Market Snapshot: Shelf Stable

Shelf stable shipments valued $158 billion between 2014 and 2017, with $3 billion in machinery and equipment, and $85.5 billion in material cost value.


According to “2019 Trends and Advances in Food Packaging and Processing,” a report by PMMI Business Intelligence, shelf stable foods holds an 21.4% share of the nine food categories, with the number of establishments increasing to 3,910 between 2014 to 2017 (a CAGR of 2.3%), while the number of employees increased to 180,229 during the same period, at a CAGR of 1.1%.

Shelf stable product packaging trends include a continued investment in automation for machines to speed production, sustainable and more updated packaging, and greater penetration in e-commerce for products with long shelf life such as snack bars and cereal.

 Perishable Prepared Product Processing Trends

• Overall segment growth has struggled with the perception of canned products being less healthy than fresh.

• Traditional canned soups have seen decline, while claims of natural ingredient soups show growth.

• New varieties of sauces flavored with artisan ingredients and sweetened naturally are gaining share.

Consumer habits are driving change in this market as pasta makes a comeback in the US and ground coffee growth slows, replaced by more single-cup coffee sales. Microwaveable options have also become popular due to convenience and portability, and shelf-stable meal kits that can be delivered directly to the consumer are also being explored.

Source: PMMI Business Intelligence “2019 Trends and Advances in Food Packaging and Processing”

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