Fresh Produce Packaging

Fresh Produce Packaging

Demand for packaging used with fresh fruits and vegetables is forecast to rise 3.7% annually to $6.7 billion in 2024. Gains will result from increased sales of prepackaged produce at retail, as well as from more intensive use of higher value packaging types such as modified-atmosphere packaging and handled stand-up pouches.

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

Packaging products covered in this study include:
Corrugated boxes (retail-ready and standard)

Plastic containers (clamshells; tubs, cups, and bowls; other)
Bags
Pouches
Trays and platters
Other packaging (baskets, punnets, and tills; reusable plastic containers; plastic film; foam boxes; wood crates; all other)

Vegetable applications for fresh produce packaging include:
Salad
Tomatoes
Potatoes
Onions
Lettuce
Carrots
Mushrooms
Celery
Cabbage
Peppers
Other vegetables

Fruit applications for produce packaging are:
Berries
Apples
Citrus
Melons
Grapes
Other fruits

This study also covers demand for the following packaging material segments:
Plastic (rigid, flexible, foam)
Paper and paperboard
Molded pulp
Other (mesh, wood, textile, all other)

Scope of the Report
This report covers the scope, size, and growth of the US fresh produce packaging market, including key trends in product, application, and material segmentation. Historical data are provided for 2009, 2014, and 2019, with forecasts for 2024, with year by year historical market volatility also addressed. Data are provided in current dollar value. Also included is an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.



  • Executive Summary
    • Table Figure 1-1 | US Fresh Produce Packaging Market
  • Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
    • COVID-19 & Market Growth
    • Impact on the Produce Packaging Industry
      • Table Annual Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2019 - 2021
      • Table Annual Produce Packaging Demand by Application, 2019 - 2021
      • Table Figure 2-1 | Produce Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
  • Overview
    • Study Scope
    • Historical Trends
      • Table Produce Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2020
      • Table Figure 3-1 | Produce Packaging Demand, 2000 - 2020
    • Demand by Packaging Type
      • Table Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 3-2 | Growth Comparison: Rigid vs. Flexible Produce Packaging, 2009 - 2024
    • Rigid Packaging Demand by Type
      • Table Rigid Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 3-3 | Rigid Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Flexible Packaging Demand by Type
      • Table Flexible Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 3-4 | Flexible Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Demand by Application
      • Table Produce Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 3-5 | Produce Packaging Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table Produce Packaging Average Prices, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 3-6 | Average Produce Packaging Pricing, 2009 - 2024
  • Factors Impacting Produce Packaging Demand
    • Fresh Produce Industry Outlook
      • Table US Fresh Produce Production & Consumption, 2009 - 2024
    • Technology & Product Innovation
      • MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging)
        • Table Selected Fresh Produce MAP & EMAP Suppliers
      • Steamable/Microwavable Packages
        • Table Figure 4-1 | Product Examples: Steamable/Microwavable Packages
      • Field to Fork/Farm to Table Packaging
    • Food Safety
    • Sustainability
      • Food Waste/Shelf Life
      • Recycling & Recycled Content
      • Biobased Materials
    • Regulations
  • Materials
    • Demand by Material
      • Table Produce Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 5-1 | Produce Packaging Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
    • Plastic
      • Table Plastic Produce Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Paper & Paperboard
      • Table Paper & Paperboard Produce Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Molded Pulp
      • Table Molded Pulp Produce Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Mesh & Other Materials
      • Table Mesh & Other Produce Packaging Demand by Material & Product, 2009 - 2024
  • Corrugated Boxes
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 6-1 | Corrugated Boxes: Produce Packaging Examples
      • Table Commonly Used Corrugated Box Sizes for Selected Produce Types
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
      • Table Figure 6-2 | Corrugated Boxes for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Competitive Products
      • Table Figure 6-3 | Produce Boxes: Growth Compared with Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024
    • Product Types
      • Demand by Box Type
        • Table Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Box Type, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 6-4 | Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Box Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Retail-Ready Boxes
        • Table Retail-Ready Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Other Corrugated Boxes
        • Table Other Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024
    • Applications
      • Demand by Produce Category
        • Table Corrugated Box Demand in Produce Packaging by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Vegetables & Salad
        • Table Fresh Vegetable & Salad Corrugated Box Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Fruit
        • Table Fresh Fruit Corrugated Box Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Market Share & Key Suppliers
      • Table Figure 6-5 | Produce Corrugated Box Market Share, 2019
      • Table Selected Fresh Produce Corrugated Box Suppliers
  • Plastic Containers
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 7-1 | Plastic Containers: Produce Packaging Examples
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
      • Table Figure 7-2 | Plastic Containers for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Competitive Products
      • Table Figure 7-3 | Plastic Produce Containers: Growth Compared to Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024
    • Product Types
      • Demand by Container Type
        • Table Plastic Produce Container Demand by Container Type, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 7-4 | Plastic Produce Container Demand by Container Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Clamshells
        • Table Plastic Produce Clamshell Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Tubs, Cups, & Bowls
        • Table Plastic Produce Tub, Cup, & Bowl Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Other Plastic Containers
        • Table Other Plastic Produce Container Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Applications
      • Demand by Produce Category
        • Table Plastic Produce Container Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Vegetables
        • Table Plastic Vegetable Container Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Fruit
        • Table Plastic Fruit Container Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Salad
        • Table Plastic Salad Container Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Market Share & Key Suppliers
      • Table Figure 7-5 | Plastic Produce Container Market Share, 2019
      • Table Selected Fresh Produce Plastic Container Producers
  • Bags
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 8-1 | Bags: Produce Packaging Examples
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
      • Table Figure 8-2 | Bags for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Competitive Products
      • Table Figure 8-3 | Produce Bags: Growth Compared to Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024
    • Product Types
      • Demand by Material
        • Table Produce Bag Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 8-4 | Produce Bag Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
      • Plastic Bags & Liners
        • Table Plastic Produce Bag & Liner Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Mesh Bags
        • Table Mesh Produce Bag Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Paper Bags
        • Table Paper Produce Bag Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Textile Bags
        • Table Textile Produce Bag Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Applications
      • Demand by Produce Category
        • Table Produce Bag Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Vegetables
        • Table Vegetable Bag Demand by Type of Vegetable, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Fruit
        • Table Fruit Bag Demand by Type of Fruit, 2009 - 2024
      • Salad
        • Table Salad Bag Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Market Share & Key Suppliers
      • Table Figure 8-5 | Produce Bags Market Share, 2019
      • Table Selected Fresh Produce Bag Producers
  • Pouches
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 9-1 | Pouches: Produce Packaging Examples
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
      • Table Figure 9-2 | Pouches for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Competitive Products
      • Table Figure 9-3 | Pouches in Produce Packaging: Comparative Growth with Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024
    • Product Types
      • Demand by Pouch Type
        • Table Produce Pouch Demand by Pouch Type, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 9-4 | Produce Pouch Demand by Pouch Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Pillow Pouches
        • Table Produce Pillow Pouch Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Stand-Up Pouches
        • Table Stand-Up Produce Pouch Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Applications
      • Demand by Produce Category
        • Table Produce Pouch Demand by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Vegetables
        • Table Vegetable Pouch Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Fruit
        • Table Fruit Pouch Demand by Type of Fruit, 2009 - 2024
      • Salad
        • Table Salad Pouch Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Market Share & Key Suppliers
      • Table Figure 9-5 | Pouches in Produce Packaging Market Share, 2019
      • Table Selected Fresh Produce Pouch Producers
  • Trays & Platters
    • Scope & Product Description
      • Table Figure 10-1 | Trays & Platters: Produce Packaging Examples
    • Advantages & Disadvantages
      • Table Figure 10-2 | Trays & Platters for Produce Packaging: Key Advantages & Disadvantages
    • Competitive Products
      • Table Figure 10-3 | Produce Trays & Platters: Growth Compared to Competitive Products, 2014 - 2024
    • Product Types
      • Demand by Material
        • Table Produce Tray & Platter Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 10-4 | Tray & Platter Demand in Produce Packaging by Material, 2009 - 2024
      • Molded Pulp Trays
        • Table Molded Pulp Produce Tray & Platter Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Rigid Plastic Trays
        • Table Rigid Plastic Produce Tray & Platter Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Foam Trays
        • Table Foam Produce Tray & Platter Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Paperboard Trays
        • Table Paperboard Produce Tray & Platter Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Applications
      • Demand by Produce Category
        • Table Produce Tray & Platter by Application, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Vegetables
        • Table Vegetable Tray & Platter Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Fresh Fruit
        • Table Fruit Tray & Platter Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Market Share & Key Suppliers
      • Table Figure 10-5 | Produce Tray & Platter Market Share, 2019
      • Table Selected Fresh Produce Tray & Platter Producers
  • Other Produce Packaging
    • Demand by Product
      • Table Other Produce Packaging Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 11-1 | Other Products: Produce Packaging Examples
    • Baskets, Punnets, & Tills
      • Table Produce Basket, Punnet, & Till Demand by Material, 2009 - 2024
    • Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs)
      • Table Produce Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Plastic Film
      • Table Produce Plastic Film Demand by Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Foam Boxes
      • Table Foam Produce Box Demand, 2009 - 2024
    • Wood Crates & Other Products
      • Table Wood Crate & Other Produce Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
  • Fresh Vegetable & Salad Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
    • Demand by Packaging Type
      • Table Vegetable & Salad Packaging Demand by Packaging Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 12-1 | Fresh Vegetable & Salad Packaging Demand by Packaging Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Demand by Format (Ready-to Eat vs. Other)
      • Table Fresh Vegetable & Salad Packaging Demand by Format, 2009 - 2024
    • Demand by Vegetable Type
      • Table Vegetable & Salad Packaging Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 12-2 | Fresh Vegetable & Salad Packaging Demand by Produce Type, 2019
    • Salad
      • Salad: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-3 | Salad Packaging Types
      • Salad: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-4 | Salad Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Salad: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Salad Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Tomatoes
      • Tomatoes: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-5 | Tomato Packaging Types
      • Tomatoes: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-6 | Tomato Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Tomatoes: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Tomato Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Potatoes
      • Potatoes: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-7 | Potato Packaging Types
      • Potatoes: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-8 | Potato Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Potatoes: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Potato Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Onions
      • Onions: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-9 | Onion Packaging Types
      • Onions: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-10 | Onion Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Onions: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Onion Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Lettuce
      • Lettuce: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-11 | Lettuce Packaging Types
      • Lettuce: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-12 | Lettuce Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Lettuce: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Lettuce Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Carrots
      • Carrots: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-13 | Carrot Packaging Types
      • Carrots: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-14 | Carrot Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Carrots: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Carrot Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Mushrooms
      • Mushrooms: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-15 | Mushroom Packaging Types
      • Mushrooms: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-16 | Mushroom Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Mushrooms: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Mushroom Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Celery
      • Celery: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-17 | Celery Packaging Types
      • Celery: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-18 | Celery Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Celery: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Celery Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Cabbage
      • Cabbage: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-19 | Cabbage Packaging Types
      • Cabbage: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-20 | Cabbage Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Cabbage: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Cabbage Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Peppers
      • Peppers: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-21 | Pepper Packaging Types
      • Peppers: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-22 | Pepper Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Peppers: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Pepper Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Other Vegetables
      • Other Vegetables: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 12-23 | Other Vegetables Packaging Types
      • Other Vegetables: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 12-24 | Other Vegetables Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Other Vegetables: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Other Vegetables Packaging Demand by Product & Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
  • Fresh Fruit Packaging
    • Scope & Product Description
    • Demand by Packaging Type
      • Table Fruit Packaging Demand by Packaging Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 13-1 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Packaging Type, 2009 - 2024
    • Demand by Format (Ready-to Eat vs. Other)
      • Table Fruit Packaging Demand by Format, 2009 - 2024
    • Demand by Fruit Type
      • Table Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Produce Type, 2009 - 2024
      • Table Figure 13-2 | Fresh Fruit Packaging Demand by Produce Type, 2019
    • Berries
      • Berries: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-3 | Berry Packaging Types
      • Berries: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-4 | Berry Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Berries: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Berry Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Apples
      • Apples: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-5 | Apple Packaging Types
      • Apples: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-6 | Apple Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Apples: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Apple Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Citrus
      • Citrus: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-7 | Citrus Packaging Types
      • Citrus: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-8 | Citrus Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Citrus: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Citrus Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Melons
      • Melons: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-9 | Melon Packaging Types
      • Melons: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-10 | Melon Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Melons: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Melon Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Grapes
      • Grapes: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-11 | Grape Packaging Types
      • Grapes: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-12 | Grape Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Grapes: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Grape Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
    • Other Fruit
      • Other Fruit: Packaging Types & Requirements
        • Table Figure 13-13 | Other Fruit Packaging Types
      • Other Fruit: Production Outlook & Key Trends Impacting Packaging
        • Table Figure 13-14 | Other Fruit Production & Packaging Demand, 2009 - 2024
      • Other Fruit: Packaging Demand & Growth Opportunities
        • Table Other Fruit Packaging Demand by Product, 2009 - 2024
  • Current Trends & Future Opportunities
    • Key Findings
    • Growth in Ready-to-Eat Produce
      • Table Figure 14-1 | Examples of Ready-to-Eat Produce Packaging
    • Growth of ALDI & Similar Low Price Grocery Chains
      • Table Figure 14-2 | Key Trends in the Limited Assortment Low Price Grocery Store Market
    • E-Commerce Sales of Fresh Produce
      • Table Figure 14-3 | Key Trends in the E-Commerce Grocery Market
    • Introduction of New Produce Varieties
    • Increasing Popularity of Locally Grown Produce
      • Table Figure 14-4 | Number of Local Food Distribution Outlets & Consumer Interest in Purchasing Local Foods, 2000 - 2019
    • The Walmart Effect
    • Organic Produce Sales Continue to Increase
    • Steamable Fresh Pouches: Will They Match Success of Frozen?
      • Table Figure 14-5 | Steamable Produce Pouches: Product Examples
  • Key Suppliers & Market Share
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US Produce Packaging Sales by Company, 2019
    • Market Share
      • Table Figure 15-1 | US Produce Packaging Market Share, 2019
      • Table Figure 15-2 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 15-3 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Second Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 15-4 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Third Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 15-5 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Fourth Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 15-6 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Fifth Leading Supplier
      • Table Figure 15-7 | US Produce Packaging Market, 2019: Sixth Leading Supplier
    • End Users
      • Demand by End User
        • Table Produce Packaging Demand by End User, 2009 - 2024
      • Growers/Shippers
      • Repackers
      • Retail & Other End Users
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Selected Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • List of Industry Participants
      • Table Selected Industry Participants
  • Appendix
    • Scope
      • Table Study Scope: Produce Applications
      • Table Relevant HS/HTS Codes
      • Table Relevant Industry Codes
    • Definitions
    • Abbreviations
      • Table Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Sources
    • Associations & Agencies
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Comparing Data to Prior Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 16-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2019, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average
      • Demographics
        • Table Population & Households, 2009 - 2024
        • Table Figure 16-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2004 – 2019
      • Consumer Spending
        • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2009 - 2024

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