Fresh food container demand in the United States is projected to increase 3.7% per year to $1.1 billion in 2022, according to “Food Containers in the US, 11th Edition,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, Ohio.

The trends toward snacking and healthy eating will drive gains, as pre-made meals and snacks in food retail outlets allow consumers to eat fresh food quickly and easily.

Dairy product containers will account for largest share of sales growth through 2022. The continued popularity of single-serving dairy containers and increasing popularity of specific yogurt segments will support gains. Plastic bottles will also see strong growth due to the increasing consumption of various non-dairy creamers.

The perishable prepared foods market will experience the fastest fresh food container gains through 2022. Consumers' desire for convenience will boost demand, as rigid tubs, clamshells and bowls are ideal containers for cut and peeled fruit, prepared sandwiches and pre-mixed salads.