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U.S. food industry forecast to grow through 2022

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General 2016 Food Packaging Trends and Advances report PMMI The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Meat and related products and snack food to outperform other segments.

RESTON, VA— The U.S. food industry is forecast to grow at a steady rate of 2.9 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2022, according to the just released 2016 Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

PMMI represents the voice of more than 700 North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for processing and packaging.

Based on interviews from 70 professionals across the food processing and packaging industry in the U.S. and overseas, the study forecasts that meat and related products and snack foods will outperform the market with over three percent growth.

The growth in these two segments is attributed to consumer demand for portion control and convenience options.


Global Market Growth
The U.S. food industry trails the global market and, while North America is the largest global market across all food segments, the overall growth of the food industry, which includes food packaging, is being driven by emerging markets like Argentina, Brazil, China and India.

Global growth rates for most segments are double U.S. growth rates, except for meat and related products (8.5 percent), and candy and confections (eight  percent), which have higher rates of global growth compared to those of the U.S.

Innovation in the U.S. Food Industry
U.S. food packaging innovations are often concepts that are already in use in other segments and innovations from other countries are beginning to enter the U.S. food packaging market.

One trend that meat manufacturers find exciting is a product with a film that opens during cooking which allows the meat to brown after a pre-determined period of time.

The most innovative food industry segments are:

  • Snack Foods: Recycled and biodegradable materials for salty snacks; stylish, vivid graphics and shapes for single-serve packs;
  • Meat and Related Products: New films to keep meat fresher longer; active labels to sense when meat is past its expiration;
  • Fruits and Vegetables: Clear, tactile films to make consumers pause and consider the product; more single-serve packaging;
  • Pet Food: More recycled materials in packaging; single-serve containers to differentiate niche or premium products.

Consumer demand continues to drive the industry, as noted in the current major packaging trends: convenience, flexibility, safety, sustainability and technology.

To learn more, an infographic illustrating key findings is now available on or visit to download the Executive Summary or full Food Packaging Trends and Advances report ($500 for non-members).

PMMI owns and produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, including PACK EXPO International 2016 and Pharma EXPO 2016 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 6–9). With over 2,300 exhibitors in more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, the co-located shows are welcoming 50,000 attendees to McCormick Place in the fall.

Register for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 online at Registration for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO is US$30 through Oct. 14, when it increases to the on-site fee of US$100.

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