The global retort packaging market size was valued at approximately USD 33.1 billion in 2018 and is expected to generate revenue of around USD 51.9 billion by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of around 6.8% between 2019 and 2026.
Retort technology has been developed and perfected for the high-speed commercial applications. Advancements in food and packaging technology have extended the shelf-life of food and beverage products. Retort packaging helps to prevent food from contamination and improve the aesthetic appeal of the product. Retort pouches consist of additional features such as pour spouts, spouts and fitments, zippers, release valves, and slider closures. Retort packaging is a food packaging type and it is made up of heat-resistant metal foil and laminated plastic. In retort packaging, food is packed into the metal can or pouch before sealing them. Retort packaging destroys microorganism by heating them and protects food from chemical or enzymatic reactions thus making the food good for consumption. Such factors are expected to increase demand for retort packaging.
Rising government initiatives in various countries to improve hygiene in food processing units is expected to drive the retort packaging market growth. For instance, the government has launched various schemes to enhance food processing units. However, lack of technical expertise and requirement of high capital investment in the retort packaging may hamper industry growth.
The retort packaging market is segmented on the basis of type into cartons, pouches, and tray. Pouches segment held a substantial revenue share in 2017, due to increasing demand from various food and beverage industries. Moreover, these pouches are filled with moist food and are able to maintain a viable shelf-life of the product. Tray segment is expected to grow with a significant growth rate over the forecast period.
Based on material, retort packaging market has been segmented as aluminum foil, nylon, polyester, paperboard, food-grade cast polypropylene, polypropylene, and others. Food-grade cast polypropylene is anticipated to contribute for highest revenue share in 2017. The growth is attributed owing to its exceptional adhesion with aluminum and high moisture barrier properties. Polyester segment held significant growth over the forecast timeframe.
The end-user segment includes beverage, healthcare, food, personal care, and others. The food segment is expected to grow with the highest growth rate over the forecast period. Growing consumption of baby food and sauces & curries across the world is anticipated to drive the segment growth. Furthermore, the lifestyle-related change would increase demand for ready to eat food.
North America retort packaging market held significant revenue share in 2017. The growth is attributed owing to high demand for extended shelf life product and early adoption of innovative packaging technique by industry players in the region are the foremost factors which are anticipated to drive retort packaging market growth over the forecast timeframe.
Europe held substantial revenue share in the global retort packaging market due to the increasing number of health-conscious population and busy lifestyles of the people increased the demand for the convenience of food. Moreover, a growing urban population and stringent government regulations regarding eco-friendly products would further drive industry growth in Europe.
The Asia Pacific retort packaging market dominated the market in 2017 and would continue its regional supremacy over the forecast period. Growth is particularly expected in the countries such as China, India, and Japan. Rising government initiatives to increase productivity and improved hygiene in the food processing units are the major factors which are anticipated to drive retort packaging market growth over the forecast period.
Latin America retort packaging market accounted for significant growth rate over the forecast period. Growing middle-class population and rising demand for ready to eat food in the region is expected to increase the demand for retort packaging market growth over the forecast period.
The Middle East and Africa region are predicted to experience lucrative growth in the coming years. In Saudi Arabia, food processing has developed at a substantial growth rate in the recent years. Moreover, increasing demand for packaged foods and growing investments in food processing is predicted to further drive the retort packaging market growth in the region over the forecast timeframe.
Some of the key players operating in retort packaging market include Sealed Air, Mondi Group, Bemis Company, Inc., Clondalkin Group, Coveris Holdings S.A, Amcor Limited, Sonoco Products Company, Ampac Holdings LLC., Berry Plastic Group, Inc., Winpak Limited Company, Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation, and others.
Global Retort Packaging Market: Type Segment Analysis
Global Retort Packaging Market: Material Segment Analysis
Global Retort Packaging Market: End-User Segment Analysis
Global Retort Packaging Market: Regional Segment Analysis