US produce packaging demand will grow 4.6 percent per year through 2010. Growth will be fueled by rising demand for fresh-cut, ready-to-eat produce, which favors more value-added packaging than bulk produce. Corrugated boxes will remain the leading format while plastic containers and bags and liners will grow faster.
The study analyzes the $3.4 billion US produce packaging industry. It presents historical demand data (1995, 2000 and 2005) and forecasts to 2010 and 2015 by type (e.g., corrugated boxes, plastic and mesh bags and liners, clamshells, reusable plastic containers, trays wood crates), by application (e.g., bulk, ready-to-eat, vegetables, fruit, salads), and by end user (e.g., growers/shippers, repackers, retail stores).
The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 44 major competitors including Weyerhaeuser, Smurfit-Stone, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Temple-Inland, and Pactiv.