US Pet Food Packaging Industry Demand to Grow 4% Annually to 2018


US demand to rise nearly 4% annually through 2018

US demand for pet food packaging will rise close to four percent yearly through 2018. Pet food represents one of the most dynamic segments for packaging due to promising growth potential and the emergence of high value packaging materials and more complex constructions. Key projections include:

  • Growth in the production of pet food will accelerate as the economy continues to recover and pet ownership rebounds.
  • Innovations in pet food, such as chilled and frozen products, will offer new opportunities for packaging suppliers.
  • Competitive market conditions will continue to drive pet food manufacturers to differentiate their products through innovative and eye-catching packaging.
  • Mature products such as multiwall bags and metal cans will face increased competition from newer packaging formats such as stand-up pouches and plastic cups.

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Recovery in pet food market to spur packaging demand

The US pet food market has matured, as pet ownership has leveled off in recent years due to the impact of the recession. However, improving economic conditions are renewing interest in pets, and advances will be fueled by an increasing number of empty nesters and singleperson households desiring pets as companions. This will spur growth in pet food output and trigger corresponding increases in packaging demand.

Chilled, organic pet food packaging to rise sharply

New pet food products are often providing increased packaging opportunities. The emergence of natural and organic pet food has led to gains in paper-based packaging with a natural finish, and healthier, special-formulation pet food is frequently sold in smaller-size, resealable pouches with greater display capabilities. Chilled and frozen products currently represent a small, niche market for pet food packaging but are growing rapidly due to increased consumer demand. Advantages of chilled and frozen products include maintaining freshness and minimizing pantry storage space. Plastic retort pouches and multiwall bags are frequently used for these products, benefiting from their ability to maintain product quality in cold temperatures.

Bags, cans face new competition

The use of bags has dominated the dry pet food market for years. However, a rise in demand for woven polypropylene materials for large format bags has challenged the traditional use of multiwall paper materials. Woven polypropylene offers improved package durability and display appeal compared to paper-based packaging and is sold at a similar price point. Reclosable stand-up pouches are also advancing at a fast pace as small, dry pet food containers and in the pet treats segment, both at the expense of plastic bags. However, the higher cost of pouches versus bags may act as a limiting factor. Metal cans are facing competitive threats from tubs and cups, which are growing at a faster rate. The emergence of tubs and cups for pet food packaging is driven by their light weight, ease of handling, and reduced shipping costs.

Company Profiles

Profiles for over 35 US industry players such as Amcor, Ball, Bemis, Berry Plastics, Coveris, Crown, Graphic Packaging, Printpack & Sonoco

Additional Information

This study analyzes the pet food packaging market in the US. Product segments covered include multiwall bags (paper, plastic, and wovens), cans, pouches, cartons, and other packaging, including tubs and cups, bottles and jars, chubs, composite cans, and gabletop cartons. Applications include dry and wet pet food, pet treats, and chilled and frozen products, the last a relatively new category. Packaging materials include paper, plastic (polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester, and other plastic materials), metal (steel and aluminum cans, and aluminum foil laminates), and wovens. Both primary and secondary rigid packagings are included in the study in cases where the secondary packaging would typically be used beyond the point of sale. For example, secondary containers such as folding cartons for multipacks of pet food products are included, while a corrugated shipping box or merchandise display box is not. Also excluded are containers used to package pet beverages, health supplements, and pet supplies. Other pet food packaging — such as film wrap, trays, clamshells, baskets, pet food storage containers, pails, and separately sold ends and closures — are also excluded from the scope of this study. The study includes both captive and merchant pet food packaging production.

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General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 9
Consumer Income & Spending 13
Pet Demographic Trends 16
Pet Food Industry Overview 20
Products & Suppliers 22
Types of Pet Food 24
Pet Food by Animal Type 28
Pet Food Retail Outlook 30
Packaging Industry Overview 33
Paper 36
Plastic 37
Metal 38
Packaging Price Trends 38
Plastic Bottles & Jars 41
Pouches 42
Folding Cartons 43
Tubs & Cups 44
Metal Cans 45
Bags 45
Other Packaging 46
Environmental & Regulatory Factors 47
International Outlook 52

General 56
Dry Food 60
Wet Food 64
Pet Treats 71
Chilled & Frozen 77
Demand by Animal 81
Dog Food 83
Cat Food 86
Other Animal Food 90

General 93
Bags 96
Paper Bags 99
Applications 101
Suppliers 102
Plastic Bags 104
Applications 105
Suppliers 106
Woven Bags 108
Applications 110
Suppliers 111
Metal Cans 112
Applications 114
Suppliers 116
Pouches 117
Applications 119
Suppliers 121
Folding Cartons 123
Applications 124
Suppliers 125
Plastic Bottles & Jars 126
Applications 128
Suppliers 130
Tubs & Cups 130
Applications 132
Suppliers 135
Other Packaging Types 136
Composite Cans 137
Chubs 138
Gabletop Cartons & All Other 139

General 142
Paperboard 145
Plastic 149
Metal 157
Wovens 160

General 163
Industry Composition 165
Market Share 169
Acquisitions & Divestitures 175
Manufacturing 178
Marketing Strategies 181
Distribution 182
Competitive Strategies 183
Research & Development 185
Cooperative Agreements 189
Company Profiles 192
Amcor Limited 193
American Packaging Corporation 195
Ampac Packaging LLC 196
Ardagh Group SA 198
Ball Corporation 200
Bancroft Bag Incorporated 201
Bemis Company Incorporated 203
Berry Plastics Corporation 205
Cedex Plastics, see Coveris Holdings
Coating Excellence International LLC 207
Coveris Holdings SA 209
Crown Holdings Incorporated 212
Curwood, see Bemis
Eagle Flexible Packaging Incorporated 214
Excel Packaging Corporation 215
Excel-Pac, see Prolamina
Exopack Holding, see Coveris Holdings
Expera Specialty Solutions LLC 216
Fres-co System USA, see Goglio
Gateway Packaging Company LLC 217
Goglio SpA 218
Graphic Packaging Holding Company 220
Greif Incorporated 222
Hood Companies 224
InterFlex Group Incorporated 226
Jen-Coat, see Prolamina
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation 228
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, see KapStone
Paper and Packaging
MeadWestvaco Corporation 229
Mondi Group 231
Nordenia International, see Mondi Group
Peel Plastic Products Limited 233
Plastic Packaging Technologies LLC 235
Printpack Incorporated 236
Prolamina Corporation 238
Silgan Holdings Incorporated 240
Sonoco Products Company 242
Star Packaging, see InterFlex Group
Tetra Laval International SA 244
Werthan Packaging Incorporated 245
Wihuri Oy 246
Winpak, see Wihuri
Additional Companies in Pet Food Packaging 248