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 top line 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 containers 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.
Profiles for 32 competitors in the US industry such as Bemis, Ball, Berry Plastics, Reynolds Group & Silgan
Table of Contents
Market Environment General Macroeconomic Outlook Demographic Trends Consumer Income & Spending Trends Retail Sales Outlook Food Industry Overview Consumer Preferences Distribution Trends Packaging Industry Overview Paper Plastic Metal Glass & Wood Environmental & Regulatory Issues Recycling Degradable Materials Bioplastics International Activity & Foreign Trade
Overview General Container Demand Container Pricing Plastic Paperboard Metal Glass Plastic Resin Overview
Markets General Fruits & Vegetables Fruit & Vegetable Outlook Container Trends Processed Fruits & 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 & Related Products Meat & Related Products Outlook Container Trends Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Eggs Baked Goods Baked Goods Outlook Container Trends Snack Foods Snack Food Outlook Container Trends Sauces & Condiments Sauce & Condiment Outlook Container Trends Candy & Confections Candy & Confection Outlook Container Trends Frozen Specialties Frozen Specialties Outlook Container Trends Other Foods Other Foods Outlook Container Trends Soups & Other Canned Specialties Coffee & Tea Fats & Oils Baby Food All Other
Industry Structure General Market Share Industry Restructuring Product Manufacturing & Development Marketing Strategies Distribution Competitive Strategies Cooperative Agreements Company Profiles Amcor Limited American Packaging Corporation Ampac Holdings, see ProAmpac Ardagh Group SA BagcraftPapercon, see Novolex Holdings Ball Corporation Bemis Company Incorporated Berry Plastics Corporation Boehmer Box, see PaperWorks Industries CanAmPac ULC, see PaperWorks Industries Caraustar Industries Incorporated Cedex Plastics, see Coveris Holdings Consolidated Container Company LLC Coveris Holdings SA Crown Holdings Incorporated Cryovac, see Sealed Air Dolco Packaging, see Tekni-Plex Evergreen Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings Exopack Holdings Sarl, see Coveris Holdings Graham Packaging, see Reynolds Group Holdings Graphic Packaging Holding Company Groupe de Luxe, see Novolex Holdings Grupo Phoenix Hilex Poly, see Novolex Holdings Hood Companies Huhtamaki Oyj Manchester Industries, see PaperWorks Industries MeadWestvaco, see WestRock Mondi Group Novolex Holdings Incorporated Onex Corporation Owens-Illinois Group Incorporated Packaging Dynamics, see Novolex Holdings Pactiv, see Reynolds Group Holdings PaperWorks Industries Incorporated Plastipak Holdings Incorporated Polytainers Incorporated Printpack Incorporated ProAmpac LLC Prolamina, see ProAmpac Reynolds Group Holdings Limited Ring Companies Rock-Tenn, see WestRock RTS Packaging, see Sonoco Products and WestRock Sealed Air Corporation Shelburne Plastics, see Consolidated Container SIG Combibloc Group, see Onex Silgan Holdings Incorporated Sonoco Products Company Strathcona Paper, see PaperWorks Industries Tekni-Plex Incorporated Tetra Laval International SA Van Can, see Silgan Holdings Verallia North America, see Ardagh Group WestRock Company Wihuri Oy Winpak, see Wihuri Wisconsin Film & Bag, see Novolex Holdings Additional Companies in the Food Container Industry
List of Tables
Executive Summary Summary Table
Market Environment Macroeconomic Indicators Population & Households Personal Consumption Expenditures Retail Sales Food Shipments Packaging Supply & Demand
Overview Food Container Demand by Type Selected Food Container Prices Selected Raw Material Price Indices
Pouches & Bags Pouch & Bag Demand by Type Pouch Demand by Material Bag & Sack Demand by Material Pouch & Bag Demand by Market
Paperboard Food Containers Paperboard Food Container Demand by Type Folding Carton Demand by Market Paper Tub & Cup Demand by Market Composite Can Demand by Market Gabletop Carton Demand by Market Molded Pulp Egg Carton Demand Set-Up Box Demand by Market Aseptic Carton Demand by Market Paperboard Food Container Demand by Market
Plastic Food Containers Plastic Food Container Demand by Type Plastic Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand by Market Plastic Food Bottle Demand by Market Plastic Food Jar Demand by Market Plastic Egg Carton Demand Plastic Can Demand by Market Other Plastic Food Container Demand by Market Plastic Container Demand by Market
Metal Food Containers Metal Food Container Demand by Type Steel & Bi-Metal Can Demand by Market Aluminum Can Demand by Market Aerosol Can Demand by Market Metal Food Containers: Merchant v. Captive Production Metal Food Container Demand by Market
Glass Food Containers Glass Food Container Demand by Type Glass Food Jar Demand by Market Glass Food Bottle Demand by Market Glass Food Container Demand by Market
Markets Food Container Demand by Market Fruit & Vegetable Shipments Fruit & Vegetable Container Demand by Application Processed Fruit & Vegetable Container Demand by Material Fresh Produce Container Demand by Material Dairy Product Shipments Dairy Product Container Demand by Material Grain Product Shipments Grain Product Container Demand by Application Pet Food Container Demand by Material Breakfast Cereal Container Demand by Material Other Grain Product Container Demand by Type Meat & Related Product Shipments Meat & Related Product Container Demand by Application Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Container Demand by Material Egg Carton Demand by Material Baked Goods Shipments Baked Goods Container Demand by Material Snack Food Shipments Snack Food Container Demand by Material Sauce & Condiment Shipments Sauce & Condiment Container Demand by Material Candy & Confection Shipments Candy & Confection Container Demand by Material Frozen Specialties Shipments Frozen Specialties Container Demand by Material Other Food Shipments Other Food Container Demand by Application Soup & Canned Specialty Container Demand by Material Coffee & Tea Container Demand by Material Fats & Oils Container Demand by Material Baby Food Container Demand by Material All Other Food Container Demand by Material
Industry Structure US Food Container Sales by Company, 2015 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures Selected Cooperative Agreements
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Section I -- Executive Summary
Market Environment Food Shipments, 2015
Overview Food Container Demand by Type, 2015
Pouches & Bags Pouch & Bag Demand in Food Applications by Market, 2015 Food Pouch & Bag Market Share, 2015
Markets Food Container Demand by Market, 2015 Grain Product Container Demand by Application, 2015 Other Food Container Demand by Application, 2015
Industry Structure US Food Container Market Share, 2015
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