Food storage is one of the best performing segments of the housewares market.
The continuing embrace by U.S. consumers of healthy eating trends has increased demand for products that can store and preserve fresh food.
“Food storage container manufacturers in the US are increasing investments in R&D to offer the best designs and materials. They are also focusing on improving the quality of the products, keeping in mind environmental and sustainability concerns. End-users are also looking for diversification for the uses of food storage containers.”
-Manu Gupta, a lead research analyst from Technavio
According to Technavio’s 2017 report on the global food storage container market in the US, there are three major trends that will contribute to the increasing growth in food storage containers through the year 2021…
- Sustainable materials: Consumers prefer containers that are environmentally friendly. Vendors are increasingly investing in R&D to develop containers that are recyclable and resistant to friction, moisture and heat.
- More sophisticated designs: Many food storage container manufacturers are providing a wide range of containers, which are efficient and require very little maintenance. Increased demand for plastic-based food storage containers among consumers and buyers is propelling market growth.
- Rise in demand for glass containers: Glass containers generally have a plastic lid that helps in keeping the food airtight. These containers are available in clear, frosted and colored glasses. Advantages of glass containers are: longevity, keeping food fresh for longer periods and easy freezing/preheating.
Meal Prepping = Smart Food Storage
You’ve likely seen it on social media – a neat grouping of containers on a counter, each filled with beautifully colorful food, all ready for the week ahead…this is meal prep.
Meal prep is a new trend that many health nuts, athletes and body builders have caught onto, but it is so simple that anyone can do it. If you have two hours of free time on the weekends, then you have enough time to make simple, healthy meals to last throughout the week. Meal prepping is all about making your healthy food at one time and storing it in pre-portioned containers for the week. Meal prep can save time and money and is a healthy alternative to fast food.
The advent of meal prep popularity has a direct link into these new food storage trends.
Here are some examples of innovative products that recently have hit the market:
Unbreakable Eastman Tritan base provides lasting, glass-like clarity, is stain resistant and will not retain odors. Stackable, nestable and featuring a lid with 4 locking tabs, Clearlock is the premium food storage solution.
Made from polypropylene and copolyester (BPA free), each container contains a sauce pot, inner dish and fork. Containers are microwave and dishwasher safe.
black+blum – Lunch Pot:
BPA-free, each set contains two watertight pots with a convenient carry strap and spork. The smaller pot fits into the larger pot for compact carrying when empty. The set is microwave and dishwasher safe.
Collapse-It Storage Containers
Durable, oven-safe, microwave-safe, airtight storage system. These containers will not crack or break. Leak-proof patented seal in the lid is perfect for transporting food on the go. Containers collapse to less than half their size for efficient, stackable storage.
IdealPrep – Glass Meal Prep Container
Food can be organized and stored with this divided container. Made from borosilicate glass, these containers are BPA-free during microwaving and has 10 percent more strength and durability than other leading brands. Divided sections offer portion control. Lids are leak-proof and have a removable silicone seal to make it easy to clean and maintain.
OXO’s GreenSaver line is a complete storage system that works together to keep produce fresh longer. The produce keepers feature enhanced carbon filters to trap and absorb ethylene gas, slowing down the aging process. The elevated basket lifts produce up and away from container walls to promote airflow and help prevent rotting. It can also be removed and used as a colander. There is also an adjustable vent that slides open and closed to maintain optimum humidity levels.
Guaranteed not to leak, Rubbermaid Brilliance food storage containers are intelligently crafted and beautifully designed. The containers are made of BPA-free plastic and are built with an airtight leak-proof seal and secure latches. Crystal clear lids and bases make it easy to see contents and are stain- and odor-resistant. Built-in vents allow steam to escape so food can be heated in the microwave without removing the lid.
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