Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging

Advances will be driven in part by increased meat, poultry, and seafood production, growth in the foodservice sector, export opportunities, and continued solid prospects for prepared and convenience-sized foods.

US demand to rise 3.8% annually through 2019

Demand for meat, poultry, and seafood packaging is projected to increase 3.8 percent annually to $10.9 billion in 2019. Advances will be driven by population gains, increased meat, poultry, and seafood production, growth in the foodservice sector, and export opportunities. In addition, demand will be supported by continued solid prospects for prepared foods, items in smaller and more convenient sizes, and packaging formats that make food preparation easier and faster. Demographic trends such as smaller household sizes, an expanding elderly population, and high numbers of households where all adults work will strengthen demand for single portion and other smaller-sized products, as well as various convenience-oriented products. The expanded presence of smaller-sized items, especially in meat, will reflect efforts by processors and retailers to hold down selling prices amid record high beef and pork prices.

Shift toward case-ready packaging to drive gains

The significant shift to case-ready packaging by grocery retailers as a means to reduce labor costs and food waste will also drive gains, as case-ready meats are packaged in central processing facilities and require value added packaging for extended freshness. Overall advances will be held back by an expected moderation in prices of paper and plastic materials following spikes in recent years caused by surges in energy costs and rising global demand.

Flexible packaging to outpace rigid types

Flexible packaging demand growth will outpace that of rigid packaging, reflecting performance and sustainability advantages, which will promote above average increases for pouches and high barrier films. Vacuum pouches will see expanded usage with fresh, frozen, and processed items, while stand-up pouches will make further inroads into folding carton applications based on advantages including large billboard space, light weight, and reduced material use. The prevalence of case-ready meats, which use modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, will drive gains for barrier films.

Rigid packaging demand growth will be held back by the maturity of folding cartons and metal cans, along with competitive drawbacks versus flexible packaging. Plastic containers will see the fastest growth among rigid packaging types, benefiting from the widening range of prepared meat and poultry items in supermarkets, warehouse club stores, and other retail locations. Despite healthy growth, plastic containers will face increased competition from lower cost packaging formats such as windowed bags and handled pouches with prepared foods.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging, is available for $5300. The study analyzes the $9 billion US meat packaging industry, presenting historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by technology (e.g., modified atmosphere packaging, case-ready, vacuum packaging, active and intelligent packaging, retort packaging), raw material, product (e.g., rigid packaging, flexible packaging, accessories), application, and market (fresh and frozen, processed, ready-to-eat). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 38 industry players, including Sealed Air, International Paper, and Bemis.

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  1. Meat, Poultry & Seafood Packaging

    $5,300.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $120.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $125.00

      1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,082.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $186.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic & Household Trends

        $162.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending

        $104.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Food Industry Overview

        $123.00

        1. Table | FOOD SHIPMENTS

      6. 3.6 Meat, Poultry, &Seafood Industry Overview

        $548.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD CONSUMPTION

        2. 3.6.1 Meat

          $170.00

          1. Table | MEAT SHIPMENTS

        3. 3.6.2 Poultry

          $122.00

          1. Table | POULTRY SHIPMENTS

        4. 3.6.3 Seafood

          $110.00

          1. Table | SEAFOOD SUPPLY & DEMAND

      7. 3.7 Packaging Industry Overview

        $277.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND

        2. 3.7.1 Paper

          $82.00

        3. 3.7.2 Plastic

          $82.00

        4. 3.7.3 Metal

          $82.00

        5. 3.7.4 Glass & Wood

          $82.00

      8. 3.8 Regulatory & Related Issues

        $205.00

      9. 3.9 Pricing Trends

        $259.00

        1. Table | PRICES FOR SELECTED MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

      10. 3.10 International Activity

        $138.00

    4. 4 TECHNOLOGY & RAW MATERIALS

      $1,708.00

      1. 4.1 Technologies

        $1,197.00

        1. CHART III-1 PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES AS A PERCENTAGE OF MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING, 2004-2024

        2. 4.1.1 Modified Atmosphere Packaging

          $131.00

          1. Table | MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        3. 4.1.2 Case-Ready

          $313.00

          1. Table | CASE-READY PACKAGING DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        4. 4.1.3 Vacuum Packaging

          $168.00

          1. Table | VACUUM PACKAGING DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        5. 4.1.4 Active & Intelligent Packaging

          $394.00

          1. Table | ACTIVE & INTELLIGENT PACKAGING DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        6. 4.1.5 Retort Packaging

          $133.00

          1. Table | RETORT PACKAGING DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

      2. 4.2 Raw Materials

        $510.00

        1. 4.2.1 Plastic

          $203.00

        2. 4.2.2 Paper

          $134.00

        3. 4.2.3 Metal

          $88.00

        4. 4.2.4 Other Raw Materials

          $82.00

    5. 5 PRODUCTS

      $3,097.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $134.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

      2. 5.2 Rigid Packaging

        $1,352.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD RIGID PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART IV-1 MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD RIGID PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 5.2.1 Corrugated Boxes

          $221.00

          1. Table | CORRUGATED BOX DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        4. 5.2.2 Trays

          $226.00

          1. Table | TRAY DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        5. 5.2.3 Folding Cartons

          $172.00

          1. Table | FOLDING CARTON DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        6. 5.2.4 Plastic Containers

          $194.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        7. 5.2.5 Metal Cans

          $219.00

          1. Table | METAL CAN DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        8. 5.2.6 Paperboard Sleeves

          $101.00

          1. Table | PAPERBOARD SLEEVE DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        9. 5.2.7 Other Rigid Packaging

          $110.00

          1. Table | OTHER RIGID CONTAINER DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

      3. 5.3 Flexible Packaging

        $1,110.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART IV-2 MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD FLEXIBLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 5.3.1 Plastic Film

          $395.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC FILM DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        4. 5.3.2 Bags

          $320.00

          1. Table | BAG DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        5. 5.3.3 Pouches

          $207.00

          1. Table | POUCH DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        6. 5.3.4 Paper & Foil

          $89.00

          1. Table | PAPER & FOIL DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

      4. 5.4 Packaging Accessories

        $501.00

        1. Table | PACKAGING ACCESSORIES DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        2. 5.4.1 Labels

          $331.00

          1. Table | LABEL DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

        3. 5.4.2 Other Packaging Accessories

          $142.00

          1. Table | OTHER PACKAGING ACCESSORIES DEMAND IN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING

    6. 6 APPLICATIONS & MARKETS

      $2,544.00

      1. 6.1 Applications

        $1,389.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION

        2. CHART V-1 MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2014

        3. 6.1.1 Meat

          $444.00

          1. Table | MEAT PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET

          2. CHART V-2 MEAT PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        4. 6.1.2 Poultry

          $466.00

          1. Table | POULTRY PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET

          2. CHART V-3 POULTRY PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        5. 6.1.3 Seafood

          $372.00

          1. Table | SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET

          2. CHART V-4 SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

      2. 6.2 Markets

        $1,154.00

        1. Table | MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART V-5 MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

        3. 6.2.1 Fresh & Frozen

          $381.00

          1. Table | FRESH & FROZEN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND

          2. CHART V-6 FRESH & FROZEN MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        4. 6.2.2 Processed

          $419.00

          1. Table | PROCESSED MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND

          2. CHART V-7 PROCESSED MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        5. 6.2.3 Ready-to-Eat

          $242.00

          1. Table | READY-TO-EAT MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND

          2. CHART V-8 READY-TO-EAT MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,181.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $155.00

        1. Table | US MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2014

      2. 7.2 Market Share

        $330.00

        1. CHART VI-1 US MEAT, POULTRY, &SEAFOOD PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2014

      3. 7.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $148.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 7.4 Competitive Strategies

        $139.00

      5. 7.5 Manufacturing

        $148.00

      6. 7.6 Marketing & Distribution

        $123.00

      7. 7.7 Cooperative Agreements

        $130.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      8. 7.8 Company Profiles

        $3,836.00

        1. 7.8.1 AEP Industries Incorporated

          $82.00

        2. 7.8.2 Anchor Packaging Incorporated

          $85.00

        3. 7.8.3 Ardagh Group SA

          $82.00

        4. 7.8.4 Atlas Holdings LLC

          $86.00

        5. 7.8.5 Ball Corporation

          $82.00

        6. 7.8.6 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $201.00

        7. 7.8.7 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $157.00

        8. 7.8.8 Bomarko Incorporated

          $82.00

        9. 7.8.9 Cascades Incorporated

          $229.00

        10. 7.8.10 Clysar LLC

          $82.00

        11. 7.8.11 Coveris Holdings SA

          $93.00

        12. 7.8.12 Crown Holdings Incorporated

          $82.00

        13. 7.8.13 Dow Chemical Company

          $109.00

        14. 7.8.14 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $149.00

        15. 7.8.15 Exxon Mobil Corporation

          $82.00

        16. 7.8.16 Graphic Packaging Holding Company

          $125.00

        17. 7.8.17 Honeywell International Incorporated

          $82.00

        18. 7.8.18 Innovia Films Limited

          $82.00

        19. 7.8.19 InterFlex Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        20. 7.8.20 International Paper Company

          $117.00

        21. 7.8.21 Klöckner Pentaplast Group

          $95.00

        22. 7.8.22 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $121.00

        23. 7.8.23 Leucadia National Corporation

          $93.00

        24. 7.8.24 MeadWestvaco Corporation

          $82.00

        25. 7.8.25 Mondi Group

          $93.00

        26. 7.8.26 Novolex

          $107.00

        27. 7.8.27 Packaging Corporation of America

          $82.00

        28. 7.8.28 Pattison (Jim) Group

          $90.00

        29. 7.8.29 Printpack Incorporated

          $82.00

        30. 7.8.30 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $163.00

        31. 7.8.31 Robbie Manufacturing Incorporated

          $82.00

        32. 7.8.32 Rock-Tenn Company

          $109.00

        33. 7.8.33 Sealed Air Corporation

          $186.00

        34. 7.8.34 Silgan Holdings Incorporated

          $151.00

        35. 7.8.35 Sonoco Products Company

          $82.00

        36. 7.8.36 Tekni-Plex Incorporated

          $82.00

        37. 7.8.37 Vector Packaging Incorporated

          $82.00

        38. 7.8.38 Wihuri Oy

          $131.00

      9. 7.9 Other Companies in the Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Packaging Industry

        $172.00

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