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Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible


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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.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Consumer Income & Spending Trends
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars)
    • Retail Sales Outlook
      • Table RETAIL SALES (billion dollars)
    • Food Industry Overview
      • Table FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Consumer Preferences
      • Distribution Trends
    • Packaging Industry Overview
      • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars)
      • Paper
      • Plastic
      • Metal
      • Glass & Wood
    • Competitive Packaging Forms & Materials
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table FOOD CONTAINER PRICES (cents per unit)
      • Plastic
      • Bags & Pouches
      • Paperboard
      • Metal
      • Glass
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
      • Recycling
      • Degradable Materials
      • Non-Biodegradable Bioplastics
    • International Activity & Foreign Trade
  • FOOD CONTAINER MARKETS
    • General
      • Table FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Fruits & Vegetables
      • Fruit & Vegetable Outlook
        • Table FRUIT & VEGETABLE SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table FRUIT & VEGETABLE CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)
        • Table PROCESSED FRUIT & VEGETABLE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL & TYPE (million dollars)
        • Table FRESH PRODUCE CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL & TYPE (million dollars)
    • Dairy Products
      • Dairy Product Outlook
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table DAIRY PRODUCT CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Grain Mill Products
      • Grain Mill Product Outlook
        • Table GRAIN MILL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table GRAIN MILL PRODUCT CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)
        • Table PET FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table OTHER GRAIN MILL PRODUCT CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Meat & Related Products
      • Meat & Related Product Outlook
        • Table MEAT & RELATED PRODUCT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table MEAT & RELATED PRODUCT CONTAINER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million dollars)
        • Table MEAT, POULTRY, & SEAFOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table EGG CARTON DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Baked Goods
      • Baked Goods Outlook
        • Table BAKED GOODS SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table BAKED GOODS CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Sauces & Condiments
      • Sauce & Condiment Outlook
        • Table SAUCE & CONDIMENT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table SAUCE & CONDIMENT CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Snack Foods
      • Snack Food Outlook
        • Table SNACK FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table SNACK FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Candy & Confections
      • Candy & Confection Outlook
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTION SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table CANDY & CONFECTION CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Frozen Specialties
      • Frozen Specialties Outlook
        • Table FROZEN SPECIALTIES SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table FROZEN SPECIALTIES CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
    • Other Foods
      • Other Foods Outlook
        • Table OTHER FOOD SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
      • Container Trends
        • Table OTHER FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
        • Table SOUPS & CANNED SPECIALTIES CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table COFFEE & TEA CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table FATS & OILS CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table BABY FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
        • Table ALL OTHER FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MATERIAL (million dollars)
  • CONTAINER OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Container Demand
      • Table FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE
  • BAGS & POUCHES
    • General
      • Table BAG & POUCH DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL & TYPE (million dollars)
    • Product Types
    • Plastic Bags & Pouches
      • Table PLASTIC BAG & POUCH DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY TYPE
      • Pouches
      • Bags & Sacks
    • Paper Bags & Pouches
      • Table PAPER BAG & POUCH DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY TYPE
      • Applications
      • Producers
    • Markets
      • Table BAG & POUCH DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Market Share
  • PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINERS
    • General
      • Table PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
    • Paperboard Boxes & Cartons
      • Table PAPERBOARD BOX & CARTON DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Folding Cartons
        • Table FOLDING CARTON DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS (million dollars)
      • Other Boxes & Cartons
        • Table OTHER BOX & CARTON DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS BY TYPE (million dollars)
        • Table GABLETOP CARTON DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS (million dollars)
        • Table SET-UP BOX DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS (million dollars)
        • Table ASEPTIC CARTON DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS (million dollars)
    • Other Paperboard Containers
      • Table OTHER PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Nonfolding Sanitary Containers
        • Table NONFOLDING SANITARY FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND (million dollars)
      • Composite Cans
        • Table COMPOSITE CAN DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS (million dollars)
      • Molded Pulp Egg Cartons
        • Table MOLDED PULP EGG CARTON DEMAND (million units)
    • Markets
      • Table PAPERBOARD FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Market Share
  • PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS
    • General
      • Table PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
    • Plastic Tubs, Cups, & Bowls
      • Table PLASTIC TUB, CUP, & BOWL DEMAND IN FOOD APPLICATIONS
      • Resins
      • Producers
    • Plastic Bottles & Jars
      • Table PLASTIC FOOD BOTTLE & JAR DEMAND
      • Bottles
        • Table PLASTIC FOOD BOTTLE DEMAND
      • Jars
        • Table PLASTIC FOOD JAR DEMAND
      • Resins
      • Producers
    • Plastic Egg Cartons
      • Table PLASTIC EGG CARTON DEMAND
    • Other Plastic Food Containers
      • Table OTHER PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE & RESIN
      • Cans
      • Squeeze Tubes & All Other
    • Markets
      • Table PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Resins
      • Table PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds)
      • High Density Polyethylene
      • Polyethylene Terephthalate
      • Polypropylene
      • Polystyrene
      • Other
    • Market Share
  • METAL FOOD CONTAINERS
    • General
      • Table METAL FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Container Types & Materials
      • Steel & Bi-Metal Cans
      • Aluminum Cans
      • Aerosol Cans
    • Captive & Merchant Production
      • Table METAL FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY SOURCE OF PRODUCTION (million units)
    • Markets
      • Table METAL FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Market Share
  • GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS
    • General
      • Table GLASS FOOD CONTAINER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
    • Competitive Factors
    • Glass Jars
      • Table GLASS FOOD JAR DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Glass Bottles
      • Table GLASS FOOD BOTTLE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Market Share
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US FOOD CONTAINER SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Product Manufacturing & Development
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Channels of Distribution
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Amcor Limited
      • American Packaging Corporation
      • Ampac Packaging LLC
      • Ardagh Group SA
      • Ball Corporation
      • Bemis Company Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Corporation
      • Caraustar Industries Incorporated
      • Consolidated Container Company LLC
      • Constar International LLC
      • Crown Holdings Incorporated
      • Exopack Holding Corporation
      • Graphic Packaging Holding Company
      • Grupo Phoenix
      • Hood Companies
      • Huhtamaki Oyj
      • MeadWestvaco Corporation
      • Owens-Illinois Group Incorporated
      • Packaging Dynamics Corporation
      • PaperWorks Industries Incorporated
      • Plastipak Holdings Incorporated
      • Polytainers Incorporated
      • Printpack Incorporated
      • Reynolds Group Holdings Limited
      • Ring Companies
      • Rock-Tenn Company
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Sealed Air Corporation
      • Silgan Holdings Incorporated
      • Sonoco Products Company
      • Tekni-Plex Incorporated
      • Tetra Laval International SA
      • Wihuri Oy
    • Additional Companies in the Food Container Industry

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