Food Trays & Bowls

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Food Packaging

Demand for food packaging trays and bowls is forecast to increase 3.3% per year to $3.1 billion in 2025, driven by:

  • healthy sales growth following a pandemic-related acceleration in popularity for frozen dinners and fresh prepared foods in trays and especially bowls due to their convenience
  • continuing popularity of packaging-intensive single serving sizes in key food applications, such as prepared foods (e.g., frozen meal bowls, personal pizzas, fresh prepared meals); frozen desserts; and fresh-cut produce
  • increased focus on sustainability causing major food brands to shift from plastic to higher value materials such as molded fiber, paperboard, and bioplastics

However, competition from rigid and flexible packaging alternatives are expected to continue to hinder further growth in some applications.

Above Average Growth for Bowls Driven by Novelty & Convenience

While trays continue to see much wider use, bowls are expected to see faster growth from a lower market base. Sales will be boosted by the shift to bowls from traditional trays in some frozen dinner applications due to their shelf appeal, which evokes a more contemporary and fresh image for many consumers. Sales will also be supported by the rising use of value added materials that are compostable, recyclable, and/or sourced from recycled or renewable materials.

Molded Sugarcane Poised for Growth as a Sustainable Alternative Material

Molded sugarcane is experiencing rapid sales growth in the foodservice sector, and this trend is expected to spread to retail food packaging trays and bowls over the next decade. A renewable and degradable alternative to plastic and paper, sugarcane – and other similar new molded fiber materials – is seen as holding promise due to its strong performance (e.g., leak protection) compared to molded pulp. In the short term the material’s high cost will likely limit adoption to premium brands/segments that focus on sustainability. However, significant growth opportunities are expected in a broad array of fresh produce; prepared foods; and meat, poultry, and seafood applications.

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  1. Food Trays & Bowls

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    1. 1 Executive Summary

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      1. Figure 1-1 | Food Tray & Bowl Market Outlook

    2. 2 About This Report

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      1. 2.1 Report Details

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      2. 2.2 Study Scope & Product Description

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        1. Figure 2-1 | Food Trays & Bowls: Product Examples

      3. 2.3 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

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        1. Table | Annual Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Product, 2019 – 2022

        2. Figure 2-2 | Annual Food Tray & Bowl Demand, 2018 – 2023

    3. 3 Overview

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      1. 3.1 Historical Market Trends

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        1. Table | Food Tray & Bowl Demand, 2010 – 2021

        2. Figure 3-1 | Food Tray & Bowl Demand, 2000 – 2021

      2. 3.2 Product Overview

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        1. Table | Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025

      3. 3.3 Factors Impacting Tray & Bowl Demand

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        1. 3.3.1 Food Production Outlook

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          1. Figure 3-2 | Food Shipments, 2010 – 2025

        2. 3.3.2 Retail Channel Trends

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        3. 3.3.3 Importance of Sustainability

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        4. 3.3.4 Recycling & Recycled Content

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        5. 3.3.5 Compostability

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    4. 4 Applications

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      1. 4.1 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-1 | Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      2. 4.2 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood

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        1. Table | Meat, Poultry, &Seafood Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-2 | Meat, Poultry, &Seafood Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      3. 4.3 Prepared Foods

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        1. Table | Prepared Foods Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-3 | Prepared Foods Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      4. 4.4 Baked Goods

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        1. Table | Baked Goods Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-4 | Baked Goods Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      5. 4.5 Fresh Produce

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        1. Table | Fresh Produce Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-5 | Fresh Produce Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      6. 4.6 Other Food

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        1. Table | Other Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 4-6 | Other Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

    5. 5 Material Trends

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      1. 5.1 Demand by Material

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        1. Table | Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 5-1 | Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

      2. 5.2 Rigid Plastic

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        1. Table | Rigid Plastic Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 5-2 | Rigid Plastic Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      3. 5.3 Plastic Foam (EPS)

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        1. Table | Plastic Foam Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 5-3 | Foam Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      4. 5.4 Paperboard

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        1. Table | Paperboard Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application & Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 5-4 | Paperboard Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      5. 5.5 Molded Fiber (Molded Pulp & Sugarcane)

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        1. Table | Molded Fiber Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, Material, &Product, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 5-5 | Molded Fiber Food Tray & Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

    6. 6 Food Trays

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      1. 6.1 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Food Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 6-1 | Food Tray Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      2. 6.2 Demand by Material

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        1. Table | Food Tray Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 6-2 | Food Tray & Flat Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

      3. 6.3 Product Innovation

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      4. 6.4 Leading Suppliers

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    7. 7 Food Packaging Bowls

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      1. 7.1 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Food Packaging Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 7-1 | Food Packaging Bowl Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025

      2. 7.2 Demand by Material

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        1. Table | Food Packaging Bowl Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

        2. Figure 7-2 | Food Packaging Bowl Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025

      3. 7.3 Product Innovation

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      4. 7.4 Leading Suppliers

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    8. 8 Key Suppliers & Industry Trends

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      1. 8.1 Industry Composition

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      2. 8.2 Key Suppliers

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      3. 8.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

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        1. Table | Selected Mergers & Acquisitions

    9. 9 Appendix

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      1. 9.1 Scope

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        1. Table | Industry Codes Related to Food Packaging Trays & Bowls

      2. 9.2 Definitions

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      3. 9.3 Freedonia Methodology

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      4. 9.4 Study-Specific Methodology

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      5. 9.5 Sources

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      6. 9.6 Related Studies & Reports

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      7. 9.7 Macroeconomic Assumptions

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        1. 9.7.1 Economic Environment

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          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 – 2025

        2. 9.7.2 Demographics

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          1. Table | Population & Households, 2010 – 2025

        3. 9.7.3 Consumer Spending

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          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures & Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025

        4. 9.7.4 Retail Sales

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          1. Table | Nondurable Goods Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025

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