Paper Versus Plastic in Packaging

In eighteen selected markets where plastic and paper compete as packaging materials, plastic will increase its market share to 53 percent by 2010. The fastest gains for plastic will occur in soy and other nondairy beverages and pet food applications, followed by frozen food, fruit beverages, detergents and single-serving milk bottles.

This study analyzes the 24 billion pound competitive plastic and paper packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for 1995, 2000 and 2005 and forecasts to 2010 and 2015 by product (e.g., folding and other cartons, bottles, retail bags and sacks, protective packaging, tubs and cups, trays, shipping drums and sacks); and by competitive market (e.g., produce, meat, poultry and seafood, milk, dairy products, fruit beverages, candy and confections, egg cartons).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 42 major players including Alcan, Bemis, Pliant, Printpack, Graphic Packaging, Rock-Tenn, and Activity Packaging.

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