Latest Headlines

US pouch demand to approach $9 billion in 2016

July 19, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

Demand for pouches in the US is projected to increase 5.1% per year to $8.8 billion in 2016, driven by faster gains for standup pouches stemming from sustainability, functional and marketing advantages over alternative packaging media. Unit demand is expected to expand 3.0% yearly to 90 billion.

Burgeoning consumer acceptance of pouches as an alternative to rigid containers will buoy demand, as will such advantages as aesthetic appeal, portability, light weight, reduced material use and significantly lower shipping costs than rigid containers.  In addition, heightened use of reclosing and dispensing components will increase the competitiveness of pouches against rigid containers. These and other trends are presented in Pouches, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc. (www.freedoniagroup.com), a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.  

Standup pouch demand is forecast to expand 7.2% annually to $2 billion in 2016. Advances will be well above those of the overall packaging industry, reflecting heightened interest among packaged goods companies resulting from savings achieved in shipping costs due to the benefits of lighter weight and lower material use compared to rigid containers. Also supporting gains will be attributes of product differentiation; aesthetics; the presence of convenience features (e.g., zippers, spouts); and the perception, especially among younger consumers, of pouches being a more contemporary packaging format than cans, bottles, and cartons.

Demand for flat pouches is forecast to increase 4.5% yearly to $6.8 billion in 2016, fueled by above average gains for four-side-seal pouches based on rising demand in medical and pharmaceutical markets and in food uses such as meat, poultry, and seafood; and cheese.  Advances will also be aided by improved barrier structures and solid gains for pouches employing self-venting films to enable steam cooking of contents in the package.  Additionally, robust growth is expected for stick packs (small tube-shaped flat pouches), based on differentiation and material savings over conventional single portion configurations.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food and Beverage Packaging

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 Beverage Breakthroughs of the Year

Beverage packaging innovations huff, puff and blow traditional packaging down.
9/30/14 2:00 am EDT

Achieving High Speeds and Maximizing Productivity on Your Packaging Line

Increase efficiency and reduce costs by deploying high speed robotic picking on your line today.  BPA Delta style robots coupled with Cognex Vision Systems provide the fastest platform for pick and place applications.  BPA Delta Style robots are faster and reduce more human touch points than other available methods.  By utilizing a Cognex Vision System you increase quality and efficiency while reducing mechanical fixturing and labor hour costs.  BPA Delta Style Robots with Cognex Vision Systems quickly, accurately and efficiently load random oriented product into containers, wrappers or hffs machines all “on the fly” without stopping or indexing production, this leads to higher Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Food and Beverage Packaging

FBP September 2014 cover

2014 September

Check out the September 2014 issue of Food & Beverage Packaging, with features on flexible packaging, robots in packaging, and much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Dairy Packaging

What dairy foods packaging trends do you see being the most popular in coming years?
View Results Poll Archive

The Food and Beverage Packaging Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\FBP\modified-atmosphere.gif
Modified Atmosphere and Active Packaging Technologies

Many factors are relevant in making the proper choice of food packaging material, including those related to shelf life and biodegradability.

More Products

FBP Buyer's Guide

2013 FBP Buyers Guide

 

 

Food and Beverage Packaging's Buyer's Guide provides a list of suppliers of food and beverage packaging solutions. 

Clear Seas Research

CS-OflRGBhomepage.jpgWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

 Facebook iconTwitter iconYoutube icon LinkedIn icong+icon