Food container sales increase projected

According to Freedonia’s study Food Containers: Rigid & Flexible, food container demand in the United States is projected to increase nearly 3% annually to $18.7 billion in 2007.

Within this container sector, the market research firm forecasts pouch demand to rise 6.3% per year, and rigid plastic food containers by 5.7% annually. The report says, “paperboard will continue to remain the largest rigid food container material based on [its] strength, stiffness, competitive pricing structure, and favorable environmental profile.” Folding cartons will provide the best opportunities, though more rapid growth is expected for aseptic cartons. Metal containers will exhibit small annual advances due to saturated fruit and vegetable can markets, and competition from pouches in tuna fish and other applications. Glass container demand is projected to decline because of plastic’s weight, design, and performance advantages. For more information on the $3꽤, 299-page study, contact The Freedonia Group, Inc., 440/684-9600, or visit www.freedoniagroup.com.

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