Retort Pouches Market

Retort Pouches Market Forecasts to 2030 - Global Analysis By Product Type (Stand-up Pouches, Spouted Pouches, Zipper Pouches, Flat Pouches and Other Product Types), Material Type (Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polyester, Polypropylene, Food-Grade Cast Polypropylene, Nylon, Paperboard and Other Material Types), Closure Type, Capacity, Application and By Geography

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Published: 2023 ID: SMRC23695

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2023)

US $3.8 BN

Projected Year Value (2030)

US $6.3 BN

CAGR (2023 - 2030)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

North America

Highest Growing Market

Asia Pacific

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Retort Pouches Market is accounted for $3.8 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $6.3 billion by 2030 growing at a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period. A lamination of flexible plastics or metal foils is used to create retort pouches, also known as retortable pouches, which are used to package food. It makes it possible for the packaged food to remain sterile and is frequently seen as a workable substitute for conventional industrial canning techniques. Fully cooked meals, meals that have been thermo stabilized to retain their high caloric content, and ready-to-eat (RTE) meals are frequently transported and stored in retort pouches.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the consumption of baked goods in India reached 3.07 million metric tons in FY2019.

Market Dynamics:


Innovations in food and beverages packaging

The continuous quest for enhanced convenience, extended shelf life, and reduced environmental impact has led to the development of advanced packaging solutions like retort pouches. These pouches offer lightweight, durable, and flexible options that efficiently retain product quality and freshness while minimizing material usage. Incorporation of features such as easy-open seals, microwave compatibility, and barrier properties further enhances their appeal. As consumer preferences shift towards convenience and sustainable choices, the evolution of packaging technologies plays a pivotal role in propelling the growth of the retort pouch market.


Lack of high-speed filling equipment

While retort pouches offer numerous benefits, including extended shelf life and reduced packaging weight, the absence of efficient and high-speed filling machinery hinders their widespread adoption. The unique requirements of retort pouches, such as precise temperature and pressure control during filling and sealing processes, pose challenges for existing filling equipment designed for traditional packaging formats. This limitation slows down production processes and potentially increases costs.


Extended shelf-life requirements

With changing consumer lifestyles and preferences for convenient, ready-to-eat meals, there's a growing need for packaging solutions that can maintain product freshness and quality over longer periods of time. Retort pouches, equipped with advanced barrier properties and sealing technologies, effectively extend shelf life by preventing spoilage, microbial contamination, and oxidation. This addresses the consumer's desire for convenient yet safe food options and aligns with industry trends towards minimizing food waste. As a result, the adoption of retort pouches is fueled by their ability to meet the crucial requirement of prolonged product shelf life.


Packaging design constraints

While retort pouches offer practical benefits, their flexible format can limit the extent of innovative packaging designs and branding options compared to rigid packaging. The inability to fully showcase visual appeal might impact product differentiation and consumer recognition on store shelves. Overcoming this challenge involves finding creative ways to optimize graphics, labeling, and presentation within the pouch's limitations. Addressing packaging design constraints will be crucial in ensuring that retort pouches remain competitive in capturing consumer attention and fostering brand loyalty amidst the diverse packaging choices in the market.

Covid-19 Impact:

During and after the lockdown, a large number of people switched to online food shopping, a trend that will surely continue. The companies are incorporating various techniques to increase production volume and are attempting to develop innovative solutions at an affordable price that can meet customer requirements at a lower cost and support the overall breakthrough required for increased fragrance product penetration and sustainability. The rise in public awareness about health issues is one of the factors propelling the retort pouch market throughout the forecast period. The increase in use of sterilizing solutions as a result of the coronavirus epidemic is also driving demand for the overall industry.

The zipper pouches segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The zipper pouches segment is expected to have a lucrative growth. These pouches combine the convenience of resealable zippers with the benefits of retort packaging, offering consumers easy access to the contents while preserving product freshness and extending shelf life. The zipper feature enhances usability and encourages portion control, making them ideal for on-the-go consumption. This innovation not only addresses consumer preferences for convenience but also adds a layer of versatility to retort pouches, expanding their applicability to a wider range of products, from snacks to ready-to-eat meals.

The food & beverages segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The food & beverages segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. Retort pouches, with their advanced sealing and barrier properties, have revolutionized the preservation of various food and beverage products. These pouches not only extend shelf life but also ensure optimal taste, texture, and nutritional value, catering to the demand. Their lightweight nature minimizes transportation costs and reduces their environmental impact. From soups and sauces to beverages and pre-cooked meals, the integration of food and beverages into the retort pouch market aligns with modern consumer preferences for quality, convenience, and sustainability.

Region with largest share:

During the forecast period, it is expected that the North American Retort Pouches market will continue to hold a majority of the market share. The demand for convenience, longer shelf life, and sustainable packaging solutions has spurred the popularity of retort pouches across various sectors, including food, beverages, and pet foods. The region's well-established food industry and evolving consumer lifestyles have further accelerated the adoption of these pouches. Moreover, heightened awareness about reducing food waste and environmental impact aligns with the eco-friendly attributes of retort pouches. With a robust market infrastructure and a consumer base inclined towards innovative packaging.

Region with highest CAGR:

Asia Pacific is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period. The region's burgeoning population, rapid urbanization, and changing consumption patterns have amplified the demand for convenient and shelf-stable food products. Retort pouches, with their ability to preserve taste and quality, align well with these trends. Moreover, the packaging's lightweight nature aids in reducing transportation costs and minimizing environmental impact. The changing lifestyles of the consumer population will give rise to convenience meals. Rising disposable income among consumers will further lay the groundwork for alternative foods and beverages.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players in Retort Pouches market include Constantia Flexibles, Tetra Pak International SA, Coveris Holdings SA, Amcor PLC, Alpha Pack Pvt. Ltd, Berry Plastic Group, Inc., lifton Packaging Group, Limited, Sealed Air, Winpak Limited Company, Bemis Company, Inc., Mondi Group, Ampac Holdings, LLC, Sonoco Products Company, Clondalkin Industries BV and Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation.

Key Developments:

In July 2023, Berry Plastic Group, Inc. Launches its Latest Advanced Product System for Fire Protection in the packaging industry. Air and vapour control layer system combines strength, flexibility and easy installation while exceeding current national fire safety regulations.

In April 2023, Ampac Holdings, LLC Launches Curbside Recyclable Grease Resistant Paper-Based Multi-Wall Bag Platforms. The newest addition to the ProActive Recyclable® series of products, PRO-EVO Recyclable, is a multi-wall paper-based self-opening-sack (SOS) bag that is certified for curbside recycling and is ideally suited for dry pet food.

In April 2023, Sealed Air and Koeing & Bauer AG announced they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to expand their strategic partnership for digital printing machines.

Product Types Covered:
• Stand-up Pouches
• Spouted Pouches
• Zipper Pouches
• Flat Pouches
• Other Product Types

Material Types Covered:
• Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
• Polyester
• Polypropylene
• Food-Grade Cast Polypropylene
• Nylon
• Paperboard
• Other Material Types

Closure Types Covered:
• With Cap
• Without Cap

Capacities Covered:
• 0 ml -350 ml
• 351 ml -500 ml
• 501 ml -1000 ml
• 1001 ml -3000 ml
• Above 3001 ml

Applications Covered:
• Pharmaceutical
• Personal care
• Food & Beverages
• Ready-to-eat meals
• Soups & Sauces
• Other Applications

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan
o China
o India
o Australia
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026, and 2030
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Preface
2.1 Abstract
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
2.5.3 Assumptions

3 Market Trend Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Drivers
3.3 Restraints
3.4 Opportunities
3.5 Threats
3.6 Product Analysis
3.7 Application Analysis
3.8 Emerging Markets
3.9 Impact of Covid-19

4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry

5 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Product Type
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Stand-up Pouches
5.3 Spouted Pouches
5.4 Zipper Pouches
5.5 Flat Pouches
5.6 Other Product Types

6 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Material Type
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
6.3 Polyester
6.4 Polypropylene
6.5 Food-Grade Cast Polypropylene
6.6 Nylon
6.7 Paperboard
6.8 Other Material Types

7 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Closure Type
7.1 Introduction
7.2 With Cap
7.2.1 Screw Cap
7.2.2 Flip Cap
7.2.3 Flip Top Cap
7.2.4 Pour Spouted Cap
7.3 Without Cap
7.3.1 Sealed
7.3.2 Zipper/Ziplock

8 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Capacity
8.1 Introduction
8.2 0 ml -350 ml
8.3 351 ml -500 ml
8.4 501 ml -1000 ml
8.5 1001 ml -3000 ml
8.6 Above 3001 ml

9 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Application
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Pharmaceutical
9.3 Personal care
9.4 Food & Beverages
9.5 Ready-to-eat meals
9.6 Soups & Sauces
9.7 Other Applications

10 Global Retort Pouches Market, By Geography
10.1 Introduction
10.2 North America
10.2.1 US
10.2.2 Canada
10.2.3 Mexico
10.3 Europe
10.3.1 Germany
10.3.2 UK
10.3.3 Italy
10.3.4 France
10.3.5 Spain
10.3.6 Rest of Europe
10.4 Asia Pacific
10.4.1 Japan
10.4.2 China
10.4.3 India
10.4.4 Australia
10.4.5 New Zealand
10.4.6 South Korea
10.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
10.5 South America
10.5.1 Argentina
10.5.2 Brazil
10.5.3 Chile
10.5.4 Rest of South America
10.6 Middle East & Africa
10.6.1 Saudi Arabia
10.6.2 UAE
10.6.3 Qatar
10.6.4 South Africa
10.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

11 Key Developments
11.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
11.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
11.3 New Product Launch
11.4 Expansions
11.5 Other Key Strategies

12 Company Profiling
12.1 Constantia Flexibles
12.2 Tetra Pak International SA
12.3 Coveris Holdings SA
12.4 Amcor PLC
12.5 Alpha Pack Pvt. Ltd
12.6 Berry Plastic Group, Inc.
12.7 Clifton Packaging Group Limited
12.8 Sealed Air
12.9 Winpak Limited Company
12.10 Bemis Company, Inc.
12.11 Mondi Group
12.12 Ampac Holdings, LLC
12.13 Sonoco Products Company
12.14 Clondalkin Industries BV
12.15 Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation

List of Tables
1 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Region (2021-2030) ($MN)
2 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Product Type (2021-2030) ($MN)
3 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Stand-up Pouches (2021-2030) ($MN)
4 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Spouted Pouches (2021-2030) ($MN)
5 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Zipper Pouches (2021-2030) ($MN)
6 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Flat Pouches (2021-2030) ($MN)
7 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Other Product Types (2021-2030) ($MN)
8 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Material Type (2021-2030) ($MN)
9 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (2021-2030) ($MN)
10 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Polyester (2021-2030) ($MN)
11 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Polypropylene (2021-2030) ($MN)
12 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Food-Grade Cast Polypropylene (2021-2030) ($MN)
13 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Nylon (2021-2030) ($MN)
14 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Paperboard (2021-2030) ($MN)
15 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Other Material Types (2021-2030) ($MN)
16 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Closure Type (2021-2030) ($MN)
17 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By WithCap (2021-2030) ($MN)
18 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Screw Cap (2021-2030) ($MN)
19 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Flip Cap (2021-2030) ($MN)
20 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Flip Top Cap (2021-2030) ($MN)
21 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Pour Spouted Cap (2021-2030) ($MN)
22 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Without Cap (2021-2030) ($MN)
23 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Sealed (2021-2030) ($MN)
24 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Zipper/Ziplock (2021-2030) ($MN)
25 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Capacity (2021-2030) ($MN)
26 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By 0 ml -350 ml (2021-2030) ($MN)
27 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By 351 ml -500 ml (2021-2030) ($MN)
28 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By 501 ml -1000 ml (2021-2030) ($MN)
29 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By 1001 ml -3000 ml (2021-2030) ($MN)
30 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Above 3001 ml (2021-2030) ($MN)
31 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Application (2021-2030) ($MN)
32 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Pharmaceutical (2021-2030) ($MN)
33 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Personal care (2021-2030) ($MN)
34 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Food & Beverages (2021-2030) ($MN)
35 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Ready-to-eat meals (2021-2030) ($MN)
36 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Soups & Sauces (2021-2030) ($MN)
37 Global Retort Pouches Market Outlook, By Other Applications (2021-2030) ($MN)

Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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