Beverage Containers

Proliferation of package sizes, new product introductions, and increased consumption of healthier beverages such as bottled water, ready-to-drink (RTD) tea, and nondairy milk alternatives will drive increases.

US demand to rise 1.9% annually through 2019

US demand for beverage containers is expected to increase 1.9 percent per year to 283 billion units in 2019, valued at $31.5 billion. Proliferation of different package sizes, new product introductions, and increased consumption of healthier beverages such as bottled water, ready-to-drink (RTD) tea, and nondairy milk alternatives will drive increases despite weakness in critical markets such as carbonated soft drinks and beer. Plastic bottles and metal cans will continue to dominate demand, with over 80 percent of the total. However, faster growth is expected in newer formats such as aluminum bottles, bag-in-box products, aseptic cartons, and pouches.

Plastic containers to remain dominant

Plastic containers will remain both the largest and fastest growing product segment, with gains supported by increased consumption in the primary outlet for plastic bottles, bottled water, which will become the leading market for beverage containers by 2019. However, going forward growth will slow somewhat as environmental concerns lead some consumers to favor filtered tap water or to use reusable bottles for on-the-go consumption. While the market for plastic bottles in carbonated soft drinks, milk, and juice is essentially mature, plastic is expected to gain ground in other uses including RTD tea, RTD coffee, and larger size alcoholic beverages. Plastic pouches will also continue to see increased use outside of juice drinks with new introductions in sports drinks, wine, and flavored alcoholic beverages taking advantage of the convenience and low cost of this package format.

Metal containers face both threats & opportunities

Metal containers are the second most prevalent package type within the beverage container industry, but demand for cans is expected to show only minimal growth through 2019 due to continued weakness in carbonated soft drinks and beer, the two key markets for aluminum cans. In addition, the increased use of metal cans as a packaging option for craft beers has been offset by a trend toward packaging in larger cans. However, the growing popularity of smaller cans in the carbonated soft drink market, as well as increased can use in growing markets such as wine and sparkling beverages, will help metal cans maintain a sizable market share as producers take advantage of their light weight and recyclability. Aluminum bottles will also provide opportunities for growth as improved manufacturing processes lower costs and beverage companies look for packages which provide shelf appeal and differentiation.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the 258 billion unit US beverage container industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by material (plastic, metal, glass, paperboard) and market (e.g., carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, milk, fruit beverages, sports beverages, ready-to-drink tea, enhanced water, beer, wine, distilled spirits). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 34 industry players, including Ball, Rexam, and Crown Holdings.

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  1. Beverage Containers

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $161.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $140.00

      1. Table | BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,158.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $208.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic & Household Trends

        $185.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending Trends

        $119.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Beverage Industry Overview

        $349.00

        1. Table | PACKAGED BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY TYPE

        2. CHART II-1 PACKAGED BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 3.5.1 Nonalcoholic Beverages

          $109.00

          1. Table | NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY TYPE

        4. 3.5.2 Alcoholic Beverages

          $85.00

          1. Table | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY TYPE

      6. 3.6 Packaging Trends

        $124.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND

      7. 3.7 Historical Market Trends

        $122.00

        1. Table | BEVERAGE CONTAINER MARKET, 2004-2014

      8. 3.8 Pricing Trends

        $113.00

        1. Table | BEVERAGE CONTAINER PRICING

      9. 3.9 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

        $423.00

        1. 3.9.1 Recycling Trends

          $188.00

          1. Table | CONTAINER RECYCLING RATES, 2004-2013

        2. 3.9.2 Regulatory Considerations

          $122.00

      10. 3.10 Technological Overview

        $232.00

      11. 3.11 World Markets

        $138.00

      12. 3.12 International Trade

        $94.00

    4. 4 MARKETS

      $3,579.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

        1. Table | BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART III-1 BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

      2. 4.2 Nonalcoholic Beverages

        $2,278.00

        1. Table | NONALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.2.1 Carbonated Soft Drinks

          $267.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED CARBONATED SOFT DRINK PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        3. 4.2.2 Bottled Water

          $280.00

          1. Table | NONBULK PACKAGED WATER PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | BOTTLED WATER CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        4. 4.2.3 Milk

          $198.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED MILK PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | MILK CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        5. 4.2.4 Fruit Beverages

          $256.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED FRUIT BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | FRUIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        6. 4.2.5 Sports Beverages

          $161.00

          1. Table | SPORTS BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | SPORTS BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        7. 4.2.6 Ready-to-Drink Tea

          $212.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED READY-TO-DRINK TEA PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | PACKAGED READY-TO-DRINK TEA CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        8. 4.2.7 Enhanced Water

          $208.00

          1. Table | ENHANCED WATER PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | ENHANCED WATER CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        9. 4.2.8 Other Nonalcoholic Ready-to-Drink Beverages

          $558.00

          1. Table | OTHER PACKAGED READY-TO-DRINK BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | OTHER READY-TO-DRINK BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

      3. 4.3 Alcoholic Beverages

        $1,226.00

        1. Table | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. 4.3.1 Beer

          $331.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED BEER PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | BEER CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        3. 4.3.2 Wine

          $308.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED WINE PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | WINE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        4. 4.3.3 Distilled Spirits

          $205.00

          1. Table | PACKAGED DISTILLED SPIRITS PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | DISTILLED SPIRITS CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        5. 4.3.4 Other Alcoholic Beverages

          $295.00

          1. Table | OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PRODUCTION BY MATERIAL

          2. Table | OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

    5. 5 CONTAINER OVERVIEW

      $177.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Container Demand

        $146.00

        1. Table | PACKAGED BEVERAGE PRODUCTION & BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        2. CHART IV-1 PACKAGED BEVERAGE PRODUCTION & BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2014: VOLUME & UNITS

    6. 6 PLASTIC CONTAINERS

      $1,859.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 Types

        $274.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. 6.2.1 Bottles

          $82.00

        3. 6.2.2 Pouches & Other

          $184.00

      3. 6.3 Resins

        $332.00

        1. Table | RESIN USE IN PLASTIC BEVERAGE CONTAINERS

        2. 6.3.1 PET

          $119.00

        3. 6.3.2 HDPE & Other

          $96.00

      4. 6.4 Markets

        $1,229.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART V-1 PLASTIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 6.4.1 Water

          $161.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC WATER CONTAINER DEMAND

        4. 6.4.2 Carbonated Soft Drinks

          $95.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CONTAINER DEMAND

        5. 6.4.3 Fruit Beverages

          $179.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC FRUIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND

        6. 6.4.4 Milk

          $170.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC MILK CONTAINER DEMAND

        7. 6.4.5 Other

          $517.00

          1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

    7. 7 METAL CONTAINERS

      $973.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $123.00

        1. Table | METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND

      2. 7.2 Merchant Versus Captive Production

        $82.00

      3. 7.3 Materials

        $281.00

        1. Table | METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL

        2. 7.3.1 Aluminum

          $193.00

        3. 7.3.2 Steel

          $82.00

      4. 7.4 Markets

        $526.00

        1. Table | METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART VI-1 METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 7.4.1 Carbonated Soft Drinks

          $82.00

          1. Table | METAL CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CONTAINER DEMAND

        4. 7.4.2 Beer

          $145.00

          1. Table | METAL BEER CONTAINER DEMAND

        5. 7.4.3 Other

          $277.00

          1. Table | OTHER METAL BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

    8. 8 GLASS BOTTLES

      $729.00

      1. 8.1 General

        $113.00

      2. 8.2 Markets

        $615.00

        1. Table | GLASS BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART VII-1 GLASS BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 8.2.1 Beer

          $94.00

          1. Table | GLASS BEER BOTTLE DEMAND

        4. 8.2.2 Wine

          $109.00

          1. Table | GLASS WINE BOTTLE DEMAND

        5. 8.2.3 Other

          $337.00

          1. Table | OTHER GLASS BEVERAGE BOTTLE DEMAND BY MARKET

    9. 9 PAPERBOARD CONTAINERS

      $598.00

      1. 9.1 General

        $89.00

      2. 9.2 Types

        $125.00

        1. Table | PAPERBOARD BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE

      3. 9.3 Markets

        $383.00

        1. Table | PAPERBOARD BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART VIII-1 PAPERBOARD BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 9.3.1 Fruit Beverages

          $82.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD FRUIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND

        4. 9.3.2 Milk

          $82.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD MILK CONTAINER DEMAND

        5. 9.3.3 Other

          $185.00

          1. Table | OTHER PAPERBOARD BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET

    10. 10 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,483.00

      1. 10.1 General

        $87.00

      2. 10.2 Industry Composition & Market Share

        $241.00

        1. Table | US BEVERAGE CONTAINER SALES BY COMPANY, 2014

        2. 10.2.1 Plastic

          $82.00

        3. 10.2.2 Metal

          $82.00

        4. 10.2.3 Glass

          $82.00

        5. 10.2.4 Paperboard

          $82.00

      3. 10.3 Market Leaders & Competitive Strategies

        $453.00

        1. CHART IX-1 US BEVERAGE CONTAINER MARKET SHARE, 2014

      4. 10.4 Acquisitions & Divestures

        $140.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      5. 10.5 Manufacturing & Development

        $147.00

      6. 10.6 Marketing & Distribution

        $187.00

      7. 10.7 Integration

        $111.00

      8. 10.8 Cooperative Agreements

        $109.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      9. 10.9 Company Profiles

        $2,956.00

        1. 10.9.1 Alcoa Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 10.9.2 Amcor Limited

          $106.00

        3. 10.9.3 Ampac Packaging LLC

          $82.00

        4. 10.9.4 Anchor Glass Container Corporation

          $82.00

        5. 10.9.5 Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

          $92.00

        6. 10.9.6 Ardagh Group SA

          $129.00

        7. 10.9.7 Ball Corporation

          $177.00

        8. 10.9.8 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $82.00

        9. 10.9.9 CCL Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        10. 10.9.10 CKS Packaging Incorporated

          $82.00

        11. 10.9.11 Coca-Cola Company Incorporated

          $142.00

        12. 10.9.12 Consolidated Container Company LLC

          $82.00

        13. 10.9.13 Crown Holdings Incorporated

          $134.00

        14. 10.9.14 Dean Foods Company

          $82.00

        15. 10.9.15 Exal Group

          $82.00

        16. 10.9.16 Gallo (E&J) Winery

          $82.00

        17. 10.9.17 Hindalco Industries Limited

          $89.00

        18. 10.9.18 Kraft Foods Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 10.9.19 Liqui-Box Corporation

          $86.00

        20. 10.9.20 Molson Coors Brewing Company

          $101.00

        21. 10.9.21 Nestlé SA

          $105.00

        22. 10.9.22 Onex Corporation

          $82.00

        23. 10.9.23 Owens-Illinois Group Incorporated

          $157.00

        24. 10.9.24 PepsiCo Incorporated

          $82.00

        25. 10.9.25 Plastipak Holdings Incorporated

          $121.00

        26. 10.9.26 Pretium Packaging LLC

          $82.00

        27. 10.9.27 Rexam plc

          $127.00

        28. 10.9.28 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $233.00

        29. 10.9.29 Saint-Gobain

          $82.00

        30. 10.9.30 Scholle Corporation

          $82.00

        31. 10.9.31 Silgan Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        32. 10.9.32 Sonoco Products Company

          $83.00

        33. 10.9.33 Tetra Laval International SA

          $120.00

        34. 10.9.34 Vitro SAB de CV

          $82.00

      10. 10.10 Other Companies Mentioned in Study

        $82.00

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