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United States Folding Cartons Market Report 2022 to 2026: Rising Pharmaceutical Products to Meet the Needs of an Aging Population Drives Growth –


DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “United States Folding Cartons 2022-2026” report has been added to’s offering.

This industry study analyzes the $11.7 billion US folding carton industry. It presents historical demand data (2011, 2016, and 2021) and forecasts (2026 and 2031) by market (food and beverages, nondurable goods, durable goods, food service and carry out, and other markets). The study also evaluates company market share and competitive analysis.

Through 2026, demand for folding cartons in the US is projected to rise 1.8% per year to $12.8 billion, with an uptick in real growth offset by slowing price increases.

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Folding cartons will face several limiting trends, including a continuing push to reduce the amount of secondary packaging used with manufactured products.

For example, in many markets cartons are seeing a loss of market share to stand-up pouches, which offer:

  • Consumers with performance benefits such as resealability
  • Producers with such advantages as reduced shipping costs due to lighter weight and space-saving

Despite these challenges, growth will be supported by:

  • Increasing production of beverages, the largest application
  • Ongoing gains in the popularity of both takeout and delivery, amplified by the rise in online ordering and third-party delivery services
  • Rising pharmaceutical products to meet the needs of an aging population

Sustainability has a complicated impact on demand for folding cartons, as the relative advantages and disadvantages of paperboard can benefit some aspects of sustainability while detracting from others. While there is demand for use of paper-based products over plastic types (especially in food service applications) because paper is commonly perceived by consumers as being more environmentally friendly, the rigid nature and poor barrier properties of paperboard compared to plastic are causing folding cartons to lose share to plastic packaging in some applications.

Specialty Drinks & Frozen Food Provide Opportunities for the Large Food & Beverage Market

In 2021, food and beverage applications accounted for 61% of folding carton demand. Demand for folding cartons in the beverage market will benefit from the popularity of smaller, regional runs of beverages, most notably craft beer, and the proliferation of limited, seasonal varieties of hard seltzers and premixed cocktails. These products frequently use folding cartons with more colorful and elaborate graphics to stand out from the competition.

The frozen food market will also see relatively healthy growth, boosted by continued consumer interest in convenient trays or bowls, which frequently employ folding cartons as secondary packaging. However, further gains in this market will be limited by competition from paper sleeves for secondary packaging of frozen food.

Food service Applications Are Forecast to See the Fastest Gains

The food service and carryout market for folding cartons is expected to expand much more quickly than average, due largely to the importance of takeout and delivery, as well as online ordering and third-party delivery services. While consumer interest in sustainability is boosting the use of paper folding cartons (which are seen as recyclable and biodegradable) in place of single-use plastics, sealable plastic packaging continues to provide strong competition for some food service items, as consumers are most concerned that their food arrives intact and plastic containers have higher leak resistance than cartons.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. About This Report

3. Overview

  • Historical Market Trends
  • Supply & Demand
  • Demand by Market
  • Pricing Trends
  • Sustainability
  • Industry Initiatives
  • Recycling & Recycled Content
  • Compostability
  • Renewable Resource & Forest Management
  • Regulations
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credits

4. Food & Beverage Markets

  • Demand by Market
  • Beverages
  • Frozen Food
  • Market Scope & Forecast
  • Pizza
  • Dinners
  • Other Frozen Food
  • Bakery Products
  • Demand Forecasts
  • Cakes, Pies, & Pastries
  • Cookies & Crackers
  • Other Baked Goods
  • Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Meat Alternatives
  • Candy & Confection
  • Demand Forecast
  • Chewing Gum
  • Snack Bars
  • Chocolate
  • Other Candy & Confections
  • Dairy Products
  • Demand Forecast
  • Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
  • Other Dairy Products
  • Other Food Products
  • Market Scope & Forecast
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Savory Snacks
  • All Other Food Products

5. Nonfood Markets

  • Demand by Market
  • Nondurable Goods
  • Market Scope & Forecast
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical Products
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries
  • Paper & Publishing
  • Other Nondurable Goods
  • Durable Goods
  • Market Scope & Forecast
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Toys & Sporting Goods
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • Silverware & Jewelry
  • Music, Entertainment, & Software
  • Motor Vehicle Parts
  • Glass & Ceramic Products
  • Instruments & All Other Durable Goods
  • Foodservice & Carryout
  • Other Markets

6. Key Suppliers & Market Share

  • Industry Composition
  • Market Share
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

7. Appendix

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