Pouches Market Forecasts to 2028 – Global Analysis By Treatment Type (Aseptic, Standard, Retort, Hot-fill), Closure Type (Tear Notch, Spout, Zipper), Material, Product, Sealer, Pouches Weight, End User, and By Geography
According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Pouches Market is accounted for $38.81 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach $60.31 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. Pouches serve many advantages, such as they are easy to use and occupy less space and can be used as a substitute for metal and glass containers in the food packaging industry. Also, the lightweight PET films in the pouches aid in isolating the content of the pouch from air and moisture. Further, owing to their advanced features like spouts, tear notches, release valves, slider closures with end-clips, and resealable zippers, the pouches are gaining momentum among consumers across the globe. It also contains lightweight polyethylene (PET) films, which help in preventing the entrance of air and moisture into the content.
Sustainability of the pouches
Pouches are better for the environment. Flexible packaging in general uses fewer materials and less energy and water to make, and fewer volatile organic compounds are produced as a result. In addition to cost savings, their lighter weight and more compact size save on fuel emissions during transportation. Any non-recyclable materials used take up less space in landfills than their rigid counterparts. Pouches can also be recyclable or biodegradable without compromising on safety and quality, using innovative technology. Stand up bags are landfill friendly, meaning they can be thrown away with any other type of trash, and they can certainly be recycled with other plastics, ground back up and used to make more plastic items. This means that using stand up bags, custom or printed, stock and plain, have little or manageable impact on the environment and thus are an example of sustainable packaging. A great example of a pouch application is for baby food where one can easily rip the pouch to access the contents, the packaging will not break and can be stored in a bag, and also the baby can hold a single-serve snack themselves.
Pouches might cause picky eaters
Purees from pouches do not help to expand the palate. Most of them taste sweet—even those with kale, spinach, whole grains, and other generally not-sweet tasting ingredients. Kids already love sweet tastes, so parents should help babies develop a taste for the foods they do not like yet, such as savory vegetables, grains, and meats.
Increasing packaging food trend globally
The snacking trend is witnessing a rise, including the usage of single-serve and re-usable packaging solutions. Pouches serve the demand of the consumer. Pouches are lighter in weight, which results in reduced cost of transportation of goods. Thus, pouch packaging has turned out to be one of the most efficient and economical packaging solutions for brand owners operating in the packaged food industry. For example, according to numbers generated by a Harris Poll chartered by the Flexible Packaging, 83 % of all brand owners currently use flexible packaging of some type. This supports the growth of the pouches market.
Availability of substitutes
The substitutes for pouches in the packaging industry include rigid containers and poly bags. Rigid containers include bottles, jars, cans, and containers and find wide application in the food & beverages, personal care, and pharmaceutical industries. The impact strength, high robustness, and barrier properties of rigid containers have contributed to its popularity across industries. Rigid containers are the most widely used and popular form of packaging in the food & beverages industry.
The zipper segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period
The zipper segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth due to its increasing adoption in the cosmetics industry. Zipper closure type packaging protects the products, such as pancake mixes, dog treats, and nuts, from excess moisture while retaining their freshness for a long time even when used more than once. Zipper pouches are becoming a popular choice in emerging economies where consumers are shifting toward packaged foods for daily consumption. This resealable packaging makes the product compact and more appealing to consumers due to the added benefit of storage.
The bioplastics segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period
The bioplastics segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. The bioplastic material exhibits similar properties to that of plastic material and is completely degradable. Furthermore, the growing stringent regulations on the use of plastic packaging and rising awareness about sustainable packaging solutions among consumers are expected to augment the growth of the bioplastics material segment in the coming years.
Region with highest share:
Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period due to the factors such as the increasing product demand owing to its low cost and high aesthetic appeal on retail shelves and the rapid growth of the organized retail sector in the region. In addition, the growing spending power of the consumers, especially in countries, such as China, India, and Vietnam, is boosting the demand for packaged food products, which, in turn, is expected to propel market growth. Moreover, the growing consumption of packaged beverages and high preference for small-sized packs due to their low cost and convenience of use are expected to fuel the demand for pouches in the region. The increasing application of pouches in the food, beverages, healthcare, personal care & home care, oil & lubricants, and agricultural products is also projected to drive the growth of the pouches market in the Asia Pacific region.
Region with highest CAGR:
North America is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to the increasing preference for pouches by the CPG manufacturers due to marketing advantages. In addition, growing consumer preference for the pouches owing to their portability and convenience of use is anticipated to boost the regional market growth. Moreover, North America region is projected to exhibit a CAGR of more than 6% during the upcoming period because of significant demand for packaged food along with rising popularity of stand-up pouches over the rigid packaging.
Some of the key players profiled in the Pouches Market include Amcor Plc, Goglio SpA, Mondi, Huhtamaki Group, Sealed Air, Smurfit Kappa, Constantia, Gualapack SpA, Coveris, and ProAmpac.
In June 2019, Smurfit Kappa has launched new stand-up pouch for olive oil. The pouch design allows for addition of custom labels within the free space to provide an eye-catching design for the product, help in increasing brand recognition.
In September 2020, Amcor, in collaboration with Nestlé launched the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The partners collaborated during the product development process, testing for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life and recyclability in the real world.
In October 2021, Mondi has expanded its range of sustainable premium food and pet food packaging with the launch of RetortPouch Recyclable. The new high-barrier pouch will replace complex multi-layer and unrecyclable packaging for a range of food and wet pet food products.
In December 2021, Coveris introduced recyclable pouches for Tesco grated cheese. The MonoFlexBE pouch features a resealable zip designed to improve convenience and maintain packing line efficiencies without compromising any shelf life requirements.
In January 2022, Huhtamaki has acquired full ownership of its Polish joint venture company Huhtamaki Smith Anderson sp. z o. from Smith Anderson Group Ltd. (SA). The company manufactures and sells foodservice paper bags in Eastern Europe at Huhtamaki's facility in Czeladz, Poland.
Treatment Types Covered:
• Plastic Films
• Aluminum Foil
Closure Types Covered:
• Tear Notch
• Direct Heat Sealer
• Vacuum Pouch Sealer
• Other Sealers
Pouches Weights Covered:
• <10 gms
• 10-20 gms
• 20-50 gms
• 50-70 gms
• >70 gms
End Users Covered:
• Food & Beverage
• Medical & Pharmaceuticals
• Personal Care & Cosmetics
• Other End Users
• North America
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa
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