US microwave packaging demand will climb seven percent annually through 2013, driven in part by demand for more convenient meals coupled with the prevalence of microwave ovens. Frozen foods will remain the top use while fresh prepared foods will lead gains. Foodservice containers and tubs, cups and bowls will be the fastest growing types.
This study analyzes the $1.7 billion US microwave packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1998, 2003 and 2008, and forecasts for 2013 and 2018 by application (e.g., frozen foods, fresh prepared foods, shelf-stable meals, snack foods) and product (e.g., folding cartons, trays, bags and pouches, sleeves, foodservice containers).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 38 industry players, including Alcan Packaging, Associated Packaging Technologies and Rock-Tenn.