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US Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible

  • February 2016
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  • Freedonia
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  • 391 pages

Study coverage

This report presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by market and product. The study also considers market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 32 US industry players.

Changing consumer behavior to drive demand

Demand for food containers in the US is projected to exceed $31 billion in 2020. Overall growth will be fairly modest, and generally in line with moderate growth in domestic food production. However, below this topline total, a variety of trends are reshaping the food container market, primarily shifting consumer preferences, both in terms of food products and the materials in which they are packaged. In addition, novel formats of packaging continue to emerge, such as clear plastic cans designed to directly compete with traditional metal cans, and squeezable spouted pouches for mayonnaise and sour cream.

Health foods, sustainability issues to be key factors

Food products perceived as healthful, such as yogurt and nuts, will register strong advances through 2020, boosting demand for related packaging like plastic tubs, cups, and jars, as well as pouches. Greater awareness of environmental and sustainability issues will shift the food packaging mix. Although nearly every key packaging type can make a legitimate case for its environmental suitability, sometimes consumer perceptions weigh more heavily into purchasing behavior than empirical data. For example, while rigid plastic, foam, and molded pulp egg containers all offer some environmental benefits, molded pulp is often seen as the “greenest” option of the three. Additionally, growth for food contai ners will be fueled by heightened demand for foods offering a combination of convenience, quality, and value, and thus the usage of value added packaging that provides enhanced freshness protection and convenience of use. Unit expansion will be aided by the growing popularity of single serving packaging, including plastic cups and pouches, in an expanding range of applications. Such packaging is particularly attractive to consumers seeking portable food options to be eaten in the car or at work.

Pouches, plastic containers to grow the fastest

Pouches and plastic containers will post above-average growth, the result of further supplantation of paperboard, metal, and glass containers. Plastic container gains will be driven by advantages of light weight, clarity, and shatter resistance, along with the increased presence of containers with enhanced barrier and heat resistance properties. Competition from flexible packaging such as pouches, which provide greater source reduction capability as well as reduced shipping costs, will moderate advances somewhat. Pouches will make further inroads into rigid packaging applications due to cost and performance advantages. The perception, especially among younger consumers, of stand-up pouches as a more contemporary packaging format than cans, bottles, and cartons will also propel gains.

Bag demand will rise more slowly due to maturity of many applications as well as competition from pouches. Among more mature segments, favorable graphics and the capability to improve microwave oven performance in certain uses will support continued demand for paperboard food containers. Despite unit stagnation, metal cans will remain an important segment of the food container mix due to their long shelf life and positioning as a means of controlling food expenditures. Prospects for glass containers will be aided by a premium image along with their use for natural and organic products, which occupy a larger share of the food landscape than they once did.


Table Of Contents

US Food Containers: Rigid and Flexible
Introduction
EXecutive Summary
1 Summary Table
MArket Environment
General
Macroeconomic Outlook
Demographic Trends
Consumer Income and Spending Trends
Retail Sales Outlook
Food Industry Overview
Consumer Preferences
Distribution Trends
Packaging Industry Overview
Paper
Plastic
Metal
Glass and Wood
Environmental and Regulatory Issues
Recycling
Degradable Materials
Bioplastics
International Activity and Foreign Trade

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Macroeconomic Indicators
2 Population and Households
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures
4 Retail Sales
5 Food Shipments
Cht Food Shipments, 2015
6 Packaging Supply and Demand
OVERVIEW
General
Container Demand
Container Pricing
Plastic
Paper and Paperboard
Metal
Glass
Raw Material Trends
Plastic Resins
Other Materials
LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:
1 Food Container Demand by Type
Cht Food Container Demand by Type, 2015
2 Food Container Pricing
POUCHES and BAGS
General
Pouches
Plastic
Paper
Bags and Sacks
Plastic
Paper
Producers
Markets
Market Share
LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:
1 Pouch and Bag Demand by Type
2 Pouch Demand by Type
3 Bag and Sack Demand by Type
4 Pouch and Bag Demand by Market
Cht Pouch and Bag Demand in Food
Applications by Market, 2015
Cht Food Pouch and Bag Market Share, 2015
PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINERS
General
Folding Cartons
Paper Tubs and Cups
Composite Cans
Gabletop Cartons
Molded Pulp Egg Cartons
Set-Up Boxes
Aseptic Cartons
Markets
Market Share

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Paperboard Food Container
Demand by Type
Cht Paperboard Food Container
Demand by Type, 2015
2 Folding Carton Demand by Market
3 Paper Tub and Cup Demand by Market
4 Composite Can Demand by Market
5 Gabletop Carton Demand by Market
6 Molded Pulp Egg Carton Demand
7 Set-Up Box Demand by Market
8 Aseptic Carton Demand by Market
9 Paperboard Food Container
Demand by Market
Cht Paperboard Food Container
Demand by Market, 2015
Cht Paperboard Food Container
Market Share, 2015
PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS
General
Plastic Tubs, Cups, and Bowls
Plastic Bottles
Plastic Jars
Plastic Egg Cartons
Plastic Cans
Other
Markets
Market Share

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Plastic Food Container Demand by Type
Cht Plastic Food Container
Demand by Type, 2015
2 Plastic Tub, Cup, and Bowl
Demand by Market
3 Plastic Food Bottle Demand by Market
4 Plastic Food Jar Demand by Market
5 Plastic Egg Carton Demand
6 Plastic Can Demand by Market
7 Other Plastic Food Container
Demand by Market
8 Plastic Food Container Demand by Market
Cht Plastic Food Container
Demand by Market, 2015
Cht Plastic Food Container
Market Share, 2015
METAL FOOD CONTAINERS
General
Steel and Bi-Metal Cans
Aluminum Cans
Aerosol Cans
Captive and Merchant Production
Markets
Market Share

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Metal Food Container Demand by Type
2 Steel and Bi-Metal Can Demand by Market
3 Aluminum Can Demand by Market
4 Aerosol Can Demand by Market
5 Metal Food Container Demand by Market
Cht Metal Food Container
Demand by Market, 2015
Cht Metal Food Container Market Share, 2015
GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS
General
Glass Jars
Glass Bottles
Markets
Market Share

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Glass Food Container Demand by Type
2 Glass Food Jar Demand by Market
Cht Glass Food Jar Demand by Market, 2015
3 Glass Food Bottle Demand by Market
4 Glass Food Container Demand by Market
Cht Glass Container Market Share, 2015
MARKETS
General
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit and Vegetable Outlook
Container Trends
Processed Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh Produce
Dairy Products
Dairy Product Outlook
Container Trends
Grain Products
Grain Products Outlook
Container Trends
Pet Food
Breakfast Cereal
Other Grain Products
Meat and Related Products
Meat and Related Products Outlook
Container Trends
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
Eggs
Baked Goods
Baked Goods Outlook
Container Trends
Sauces and Condiments
Sauce and Condiment Outlook
Container Trends
Snack Foods
Snack Food Outlook
Container Trends
Candy and Confections
Candy and Confection Outlook
Container Trends
Frozen Specialties
Frozen Specialties Outlook
Container Trends
Other Foods
Other Foods Outlook
Container Trends
Soups and Other Canned Specialties
Coffee and Tea
Fats and Oils
Baby Food
All Other

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 Food Container Demand by Market
Cht Food Container Demand by Market, 2015
2 Fruit and Vegetable Shipments
3 Fruit and Vegetable Container
Demand by Application
4 Processed Fruit and Vegetable Container
Demand by Material
5 Fresh Produce Container
Demand by Material
6 Dairy Product Shipments
7 Dairy Product Container
Demand by Material
8 Grain Product Shipments
9 Grain Product Container
Demand by Application
Cht Grain Product Container Demand
by Application, 2015
10 Pet Food Container Demand by Material
11 Breakfast Cereal Demand by Material
12 Other Grain Products Container
Demand by Material
13 Meat and Related Product Shipments
14 Meat and Related Product Container
Demand by Application
15 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Container
Demand by Material
16 Egg Carton Demand by Material
17 Baked Goods Shipments
18 Baked Goods Container
Demand by Material
19 Sauce and Condiment Shipments
20 Sauce and Condiment Container
Demand by Material
21 Snack Food Shipments
22 Snack Food Container Demand by Material
23 Candy and Confection Shipments
24 Candy and Confection Demand by Material
25 Frozen Specialties Shipments
26 Frozen Specialties Container
Demand by Material
27 Other Food Shipments
28 Other Food Container
Demand by Application
Cht Other Food Container Demand
by Application, 2015
29 Soup and Canned Specialty Container
Demand by Material
30 Coffee and Tea Container
Demand by Material
31 Fats and Oils Container Demand by Material
32 Baby Food Container Demand by Material
33 All Other Food Container
Demand by Material
INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
General
Market Share
Industry Restructuring
Product Manufacturing and Development
Marketing Strategies
Distribution
Competitive Strategies
Cooperative Agreements

LIST OF TABLES and CHARTS:

1 US Food Container Sales by Company
Cht US Food Container Market Share, 2015
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements
Company Profiles

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