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US Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible Market

  • April 2013
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US demand to approach $28 billion in 2017

Food container demand in the US is expected to approach $28 billion in 2017.

Advances will be driven by population and disposable income growth; consumer demand for foods offering a combination of convenience, quality, and value; and trends toward using 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, such as plastic cups and pouches, in an expanding range of applications. Such formats are increasingly chosen to meet consumer demand for food products offering convenience and portability.

Plastic containers and bags & pouches to see above average value growth

Plastic containers, and bags and pouches will experience the fastest growth among food container types, continuing to supplant paperboard, metal, and glass containers. Advances for plastic containers will be driven by advantages over glass, metal, and paperboard alternatives, along with processing improvements resulting in enhanced barrier and heat resistance properties. Additionally, while oil price increases will be more moderate than in the 2002-2012 period, faster price increases are expected for plastic food containers than for other food container materials, which will provide further momentum for plastic food containers.

Above average value growth for bags and pouches will be the result of cost and performance advantages that will enable continued inroads into rigid packaging applications. Moreover, inherent environmentally friendly characteristics of bags and pouches -- such as reduced material requirements and shipping costs compared to rigid containers -- will be key advantages, especially in light of the increasing prominence of sustainability factors in purchasing decisions by major retailers. A further factor that will propel gains for pouches, especially stand-up types, is the perception, especially among younger consumers, of pouches as a more contemporary packaging format than traditional container types, such as cans, bottles, and cartons.

Paperboard containers to lead gains among other types

Despite the maturity of a number of applications, prospects for paperboard containers will be helped by favorable graphics and sustainability qualities; enhancements such as higher wet strength and moisture resistance; and the capability to improve microwave oven performance in certain uses. Growth for aseptic cartons will significantly outpace that of other paperboard food containers as a result of expanding applications, often at the expense of metal cans and other rigid and flexible containers.

Continued unit declines are expected for metal cans due to market maturity, supplantation by alternative container types, and competition from fresh and frozen food alternatives. Nonetheless, cans will remain a sizeable and important segment of the food container mix based on their long shelf life, efficiency of production, economic advantages of canned items in controlling food expenditures, and ongoing demand for a number of canned items as cooking staples.

Glass container unit demand will continue to decline as a result of further inroads by plastic containers and pouches in traditional glass markets. Nonetheless, glass’ premium image and excellent barrier properties will support continued use in certain markets.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible, is available for $5300. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007, 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by type and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 33 US industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

US Food Containers: Rigid and Flexible Market
TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 8
Consumer Income and Spending Trends 12
Retail Sales Outlook 15
Food Industry Overview 19
Consumer Preferences 22
Distribution Trends 24
Packaging Industry Overview 27
Paper 29
Plastic 30
Metal 31
Glass and Wood 32
Competitive Packaging Forms and Materials 32
Pricing Trends 34
Plastic 38
Bags and Pouches 39
Paperboard 41
Metal 42
Glass 43
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 44
Recycling 46
Degradable Materials 50
Non-Biodegradable Bioplastics 51
International Activity and Foreign Trade 53

III. FOOD CONTAINER MARKETS 56

General 56
Fruits and Vegetables 59
Fruit and Vegetable Outlook 59
Container Trends 61
Processed Fruits and Vegetables 62
Fresh Produce 66
Dairy Products 70
Dairy Product Outlook 70
Container Trends 73
Rigid Containers 74
Bags and Pouches 77
Grain Mill Products 78
Grain Mill Product Outlook 79
Container Trends 81
Pet Food 81
Rigid Containers 83
Bags and Pouches 85
Other Grain Mill Products 87
Meat and Related Products 90
Meat and Related Product Outlook 91
Container Trends 93
Meat, Poultry, and Seafood 94
Bags and Pouches 95
Rigid Containers 98
Egg Cartons 100
Baked Goods 103
Baked Goods Outlook 104
Container Trends 105
Sauces and Condiments 109
Sauce and Condiment Outlook 110
Container Trends 111
Rigid Containers 112
Bags and Pouches 115
Snack Foods 117
Snack Food Outlook 117
Container Trends 119
Candy and Confections 123
Candy and Confection Outlook 124
Container Trends 125
Bags and Pouches 127
Rigid Containers 128
Frozen Specialties 130
Frozen Specialties Outlook 131
Container Trends 133
Other Foods 137
Other Foods Outlook 138
Container Trends 140
Soups and Canned Specialties 141
Coffee and Tea 145
Rigid Containers 147
Bags and Pouches 150
Fats and Oils 151
Baby Food 153
All Other Food 156

IV. CONTAINER OVERVIEW 162

General 162
Container Demand 164

V. BAGS and POUCHES 169

General 169
Product Types 171
Plastic Bags and Pouches 173
Pouches 175
Definition 176
Applications 178
Producers 183
Bags and Sacks 185
Applications 185
Producers 187
Paper Bags and Pouches 189
Applications 192
Producers 194
Markets 196
Market Share 207

VI. PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINERS 210

General 210
Paperboard Boxes and Cartons 212
Folding Cartons 214
Applications 216
Producers 220
Other Boxes and Cartons 221
Gabletop Cartons 222
Set-Up Boxes 224
Aseptic Cartons 225
Other Paperboard Containers 228
Nonfolding Sanitary Containers 230
Composite Cans 233
Molded Pulp Egg Cartons 237
Markets 239
Market Share 247

VII. PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS 249

General 249
Plastic Tubs, Cups, and Bowls 252
Resins 256
Producers 259
Plastic Bottles and Jars 261
Bottles 263
Jars 266
Resins 269
Producers 270
Plastic Egg Cartons 272
Other Plastic Food Containers 274
Cans 276
Squeeze Tubes and All Other 278
Markets 280
Resins 290
High Density Polyethylene 292
Polyethylene Terephthalate 293
Polypropylene 295
Polystyrene 297
Other 297
Market Share 299

VIII. METAL FOOD CONTAINERS 302

General 302
Container Types and Materials 305
Steel and Bi-Metal Cans 307
Aluminum Cans 308
Aerosol Cans 309
Captive and Merchant Production 311
Markets 314
Market Share 320

IX. GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS 322

General 322
Competitive Factors 325
Glass Jars 327
Glass Bottles 332
Market Share 334

X. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 336

General 336
Market Share 340
Acquisitions and Divestitures 349
Product Manufacturing and Development 354
Marketing Strategies 357
Channels of Distribution 359
Competitive Strategies 360
Cooperative Agreements 362
Company Profiles 365
Amcor Limited 366
American Packaging Corporation 369
Ampac Packaging LLC 370
Anchor Glass Container, see Ardagh Group
Ardagh Group SA 372
BagcraftPapercon, see Packaging Dynamics
Ball Corporation 375
Bemis Company Incorporated 376
Berry Plastics Corporation 380
Caraustar Industries Incorporated 384
Consolidated Container Company LLC 385
Constar International LLC 386
Crown Holdings Incorporated 388
Cryovac, see Sealed Air
Curwood, see Bemis
Dolco Packaging, see Tekni-Plex
Evergreen Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Exopack Holding Corporation 390
GMI Group, see Rock-Tenn
Graham Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Graphic Packaging Holding Company 393
Groupe de Luxe, see Packaging Dynamics
Grupo Phoenix 397
Hood Companies 398
Huhtamaki Oyj 400
International Tray Pads and Packaging, see Reynolds
Group Holdings
Interplast Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Leone Industries, see Ardagh Group
LINPAC Packaging Filmco, see Berry Plastics
MeadWestvaco Corporation 403
Mid South Packaging, see Rock-Tenn
Milprint, see Bemis
Owens-Illinois Group Incorporated 405
Packaging Dynamics Corporation 406
Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings
PaperWorks Industries Incorporated 408
Phoenix Packaging Operations, see Grupo Phoenix
Plastipak Holdings Incorporated 410
Polytainers Incorporated 412
Printpack Incorporated 413
Rexam SBC, see Berry Plastics
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 415
Ring Companies 421
Rock-Tenn Company 422
RTS Packaging, see Rock-Tenn and Sonoco Products
Saint-Gobain 426
Sealed Air Corporation 428
SIG Combibloc Group, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Silgan Holdings Incorporated 431
Smurfit-Stone Container, see Rock-Tenn
Sonoco Products Company 434
Tekni-Plex Incorporated 437
Tetra Laval International SA 438
Tetra Pak, see Tetra Laval International
Thilmany Papers, see Packaging Dynamics
Verallia North America, see Saint-Gobain
Wihuri Oy 440
Winpak, see Wihuri
Additional Companies in the Food Container Industry 443



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 15
4 Retail Sales 18
5 Food Shipments 21
6 Packaging Supply and Demand 29
7 Food Container Prices 38

SECTION III -- FOOD CONTAINER MARKETS

1 Food Container Demand by Market 58
2 Fruit and Vegetable Shipments 61
3 Fruit and Vegetable Container Demand by Application 62
4 Processed Fruit and Vegetable Container Demand by Material and Type 66
5 Fresh Produce Container Demand by Material and Type 69
6 Dairy Product Shipments 72
7 Dairy Product Container Demand by Material 74
8 Grain Mill Product Shipments 80
9 Grain Mill Product Container Demand by Application 81
10 Pet Food Container Demand by Material 83
11 Other Grain Mill Product Container Demand by Material 90
12 Meat and Related Product Shipments 93
13 Meat and Related Product Container Demand by Application 94
14 Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Container Demand by Material 95
15 Egg Carton Demand by Material 103
16 Baked Goods Shipments 105
17 Baked Goods Container Demand by Material 109
18 Sauce and Condiment Shipments 111
19 Sauce and Condiment Container Demand by Material 112
20 Snack Food Shipments 119
21 Snack Food Container Demand by Material 123
22 Candy and Confection Shipments 125
23 Candy and Confection Container Demand by Material 126
24 Frozen Specialties Shipments 132
25 Frozen Specialties Container Demand by Material 137
26 Other Food Shipments 140
27 Other Food Container Demand by Market 141
28 Soups and Canned Specialties Container Demand by Material 145
29 Coffee and Tea Container Demand by Material 147
30 Fats and Oils Container Demand by Material 153
31 Baby Food Container Demand by Material 156
32 All Other Food Container Demand by Material 161

SECTION IV -- CONTAINER OVERVIEW

1 Food Container Demand by Type 167

SECTION V -- BAGS and POUCHES

1 Bag and Pouch Demand in Food Applications by Material and Type 171
2 Plastic Bag and Pouch Demand in Food Applications by Type 174
3 Paper Bag and Pouch Demand in Food Applications by Type 192
4 Bag and Pouch Demand in Food Applications by Market 198

SECTION VI -- PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Paperboard Food Container Demand by Type 212
2 Paperboard Box and Carton Demand in Food Applications by Type 214
3 Folding Carton Demand in Food Applications 216
4 Other Box and Carton Demand in Food Applications by Type 221
5 Gabletop Carton Demand in Food Applications 223
6 Set-Up Box Demand in Food Applications 225
7 Aseptic Carton Demand in Food Applications 228
8 Other Paperboard Food Container Demand by Type 229
9 Nonfolding Sanitary Food Container Demand 233
10 Composite Can Demand in Food Applications 237
11 Molded Pulp Egg Carton Demand 239
12 Paperboard Food Container Demand by Market 241

SECTION VII -- PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Plastic Food Container Demand by Type 251
2 Plastic Tub, Cup, and Bowl Demand in Food Applications 255
3 Plastic Food Bottle and Jar Demand 262
4 Plastic Food Bottle Demand 265
5 Plastic Food Jar Demand 268
6 Plastic Egg Carton Demand 274
7 Other Plastic Food Container Demand by Type and Resin 275
8 Plastic Container Demand by Market 281
9 Plastic Food Container Demand by Resin 291

SECTION VIII -- METAL FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Metal Food Container Demand by Type 305
2 Metal Food Container Demand by Source of Production 314
3 Metal Food Container Demand by Market 315

SECTION IX -- GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Glass Food Container Demand by Type 325
2 Glass Food Jar Demand by Market 331
3 Glass Food Bottle Demand by Market 334

SECTION X -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Food Container Sales by Company, 2012 338
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 352
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 364



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Food Shipments, 2012 22

SECTION III -- FOOD CONTAINER MARKETS

1 Food Container Demand by Market, 2012 58

SECTION IV -- CONTAINER OVERVIEW

1 Food Container Demand by Type, 2012: Value and Units 168

SECTION V -- BAGS and POUCHES

1 Bag and Pouch Demand in Food Applications by Market, 2012 199
2 Food Bag and Pouch Market Share, 2012 209

SECTION VI -- PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Other Paperboard Food Container Demand by Type, 2012 230
2 Paperboard Food Container Demand by Market, 2012 242
3 Paperboard Food Container Market Share, 2012 248

SECTION VII -- PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Plastic Food Container Demand by Type, 2012 252
2 Plastic Tub, Cup, and Bowl Demand by Resin, 2012 256
3 Plastic Food Bottle Demand by Resin, 2012 266
4 Plastic Food Jar Demand by Resin, 2012 269
5 Plastic Food Container Demand by Market, 2012 282
6 Plastic Food Container Demand by Resin, 2012 292
7 Plastic Food Container Market Share, 2012 301

SECTION VIII -- METAL FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Metal Food Container Demand by Market, 2012 316
2 Metal Food Container Market Share, 2012 321

SECTION IX -- GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS

1 Glass Food Jar Demand by Market, 2012 332
2 Glass Container Market Share, 2012 335

SECTION X -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Food Container Market Share, 2012 343

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