by Corinne Gangloff
January 27, 2022
Rising use of paper, bioplastics, molded fibers, and other higher value sustainable materials over traditional virgin plastics is projected to boost growth in the $1.3 billion US market for clamshell packaging in retail food applications through 2025, finds a new Freedonia Group analysis:
While paperboard and molded pulp products have been available for some time, performance drawbacks have limited greater use in the clamshell food packaging market. That’s a major reason that molded sugarcane – also known as bagasse – is increasingly being championed as a potentially more viable sustainable alternative to rigid plastic packaging, including clamshells:
While demand for molded sugarcane and other materials is expected to surge and gain market share from plastic through 2025, growth will be from a negligible base, and plastic will continue to dominate for the foreseeable future. Additionally, to boost their competitiveness in a changing market, many suppliers of plastic clamshells are increasing their focus on sustainability. For example:
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Clamshells in Retail Food Packaging, now available from The Freedonia Group, provides historical data (2010, 2015, and 2020) and forecasts for 2025 and 2030 for demand for retail food clamshell packaging by market in current dollars.
This study only covers retail usage of clamshell packaging. Clamshells used for foodservice, such as those used in fast-food and other restaurant takeout applications, are not included. Furthermore, only clamshells for packaged food are included; clamshells used for self-serve applications in retail locations are excluded from this study.
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