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Beverage Containers

This market profile on beverage containers is a guide to this $14.8 billion market. Analyzes and forecasts trends on beverage container purchases by the soft drink, beer, milk, juice, wine, and liquor markets. Provides shipment data for metal cans, glass containers, plastic bottles, paperboard cartons, and bags and sacks for the beverage industry. Evaluates import and export shipments, the cost structure of U.S. beverage container plants, raw material price movements, and U.S. beverage consumption trends. Also profiles 36 worldwide manufacturers of beverage containers, zeroing in on the strategies used to increase market share, improve efficiency, and exploit global markets.


Introduction and Methodology

Section 1: U.S. Beverage Container Market Trends
Executive Summary: Beverage Container Market Growth Analysis, Share of U.S. Packaging Material Industry, Rising Material Costs, Industry Consolidation, Developing a Competitive Advantage, Growing End-Use Markets, Shifts in The Market Material Mix, Developing Niche Product Lines, and Global Opportunities

  • Table 1-1 U.S. Beverage Container Market, 1977-2001 (Dollars)
  • Table 1-2 Beverage Containers' Share of U.S. Packaging Materials Shipments, 1982-2001 (Dollars and Percent): Total U.S. Packaging Shipments, Percent Gross Domestic Product, and Beverage Container Purchases Percent Packaging Materials
  • Table 1-3 U.S. Beverage Container Market by Type of Container, 1977-2001 (Dollars and Percent): Metal Containers, Glass Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Paperboard Containers, Plastic and Paper Bags and Sacks
  • Table 1-4 Comparative Growth Analysis of U.S. Beverage Container Dollar Purchases by Container Type and End-Use Market, 1996-2001 (Percent)
  • Table 1-5 Comparative Growth Analysis of U.S. Beverage Container Volume Shipment Trends, 1982-2001 (Index): Metal Cans, Glass Containers, Plastic Bottles, and Paperboard Containers
  • Table 1-6 U.S. Shipments of Rigid Beverage Containers by Type, 1982-2001 (Number): Metal Cans, Glass Containers, and Plastic Bottles

Section 2: U.S. Beverage Container Purchases by End-Use Market
Summary of Major Findings: Soft Drink Bottlers, Breweries, Packers of Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Wineries, and Fluid Milk Plants

  • Table 2-1 U.S. Purchases of Beverage Containers by End-Use Market, 1977-2001 (Dollars and Percent): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Wine and Brandy, and Distilled and Blended Liquor
  • Table 2-2 U.S. Purchases of Metal Containers by Beverage End-Use Markets, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, and Fruit and Vegetable Juices
  • Table 2-3 U.S. Purchases of Glass Containers by Beverage End-Use Markets, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Wine and Brandy, and Distilled and Blended Liquor
  • Table 2-4 U.S. Purchases of Plastic Bottles and Containers by Beverage End-Use Markets, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, and Distilled and Blended Liquor
  • Table 2-5 U.S. Purchases of Paperboard Containers by Beverage End-Use Markets, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Wine and Brandy, and Distilled and Blended Liquor
  • Table 2-6 U.S. Purchases of Plastic and Paper Bags and Sacks by Beverage End-Use Markets, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Fluid Milk Products, Fruit and Vegetable Juices, and Wine and Brandy
  • Table 2-7 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Soft Drink Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Metal Containers, and Glass Containers
  • Table 2-8 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Beer Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Metal Containers, and Glass Containers
  • Table 2-9 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Fluid Milk Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Metal Containers, Glass Containers, and Plastic and Paper Bags and Sacks
  • Table 2-10 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Fruit and Vegetable Juice Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, Metal Containers, Glass Containers, and Plastic and Paper Bags and Sacks
  • Table 2-11 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Wine and Brandy Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Glass Containers, and Plastic and Paper Bags and Sacks
  • Table 2-12 Container Purchasing Mix by Material for U.S. Distilled and Blended Liquor Plants, 1977-1996 (Dollars and Percent): Paperboard Containers, Plastic Bottles and Containers, and Glass Containers

Section 3: Factors Affecting U.S. Beverage Container Demand
Summary of Major Findings: Beverage Industry Packaging Materials Spending, Beverage Consumption, Growth-Oriented Beverage Markets, Packaging Materials' Share of Beverage Plant Inputs, Soft Drink Container Market, Beer Container Market, Juices Shipped in Aseptic Packages, Number of U.S. Beverage Product Plants, Container Purchases Per Plant, Key State Markets, and Food Service Industry Opportunities

  • Table 3-1 U.S. Beverage Industry Packaging Materials Spending, 1977-2001 (Dollars and Percent): Containers and Other Packaging Materials
  • Table 3-2 Container and Other Packaging Material Purchases by U.S. Beverage Industry Sector and Packaging's Share of Total Inputs, 1977-1996
  • Table 3-3 Total U.S. Beverage Consumption Trends, 1977-2001 (Gallons): Total Beverage Consumption, Growth Analysis, and Per Capita Consumption
  • Table 3-4 U.S. Per Capita Beverage Consumption by Type of Beverage, 1977-2001 (Gallons): Soft Drinks, Coffee, Milk, Bottled Water, Fruit Juices, Tea, Beer, Wine, and Distilled Spirits
  • Table 3-5 U.S. Shipments of Soft Drink Containers by Material, 1987-2001 (Number): Metal Cans, Plastic Bottles, and Glass Containers
  • Table 3-6 U.S. Carbonated Soft Drink Shipments by Type of Container, 1987-1996 (Cases): Plastic Bottles, Nonrefillable Glass Bottles, Refillable Glass Bottles, and Cans
  • Table 3-7 U.S. Shipments of Noncarbonated Soft Drinks by Product and Container, 1987-1996 (Gallons): Fruit Drinks, Cocktails, and Ades; Canned Iced Tea; Other Noncarbonated Soft Drinks; and Bottled Water
  • Table 3-8 U.S. Shipments of Beer Cans and Glass Bottles, 1982-2001 (Number)
  • Table 3-9 U.S. Beer Withdrawals and Percent Packaged, 1982- 1995 (Barrels): Total Withdrawals, Sold in Bottles and Cans, and Sold in Barrels and Kegs
  • Table 3-10 U.S. Beer Shipments by Container Type, 1982-1996 (Barrels): Cans, Nonreturnable Glass Bottles, and Returnable Glass Bottles
  • Table 3-11 U.S. Canned Beer and Ale Shipments by Container Size, 1987-1996 (Barrels): 12 Ounce Cans, 16 Ounce Cans, and Other Can Sizes
  • Table 3-12 U.S. Bottled Beer Shipments by Container Type and Size, 1987-1996 (Barrels): Nonreturnable and Returnable Bottles; Less Than 12 Ounce Bottles, 12 Ounce Bottles, 32 Ounce Bottles, and All Other Bottle Sizes
  • Table 3-13 Imports' Share of U.S. Alcoholic Beverage Supply, 1985-1993 (Percent): Beer, Wines and Brandy, and Distilled Liquors
  • Table 3-14 U.S. Shipments of Packaged Fluid Milk and Cream Products by Type, 1982-1996 (Quarts): Whole Milk, Low Fat Milk, Skim Milk, Cream, Half and Half, Flavored Milks, and Other Milk Products
  • Table 3-15 Aseptic Juice and Drinks' Share of Total U.S. Retail Sales of Canned and Bottled Juices and Drinks, 1986-1994 (Percent)
  • Table 3-16 Glass Containers Purchased by U.S. Wine and Brandy Plants and Average Value Per Gross, 1982-1996 (Gross and Dollars)
  • Table 3-17 Number of U.S. Beverage Plants by Product Type and Average Container Purchases Per Plant, 1977-1996 (Number and Dollars): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Wine and Brandy, Distilled and Blended Liquor, and Total Plants
  • Table 3-18 Number of U.S. Beverage Product Plants by State and by Type of Beverage, 1993 (Number): Soft Drinks, Beer, Fluid Milk Products, Wine and Brandy, and Distilled and Blended Liquor
  • Table 3-19 Food Service Industry's Position in Total U.S. Food Spending, 1972-1995 (Dollars): Total U.S. Food Spending, Food for Off-Premise Use, and Meals and Snacks
  • Table 3-20 The Fifty Largest North American Beverage Companies, 1994 (Dollars): Sales, Principal Beverage Subsidiaries, and Principal Beverages

Section 4: U.S. Beverage Container Solid Waste Situation
Summary of Major Findings: Beverage Container Municipal Waste Stream, Recovery Rates, and Landfill Density

  • Table 4-1 U.S. Beverage Container Waste Generated by Container Type, 1970-2000 (Tons): Glass Containers, Steel Cans, Aluminum Cans, Milk Cartons, Plastic Bottles, and Total Beverage Container Waste
  • Table 4-2 Recovery of U.S. Beverage Container Waste by Container Type, 1980-2000 (Tons): Glass Containers, Steel Cans, Aluminum Cans, Milk Cartons, Plastic Bottles, and Total Beverage Container Waste Recovered
  • Table 4-3 Volume of U.S. Beverage Containers Discarded and Disposed in Landfills, 1988 and 1993 (Tons and Cubic Yards): Glass Containers, Steel Cans, Aluminum Cans, Milk Cartons, Plastic Bottles, and Total Beverage Containers Discarded

Section 5: U.S. Beverage Container Shipments
Summary of Major Findings: Metal Beverage Can Growth Analysis, Beverage Can Commercial Sales Versus Own Use, Beer Versus Soft Drink Can Shipments, Glass Beverage Container Growth Analysis and by End-Use Market, Plastic Beverage Bottle Shipments and by End-Use Market, Milk-Type Carton Shipments, Shipments of Folding Paperboard Boxes for Bottled and Canned Beverages, and Container Plant Profit Margins

  • Table 5-1 U.S. Metal Can Shipments for Beverage Purposes and Share of Total Metal Can Output, 1982-2001 (Number and Percent)
  • Table 5-2 U.S. Metal Beverage Can Output for Sale and for Own Use, 1988-1995 (Number)
  • Table 5-3 U.S. Metal Beverage Can Shipments for Beer and Soft Drinks, 1982-2001 (Number)
  • Table 5-4 U.S. Metal Beer and Soft Drink Can Shipments by Material, 1990-1994 (Number): Steel and Aluminum
  • Table 5-5 U.S. Metal Beer and Soft Drink Can Shipments by Container Size, 1993-1994 (Number): Less Than 12 Ounce, 12 Ounce, and Over 12 Ounce
  • Table 5-6 U.S. Shipments of Glass Containers for Beverage End-Use Markets, 1982-2001 (Number)
  • Table 5-7 U.S. Glass Container Shipments by Beverage End-Use Market, 1982-2001 (Number): Nonalcoholic Beverages, Beer, Liquor, and Wine
  • Table 5-8 U.S. Shipments of Plastic Bottles for Beverage Use, 1977-2001 (Number)
  • Table 5-9 U.S. Plastic Bottle Shipments for Beverage Use by Type of Beverage, 1987-2001 (Number): Carbonated Soft Drinks, Milk, and Other Beverages
  • Table 5-10 U.S. Demand for PET Bottle Grade Resin, 1988-1994 (Pounds)
  • Table 5-11 U.S. High Density Polyethylene Resin Used to Manufacture Blow-Molded Liquid Food Bottles, 1989-1994 (Pounds)
  • Table 5-12 U.S. Shipments of Milk and Milk-Type Paperboard Cartons, 1977-2001 (Dollars and Tons)
  • Table 5-13 U.S. Shipments of Folding Paperboard Boxes for Bottled and Canned Beverages, 1977-2001 (Dollars and Tons)
  • Table 5-14 U.S. Wholesale Price Trends for Beverage Containers by Container Type, 1987-1996 (Index): Aluminum Beverage Cans, Nonalcoholic Glass Beverage Containers, Beer and Wine Glass Containers, Plastic Bottles, and Milk and Milk-Type Paperboard Cartons
  • Table 5-15 U.S. Wholesale Price Trends for Competing Container Materials, 1992-1996 (Index): Aluminum Sheet, Flat Glass, PET Resin, and Paperboard Mill Products
  • Table 5-16 Gross Plant Profit Margins for U.S. Packaging Material Plants by Major Container Type, 1982-1993 (Percent): Metal Cans, Glass Containers, Plastic Bottles, Milk and Milk-Type Paperboard Cartons, and Folding Paperboard Boxes
  • Table 5-17 Number of U.S. Companies Manufacturing Packaging Materials by Container Type, 1982-1992 (Number): Metal Cans, Glass Containers, Plastic Bottles, Milk and Milk-Type Paperboard Cartons, and Folding Paperboard Boxes
  • Table 5-18 Estimated Share of The U.S. Metal and Glass Beverage Container Markets by Top Manufacturers, 1994 (Percent)
  • Table 5-19 Sales and Profit Trends for Four Companies, 1992- 1995 (Dollars and Percent): Ball, Champion International, Consumers Packaging, and Johnson Controls
  • Table 5-20 Distribution of Pechiney Sales by Division and End-Use Markets, 1992-1994 (Number and Percent): Beverage Cans North America, Beverage Cans Europe, and Beverage Glass North America; Soft Drink, Beer, and Juices

Section 6: Company Profiles and Recent Developments
Summary of Major Findings: Market Consolidation, Aluminum Can Sheet Pricing Situation, Plastic Beverage Bottle Competitive Environment, Foreign Market Activity, Global Competition, and Niche Market Opportunities
Methodology, Sources, and Objectives
ACX Technologies
Adolph Coors Co.
Aluminum Co. of America
Amcor Ltd.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Atlantis Plastics, Inc.
Ball Corp.
BTR, Plc
Campagnie de Saint-Gobain SA
Carlisle Plastics, Inc.
CarnaudMetalbox
Champion International Corp.
Consumers Packaging, Inc.
Crown Cork & Seal Co., Inc.
Graham Packaging Co.
Hoechst Ag
International Paper Co.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Liqui-Box Corp.
MC Packaging Ltd.
The Mead Corp.
Nampak Ltd.
Nippon Paper Industries, Inc. Ltd.
Owens-Illinois Group, Inc.
Pechiney
Plysu, Plc
Repola
Rexam Plc
Reid Plastics, Inc.
Reynolds Metals Co.
Riverwood International Corp.
San Miguel Corp.
Seda Specialty Packaging Corp.
Sinocan Holdings Ltd.
Viag Ag
Vitro S.A.

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