Frozen Food Boxes & Cartons

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This study analyzes the market for frozen food boxes and cartons. Historical (2009, 2014 and 2019) data and forecasts to 2024 are presented in current dollars.

Boxes and carton product segments covered include:

  • folding cartons – also known as folding paperboard boxes
  • corrugated boxes
  • gable top cartons

Corrugated boxes used as primary packaging are included; however, corrugated boxes for secondary packaging with case quantities are excluded, as are shipping containers and retail-ready packaging.

Applications covered include:

  • frozen specialty foods:
    • appetizers
    • breakfast foods such as waffles, pancakes, French toast, and toaster pstries
    • breakfast sandwiches
    • entrées
    • frozen dinners
    • hand-held entrées
    • plant-based meat alternative products
    • pizzas such as pizza pies, slices, flatbreads, pizza pockets, and pizza rolls,
    • side dishes
    • soups
    • whipped toppings
  • meat, poultry, and seafood, including fresh, unprepared item as well as further processed types, such as breaded poultry and seafood:
    • meat (including beef and veal, pork, and lamb) as well as meat products marketed as breakfast meats
    • poultry (chicken, turkey, and other products such as goose and duck)
    • seafood (all fish and shellfish)
  • frozen baked goods, including:
    • bagels
    • biscuits
    • bread rolls and loaves
    • cakes, cheesecakes, and cake bites
    • cheese and sweet rolls
    • cinnamon rolls
    • cookies and brownies
    • dough and batters (cookie, pastry, filo)
    • eclairs and other pastries
    • flan, custard, crème brûlée
    • muffins
    • pie and pizza crusts
    • pies
    • rolls
    • tarts
    • tortillas
  • fruit, vegetables, and juice:
    • plain vegetables and fruit products
    • prepared frozen vegetables, such as breaded onion rings, mushrooms and eggplant, veggie pastas, and mashed cauliflower
    • juice concentrates – including 100% juice concentrates and juice drink concentrates (e.g., lemonade and fruit punch)
    • French fries, which are considered a potato product
  • ice cream and other frozen desserts:
    • hard and soft ice cream
    • hard and soft frozen yogurt
    • sherbet
    • sorbet
    • gelato
    • other frozen foods, including (e.g., sauces, baby food, pet food, cocktail mixers, nondairy creamers, liquid eggs, herbs, drink mixes)
    • frozen custard
    • flavored ices
    • ice cream cakes
    • ice cream novelties (i.e., single-serve units of any of the above)

For the purposes of this study, entrées are distinguished from dinners in that they do not generally contain a complete meal. Excluded from this segment are hand-held entrées, which are included in the Other Frozen Specialties segment.

Excluded from the scope of this study are:

  • packaged ice
  • frozen carryout
  • meal delivery program foods
  • shelf-stable products that are frozen after purchase

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