Frozen Specialty Food Packaging

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

Applications covered include:

  • frozen dinners
  • pizza, including pizza pies, slices, flatbreads, pizza pockets, pizza rolls, and other frozen pizza products (e.g., Kraft Heinz’s Bagel Bites pizza snacks)
  • entrées and side dishes
  • breakfast foods
  • other frozen specialties (e.g., appetizers, blintzes, burritos, egg rolls, hand-held entrées, hot cereal, meat substitute products, pierogis, quiche, snacks, soups, tacos, whipped toppings)

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

Packaging product segments covered include:

  • rigid packaging:
    • boxes and cartons (e.g., folding cartons – also known as folding paperboard boxes – corrugated boxes)
    • trays, including rigid plastic trays made from such resins as polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET); trays produced via thermoforming plastic film; and trays made from paperboard or molded pulp (i.e., molded fiber)
    • tubs, cups, and bowls, including round and square-round tubs, cups, and bowls for retail packaging as well as larger tubs (such as those used to package ice cream for foodservice establishments) as well as lids that are sold with the unit (but excluding those sold separately)
    • paperboard sleeves, including paperboard sleeves used as outer packaging and paperboard susceptor sleeves
    • other rigid packaging (e.g., pails, plastic containers)
  • 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 but excluding lidding films, chubs, brick packs, vacuum seal packaging (VSP), and vacuum sealed bags
    • lidding, including plastic film lidding (typically made from one or more layers of plastics such as PET or PP), paper lidding, and aluminum foil lidding but excluding paper and plastic lids sold together with accompanying paper or plastic containers as well as plastic overwrap and shrink wrap
    • pouches, including flat (e.g., pillow, four-side seal, and three-side seal) and stand-up (e.g., round-bottom/Doyen, K-seal, corner-bottom, flat-bottom)
    • other flexible packaging (e.g., brick packs, interleaving, vacuum skin 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.

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

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