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  • Published On : Sep 2023
  • Code : CMI6299
  • Pages : 140
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  • Industry : Packaging

The Foam Cooler Box Market size is expected to reach US$ 5.22 billion by 2030, from US$ 2.93 billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period. Foam cooler boxes are insulating containers used to keep food and beverages cool. They are portable and come in hard-sided and soft-sided variants. The hard-sided cooler boxes are rigid and durable, while soft-sided are flexible and lightweight. Foam coolers provide temperature retention and easy portability, making them ideal for activities like camping, fishing, hunting, and picnics. Key drivers of the foam cooler box market include rising outdoor recreational activities, growing demand from the food & beverage industry, and increasing adoption of soft and hard coolers.

Foam Cooler Box Market Regional Insights

  • North America is the largest market for foam cooler boxes, accounting for 35% of the global market share in 2023. This is due to the high demand for foam cooler boxes in the United States, which is the largest consumer of foam cooler boxes in the world. The increasing popularity of outdoor activities, such as camping and picnics, is also driving the growth of the foam cooler box market in North America.
  • Asia Pacific is the second largest market for foam cooler boxes, accounting for 25% of the global market share in 2023. The growth of the foam cooler box market in Asia Pacific is driven by the growing population and disposable income in the region. The increasing demand for foam cooler boxes from countries such as China, India, and Japan is also contributing to the growth of the market.
  • Europe is the third largest market for foam cooler boxes, accounting for 18% of the global market share in 2023. The growth of the foam cooler box market in Europe is driven by the increasing popularity of outdoor activities and the rising demand for eco-friendly products.

Figure 1. Global Foam Cooler Box Market Share (%), by Region, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Foam Cooler Box Market Drivers

  • Increasing participation in outdoor recreational activities: The rising participation in outdoor recreational activities such as camping, fishing, and hunting is a major factor driving the growth of the foam cooler box market. More consumers are indulging in activities like overlanding, kayaking, and weekend getaways which require portable cooling solutions. Foam coolers provide optimal temperature retention and easy portability during such outdoor trips. Their ability to keep contents cold for long durations with ice makes them a popular choice. The growing adventure tourism industry is also creating high demand for foam coolers for food and beverage storage. With increasing disposable incomes, consumers are able to spend more on leisure products like coolers to enhance their outdoor experience.
  • Product innovations and launch of smart coolers: Vendors in the foam cooler box market are focusing on innovations in cooler designs, features, and technology to gain a competitive edge. The launch of smart coolers integrated with features like built-in speakers, LED lights, USB chargers, and phone chargers provide convenience to users. Bluetooth connectivity in coolers enables controlling of features through mobile apps. The integration of tracking devices provides real-time monitoring of cooler location. Easy draining outlets and rapid cooling technologies also enhance user experience. Such product innovations coupled with launches across diverse price range and storage capacity are bolstering the market growth.
  • Surging demand from food & beverage industry: The rising utilization of foam coolers by food and beverage companies for storage and transportation of perishable foods is fostering the market growth. The expanding food delivery and takeaway restaurant businesses rely on coolers for safe transit of frozen foods, ready-to-eat meals, and beverages. Foam coolers maintain optimal temperature conditions and prevent spoilage or contamination risk during last mile deliveries. The growing demand for foam coolers for transport of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies is also contributing to the rising adoption. Their insulated construction minimizes temperature fluctuations throughout the cold chain.
  • Increasing popularity of soft-sided coolers: Soft-sided foam coolers are witnessing surging adoption owing to benefits like lightweight construction, easy portability, and flexibility. They are made using laminated open or closed cell foam offering decent temperature retention. The compact and foldable designs take minimal space during storage or transportation. Top brands are offering soft-sided coolers in vibrant colors and patterns for enhanced visual appeal. Shoulder straps and multiple carrying options provide convenience and comfort to users. They are also easy to clean and maintain owing to removable liner construction. The affordable pricing is also driving preference for soft-sided options.

Foam Cooler Box Market Opportunities

  • Rising disposable incomes and consumer spending: The rising global disposable personal incomes coupled with increasing consumer expenditure on leisure products and outdoor recreation is creating lucrative opportunities in the foam cooler box market. Consumers are willing to spend more on premium and innovative cooling solutions to enhance their experience. Market players can focus on expanding their premium product portfolios to cater to this demand. The launches across diverse price points also allow penetration into price-sensitive customer segments. Effective branding and marketing highlighting enhanced features can further aid growth.
  • Growing adoption in events industry: The extensive utilization of foam coolers for storing and transporting beverages at large events and gatherings provides notable growth opportunities to vendors. Coolers are ideal for maintaining the temperature of drinks like beer, water, juices and sodas during events like sports tournaments, concerts and festivals which often last for hours. Venues like stadiums and open spaces rely heavily on coolers for easy storage and dispensing of beverages. Strategic partnerships with event management companies can help boost cooler adoption in this sector.
  • Rising camping and caravanning trend: The growing inclination towards recreational vehicle travel and camping adventures among consumers globally is leading to increasing adoption of foam coolers tailored for outdoor trips. Cooler boxes enhance the camping and caravanning experience by providing optimal food and beverage storage. Market players can focus on innovation in backpack styles and portable sizes preferred for camping and RV travels. Tie-ups with camping associations and online communities can help amplify reach and boost sales potential.
  • Surging fishing hobby and marine tourism: The rising consumer interest in fishing as a recreational activity and hobby is spurring the demand for foam coolers specially designed for marine adventures. Coolers allow safe storage of baits, foods and drinks during lengthy fishing trips. The growth in marine tourism activities like boating, cruising and water sports also fosters adoption of coolers. Vendors can target promotion towards fishing gear stores and boating equipment shops to improve visibility. The launch of coolers with corrosion-resistant exteriors can appeal to marine user segments.

Foam Cooler Box Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 2.93 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 8.6% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 5.22 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Hard Body Coolers, Soft Body Coolers, Others
  • By Capacity: Up to 20 Quarts, 21-40 Quarts, 41-60 Quarts, 61-80 Quarts, 1-100 Quarts, Above 100 Quarts, Others
  • By Application: Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Online, Offline
  • By End-user: Residential, Commercial
  • By Material Type: Polyurethane Foam, Polystyrene Foam, Polyethylene Foam, Others
Companies covered:

YETI, Igloo, Coleman, Rubbermaid, Grizzly, Engel, Bison Coolers, ORCA, Pelican, Polar Bear Coolers, AO Coolers, Kula Coolers, IceMule, RTIC, Canyon Coolers, OtterBox, Kysek, Magellan Outdoors, Everest, Stanley

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing participation in outdoor recreation activities
  • Product innovations and launch of smart coolers
  • Surging demand from food and beverage industry
  • Increasing popularity of soft-sided coolers
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Presence of substitutes like vacuum insulated coolers
  • Seasonal demand fluctuations
  • Intense competition from local manufacturers

Foam Cooler Box Market Trends

  • Innovative technologies to improve ice retention: Manufacturers are incorporating advanced technologies like pressure-injected commercial grade polyurethane foams to enhance ice retention capacities of coolers. The high R-value Offered by such foams minimizes heat transfer and keeps contents colder for extended durations. Rotomolded coolers with thick plastic walls provide enhanced insulation and durability. Strategic wall thickness distribution optimizes cooling performance. Cooler lids with freezer-style gaskets prevent cold air leakage. Such technical enhancements cater to demand for longer temperature retention.
  • Sustainable materials and eco-friendly production: Sustainability is an emerging trend in the foam cooler box production. Brands are increasing the use of recycled materials like plastic and fabrics during manufacturing to minimize environmental impact. Some firms are also using plastic waste diverted from oceans and shorelines. Plant-based lining foam made from bamboo fibers provides natural insulation. Cardboard and paper are being used in packaging. Vendors are investing in renewable energy sources for production facilities. Such initiatives align with consumer preference for eco-friendly and responsibly made products.
  • Multiple size options and customization: Leading foam cooler companies are expanding their product portfolio across diverse storage capacities to meet varying user requirements. Small personal sizes for single users, medium-range volumes perfect for families and large premium capacity models catering to extended trips allow customers to pick an optimal size. Some firms also offer customization services for corporate clients and groups to get coolers printed with their logo or event details. The customization adds a personalized touch to the coolers. Add-ons like tracking devices, speakers or dry storage trays can also be integrated based on needs.
  • Omnichannel sales and marketing: Foam cooler vendors are utilizing both offline and online retail channels to improve product visibility and penetration. Coolers are retailed through big box stores, specialty sporting goods shops, outdoor recreation retailers and other outlets. This allows consumers to physically examine products before purchase. Online channels like company websites and e-commerce platforms enable order placements from the comfort of homes. Social media engagement and influencer marketing create strong brand connections. Distribution partnerships with third party logistic firms improves availability across regions. Omnichannel approaches help maximize reach and sales.

Foam Cooler Box Market Restraints

  • Intense competition from local manufacturers: The foam cooler box market has high fragmentation with several local and regional players competing alongside large brands. Local manufacturers offer cheaper alternatives that attract many cost-conscious buyers. Small firms focus on selling through local retail outlets. They pose stiff competition to established brands in terms of pricing. Major players need to keep expanding their product lines with innovative offerings to justify premium pricing. Developing brand identity through marketing is essential to build customer loyalty.
  • Presence of substitutes: The availability of substitutes like vacuum-insulated coolers, ice packs and refrigerated bags poses a major restraint for foam cooler adoption. Though more expensive, vacuum insulation panels offer superior cooling over extended periods. Reusable ice packs and cooling bags provide portability for short durations. Consumer preference keeps shifting towards better-performing alternatives. Foam cooler firms need to stay updated on technological improvements to counter this threat. New and improved features are vital to justify selection over substitutes.
  • Seasonal demand fluctuations: The demand for foam coolers is highly seasonal with peak sales occurring during summer months. Sales tend to dip during colder seasons when outdoor activities reduce. This seasonal fluctuation in demand impacts production and inventory management. Maintaining optimum inventory levels to meet sudden spikes in summer demand remains a challenge. Companies need to forecast demand well in advance and boost production accordingly. Promotions like discounts and offers during off-season help improve sales and reduce fluctuations.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In September 2022, Igloo launched the Playmate Elite cooler with a capacity of 16 quarts. It features a durable and lightweight rotational-molded construction.
  • In June 2021, Engel launched the HD30 Roto-Molded Cooler with storage capacity up to 26 quarts. It offers superior ice retention and integrated nose cone hinge design.
  • In March 2020, ORCA launched the 40 Quart ORCA Cooler with extra thick insulation and new T-latching system. It provides up to 10 days of ice retention.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In May 2022, Igloo acquired Party Bucket Group, a manufacturer of reusable drink coolers for events and promotions. This helped expand Igloo's product portfolio.
  • In March 2021, ORCA partnered with Oceanic Global to launch sustainable and eco-friendly coolers made with recycled fishing nets. This supports ocean conservation.
  • In June 2020, OtterBox acquired Covert Coolers to enter the outdoor recreation products segment with rugged, high-performance roto-molded coolers.

Figure 2. Global Foam Cooler Box Market Share (%), by Application, 2023

 | Coherent Market Insights

Top companies in Foam Cooler Box Market

  • YETI
  • Igloo
  • Coleman
  • Rubbermaid
  • Grizzly
  • Engel
  • Bison Coolers
  • ORCA
  • Pelican
  • Polar Bear Coolers
  • AO Coolers
  • Kula Coolers
  • IceMule
  • RTIC
  • Canyon Coolers
  • OtterBox
  • Kysek
  • Magellan Outdoors
  • Everest
  • Stanley

*Definition: The Foam Cooler Box Market refers to the industry involving the manufacturing and sales of insulating containers made using foam such as polyurethane, polystyrene, and polyethylene. These lightweight and portable cooler boxes are used for storing perishable foods and beverages while camping, fishing, boating, and other outdoor recreational activities. The foam insulation provides temperature retention by limiting heat transfer and helps maintain the contents cool for long durations. Key players in this market offer hard-sided and soft-sided cooler boxes in different shapes and sizes to suit specific consumer needs. With rising consumer spending on leisure and outdoor recreation, the global market for foam cooler boxes has witnessed significant growth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Seasonal demand fluctuations, presence of local manufacturers, high competitive rivalry, fluctuating raw material prices

Rising outdoor recreation activities, growing tourism industry, increasing disposable incomes, product innovations, demand from F&B industry

The hard body coolers segment accounted for the largest share in the Market owing to higher insulation properties and ice retention capacity.

YETI, Igloo, Coleman, Rubbermaid, Grizzly, Engel, Bison Coolers, ORCA, Pelican, RTIC

North America is expected to dominate the Market during the forecast period.
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