Frozen Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging

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

Applications covered include:

  • meat, poultry, and seafood, including fresh, unprepared items 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)

Excluded from the scope of this study are:

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

Packaging product segments covered include:

  • flexible packaging
    • bags
    • wrap:
      • including foil wrap, paper wrap and overwrap, as well as plastic film wrap and overwrap, including stretch and shrink film/wrap and thermoforming film
      • excluding lidding films, chubs, brick packs, vacuum seal packaging (VSP), and vacuum sealed bags
    • pouches, including:
      • flat (e.g., pillow, four-side seal, and three-side seal)
      • stand-up, including round-bottom/Doyen, K-seal, corner-bottom, flat-bottom
    • lidding and other plastic film:
      • including plastic film lidding (typically made from one or more layers of plastics such as PET or PP), paper lidding, and aluminum foil lidding
      • excluding paper and plastic lids sold together with accompanying paper or plastic containers as well as plastic overwrap and shrink wrap
    • other flexible packaging (e.g., chubs, vacuum skin packaging, paper interleaving)
  • rigid packaging
    • boxes (e.g., folding cartons – also known as folding paperboard boxes – corrugated boxes, gable top cartons)
    • trays:
      • rigid plastic trays, made from such resins as polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET)
      • trays produced via thermoforming plastic film
      • trays made from paperboard or molded pulp (i.e., molded fiber)
    • paperboard sleeves, including paperboard sleeves used as outer packaging and paperboard susceptor sleeves
    • other rigid packaging

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.

Demand is also segmented by material:

  • plastic
  • paper and paperboard
  • foil and other materials (e.g., molded pulp)

Also excluded are separately sold lids, caps, and closures.

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