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FPI's Research Roundup

One of the most common questions we receive at FPI is “What kind of market research information do you have?” The answer depends on what you’re looking for, and whether or not you are a member. Here’s the rundown of what we have and for whom:


If you’re looking for data specific to foodservice packaging…

In years’ past, FPI produced a market research study, which included third-party interviews with thousands of U.S. foodservice operators. The last of these studies, completed in 2011, included market size estimates (in units) for dozens of foodservice packaging items, broken down by market segment and geographic region. It also projected 2014 market size estimates, as well as more qualitative data on a variety of topics related to foodservice packaging, such as service type profiles; purchasing trends; use of material types; take-out and catering offerings. This very detailed report is available for FPI members only.


FPI also runs an in-house statistics program. The quarterly program tracking sales of processor and supermarket tray sales in the U.S. and Canada has been running for years. We’re currently setting up a new program for plastic beverage cup sales, also in the U.S. and Canada. In both cases, the programs are only open to FPI members, and aggregated data is only shared with program participants.


If you’re looking for the latest trends…

Each fall, FPI surveys its members to get their thoughts on trends throughout the supply chain, namely about the foodservice packaging itself; the raw materials used to make foodservice packaging; the machinery used to convert foodservice packaging; foodservice distribution; and foodservice operations. Members’ submissions are collected and included in our annual “Trends Report.” In addition to members’ opinions, the report also includes a section on FPI staff’s thoughts about the top trends, which are based on survey responses, entries in FPI’s Packaging Innovations and Insights and other general observations. The trends survey and the accompanying report are only available to FPI members. However, we’ll offer an executive summary of this year’s report for non-members.


If you’re looking for general information about the state of the foodservice packaging industry…

Every spring, FPI surveys the entire value chain in North America, including raw material and machinery suppliers, converters, foodservice distributors and foodservice operators to gather information about the state of our industry. The surveys review issues such as changes to volume and profits, expansion and purchasing plans, opportunities and challenges facing the industry, etc. The surveys are sent to FPI members and non-members, as well as members of FPI’s sister association, Pack2Go Europe. The results of these surveys are compiled to create FPI’s annual “State of the Industry Report,” which is distributed to FPI members and contributing participants only. An executive summary with highlights of the report is available to non-members.


If you’re looking for research on the broader foodservice industry…

On a quarterly basis, FPI reviews data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The Census Bureau data provides insights into how the foodservice industry is doing and is further broken down into subsectors of full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places. The Economic Research Service data provides insights into all food expenditures, with a break out of “food at home” versus “food away from home.” Current and historical data from both sources paint an excellent picture of the industry that our members support. All this data is captured in FPI’s “Economic Indicators Report,” which is shared with members only.


So, do we have research? Yes, quite a lot, in fact.  Copies of many of these reports may be found in the Resources section of FPI’s website. Or, if you have questions about any of these reports, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 9/1/2015 2:09:40 PM