Food Container Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Food Container Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Flexible Packaging, Paperboard, Rigid Packaging, Metal, Glass), By Application (Grain Mill Products, Dairy, Fruits & Vegetables), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Dec, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-235-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 75

Industry insights

The global food container market size was valued at USD 231.91 billion in 2015. Rising demand for convenience food products in emerging economies including China and India as a result of product innovation by manufacturers is expected to remain a major driving force.

Food containers are used in the form of flexible bags, sacks, paperboard, rigid plastic containers, metal containers, and glass bottles. The growing importance of flexible packaging material in the nutrition industry on account of exhibiting excellent properties including good heat insulation, aroma retention, and moisture barrier resistance is expected to drive the market over the projected period.

U.S. food container market revenue, by product, 2014 - 2025, (USD Million)

U.S. food container market

The growing concerns over greenhouse emissions in the F&B industry owing to stringent regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide usage are expected to promote the demand for sustainable packaging goods derived from bioplastics. Furthermore, the rising importance of secure disposal and light weight during the packaging in the F&B industry is anticipated to have a significant impact over the forecast period.

Improving the organic personal care industry of Germany and France is expected to promote the packaging activity and thus likely to reduce the access of raw material to the food processing sector. Furthermore, regulatory norms aimed at controlling deforestation on a global level are expected to decrease the availability of paper as a feedstock for the production of food containers.

Product Insights

Flexible packaging was the largest product segment, accounting for 41.4% of the market share in 2015. The rising importance of thin-film packaging in the nutritional industry as a protective medium for enhancing the shelf life of finished food goods is expected to promote application growth over the next nine years.

Rigid plastics is projected to foresee growth at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2016 to 2025. Technological innovation in terms of the development of biodegradable plastics by companies including Cargill Foods is expected to open new market opportunities for the rigid packaging product forms over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Meat processing products reported revenue of USD 62.16 billion in 2015 and is expected to witness significant growth owing to the increasing sales volumes of frozen beef product forms in the developed countries including the U.S. and Germany.

Dairy goods are projected to foresee growth at a CAGR of 4.0% from 2016 to 2025. Product innovation by Kerry Foods, Fonterra, and Dairy Foods America Inc. coupled with the development of new products including cheese and chilled desserts are expected to play a significant role in increasing the demand for containers over the next nine years.

Global food container market share, by application, 2015, (%)

Global food container market

Regional Insights Asia Pacific was the largest market and accounted for 33.5% of the global share in 2015. Population growth, rapid urbanization, and rising disposable income in developing countries including China, India, Bangladesh, and Thailand are anticipated to play an important role in increasing the industry size of the food & beverage sector which in turn will fuel growth over the next nine years.

The Middle East & Africa is expected to witness revenue growth at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2016 to 2025. The industrial shift from upstream oil & gas sector to domestic food & beverage sector in Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia and UAE is expected to open new industry avenues over the upcoming years

Rising utility expenditure coupled with stringent regulations aimed at improving the recycling of packaged material in developed countries including the U.S., UK, and Germany is expected to remain a major challenging factor for industry participants. However, improving the F&B industry in Eastern European countries including Russia and Poland as a result of increasing domestic consumption of packaged foods is expected to open new markets.

Food Container Market Share Insights

Key manufacturers in this industry include Silgan, Ball Corporation, Bemis, Ardagh, Berry Plastics, Caraustar Industries, and Graham Packaging. In November 2015, Ardagh Group commenced operations of a new furnace at Ayrshire plant in Europe with an investment of USD 21.6 million to produce glass bottles. Capacity expansion and product development are expected to be the key success factors for industry participants over the next nine years.

In March 2015, Berry Plastics Group, Inc. and Klöckner Pentaplast Group announced the formation of a strategic alliance to offer innovative form-fill-seal packaging solutions, on a global basis to F&B, consumer, and healthcare industries. The majority of manufacturers are expected to increase spending towards the formation of a strategic alliance to develop new packaging solutions for the customers.

Report Scope 



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, China, India, Brazil

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the food container market on the basis of product, application, and region.

  • Product Outlook (USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Flexible Packaging

    • Paperboard

    • Rigid Packaging

    • Metal

    • Glass

  • Application Outlook (USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Grain Mill Products

    • Dairy Goods

    • Fruits & Vegetables

    • Bakery Products

    • Meat Processed Products

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 -2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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