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US Cups & Lids Market

  • July 2014
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  • Freedonia
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  • 322 pages

US cup & lid demand toreach $10 billion in 2018

US demand for cups and lids is projectedto reach $10.0 billion in 2018, withgrowth driven by above average gains forfood packaging cups and an improvedoutlook for foodservice revenue growthrelative to the 2008-2013 period. Inparticular, cup and lid demand will bepropelled by the important role ofbeverages in restaurants and stores asrevenue generators, along with thegrowing focus on specialty beveragesamong foodservice operators as a meansof offsetting declining consumption ofcarbonated soft drinks.

Packaging cups to befastest growing products

While drinking cups will continue todominate, the fastest gains are anticipatedin the packaging cup segment due tofavorable consumption trends in anumber of applications, along withadvantages of convenience, portability,and portion control. The growing patternof snacking in place of traditional mealsand a widening definition of snack foodswill be advantageous for single portionpackaging formats such as cups.Among drinking cup materials, papercups will experience the fastest growth,reflecting a shift in the competitivelandscape stemming from environmentalconcerns about foam cups, growingrestrictions on polystyrene foam disposables,increasing pressure from environmentalgroups, and switches from foamto paper cups by McDonald’s and otherhigh volume foodservice providers.Recent and/or planned major expansionsin paper cup capacity are being undertakenby key suppliers to meet the expectedupswing in US foodservice papercup demand. In addition, plastic cups willcapture some share of hot drink applicationsas a result of the commercializationof recyclable insulated plastic cups.

Lid demand to outpace cups

Lid demand growth will outpace that ofcups, fueled by expanding carryout foodand beverage sales from restaurants andretail stores, an increasing percentage ofdrinking cups utilizing lids, heighteneddemand for costlier specialty lids, andhealthy increases for single servingpackaging cups, all of which have sometype of lid or flexible lidding. Growth inthe level of drinking cups with lids willreflect an increasing volume of beveragespurchased for offsite consumption,consumer tendencies to drink beverageson the go (e.g., in cars), and a growingfocus on coffee in quick service restaurants,coffee and snack shops, andconvenience stores.

Foodservice to remaindominant market

The foodservice market, which represented67 percent of demand in 2013,will remain by far the largest cup and lidmarket. Among trends driving growth forcups and lids are the increased focus onspecialty beverage offerings in quickservice and other restaurants, the growingpresence of innovative fountain drinkdispensers that enable custom flavor combinations,and the popularity of menuitems that use cups, such as ice cream,frozen yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit cups.Solid gains in the food and beveragepackaging market will be driven byfavorable consumption trends for variousproducts commonly packaged in cups,such as yogurt, and coffee and tea forsingle cup brewing systems. In addition,the growing prominence of snacks asalternatives to meals and rising interest inhealthy foods and snack options willsupport heightened demand in a varietyof applications that can be packaged in asmall sized format such as a cup.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study,Cups & Lids, is priced at $5300. Itpresents historical demand data for 2003,2008 and 2013, plus forecasts for 2018and 2023 by product and market. Thestudy also considers market environmentfactors, evaluates company market shareand profiles 35 US industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

US Cups and Lids Market

General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic and Household Trends 9
Consumer Income and Spending 13
Retail Sales Trends 16
Food Consumption Trends 20
Packaging Overview 25
Raw Material Trends 28
Plastic 31
Polystyrene 32
Polypropylene 34
Polyethylene 35
Other Plastics 36
Paperboard 38
Metal, Foil, and Other 40
Pricing Trends 41
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 46
Recycling 50
Compostable Materials 54
International Activity and Foreign Trade 56
General 61
Cups 64
Drinking Cups 67
Paper Cups 73
Plastic Cups 80
Foam Cups 88
Packaging Cups 93
Materials 95
Producers 97
Food Cups 98
Portion Cups 102
Other Cups 106
Lids 108
Types 111
Drinking Cup Lids 111
Flexible Lids 118
Other Lids 121
Materials 123
Plastic Lids 124
Other Lids 125
General 128
Foodservice 131
Foodservice Industry Outlook 131
Cup and Lid Demand 136
Establishments 139
Quick Service Restaurants 140
Coffee and Snack Shops 143
Other Establishments 146
Applications 150
Hot Beverages 153
Soft Drinks 157
Other Applications 160
Food and Beverage Packaging 163
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Outlook 164
Cup and Lid Demand 167
Dairy Products 171
Yogurt 173
Coffee Creamers 178
Pudding 180
Other Dairy Products 181
Specialty Processed Foods 185
Coffee and Tea 189
Fruits and Vegetables 193
Dry Food 196
Other Food and Beverage 199
Sauces and Dressings 201
Pet Food 202
Gelatin and Other Desserts 203
Candy and Snacks 204
All Other 205
Retail and Other 207
General 212
Market Share 216
Acquisitions and Divestitures 224
Competitive Strategies 228
Research and Development 230
Low Cost Manufacturing 234
Manufacturing 234
Marketing and Distribution 237
Cooperative Agreements 239
Company Profiles 242
Airlite Plastics Company 243
Amscan, see Party City Holdco
Bemis Company Incorporated 244
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 246
Berry Plastics Corporation 247
Charter NEX Films Incorporated 251
Churchill Container, see Koller Enterprises
Clondalkin Group Holdings BV 252
Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH 253
Crocker (HS) Company Incorporated 255
Curwood, see Bemis
DandW Fine Pack LLC 256
Dart Container Corporation 257
Eco-Products, see Waddington Group
Evergreen Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Fabri-Kal Corporation 264
Genpak, see Pattison (Jim) Group
Georgia-Pacific, see Koch Industries
Greiner Holding AG 266
Grupo Phoenix 268
Heinz (HJ), see Berkshire Hathaway
Huhtamaki Oyj 270
Inline Plastics Corporation 272
International Paper Company 274
Koch Industries Incorporated 276
Koller Enterprises Incorporated 279
Letica Corporation 280
Master Containers, see Reynolds Group Holdings
MicroGREEN Polymers Incorporated 281
Mullinix Packages Incorporated 283
New WinCup Holdings Incorporated 285
Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings
Par-Pak, see Waddington Group
Party City Holdco Incorporated 288
Pattison (Jim) Group 290
Polytainers Incorporated 292
Printpack Incorporated 293
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 295
RPC Group plc 299
Seda International Packaging Group SpA 302
Silgan Holdings Incorporated 303
Solo Cup, see Dart Container
Sonoco Products Company 304
Spirit Foodservice Products, see Reynolds Group
StyroChem International, see New WinCup Holdings
Toray Industries Incorporated 306
Waddington Group Incorporated 308
Whirley Industries Incorporated 313
Wihuri Oy 314
Winpak, see Wihuri
Additional Companies in the Cup and Lid Industry 317


Summary Table 3
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 16
4 Retail Sales 20
5 Consumer Food and Beverage Indicators 25
6 Packaging Supply and Demand 28
7 Raw Material Demand in Cups and Lids 30
8 Cup and Lid Pricing 46
1 Cup and Lid Demand by Type 63
2 Cup Demand by Type, Material, and Market 66
3 Drinking Cup Demand by Material and Market 71
4 Paper Drinking Cup Demand by Type and Market 75
5 Plastic Drinking Cup Demand by Market 83
6 Foam Drinking Cup Demand by Type and Market 92
7 Packaging Cup Demand by Material 95
8 Food Cup Demand by Material 102
9 Portion Cup Demand by Material 106
10 Other Cup Demand 108
11 Lid Demand by Type and Market 110
12 Drinking Cup Lid Demand by Type 115
13 Flexible Lid Demand by Material 121
14 Other Lid Demand by Material 123
15 Lid Demand by Material 124
1 Cup and Lid Demand by Market 130
2 Foodservice Establishments and Revenues 136
3 Foodservice Cup and Lid Demand by Establishment 138
4 Quick Service Restaurant Cup and Lid Demand 143
5 Coffee and Snack Shop Cup and Lid Demand 146
6 Other Foodservice Establishment Cup and Lid Demand 150
7 Foodservice Cup and Lid Demand by Application 152
8 Hot Beverage Cup and Lid Demand 157
9 Carbonated Soft Drink Cup and Lid Demand 160
10 Other Foodservice Cup and Lid Demand 163
11 Food and Beverage Shipments 167
12 Food and Beverage Packaging Cup and Lid Demand 170
13 Dairy Product Cup and Lid Demand 172
14 Yogurt Cup and Lid Demand 178
15 Coffee Creamer Cup and Lid Demand 179
16 Pudding Cup and Lid Demand 181
17 Other Dairy Product Cup and Lid Demand 185
18 Specialty Processed Food Cup and Lid Demand by Application
and Type 189
19 Coffee and Tea Cup and Lid Demand 192
20 Fruit and Vegetable Cup and Lid Demand by Application and Type 196
21 Dry Food Cup and Lid Demand by Application and Type 199
22 Other Food and Beverage Packaging Cup and Lid Demand
by Application and Type 201
23 Retail and Other Cup and Lid Demand 211
1 US Cup and Lid Sales by Company, 2013 215
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 227
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 241


1 Raw Material Demand in Cups and Lids, 2013 30
2 Plastic Demand in Cups and Lids, 2013 32
1 Cup Demand by Type, 2013 67
2 Drinking Cup Demand by Material, 2013 72
3 Lid Demand by Type, 2013 111
1 Cup and Lid Demand by Market, 2013 131
2 Foodservice Cup and Lid Demand by Establishment, 2013 139
3 Foodservice Cup and Lid Demand by Application, 2013 152
4 Food and Beverage Packaging Cup and Lid Demand, 2013 171
1 US Cup and Lid Market Share, 2013 218

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