Produce Packaging

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Growth will outpace expected expansion in fresh produce production, reflecting the important role of packaging in the protection, safety assurance, and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables.

US demand to rise 3.3% annually through 2017

US demand for produce packaging is forecast to increase 3.3 percent per year to $5.7 billion in 2017. Growth will outpace expected expansion in fresh produce production, reflecting the important role of packaging in the protection, safety assurance, and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also driving gains will be the increasing presence of fresh-cut, ready to eat produce, which offers convenience and tends to use more value added packaging than bulk produce.

Plastic containers to offer best growth opportunities

Corrugated boxes are the leading produce packaging type based on their relatively low cost, light weight, good protective performance, graphics capabilities, and well established recycling infrastructure. Box demand through 2017 is forecast to rise at a below average pace based on more moderate price increases, the maturity of many applications, and competition from reusable plastic containers (RPCs). At the same time, gains will be helped by the growth of more costly box structures such as modular boxes, white-top linerboard boxes, highly printed boxes, and moisture-resistant recyclable boxes.

Plastic containers will experience the fastest gains among major produce packaging types through 2017. Advances will be propelled by growth in berry applications and widening usage with other produce items. Factors that will limit gains include increasing saturation in strawberry uses and inroads by stand-up pouches. Although bag and liner demand is expected to increase at a similar pace to the overall produce packaging average, faster growth will occur for breathable bags in fresh-cut produce uses. Heightened demand is anticipated for pouches, which, in addition to being less expensive than rigid containers, are valued for being display-ready and offering good aesthetics, which can be helpful in produce merchandising. Smaller product segments such as RPCs will log well above average growth.

Fruit to be fastest growing application

Fruit applications are expected to outpace the overall produce packaging average through 2017, supported by population growth, trends toward healthier eating, and the increased availability of ready to eat fruit marketed for convenience and as a healthy snack option. These applications necessitate usage of modified atmosphere packaging for freshness protection. Though gains for vegetable applications are expected to slightly trail the average, advances will be assisted by improved output for most vegetable types and ongoing new product introductions of fresh-cut vegetables in nontraditional categories. Salad uses will be constrained by market saturation, price sensitivity among many consumers, and safety concerns following outbreaks of foodborne illnesses in recent years.

Study coverage

This study analyzes the $4.8 billion US produce packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by produce packaging type (e.g., corrugated boxes, bags and liners, plastic containers, trays), application (e.g., bulk, read to eat, vegetables, fruit, salads) and end user (e.g., growers/shippers, repackers, retail stores).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 42 industry players, including International Paper, Pactiv and Georgia-Pacific.

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  1. Produce Packaging

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $125.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $122.00

      1. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,646.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $162.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $172.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending

        $120.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)

      5. 3.5 Retail Trends

        $166.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES (billion dollars)

      6. 3.6 Food Industry Overview

        $119.00

        1. Table | FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)

      7. 3.7 Fresh Produce Industry Trends

        $786.00

        1. 3.7.1 Production Trends

          $239.00

          1. Table | FRESH PRODUCE SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds)

          2. Table | FRESH VEGETABLE SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds)

          3. Table | FRESH FRUIT SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion pounds)

        2. 3.7.2 Shipping & Distribution Trends

          $121.00

          1. Table | PRODUCE INDUSTRY FLOW CHART

        3. 3.7.3 Fresh-Cut Produce Trends

          $328.00

          1. Table | FRESH-CUT PRODUCE SALES (million dollars)

      8. 3.8 Food Packaging Industry Overview

        $258.00

        1. Table | FOOD PACKAGING DEMAND (billion dollars)

        2. 3.8.1 Rigid

          $133.00

        3. 3.8.2 Flexible

          $82.00

      9. 3.9 Raw Material Trends

        $114.00

      10. 3.10 Technology Overview

        $170.00

      11. 3.11 Pricing Trends

        $191.00

        1. Table | SELECTED PRODUCE PACKAGING PRICES (cents per unit)

      12. 3.12 Environmental Issues

        $165.00

      13. 3.13 Regulatory Considerations

        $152.00

    4. 4 PACKAGING TYPES

      $2,675.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $158.00

        1. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORM (million dollars)

        2. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2012 ($4.8 billion)

      2. 4.2 Corrugated Boxes

        $324.00

        1. Table | CORRUGATED BOX DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        2. 4.2.1 Corrugated Common Footprint Boxes

          $82.00

        3. 4.2.2 Producers

          $99.00

      3. 4.3 Bags & Liners

        $732.00

        1. Table | BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        2. Table | BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING, 2012 ($1.4 billion)

        3. 4.3.1 Plastic

          $442.00

          1. Table | PLASTIC BAG & LINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        4. 4.3.2 Mesh

          $123.00

          1. Table | MESH BAG DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        5. 4.3.3 Paper & Textile

          $92.00

          1. Table | PAPER & TEXTILE BAG DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

      4. 4.4 Plastic Containers

        $530.00

        1. Table | PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        2. 4.4.1 Clamshells

          $178.00

          1. Table | CLAMSHELL DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        3. 4.4.2 Tubs, Cups, &Bowls

          $132.00

          1. Table | TUB, CUP, &BOWL DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

        4. 4.4.3 Other Plastic Containers

          $148.00

          1. Table | OTHER PLASTIC CONTAINER DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

      5. 4.5 Trays

        $209.00

        1. Table | TRAY DEMAND IN PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

      6. 4.6 Other Packaging

        $722.00

        1. Table | OTHER PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 4.6.1 Plastic Film

          $161.00

        3. 4.6.2 Reusable Plastic Containers

          $166.00

        4. 4.6.3 Wood Crates

          $82.00

        5. 4.6.4 Foam Boxes

          $82.00

        6. 4.6.5 Molded Pulp Baskets

          $82.00

        7. 4.6.6 All Other

          $186.00

    5. 5 APPLICATIONS

      $2,948.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $234.00

        1. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION & FORMAT (million dollars)

        2. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2012 ($4.8 billion)

        3. 5.1.1 Bulk

          $82.00

        4. 5.1.2 Ready To Eat

          $82.00

      2. 5.2 Vegetables

        $1,328.00

        1. Table | FRESH VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORMAT (million dollars)

        2. Table | FRESH VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2012 ($2.4 billion)

        3. 5.2.1 Potatoes

          $222.00

          1. Table | POTATO PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        4. 5.2.2 Tomatoes

          $183.00

          1. Table | TOMATO PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        5. 5.2.3 Lettuce

          $149.00

          1. Table | LETTUCE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        6. 5.2.4 Onions

          $98.00

          1. Table | ONION PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        7. 5.2.5 Carrots

          $139.00

          1. Table | CARROT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        8. 5.2.6 Mushrooms

          $89.00

          1. Table | MUSHROOM PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        9. 5.2.7 Celery

          $92.00

          1. Table | CELERY PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        10. 5.2.8 Cabbage

          $82.00

          1. Table | CABBAGE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        11. 5.2.9 Other Vegetables

          $240.00

          1. Table | OTHER VEGETABLE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

      3. 5.3 Fruit

        $1,099.00

        1. Table | FRESH FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE & FORMAT (million dollars)

        2. Table | FRESH FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2012 ($1.8 billion)

        3. 5.3.1 Berries

          $190.00

          1. Table | BERRY PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        4. 5.3.2 Apples

          $192.00

          1. Table | APPLE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        5. 5.3.3 Citrus Fruit

          $133.00

          1. Table | CITRUS FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        6. 5.3.4 Melons

          $161.00

          1. Table | MELON PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        7. 5.3.5 Grapes

          $179.00

          1. Table | GRAPE PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        8. 5.3.6 Other Fruit

          $158.00

          1. Table | OTHER FRESH FRUIT PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

      4. 5.4 Salads

        $287.00

        1. Table | SALAD PACKAGING DEMAND (million dollars)

        2. 5.4.1 Conventional

          $82.00

        3. 5.4.2 Specialty Mix

          $82.00

    6. 6 END USERS

      $609.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $128.00

        1. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY END USER (million dollars)

        2. Table | PRODUCE PACKAGING DEMAND BY END USER, 2012 ($4.8 billion)

      2. 6.2 Growers/Shippers

        $200.00

        1. Table | GROWER/SHIPPER MARKET FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

      3. 6.3 Repackers

        $186.00

        1. Table | REPACKER MARKET FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

      4. 6.4 Retail Stores & Other

        $94.00

        1. Table | RETAIL STORE & OTHER MARKETS FOR PRODUCE PACKAGING (million dollars)

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,132.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $94.00

      2. 7.2 Industry Composition

        $153.00

        1. Table | US PRODUCE PACKAGING SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      3. 7.3 Market Share

        $326.00

        1. Table | US PRODUCE PACKAGING MARKET SHARE, 2012 ($4.8 billion)

      4. 7.4 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $142.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      5. 7.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $101.00

      6. 7.6 Manufacturing

        $82.00

      7. 7.7 Research & Development

        $104.00

      8. 7.8 Competitive Strategies

        $152.00

      9. 7.9 Cooperative Agreements

        $143.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      10. 7.10 Company Profiles

        $3,734.00

        1. 7.10.1 Acme Bag Company

          $82.00

        2. 7.10.2 AEP Industries Incorporated

          $89.00

        3. 7.10.3 Amcor Limited

          $120.00

        4. 7.10.4 American Packaging Corporation

          $82.00

        5. 7.10.5 Ampac Holdings LLC

          $82.00

        6. 7.10.6 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $124.00

        7. 7.10.7 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $104.00

        8. 7.10.8 Brambles Limited

          $82.00

        9. 7.10.9 Cady Bag Company LLC

          $82.00

        10. 7.10.10 Cascades Incorporated

          $114.00

        11. 7.10.11 CKF Incorporated

          $142.00

        12. 7.10.12 D&W Fine Pack LLC

          $204.00

        13. 7.10.13 Deluxe Packages

          $82.00

        14. 7.10.14 Dow Chemical Company

          $82.00

        15. 7.10.15 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $82.00

        16. 7.10.16 Emerald Packaging Incorporated

          $82.00

        17. 7.10.17 Exopack Holding Corporation

          $82.00

        18. 7.10.18 Highland Packaging Solutions Incorporated

          $82.00

        19. 7.10.19 Honeywell International Incorporated

          $82.00

        20. 7.10.20 Innovia Films Limited

          $82.00

        21. 7.10.21 International Paper Company

          $163.00

        22. 7.10.22 IPL Incorporated

          $82.00

        23. 7.10.23 Keyes Packaging Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        24. 7.10.24 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $119.00

        25. 7.10.25 Landec Corporation

          $93.00

        26. 7.10.26 Leucadia National Corporation

          $91.00

        27. 7.10.27 Menasha Corporation

          $123.00

        28. 7.10.28 Pacific Agricultural Packaging

          $82.00

        29. 7.10.29 Packaging Corporation of America

          $149.00

        30. 7.10.30 Peninsula Packaging Company

          $82.00

        31. 7.10.31 Printpack Incorporated

          $82.00

        32. 7.10.32 Rehrig Pacific Company

          $82.00

        33. 7.10.33 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $192.00

        34. 7.10.34 Rock-Tenn Company

          $159.00

        35. 7.10.35 Sambrailo Packaging

          $82.00

        36. 7.10.36 Schoeller Allibert Limited

          $82.00

        37. 7.10.37 Sealed Air Corporation

          $159.00

        38. 7.10.38 Sonoco Products Company

          $145.00

        39. 7.10.39 Taghleef Industries LLC

          $82.00

        40. 7.10.40 Tekni-Plex Incorporated

          $82.00

        41. 7.10.41 Volm Companies Incorporated

          $82.00

        42. 7.10.42 Wihuri Oy

          $82.00

      11. 7.11 Additional Companies in Produce Packaging

        $149.00

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