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Cups & Lids


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  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table US CUP & LID DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic & Household Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Income & Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Retail Sales Trends
      • Table RETAIL SALES
    • Food Consumption Trends
      • Table CONSUMER FOOD & BEVERAGE INDICATORS
    • Packaging Overview
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Raw Material Trends
      • Table RAW MATERIAL DEMAND IN CUPS & LIDS
      • Table CHART II-1 RAW MATERIAL DEMAND IN CUPS & LIDS, 2013
      • Plastic
        • Table CHART II-2 PLASTIC DEMAND IN CUPS & LIDS, 2013
      • Paperboard
      • Metal, Foil, & Other
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table CUP & LID PRICING
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
      • Recycling
      • Compostable Materials
    • International Activity & Foreign Trade
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table CUP & LID DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Cups
      • Table CUP DEMAND BY TYPE, MATERIAL, & MARKET
      • Table CHART III-1 CUP DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Drinking Cups
        • Table DRINKING CUP DEMAND BY MATERIAL & MARKET
        • Table CHART III-2 DRINKING CUP DEMAND BY MATERIAL, 2013
        • Table PAPER DRINKING CUP DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
        • Table PLASTIC DRINKING CUP DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table FOAM DRINKING CUP DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
      • Packaging Cups
        • Table PACKAGING CUP DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Food Cups
        • Table FOOD CUP DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Portion Cups
        • Table PORTION CUP DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Other Cups
        • Table OTHER CUP DEMAND
    • Lids
      • Table LID DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
      • Table CHART III-3 LID DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Types
        • Table DRINKING CUP LID DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table FLEXIBLE LID DEMAND BY MATERIAL
        • Table OTHER LID DEMAND BY MATERIAL
      • Materials
        • Table LID DEMAND BY MATERIAL
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table CUP & LID DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART IV-1 CUP & LID DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Foodservice
      • Foodservice Industry Outlook
        • Table FOODSERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS & REVENUES
      • Cup & Lid Demand
        • Table FOODSERVICE CUP & LID DEMAND BY ESTABLISHMENT
        • Table CHART IV-2 FOODSERVICE CUP & LID DEMAND BY ESTABLISHMENT, 2013
        • Table QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table COFFEE & SNACK SHOP CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table OTHER FOODSERVICE ESTABLISHMENT CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table FOODSERVICE CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION
        • Table CHART IV-3 FOODSERVICE CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013
        • Table HOT BEVERAGE CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table CARBONATED SOFT DRINK CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table OTHER FOODSERVICE CUP & LID DEMAND
    • Food & Beverage Packaging
      • Food & Beverage Manufacturing Outlook
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS
      • Cup & Lid Demand
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGING CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table CHART IV-4 FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGING CUP & LID DEMAND, 2013
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table YOGURT CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table COFFEE CREAMER CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table PUDDING CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table OTHER DAIRY PRODUCT CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table SPECIALTY PROCESSED FOOD CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION & TYPE
        • Table COFFEE & TEA CUP & LID DEMAND
        • Table FRUIT & VEGETABLE CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION & TYPE
        • Table DRY FOOD CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION & TYPE
        • Table OTHER FOOD & BEVERAGE PACKAGING CUP & LID DEMAND BY APPLICATION & TYPE
    • Retail & Other
      • Table RETAIL & OTHER CUP & LID DEMAND
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US CUP & LID SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
      • Market Share
        • Table CHART V-1 US CUP & LID MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Competitive Strategies
      • Research & Development
      • Low Cost Manufacturing
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Airlite Plastics Company
      • Bemis Company Incorporated
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Corporation
      • Charter NEX Films Incorporated
      • Clondalkin Group Holdings BV
      • Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH
      • Crocker (HS) Company Incorporated
      • D&W Fine Pack LLC
      • Dart Container Corporation
      • Fabri-Kal Corporation
      • Greiner Holding AG
      • Grupo Phoenix
      • Huhtamaki Oyj
      • Inline Plastics Corporation
      • International Paper Company
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Koller Enterprises Incorporated
      • Letica Corporation
      • MicroGREEN Polymers Incorporated
      • Mullinix Packages Incorporated
      • New WinCup Holdings Incorporated
      • Party City Holdco Incorporated
      • Pattison (Jim) Group
      • Polytainers Incorporated
      • Printpack Incorporated
      • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
      • RPC Group plc
      • Seda International Packaging Group SpA
      • Silgan Holdings Incorporated
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Toray Industries Incorporated
      • Waddington Group Incorporated
      • Whirley Industries Incorporated
      • Wihuri Oy
    • Additional Companies in the Cup & Lid Industry

US cup & lid demand to reach $10 billion in 2018

US demand for cups and lids is projected to reach $10.0 billion in 2018, with growth driven by above average gains for food packaging cups and an improved outlook for foodservice revenue growth relative to the 2008-2013 period. In particular, cup and lid demand will be propelled by the important role of beverages in restaurants and stores as revenue generators, along with the growing focus on specialty beverages among foodservice operators as a means of offsetting declining consumption of carbonated soft drinks.

Packaging cups to be fastest growing products

While drinking cups will continue to dominate, the fastest gains are anticipated in the packaging cup segment due to favorable consumption trends in a number of applications, along with advantages of convenience, portability, and portion control. The growing pattern of snacking in place of traditional meals and a widening definition of snack foods will be advantageous for single portion packaging formats such as cups.

Among drinking cup materials, paper cups will experience the fastest growth, reflecting a shift in the competitive landscape stemming from environmental concerns about foam cups, growing restrictions on polystyrene foam disposables, increasing pressure from environmental groups, and switches from foam to paper cups by McDonald’s and other high volume foodservice providers.

Recent and/or planned major expansions in paper cup capacity are being undertaken by key suppliers to meet the expected upswing in US foodservice paper cup demand. In addition, plastic cups will capture some share of hot drink applications as a result of the commercialization of recyclable insulated plastic cups.

Lid demand to outpace cups

Lid demand growth will outpace that of cups, fueled by expanding carryout food and beverage sales from restaurants and retail stores, an increasing percentage of drinking cups utilizing lids, heightened demand for costlier specialty lids, and healthy increases for single serving packaging cups, all of which have some type of lid or flexible lidding. Growth in the level of drinking cups with lids will reflect an increasing volume of beverages purchased for offsite consumption, consumer tendencies to drink beverages on the go (e.g., in cars), and a growing focus on coffee in quick service restaurants, coffee and snack shops, and convenience stores.

Foodservice to remain dominant market

The foodservice market, which represented 67 percent of demand in 2013, will remain by far the largest cup and lid market. Among trends driving growth for cups and lids are the increased focus on specialty beverage offerings in quick service and other restaurants, the growing presence of innovative fountain drink dispensers that enable custom flavor combinations, and the popularity of menu items that use cups, such as ice cream, frozen yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit cups.

Solid gains in the food and beverage packaging market will be driven by favorable consumption trends for various products commonly packaged in cups, such as yogurt, and coffee and tea for single cup brewing systems. In addition, the growing prominence of snacks as alternatives to meals and rising interest in healthy foods and snack options will support heightened demand in a variety of applications that can be packaged in a small sized format such as a cup.


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