverages, pharmaceutical...

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  • Caps & Closures

    3195

    US demand for caps and closures will rise 4.0 percent per year to $11.1 billion in 2018, with unit demand exceeding 300 billion. Plastic types will remain by far the dominant material, while other products such as elastomer and rubber stoppers will gr...

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  • Cups & Lids

    3174

    US demand for cups and lids will expand 4.4 percent per year to $10.0 billion in 2018. Packaging cups will experience the fastest gains based on convenience and single-serving advantages, as well as favorable consumption trends in several key applicat...

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  • Pharmaceutical Packaging Products

    3193

    Demand for pharmaceutical packaging products in the US will rise 4.9 percent annually to $22.1 billion in 2018. Growth will accelerate slightly from the pace of the 2008-2013 period as drug makers upgrade the barrier, security, and functional pr...

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  • Pet Food Packaging

    3170

    US demand for pet food packaging will rise 4.8 percent annually to $2.5 billion in 2018. Pouches will be the fastest growing packaging type based on their consumer convenience features and light weight. For small packages of dry food, pouches will con...

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  • World Pressure Sensitive Tapes

    3163

    World demand for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes is projected to increase 5.0 percent annually to more than 50 billion square meters in 2018. Growth will remain the fastest in China, India and other rapidly developing countries, while more dev...

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  • Pouches

    3157

    Demand for pouches in the US is projected to increase 4.6 percent per year to $9.4 billion in 2018. Stand-up pouches will remain a major growth segment while flat pouches will remain dominant. Nonfood markets will outpace the dominant food and beverag...

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  • Protective Packaging

    3142

    US protective packaging demand is projected to increase 4.5 percent per year to $6.4 billion in 2018. E-commerce fulfillment will drive gains for protective mailers, air pillows and bubble packaging. Insulated shipping containers will benefit from tem...

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  • World Food Containers

    3124

    World demand for food containers is forecast to rise 4.5 percent annually to $139 billion in 2017. While the US remains by far the world's largest user of food containers, the most significant growth will occur in India and China. Bags and pouches wil...

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  • World Pallets

    3126

    Global sales of pallets are projected to climb 5.0 percent annually through 2017 to 5.1 billion units. The Asia/Pacific region will be the fastest growing market and will surpass North America as the largest. Plastic pallets will grow the fastest base...

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  • Active & Intelligent Packaging

    3117

    US active and intelligent packaging demand is forecast to increase 8.0 percent annually to $3.5 billion in 2017. Intelligent packaging will record double digit annual gains, led by time-temperature indicator labels. Gas scavengers, susceptor packaging...

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  • Converted Flexible Packaging

    3094

    US demand for converted flexible packaging will rise 3.0 percent annually to $18.8 billion in 2017. Pouches will be the fastest growing type of flexible packaging, based on new applications and the advantage of lighter weight that can vastly reduce bo...

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  • Produce Packaging

    3097

    US demand for produce packaging is forecast to increase 3.3 percent per year to $5.7 billion in 2017. Corrugated boxes will remain the most common type, while plastic containers will grow the fastest. Fruit applications will lead gains based on more f...

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  • Beverage Containers

    3076

    US demand for beverage containers will rise 1.7 percent annually through 2017 to 265 billion units, valued at $29.1 billion. Unit gains will be driven by ongoing consumer preference for single-serving containers. Plastic containers will remain both th...

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  • Foodservice Disposables

    3081

    US demand for foodservice disposables is forecast to climb 3.6 percent per year to $19.7 billion in 2017. Packaging products such as containers and lids and domes will achieve the fastest gains and will remain the largest category. Eating and drinking...

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  • World Medical Device Packaging

    3056

    World demand for medical device packaging is projected to increase 5.9 percent annually to $25.7 billion in 2017. The US will remain the largest market while China will provide the largest and broadest sales opportunities. Pouches, trays and clamshell...

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  • World Corrugated Boxes

    3042

    World corrugated box demand will rise 4.2 percent yearly to 234 billion square meters in 2017. The fastest growth will occur in developing areas, especially in the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions. Food and beverages will remain the leading mar...

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  • Labels

    3057

    Label demand in the US is projected to climb 4.2 percent annually to $19.1 billion in 2017. Paper will continue to account for the majority of label stock, but plastic stock will continue to capture share from paper in a broad range of label applicati...

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  • World Cups & Lids

    3012

    World cup and lid demand will rise 5.0 percent per year to $25.9 billion in 2017. The fastest gains will occur in developing regions, while demand in developed areas will be supported by the increasing use of costlier biodegradable and compostable pro...

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  • Pallets

    3033

    The number of pallets in use in the US is forecast to grow 2.4 percent annually to 2.6 billion in 2017. Metal and plastic pallets will grow the fastest but wood will remain by far the dominant pallet material. Construction and other markets will be th...

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  • World Pharmaceutical Packaging

    3025

    World demand for drug packaging products will increase 6.4 percent annually to $90 billion in 2017. Most demand will remain in the developed economies of Canada, Japan, the US, and Western Europe. Prefillable syringes and parenteral vials will lead gr...

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  • Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging

    3028

    Demand for meat, poultry, and seafood packaging is forecast to increase 3.2 percent annually to $9.7 billion in 2017. Flexible packaging will outpace rigid, based on solid prospects for pouches and high barrier film. Poultry will be the fastest growin...

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  • Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible

    3013

    US food container demand will rise 2.9 percent per year to $27.6 billion in 2017. The plastic container, and bag and pouch segments will grow the fastest based on further inroads into paperboard, metal, and glass containers. The best market prospects ...

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  • World Caps & Closures

    2986

    World demand for caps and closures is projected to rise 5.3 percent per year to $46 billion in 2016, led by developing regions. Beverages will remain the dominant market, while opportunities in the food market will benefit from dispensing and other va...

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  • Rigid Bulk Packaging

    2993

    Demand for rigid bulk packaging will rise 3.9 percent yearly to $7.0 billion in 2017. RIBCs and material handling containers will grow the fastest. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and plastic, rubber and fiber markets will drive advances in the dominan...

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  • Plastic Film

    2955

    Demand for plastic film in the US is forecast to grow 1.8 percent annually to 15.9 billion pounds in 2016. LLDPE will remain the leading film. Among the low volume plastic resins used in film, degradable plastics will lead gains, followed by cellophan...

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  • Caps & Closures

    2975

    US demand for caps and closures will rise 4.4 percent annually to $10.4 billion in 2016. The dominant plastic cap and closure segment will post above average increases. Beverages will remain the largest market, while pharmaceuticals will be the fastes...

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  • Plastic Containers

    2954

    This study analyzes the US plastic container industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by type (e.g., bottles and jars; tubs, cups and bowls; pails; trays; cans; egg cartons; squeez...

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  • World Protective Packaging

    2943

    World demand for protective packaging will rise 6.3 percent annually to $24.5 billion in 2016. Foamed plastics will remain the largest segment but will lose market share to bioplastic and nonplastic products such as molded pulp and bamboo. Developing ...

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  • Cups & Lids

    2935

    US demand for cups and lids is forecast to increase 4.1 percent per year to $8.9 billion in 2016. Although drinking cups will continue to dominate, the fastest gains are anticipated in the packaging cup segment due to solid outlooks for demand in key ...

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  • Pouches

    2899

    Demand for pouches in the US is projected to increase 5.1 percent per year to $8.8 billion in 2016. Gains will be driven by faster growth for stand-up pouches stemming from sustainability, functional, and marketing advantages over alternative packagin...

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  • World Rigid Packaging

    2909

    World demand for rigid packaging is forecast to increase 6.4% per year to $472 billion in 2016. The most rapid increases in demand will be seen in developing areas, especially in the Asia/Pacific region. Plastic will be the fastest growing container m...

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  • World Pressure Sensitive Tapes

    2883

    Global demand for pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tapes is projected to rise 5.6 percent per year through 2016 to 43.5 billion square meters. The best gains are expected for polypropylene products and value added specialty tapes including foam and f...

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  • World Aseptic Packaging

    2859

    World demand for aseptic packaging is projected to grow 9.1 percent annually to $35.8 billion in 2015. India and China will experience the fastest increases in demand. Gains in the US will reflect the broadening aseptic filling requirements with liqui...

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  • Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes

    2868

    US demand for corrugated and paperboard boxes is forecast to increase 2.3 percent annually to $36.5 billion in 2016. Corrugated and solid fiber boxes will remain the dominant segments and grow the fastest. Food and beverages will remain the largest ma...

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  • Protective Packaging

    2839

    Protective packaging demand in the US is projected to increase 5.0 percent annually to $5.9 billion in 2016. The increasing popularity of Internet shopping will benefit protective mailers, air pillows and bubble packaging. A recovery in manufacturing ...

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  • Aseptic Packaging

    2827

    US demand for aseptic packaging is projected to expand 8.0 percent per year to $5.1 billion in 2015. Gains will be driven by drug sterility requirements and ambient distribution and storage advantages for food and beverages. Prefillable syringes and p...

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