Sweetener Packaging

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Packaging

The scope of this report includes packaging for sweeteners. These items are generally sold in the baking and condiment section of retail store but are also used by foodservice establishments.

Specific applications covered in this report include:

  • granulated white sugar
  • confectioners’ (powdered) sugar and brown sugar
  • honey, including liquid, crystallized/creamed, and powdered
  • sugar substitutes and alternative sweeteners such as Splenda, Sweet’n Low, Stevia, monk fruit, and coconut sugar
  • syrups, including simple syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses, and fruit flavored syrups

Excluded from this study are a variety of products including:

  • sweeteners for food and beverage manufacturing
  • chocolate and caramel toppings for desserts
  • corrugated boxes and protective packaging used specifically for shipping purposes as opposed to product packaging

Specific packaging products used for sweeteners are:

  • pouches
  • bottles and jars
  • bags
  • cans and canisters
  • boxes and cartons
  • other packaging (primarily pails, wrap, and cups)

Historical data (2010, 2015, and 2020) and forecasts for 2025 are presented for demand for sweetener packaging by value in current dollars (including inflation); demand data by market is presented in current dollars. “Demand” (or sales) is defined as all shipments from US plants, plus imports minus exports.

Demand by Packaging Format (Rigid vs Flexible)

Demand for sweeteners packaging is expected to fall from a high base in 2020, gradually returning to growth and forecast to reach $455 million in 2025. Gains will be supported by the increasing popularity of organic and premium sweeteners – which tend to use more expensive packaging – and conversions to higher-value packaging formats with performance or product differentiation benefits.

The market for sweetener packaging is almost equally balanced between flexible and rigid formats, which is expected to remain the case going forward. Sweeteners come in both dry and liquid versions, supporting ongoing demand for both flexible and rigid packaging.

Flexible packaging consists primarily of pouches and bags, which are used for high volume applications such as granulated, powdered, and brown sugar. Stand-up pouches, in particular, have seen large demand gains since their introduction in the late 2000s, especially for use with organic sweeteners and sweetener alternatives.

Food Packaging

Plastic

Plastic packaging for sweeteners is comprised primarily of bottles, jars, pouches, pails, cups, and wrap. Demand for plastic sweetener packaging is forecast to grow 2.4% per year to $280 million in 2025.

Plastic is the leading material used in the packaging of sweeteners; it is expected to take further shares from other materials in every market category due to the variety of advantages it offers:

  • In addition to being more crush-resistant than paperboard, plastic packaging is transparent and allows consumers to see the sweetener within.
  • Higher-value plastic packaging can convey a premium image.
  • Compared to glass, plastic is shatter-resistant, more cost effective, and lighter.

Granulated sugar is the largest category for plastic packaging – primarily because it’s the largest market category overall – and is expected to post above average gains through 2025 as manufacturers replace composite cans and paper bags with plastic bottles and stand-up pouches.

Food Packaging

Confectioners’ & Brown Sugar

Confectioners’ sugar is finely powdered and used to make candies, icings, and as a topping for pastries. Brown sugar contains molasses, lending it its namesake color.

Packaging demand for confectioners’ and brown sugar is forecast to grow 1.9% per year to $33 million in 2025, supported by a rebound in the foodservice industry.

Pillow pouches are the largest packaging format for confectioners’ and brown sugar due to their low cost and light weight, but demand will be flat due to market maturity and completion from other packaging types.

Stand-up pouches are forecast to post above-average growth going forward thanks to the premium image they convey compared to folding cartons and pillow pouches.

Folding cartons are often used as secondary packaging for pouches of confectioners’ and brown sugar; they provide structural integrity and prevent puncturing and crushing.

Food Packaging

Pouches

Pouches used for sweetener packaging include plastic stand-up and pillow pouches for sugar and sugar substitutes, plastic side seal pouches for single-serving honey or syrup, and paper single-serve side-seal sugar packets.

Demand for pouches in sweetener packaging is forecast to grow 3.2% annually to 194 million in 2025 as manufactures continue to adopt them in favor of other formats. In general, pouches are better performing and lighter than bottles, cans, and canisters (which lowers the cost of raw materials and the environmental impact of transportation).

Stand-up pouches will continue to offer the best opportunities due to a number of advantages over competing packaging formats. Stand-up pouches are:

  • resealable, more convenient to use, and offer better barrier properties than paper bags
  • convey a more premium image compared to paper bags, making sugar appear as less of a commodity to consumers
  • provide product differentiation and shelf appeal compared to more traditional packaging

Pouches continue to be the primary form of packaging for sugar substitutes. Single-serve paper packets – usually packed in folding cartons – were historically the main form of packaging for alternative sweeteners, especially for the foodservice market; demand for these pouches will get a boost from rebounding foodservice activity. Expanding applications in the retail sector have driven growth for alternative sweeteners in larger stand-up pouches, a trend that was further boosted by an increase in at-home baking during the COVID pandemic.

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  1. Sweetener Packaging

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    1. 1 Executive Summary

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      1. Figure 1-1 | Sweetener Packaging Market

    2. 2 About This Report

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      1. 2.1 Report Details

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      2. 2.2 Study Scope & Product Description

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        1. Figure 2-1 | Sweetener Packaging: Product Examples

      3. 2.3 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

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        1. Table | Annual Sweetener Packaging Demand, 2019 - 2021

        2. Figure 2-2 | Annual Sweetener Packaging Demand, 2018 - 2022

    3. 3 Overview

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      1. 3.1 Historical Market Trends

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        1. Table | Sweetener Packaging Demand, 2010 - 2020

        2. Figure 3-1 | Sweetener Packaging Demand, 2000 - 2020

      2. 3.2 Demand by Packaging Format (Rigid vs Flexible)

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        1. Table | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Packaging Format, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 3-2 | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Packaging Format, 2010 - 2025

      3. 3.3 Materials Trends

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        1. 3.3.1 Demand by Material

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          1. Table | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025

          2. Figure 3-3 | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025

        2. 3.3.2 Plastic

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          1. Table | Plastic Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application & Product, 2010 - 2025

          2. Figure 3-4 | Plastic Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

        3. 3.3.3 Paper & Paperboard

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          1. Table | Paper & Paperboard Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application & Product, 2010 - 2025

          2. Figure 3-5 | Paper & Paperboard Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

        4. 3.3.4 Glass & Metal

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          1. Table | Glass & Metal Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

          2. Figure 3-6 | Glass & Metal Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

      4. 3.4 Factors Impacting Packaging Demand

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        1. 3.4.1 Sweetener Production Trends

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          1. Figure 3-7 | Sweetener US Shipments by Application, 2010 - 2025

        2. 3.4.2 Product Innovation & Sustainability Initiatives

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          1. Figure 3-8 | Sweetener Packaging: Sustainability Initiatives

    4. 4 Applications

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      1. 4.1 Demand by Application

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        1. Table | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 4-1 | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

      2. 4.2 Granulated Sugar

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        1. Table | Granulated Sugar Packaging Demand by Product & Material, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 4-2 | Granulated Sugar Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

      3. 4.3 Syrups & Honey

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        1. Table | Syrup & Honey Packaging Demand by Product, Material, &Application, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 4-3 | Syrup & Honey Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

      4. 4.4 Confectioners' & Brown Sugar

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        1. Table | Confectioners' & Brown Sugar Packaging Demand by Product & Material, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 4-4 | Confectioners' & Brown Sugar Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

      5. 4.5 Sugar Substitutes

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        1. Table | Sugar Substitute Packaging Demand by Product & Material, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 4-5 | Sugar Substitute Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

    5. 5 Packaging Products

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      1. 5.1 Demand by Product

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        1. Table | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

        2. Figure 5-1 | Sweetener Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 - 2025

      2. 5.2 Pouches

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        1. Figure 5-2 | Pouch Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Table | Sweetener Pouch Demand by Application & Type, 2010 - 2025

        3. Figure 5-3 | Sweetener Pouch Demand by Type, 2010 - 2025

      3. 5.3 Bottles & Jars

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        1. Figure 5-4 | Bottle & Jar Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Table | Sweetener Bottle & Jar Demand by Application & Material, 2010 - 2025

        3. Figure 5-5 | Sweetener Bottle & Jar Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

      4. 5.4 Bags & Sacks

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        1. Figure 5-6 | Bag & Sack Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Figure 5-7 | Sweetener Bag & Sack Demand, 2010 - 2025

      5. 5.5 Cans & Canisters

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        1. Figure 5-8 | Can & Canister Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Table | Sweetener Can & Canister Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025

        3. Figure 5-9 | Sweetener Can & Canister Demand by Material, 2010 - 2025

      6. 5.6 Boxes & Cartons

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        1. Figure 5-10 | Box & Carton Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Table | Sweetener Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

        3. Figure 5-11 | Sweetener Box & Carton Demand by Application, 2010 - 2025

      7. 5.7 Other Products

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        1. Figure 5-12 | Other Packaging for Sweeteners: Product Examples

        2. Figure 5-13 | Other Packaging Demand for Sweeteners by Application, 2010 - 2025

    6. 6 Key Suppliers & Industry Trends

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      1. 6.1 Industry Composition

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      2. 6.2 Leading Suppliers

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    7. 7 Appendix

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      1. 7.1 Scope

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        1. Table | Relevant Industry Codes

        2. Table | Relevant HS Codes

      2. 7.2 Definitions

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      3. 7.3 Freedonia Methodology

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      4. 7.4 Study-Specific Methodology

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      5. 7.5 Sources

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      6. 7.6 Associations & Agencies

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      7. 7.7 Related Studies & Reports

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      8. 7.8 Macroeconomic Assumptions

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        1. 7.8.1 Economic Environment

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          1. Table | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 – 2025

        2. 7.8.2 Demographics

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          1. Table | Population & Households, 2010 - 2025

        3. 7.8.3 Consumer Spending

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          1. Table | Personal Consumption Expenditures & Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025

        4. 7.8.4 Retail Sales

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          1. Table | Nondurable Goods Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025

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