Pouch bags can be ideal for produce that doesn’t need to be in a clamshell and pushes less waste through the supply chain, Palevsky said.
“There are more and more products in produce using those,” she said.
The fastest growth category in the produce packaging will be for plastic containers, according to the study. That category, including consumer-oriented tubs, clamshells, and other consumer-oriented plastic containers, will grow at a 4.8% annual rate through 2017, according to the study. Advances in plastic packaging demand will be fueled by growth in berry applications, according to the study.
Other produce packaging, including reusable plastic containers, will grow at an expected clip of 3.4% per year, according to the study.
The use of overwrap trays for fresh produce is expected to grow at an average rate of 3.6% per year, according to the study.
Palevsky said increasing use of bags and pouches may steal some demand from trays and clamshells.