Baby Food & Formula Packaging

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The scope of this report includes packaging for food designed and marketed for babies, including newborns, infants, and toddlers. Baby food is specifically labeled as such and generally sold in a dedicated section of retail stores.

Specific applications covered in this report include:

  • food such as entrees and dinners, meat purees, fruit and vegetable purees, and puddings
  • formula, including ready-to-drink, powdered, and liquid concentrate
  • cereal, such as rice, wheat, oatmeal, and multi-grain cereal
  • snacks, such as puffs, crunchies, melts, teethers, yogurt pieces, and cookies

Excluded from this study are baby electrolyte drinks, such as Pedialyte, and products such as applesauce or yogurt that are not explicitly marketed toward infants and toddlers.

Specific packaging products used for baby food include:

  • glass jars
  • stand-up pouches
  • folding cartons and sleeves
  • composite cans
  • plastic tubs and cups
  • bowls
  • aseptic cartons
  • other packaging such as bag-in-box and metal cans

Excluded from the study are shipping boxes and protective packaging, such as that used with baby food subscription services.

Historical data (2010, 2015, and 2020) and forecasts for 2025 and 2030 are presented for demand for baby food and formula containers by value in current dollars (including inflation); demand data by market is presented in current dollars. Also presented are historical and forecast data for raw material usage in food containers in pounds and total dollars. “Demand” (or sales) is defined as all shipments from US plants, plus imports minus exports.

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