Food Trays Market is expected to reach US$ 1.0 Bn in 2022

As per Future Market Insights (FMI), the demand in the food trays market is forecast to rise at a CAGR of 4.6% between 2022 and 2032, up from 2.2% CAGR registered in 2015-2021. 

Due to the advent of appealing, user-friendly applications, and tech-enabled driver networks, as well as evolving customer expectations, ready-to-eat food delivery has emerged as a vital business.  

Surge in online food delivery during extended period of lockdown in 2020-2021 helped the market to stay afloat. FMI however forecasts sales to recover, as restaurants and cafes begin operating worldwide without any COVID-19 induced restrictions.  

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Key Takeaways from Food Tray Market 

  • Plastic is the most used material for manufacturing food trays and it holds a market share of almost 66.5%
  • Multi cavity trays/partition trays are creating buzz in the global market driven by the increasing consumption of ready to eat food among millennials.  
  • Restaurants and cafes will remain the chief end-use category, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.5% between 2022 and 2032.  
  • The China food trays market projected to register a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.  

“To reduce carbon footprint, instead of manufacturing single-use plastic trays, manufacturers are now producing reusable plastic trays, which is expected to increase plastic tray sales by exponentially over the next decade,” – says a FMI Analyst

Millennials Inclination towards On-the-Go Food and Portion Packs Inspiring Key Players for Innovation  

Food trays are primarily consumed in meat and confectionery & bakery products packaging. It enhances shelf display and thus results in quick purchase decisions among consumers. As food trays in combination of smart and active packaging offer better shelf life to the inside product, many of the food product manufacturers are switching to trays packaging from the bulky and tradition box packaging. Besides this, consumer demand for single consumed portion packs and on-the-go food propelling exponential sales of food trays.  

On the back of aforesaid market trend, manufacturers are planning to create eye catchy, transparent looks, and small portion food trays made up of complete recyclable material. This has significant impact on the global food trays market, as this step is minimizing carbon footprints. 

Sustainable and Green Manufacturing is the New Face of Food Tray Market 

Paper trays, fiber-based trays, sugarcane trays, palm leaf trays, corn-starch trays, bagasse trays, and even plant-based polymers are key alternatives to plastic trays and provide a significant challenge to the plastic trays sector, reducing its growth. Because it integrates low-density polypropylene and contains minimal levels of polyethylene thermoplastic, reusable plastic trays are gaining appeal in a number of industries due to rising environmental concerns among consumers of plastic trays. 

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Food Tray Market Landscape 

Some of the leading players included in the food trays market are players like

  • Amcor PLC,
  • Sonoco Products Company,
  • Huhtamaki Oyj,
  • DS Smith Plc,
  • Mondi Group PLC,
  • International Paper Co,
  • Brodrene Hartmann A/S,
  • ESCO Technologies Inc.,
  • UFP Technologies, Inc.,
  • Pactiv LLC,
  • Tray-Pak Corporation,

Novolex, BillerudKorsnas, D&W Fine Pack LLC, Henry Molded Products, Inc., OrCon Industries Corporation, Fibercel Packaging Llc., Faerch A/S, Silver Plastics GmbH & Co. KG and Quinn Packaging. 

Food Trays Market By Category

By Material Type, Food Trays Market is Segmented as:

  • Plastic
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
    • Others (HIPS, HDPE, etc.)
  • Paper & Paperboard

By Tray Type, Food Trays Market is Segmented as:

  • Single Cavity
  • Multi Cavity

By End Use, Food Trays Market is Segmented as:

  • Food Producers & Processors
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Catering Services
  • Food Courts
  • Online Food Delivery