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Flexible Packaging Facts & Figures

(as of June 2015)

  • The Flexible Packaging industry had $31.1 billion in sales in the United States in 2014.
     
  • Flexible Packaging is the second largest packaging segment in the U.S., garnering about 19 percent of the U.S. $164 billion packaging market.
     
  • The flexible packaging industry directly employs approximately 79 thousand people.
     
  • Flexible packaging converters range from small manufacturing companies operating a single facility to large integrated corporations with up to 34 individual plant locations.
     
  • The average flexible packaging company employs about 194 people and serves a wide array of markets.
     
  • Exports account for nearly 5.4 percent of industry shipments.
     
  • The largest market for flexible packaging is food (retail and institutional), accounting for about 60 percent of shipments.
     
  • Other markets for flexible packaging include retail non-food at 12 percent; industrial applications at 6 percent; consumer products at 10 percent; institutional non-food at 3 percent; and medical and pharmaceutical at 9 percent.
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