FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- A third of 1,600 food-service operators surveyed said they expect to spend more money on beverage cups, food containers and other packaging products in the next year, with spending expected to increase 9.3% on average, according to a new market research study.
In addition, the projected growth was supported further by interviews with 200 food-service distributors. More than half of those interviewed said they expect their shipments of food-service packaging products to increase in the next year, by nearly 12% on average. Just 2% said they expect their shipments to decrease, by 10% on average.
Based on survey results and interviews, officials at FPI projected a net increase of 2.6% in food-service packaging purchases next year, with a net increase of 6.4% in expected food-service packaging shipments.
In the spring, researchers from the Qume Group interviewed a cross section of food-service industry representatives, including full-menu chain and independent operators, various quick-service restaurant operators, and operators of chain/franchise and independent convenience stores. Also included were interviews with non-commercial food-service operators, including nursing homes, hospitals, school districts, college and universities.