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US Converted Flexible Packaging Market

  • October 2015
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  • Freedonia
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  • 481 pages

Study coverage

The study presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts (2019 and 2024) by material, product and market. The study also considers market environment factors, examines industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles over 35 US industry players, including Bemis, Berry Plastics, and Coveris.

US demand to exceed $20 billion in 2019

Demand for converted flexible packaging in the US is forecast to exceed $20 billion in 2019. The market will benefit from the inherent cost and performance advantages of lightweight bags and pouches. Further market penetration will be influenced by the incorporation of features aimed at enhancing the overall consumer experience, leading to higher retail volumes. Gains will also be driven by the need for value added barrier materials for enhanced product protection. Converted flexible packaging’s source reduction, space savings, and lower production and shipping costs will be increasingly advantageous in light of the growing importance among major retailers and packaged goods firms of supply chain sustainability as a competitive advantage.

Pouches to outpace bags

Growth for pouches will outpace the converted flexible average and will be fueled by continued opportunities for stand-up pouches stemming from function, sustainability, and marketing advantages over alternative packaging media. Also supporting gains will be the visual appeal of stand-up pouches on store shelves due to their large front-panel billboard spaces and the perception of pouches as a more contemporary packaging format than traditional container types, such as cans, bottles, and cartons. Newer constructions will provide expanded opportunities with heavier weight contents.

Bag demand will increase more slowly than that for pouches due to the presence of mature markets and competition from pouches and rigid formats such as clamshells and blister packs. Above average prospects will exist in pharmaceutical and medical products, where advancements in sealing and protection, as well as strong handling capabilities, are driving gains. Beverage applications will experience solid gains due to the growing popularity of 1.5- and 3-liter sizes of bag-in-box packaging for higher quality wines.
In the pet food market, woven polypropylene (WPP) bags will capture a rising share of bulk and other larger-sized packages based on their relatively low cost, high strength, and good performance with dry pet foods. Despite strong competition from stand-up pouches and WPP bags, multiwall paper bags will remain the largest material type for pet food bags. The addition of more complex closure mechanisms on bags will extend value to bags and spur sales.

Table Of Contents

US Converted Flexible Packaging Market
INTRODUCTION xiii
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic and Household Trends 9
Consumer Income and Spending 13
Food and Beverage Industry Overview 16
Consumer Preferences 20
Distribution Trends 22
Retail Sales Outlook 24
Packaging Trends 28
Paper 30
Plastic 31
Metal 32
Glass and Wood 33
Performance 34
Aesthetics 35
Competitive Packaging 36
Pricing Trends 38
Technological Developments 42
Environmental and Regulatory Factors 46
International Outlook 50
III. MATERIALS 54
General 54
Plastic Film 57
Polyethylene Film 60
Polypropylene Film 77
Polyester Film 89
Polyvinyl Chloride Film 96
Nylon Film 102
Polystyrene Film 105
Polyvinylidene Chloride Film 108
Biopolymer Films 110
Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Film 116
Other Films 120
Paper 122
Kraft and Sulfite 123
Glassine and Greaseproof 133
Oiled and Waxed 138
Aluminum Foil 141
IV. PRODUCT and MARKET OVERVIEW 147
General 147
Bags 152
Pouches 156
Wraps and Other 160
V. FOOD PACKAGING 163
General 163
Meat and Related Products 167
Meat and Related Products Outlook 168
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 170
Materials 176
Baked Goods 181
Baked Goods Outlook 182
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 183
Materials 187
Snack Food 190
Snack Food Outlook 191
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 193
Materials 196
Produce 200
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Outlook 201
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 203
Materials 207
Candy and Confections 211
Candy and Confections Outlook 212
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 213
Materials 217
Pet Food 221
Pet Food Product Outlook 222
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 223
Materials 229
Frozen Food 232
Frozen Food Outlook 232
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 234
Materials 238
Dairy Products 241
Dairy Products Outlook 242
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 244
Materials 249
Beverages 252
Beverage Products Outlook 252
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 255
Materials 260
Grain Mill Products 261
Grain Mill Products Outlook 261
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 263
Materials 265
Other Foods 267
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 268
Materials 272
VI. NONFOOD PACKAGING 275
General 275
Pharmaceuticals 277
Pharmaceuticals Industry Outlook 278
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 281
Materials 286
Medical Products 290
Medical Products Outlook 290
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 293
Materials 298
Agricultural and Horticultural Products 302
Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Outlook 302
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 305
Materials 309
Chemicals 311
Chemical Products Outlook 311
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 314
Materials 319
Paper and Textile Products 320
Paper and Textile Products Outlook 321
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 324
Materials 328
Rack and Counter 331
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 332
Materials 333
Other Nonfood Markets 335
Converted Flexible Packaging Demand 336
Materials 339
VII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 342
General 342
Market Share 345
Acquisitions and Divestitures 353
Marketing Strategies 357
Channels of Distribution 359
Research and Development 360
Competitive Strategies 363
Cooperative Agreements 365
Company Profiles 369
Amcor Limited 370
American Packaging Corporation 374
Ampac Packaging LLC 376
Bancroft Bag Incorporated 380
Bemis Company Incorporated 382
Berry Plastics Corporation 387
Bryce Corporation 389
Clear Lam Packaging Incorporated 391
Coating Excellence International LLC 394
Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH 395
Coveris Holdings SA 399
Cryovac, see Sealed Air
Derprosa Film SL, see Taghleef Industries
Dow Chemical Company 402
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 405
Expera Specialty Solutions LLC 408
FlexSol Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group
Graphic Packaging Holding Company 410
Honeywell International Incorporated 412
Hood Companies 414
Innovia Films Limited 417
InterFlex Group Incorporated 421
ISO Poly Films, see Sigma Plastics Group
Jindal Poly Films Limited 423
Kuraray Company Limited 425
Liqui-Box Corporation 427
LLFLEX LLC 429
McNeely Plastics Products, see Sigma Plastics Group
Mercury Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation 432
Mondi Group 434
Monosol, see Kuraray
Next Generation Films Incorporated 440
Novolex 442
Omega Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Oracle Packaging, see LLFLEX
Poly Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Printpack Incorporated 444
Prolamina Corporation 447
Republic Bag, see Sigma Plastics Group
Santa Fe Packaging, see Sigma Plastics Group
Scholle Corporation 449
Sealed Air Corporation 451
Shields Bag and Printing Company 454
Sigma Plastics Group 455
Sonoco Products Company 460
Southern Film Extruders, see Sigma Plastics Group
Taghleef Industries LLC 462
Tara Plastics, see Sigma Plastics Group
Toray Industries Incorporated 465
Tredegar Corporation 467
Wihuri Oy 470
Winpak, see Wihuri
Wisconsin Film and Bag, see Novolex
Additional Companies in Converted Flexible Packaging 473

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 16
4 Food and Beverage Shipments 19
5 Retail Sales 27
6 Packaging Supply and Demand 30
7 Selected Raw Material Prices 42
SECTION III -- MATERIALS
1 Converted Flexible Packaging Material Demand by Type 56
2 Plastic Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging by Resin 59
3 Polyethylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Type and Market 64
4 Polyethylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging by Type and Market 65
5 Polyethylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Nonfood
Packaging by Type and Market 76
6 Polypropylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Type and Market 81
7 Polypropylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging 86
8 Polypropylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Nonfood
Packaging 89
9 Polyester Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Market 91
10 Polyester Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food Packaging 94
11 Polyester Film Demand in Converted Flexible Nonfood
Packaging 96
12 Polyvinyl Chloride Film Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 98
13 Polyvinyl Chloride Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging 99
14 Polyvinyl Chloride Film Demand in Converted Flexible
Nonfood Packaging 101
15 Nylon Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Market 105
16 Polystyrene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Market 107
17 Polyvinylidene Chloride Film Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 110
18 Biopolymer Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Type and Market 116
19 Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Film Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 119
20 Other Plastic Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Market 121
21 Paper Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging by Type
and Market 123
22 Kraft and Sulfite Paper Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 126
23 Kraft and Sulfite Paper Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging 130
24 Kraft and Sulfite Paper Demand in Converted Flexible Nonfood
Packaging 132
25 Glassine and Greaseproof Paper Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 135
26 Glassine and Greaseproof Paper Demand in Converted Flexible
Food Packaging 137
27 Glassine and Greaseproof Paper Demand in Converted Flexible
Nonfood Packaging 138
28 Oiled and Waxed Paper Demand in Converted Flexible
Packaging by Market 141
29 Aluminum Foil Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Market 144
SECTION IV -- PRODUCT and MARKET OVERVIEW
1 Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Type and Market 151
2 Bag Demand by Market 156
3 Pouch Demand by Market 160
4 Wraps and Other Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Market 162
SECTION V -- FOOD PACKAGING
1 Food Packaging Markets for Converted Flexible Packaging 166
2 Meat and Related Products Consumption 170
3 Meat and Related Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Type 176
4 Meat and Related Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Material 181
5 Baked Goods Shipments 183
6 Baked Goods: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 186
7 Baked Goods: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 190
8 Snack Food Shipments 193
9 Snack Food: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 196
10 Snack Food: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 200
11 Fresh Produce Consumption 203
12 Produce: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Type 207
13 Produce: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Material 211
14 Candy and Confection Shipments 213
15 Candy and Confections: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Type 217
16 Candy and Confections: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Material 221
17 Pet Food Shipments 223
18 Pet Food Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 228
19 Pet Food Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 231
21 Frozen Food: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 238
22 Frozen Food: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 241
23 Dairy Product Shipments 244
24 Dairy Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 249
25 Dairy Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 251
26 Beverage Shipments 254
27 Beverages: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Type 259
28 Beverages: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Material 261
29 Grain Mill Shipments 263
30 Grain Mill Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 265
31 Grain Mill Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 267
32 Other Foods: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 272
33 Other Foods: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 274
SECTION VI -- NONFOOD PACKAGING
1 Nonfood Packaging Markets for Converted Flexible Packaging 276
2 Pharmaceutical Supply and Demand 281
3 Pharmaceuticals: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 286
4 Pharmaceuticals: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 289
5 Medical Product Shipments 293
6 Medical Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 298
7 Medical Products: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 301
8 Selected Agricultural and Horticultural Indicators 305
9 Agricultural and Horticultural Products: Converted Flexible
Packaging Demand by Type 309
10 Agricultural and Horticultural Products: Converted Flexible
Packaging Demand by Material 311
11 Chemical Product Shipments 314
12 Chemicals: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Type 318
13 Chemicals: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Material 320
14 Paper and Textile Shipments 324
15 Paper and Textile Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Type 328
16 Paper and Textile Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Material 331
17 Rack and Counter: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Type 333
18 Rack and Counter: Converted Flexible Packaging Demand
by Material 335
19 Other Nonfood Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Type and Application 339
20 Other Nonfood Products: Converted Flexible Packaging
Demand by Material 341
SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Converted Flexible Packaging Sales by Company, 2014 344
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 356
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 367

LIST OF CHARTS

1 Converted Flexible Packaging Material Demand by Type, 2014 57
2 Plastic Film Demand in Converted Flexible Packaging
by Resin, 2014 60
3 Polyethylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging by Market, 2014 66
4 Polyethylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Nonfood
Packaging by Market, 2014 77
5 Polypropylene Film Demand in Converted Flexible Food
Packaging, 2014 87
SECTION IV -- PRODUCT and MARKET OVERVIEW
1 Converted Flexible Packaging Demand by Type, 2014 152
SECTION V -- FOOD PACKAGING
1 Food Packaging Markets for Converted Flexible
Packaging, 2014 167
SECTION VI -- NONFOOD PACKAGING
1 Nonfood Packaging Markets for Converted Flexible
Packaging, 2014 277
SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Converted Flexible Packaging Market Share, 2014 346

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