Food Packaging

Food Packaging

Demand for food packaging is forecast to increase 3.1% per year to $52.0 billion in 2025. The food market is challenging for packaging suppliers due to the vast number of distinct applications where packaging must not only meet specific performance criteria but also be cost effective and in line with changing sustainability goals and consumer preferences.

This report covers food packaging demand by Product, Material, and Application. Data are provided in current dollar value.

Applications for food packaging include:
     Meat, poultry, & seafood
     Fresh produce
     Dairy
     Baked goods
     Savory snacks
     Candy & confections
     Sauces & condiments
     Prepared foods
     Processed fruits & vegetables
     Other foods

Materials for food packaging include:
     Plastic
     Paperboard
     Glass
     Metal
     Small volume materials, including molded wood pulp, mesh, wood, textiles, cellulose, and sugarcane

Scope of the Report
This report covers the scope, size, and growth of the US market for food packaging for use in retail and foodservice, including key trends in material, product, and application segmentation. Historical data are provided for 2010, 2015, and 2020, with forecasts for 2025. Data are provided in current dollar value. Also included is an analysis of the industry key players.


  • Executive Summary
    • Table Figure 1-1 | Food Packaging Market Outlook
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Overview
    • Impact on the Economy
      • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2019 – 2022
      • Table Figure 2-1 | Real GDP by Economic Sector, 2019 – 2022
    • Impact on the Food Industry
    • Impact on the Food Packaging Industry
      • Table Annual Food Packaging Demand, 2019 – 2021
      • Table Figure 2-2 | Annual Food Packaging Demand, 2018 – 2022
  • Overview
    • Study Scope
      • Table Figure 3-1 | Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Historical Sales Trends
      • Table Food Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2020
      • Table Figure 3-2 | Food Packaging Demand, 2000 – 2020
    • Packaging Formats (Flexible vs Rigid)
      • Table Food Packaging Demand by Packaging Format, 2010 – 2025
    • Food Formats (Fresh/Refrigerated, Frozen, Canned, Dried)
      • Table Food Packaging Demand by Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications Overview
      • Table Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • Material Trends
      • Table Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 3-3 | Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Pricing Trends
  • Factors Impacting Packaging Demand
    • Food Production Trends
      • Table Figure 4-1 | Food Shipments, 2010 – 2025
    • Food Outlet Trends (Retail vs Foodservice)
      • Table Figure 4-2 | Coronavirus Changes to Food Ordering Patterns & Returning to a Pre-COVID Normal, 2021
    • Food Retail Channel Trends
      • Food Retail Channels
      • The Walmart Effect
      • Growth in ALDI & Other Low Price Chains
      • E-Commerce Sales
    • Technology & Innovation
    • Food Safety Issues
    • Sustainability Initiatives
      • Sustainability in Packaging
      • Recycling & Recycled Content
      • Compostability
      • Food Waste
      • Alternative Materials (Bioplastics, Bamboo, Sugarcane)
        • Table Figure 4-3 | Examples of Food Packaging Made with Alternative Materials
    • Consumer Preferences
      • Consumer Perspectives on Packaging Sustainability
        • Table Figure 4-4 | Packaging Materials Ranked by Perceived Eco-Friendliness, 2021
        • Table Consumer Perspectives of Eco-Friendliness of Packaging Using Conventional Petroleum-Based Plastics (e.g., Jars, Bottles, Bags, & Pouches); By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket; 2021
        • Table Consumer Perspectives of Eco-Friendliness of Packaging Using Plant-Based Bioplastics (e.g., Jars, Bottles, Bags, & Pouches); By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket; 2021
        • Table Figure 4-5 | Features Consumers Especially Look for When Considering "Sustainability" or "Eco-Friendly" Packaging, 2021
        • Table Features Consumers Especially Look for When Considering "Sustainability" or "Eco-Friendly" Packaging; By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket; 2021
        • Table Consumer Attitudes About Recycled Plastics & Biodegradability; By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket; 2021
      • Consumer Attitudes About Recycling
        • Table Consumer Attitudes About Recycling; By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket, 2021
      • Consumer Attitudes About Recyclable & Recycled Content in Packaging
        • Table Consumer Attitudes About Recyclable & Recycled Content in Packaging; By Gender, Age Group, Urban vs. Rural Setting, & Household Income Bracket; 2021
      • Priority of Features in Food Packaging
        • Table Figure 4-6 | Priorities of Features in Food Packaging, 2020
  • Rigid Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 5-1 | Rigid Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Demand by Product Type
        • Table Rigid Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Containers (Bottles, Cans, Clamshells, Cups, Jars, Tubs, 2-Piece Containers)
        • Table Rigid Food Container Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Boxes & Cartons
        • Table Food Box & Carton Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Other Rigid Packaging (Trays, Sleeves, Bowls, Pans)
        • Table Other Rigid Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Rigid Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Rigid Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 5-2 | Rigid Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Flexible Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 6-1 | Flexible Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Demand by Product Type
        • Table Flexible Food Packaging by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Pouches (Stand-up, Pillow, Side Seal)
        • Table Food Pouch Demand by Type & Material, 2010 – 2025
      • Bags, Sacks, & Liners
        • Table Food Bag, Sack, & Liner Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
      • Wrap (Overwrap, Shrink Wrap, Stretch Wrap)
        • Table Food Wrap Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
      • Other Flexible Packaging (Brick Packs, Chubs, Lidding, Skin Packaging)
        • Table Other Flexible Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Flexible Food Packaging by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Flexible Food Packaging by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 6-2 | Flexible Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Plastic Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 7-1 | Plastic Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Plastic Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Plastic Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 7-2 | Examples of New Food Packaging Made from Plastic
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 7-3 | Plastic Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 8-1 | Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 8-2 | Examples of New Food Packaging Made from Paper & Paperboard
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 8-3 | Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Metal Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 9-1 | Metal Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Metal Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Metal Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 9-2 | Examples of New Food Packaging Made from Metal
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 9-3 | Metal Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Glass Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 10-1 | Glass Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Glass Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Glass Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 10-2 | Examples of New Food Packaging Made from Glass
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 10-3 | Glass Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
  • Small Volume Packaging Materials
    • Materials Trends
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Small Volume Food Packaging Material Demand by Type, 2010 – 2025
      • Molded Wood Pulp
        • Table Molded Pulp Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
        • Table Figure 11-1 | Molded Pulp Food Packaging: Product Examples
      • Mesh
        • Table Mesh Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
        • Table Figure 11-2 | Mesh Food Packaging: Product Examples
      • Wood
        • Table Figure 11-3 | Wood Food Packaging: Product Examples
      • Cellulose
        • Table Figure 11-4 | Cellulose Food Packaging: Product Examples
      • Textiles & Nonwovens
        • Table Figure 11-5 | Textile Food Packaging: Product Examples
      • Sugarcane/Bamboo/Wheat Straw (Molded Fiber)
        • Table Figure 11-6 | Sugarcane & Bamboo Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Small Volume Food Packaging Materials Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Small Volume Food Packaging Material Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
  • Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
      • Table Figure 12-1 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 12-2 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 12-3 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Meat, Poultry, Seafood) & Food Formats
      • Table Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging by Application & Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 12-4 | Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Fresh Produce Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 13-1 | Fresh Produce Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 13-2 | Fresh Produce Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Fresh Produce Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 13-3 | Fresh Produce: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Fresh Produce Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Vegetables, Fruit, Salad)
      • Table Fresh Produce Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 13-4 | Fresh Produce Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Prepared Foods Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Prepared Foods
      • Table Figure 14-1 | Prepared Foods Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 14-2 | Prepared Food Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Prepared Foods Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 14-3 | Prepared Foods: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Prepared Foods Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Dinners, Pizza, Soups/Stews, Potatoes, Pasta & Rice Dishes) & Food Formats
      • Table Prepared Foods Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 14-4 | Prepared Foods Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Dairy Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Dairy Products
      • Table Figure 15-1 | Dairy Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 15-2 | Dairy Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Dairy Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 15-3 | Dairy: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Dairy Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Cheese, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Butter) & Food Formats
      • Table Dairy Packaging Demand by Application & Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 15-4 | Dairy Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Baked Goods Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Baked Goods
      • Table Figure 16-1 | Baked Goods Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 16-2 | Baked Goods Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Baked Goods Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 16-3 | Baked Goods: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Baked Goods Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Bread, Cakes, Pies & Pastries, Cookies, Crackers) & Food Formats
      • Table Baked Goods Packaging Demand by Application & Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 16-4 | Baked Goods Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Sauce & Condiment Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Sauces, Condiments, Dips, Dressings, & Jelly
      • Table Figure 17-1 | Sauce & Condiment Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 17-2 | Sauce & Condiment Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Sauce & Condiment Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 17-3 | Sauces & Condiments: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Sauce & Condiment Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Condiments, Dressings & Dips, Sauces, Jams & Jellies) & Food Formats
      • Table Sauce & Condiment Packaging Demand by Application & Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 17-4 | Sauce & Condiment Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Processed Fruit & Vegetable Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Processed Fruits & Vegetables
      • Table Figure 18-1 | Processed Fruits & Vegetables Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 18-2 | Processed Fruits & Vegetables Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Processed Fruits & Vegetables Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 18-3 | Processed Fruits & Vegetables: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Processed Fruits & Vegetables Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Vegetables, Fruit, Dry Beans) & Food Formats
      • Table Processed Fruits & Vegetables Packaging Demand by Application & Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 18-4 | Processed Fruit & Vegetable Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Savory Snack Food Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Savory Snack Foods
      • Table Figure 19-1 | Savory Snack Food Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 19-2 | Savory Snack Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Savory Snack Food Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 19-3 | Savory Snack Foods: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Savory Snack Food Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Chips, Snack Nuts, Popcorn, Jerky)
      • Table Savory Snack Food Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 19-4 | Savory Snack Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Candy & Confection Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Candy & Confections
      • Table Figure 20-1 | Candy & Confection Packaging: Product Examples
    • Growth Drivers & Restraints
      • Table Figure 20-2 | Candy & Confection Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Candy & Confection Packaging Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 20-3 | Candy & Confection: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Candy & Confection Packaging Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications (Chocolate Candy, Chewing Gum, Snack Bars)
      • Table Candy & Confection Packaging Demand by Application, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 20-4 | Candy & Confection Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Other Food Packaging Applications
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Other Foods
      • Table Figure 21-1 | Other Food Packaging Applications: Product Examples
    • Packaging Products
      • Table Figure 21-2 | Other Food Packaging Demand, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Other Food Packaging Applications Demand by Product, 2010 – 2025
      • Table Figure 21-3 | Other Food Packaging: Comparative Growth for Packaging Products, 2020 – 2025
    • Materials
      • Table Other Food Packaging Applications Demand by Material, 2010 – 2025
    • Applications
      • Table Other Food Packaging Applications Demand by Application & Food Format, 2010 – 2025
    • New Product Development
      • Table Figure 21-4 | Packaging: New Product Development Examples
    • Key Suppliers
  • Key Suppliers & Market Share
    • Key Findings & Industry Composition
      • Table Food Packaging Sales by Company, 2020
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 22-1 | US Food Packaging Market Share by Company, 2020
      • Amcor
        • Table Figure 22-2 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-3 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Second Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-4 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Third Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-5 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Fourth Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-6 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Fifth Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-7 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Sixth Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-8 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Seventh Leading Supplier
        • Table Figure 22-9 | US Food Packaging Market, 2020: Eighth Leading Supplier
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Selected Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • List of Industry Participants
      • Table List of Industry Participants
  • Appendix
    • Scope
      • Table Industry Codes Related to Food Packaging
    • Definitions
    • Abbreviations
      • Table Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Data Changes from Previous Version
    • Sources
    • Associations & Agencies
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2010 – 2025
      • Demographics
        • Table Population & Households, 2010 – 2025
      • Consumer Spending
        • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures & Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025
      • Retail Sales
        • Table Nondurable Goods Retail Sales, 2010 – 2025

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