Retort Pouches Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Consumption, Revenue, Regional Outlook and Forecast 2021 to 2028

According to Vision Research Reports, the global retort pouch market is expected to exceed at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2021 to 2028, and to reach of around US$ 8.9 bn by 2028 from US$ 5.6 bn in 2020.

Retort pouches are heat-resistant bags laminated with multiple layers of flexible plastic and metal foil which can withstand high temperature and intense pressure. The lightweight PET films in these pouches prevent air and moisture from entering and spoiling the content of the pouch. As retort pouches are easy to use and consume limited space, they are extensively being used as a substitute for metal and glass containers in the food packaging industry. Further, due to their add-on features likes spouts, release valves, tear notches, slider closures with end-clips, resealable zippers, and handles; retort pouches are gaining traction among consumers across the globe.

Rapid urbanization, inflating disposable incomes, hectic schedules and changing dietary preferences of the working population have led to an increase in the sales of packaged and single-serve food products, such as milk, yogurt, and juice, which, in turn, have provided thrust to the growth of the retort pouches market. Additionally, high-barrier flexible packaging method is gaining popularity among end-users as it improves the shelf life of products and provides better performance. Apart from this, several companies prefer to use retort pouch packaging for brand differentiation as these pouches offer aesthetic appeal, customizable packaging and convenient labelling solutions. Further, vendors are constantly improving their equipment and investing heavily in new production methods. For instance, they are purchasing filling and forming machines to increase the output capacity.

The study has considered the base year as 2020, which estimates the market size of market and the forecast period is 2021 to 2028. The report analyzes and forecasts the market size, in terms of volume (thousand units) and value (USD million), for the market. The report provides a detailed analysis of various forces acting in the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges). The report covers key players and comprehensively analyzes their market shares and core competencies. It also tracks and analyzes competitive developments such as joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, new product launches, expansions, and other activities carried out by key industry participants.

Material Insights

Based on material, the retort pouch market has been segmented into polypropylene, polyethylene, polyamide, PET, aluminum foil, and others. Retort packaging is generally manufactured from either from three or four ply laminates with the inner layer generally made from polypropylene followed by an optional polyamide layer, a barrier layer of aluminum foil and an outer layer of PET.

Polypropylene material dominated the global market in 2020, accounting for over 37% of the market revenues, and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Polypropylene acts as a sealing layer and provides flexibility and strength to the pouch. Polypropylene is a tough and robust plastic material that assists in retaining the freshness of various food items owing to which it is widely used in manufacturing retort pouches.

Polyamide offers properties such as puncture resistance, abrasion resistance heat stabilization, dimensional stability, and high stiffness thereby increasing the overall strength of the retort pouch. Aluminum foil, on the other hand, acts as a barrier layer and protects the pouch from odors, light, moisture, and gases. This material is expected to be among the faster growing segments of the market, projected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 8% during the forecast period.

PET is generally used as an outer layer in retort pouches. It provides strength and also acts as an excellent printable surface owing to which it is widely used in making retort pouches. Moreover, properties including high strength, lightweight, non-reactive, flexibility, and recyclability among others make PET a suitable choice as a packaging material.

Packaging Type Insights

Based on packaging type, the global market has been segmented into stand-up pouches and flat pouches. Stand-up pouches packaging type is likely to have the highest growth rate over the forecast period owing to several advantages such as aesthetics, performance, and cost. The overall construction and aesthetics of stand-up pouches act as an excellent product marketing tool which is further expected to augment its demand in coming years

Stand-up pouches assist in product differentiation as they have large surfaces on which high-quality graphics can be printed thereby attracting customers especially in supermarkets and convenience stores where people make quick purchasing decisions. In addition, these stand-up pouches also come with several value added features such as spouts, tear notches, and zippers that offer convenience and functionality.

Various types of flat retort pouches such as pillow pouch, four-side-seal pouches, and three-side-seal pouches are used across several food and pet food applications. Flat retort pouches are used for packaging various food items such as meat, seafood, and poultry, among others, as well as pet food, including cat food and dog food. The growing trend towards use of single-serve and portion packs is likely to drive the demand for this segment over the coming years.

Closure Type Insights

Based on the closure type, the global market has been segmented into tear notch, zipper, and spout. The spout closure type segment is likely to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period owing to several advantages offered, including functionality and convenience in dispensing the contents in the pouch - this is most particularly applicable to liquid and semi-liquid products.

Zipper closure type segment emerged as the major segment in the market in 2020, accounting for over 42% of the overall revenues. Zippers offer several benefits including convenient recloseability, as well as protection against spills and contamination. Furthermore, zipper pouches also help is lesser food wastage as people can use the contents in the pouch at a later stage.

Tear notch assists the consumer in easy opening of the pouch in order to access the content within the pouch. Growing demand for single-serve packages, ready-to-eat meals, and smaller portion packages is likely to augment the growth of this segment over the forecast period.

Application Insights

In terms of application, the market has been segmented into food, beverages, pet food, and others. Food emerged as the largest application segment in 2020, accounting for nearly 55% of the market revenues, and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Retort pouches are widely used for packaging several food products, including soups, sauces, baby food, dry ready meals, frozen ready meals, chilled ready meals, meal replacement products, and dairy products.

Pet food application segment is likely to have the highest CAGR of over the forecast period. Growing trend with respect to the concept of humanization of pets has led to increased number of people owning pets and feeding them with high quality food. In addition, rising trend towards pet adoption, especially among families characterized by working parents and one child, is further likely to augment the demand for pet food, which is in turn likely to favor the market growth.

Retort pouches are also used for packaging several types of beverages, including ready-to-drink products, energy & sports drinks, soft drinks, and juices. Growing demand for a wide variety of beverages, most particularly organic and healthy beverages, is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth over the coming years.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the global retort packaging market with a revenue share of nearly 42% in 2020. Asia Pacific comprises several emerging economies including China and India. Factors such as changing consumer lifestyles, rising disposable incomes, and growing demand for packaged foods such as ready-to-eat meals, are expected to augment the demand for retort pouches over the forecast period.

North America region is slated to witness a growth rate of over 6.5% during the forecast period. Increasing use of pouches in place of rigid packaging solutions, owing to the former’s superior properties such as lightweight, portability, and reduced material usage, is anticipated to have a significant impact on the overall market growth in the region.

The Middle East & Africa region is likely to witness the highest growth rate over the forecast period. Factors including infrastructure development, high birth rates, and urban expansion have increased the demand for foods and beverages across the Middle East & Africa region, in recent years. In addition, rising consumption of seafood, meat, and poultry is expected to have a positive impact on the overall market growth during the forecast period.

Key vendors in the retort packaging market include Amcor plc, ProAmpac LLC, Sonoco Products Company, Mondi, Coveris Holdings S.A., Clondalkin Group Holdings BV, Sealed Air Corporation, Huhtamaki Group, Constantia Flexibles, Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation, and Winpak Ltd., among others. Companies engaged in manufacturing retort pouches offer retort pouches that are available in different formats as well as sizes.

Other key players operating in the market include DNP America, LLC, HPM Global Inc., Sopakco Packaging, Fujimori Kogyo Co., Ltd., Clifton Packaging Group Limited, Constantia Flexibles, and Floeter India Retort Pouches (P) Ltd among others. Companies operating in the market further offer customization in terms of size, format, materials, and closure type.


Material Outlook

  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyamide
  • PET
  • Aluminum foil
  • Others

Packaging Type Outlook

  • Stand-up Pouches
  • Flat Pouches

Closure Type Outlook

  • Tear Notch
  • Zipper
  • Spout

Application Outlook

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Pet Food
  • Others

Regional Outlook

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East and Africa

      • UAE

Report Scope

The Retort pouches market research report covers definition, classification, product classification, product application, development trend, product technology, competitive landscape, industrial chain structure, industry overview, national policy and planning analysis of the industry, the latest dynamic analysis, etc., and also includes major. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global market. It covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the market at the global level.

The report provides size (in terms of volume and value) of Retort pouches market for the base year 2020 and the forecast between 2021 and 2028. Market numbers have been estimated based on form and application. Market size and forecast for each application segment have been provided for the global and regional market.

This report focuses on the global Retort pouches market status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Retort pouches market development in United States, Europe and China.

It is pertinent to consider that in a volatile global economy, we haven’t just conducted Retort pouches market forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also studied the market based on key parameters, including Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth, to comprehend the certainty of the market and to find and present the lucrative opportunities in market.

In terms of production side, this report researches the Retort pouches capacity, production, value, ex-factory price, growth rate, market share for major manufacturers, regions (or countries) and type.

In terms of consumption side, this report focuses on the consumption of Retort pouches by regions (countries) and application.

Buyers of the report will have access to verified market figures, including global market size in terms of revenue and volume. As part of production analysis, the authors of the report have provided reliable estimations and calculations for global revenue and volume by Type segment of the global Retort pouches market. These figures have been provided in terms of both revenue and volume for the period 2017 to 2028. Additionally, the report provides accurate figures for production by region in terms of revenue as well as volume for the same period. The report also includes production capacity statistics for the same period.

With regard to production bases and technologies, the research in this report covers the production time, base distribution, technical parameters, research and development trends, technology sources, and sources of raw materials of major Retort pouches market companies.

Regarding the analysis of the industry chain, the research of this report covers the raw materials and equipment of Retort pouches market upstream, downstream customers, marketing channels, industry development trends and investment strategy recommendations. The more specific analysis also includes the main application areas of market and consumption, major regions and Consumption, major Chinese producers, distributors, raw material suppliers, equipment providers and their contact information, industry chain relationship analysis.

The research in this report also includes product parameters, production process, cost structure, and data information classified by region, technology and application. Finally, the paper model new project SWOT analysis and investment feasibility study of the case model.

Overall, this is an in-depth research report specifically for the Retort pouches industry. The research center uses an objective and fair way to conduct an in-depth analysis of the development trend of the industry, providing support and evidence for customer competition analysis, development planning, and investment decision-making. In the course of operation, the project has received support and assistance from technicians and marketing personnel in various links of the industry chain.

Retort pouches market competitive landscape provides details by competitor. Details included are company overview, company financials, revenue generated, market potential, investment in research and development, new market initiatives, global presence, production sites and facilities, production capacities, company strengths and weaknesses, product launch, product width and breadth, application dominance. The above data points provided are only related to the companies’ focus related to Retort pouches market.

Prominent players in the market are predicted to face tough competition from the new entrants. However, some of the key players are targeting to acquire the startup companies in order to maintain their dominance in the global market. For a detailed analysis of key companies, their strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities are measured in the report by using industry-standard tools such as the SWOT analysis. Regional coverage of key companies is covered in the report to measure their dominance. Key manufacturers of Retort pouches market are focusing on introducing new products to meet the needs of the patrons. The feasibility of new products is also measured by using industry-standard tools.

Key companies are increasing their investments in research and development activities for the discovery of new products. There has also been a rise in the government funding for the introduction of new Retort pouches market. These factors have benefited the growth of the global market for Retort pouches. Going forward, key companies are predicted to benefit from the new product launches and the adoption of technological advancements. Technical advancements have benefited many industries and the global industry is not an exception.

New product launches and the expansion of already existing business are predicted to benefit the key players in maintaining their dominance in the global market for Retort pouches. The global market is segmented on the basis of region, application, en-users and product type. Based on region, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa (MEA).

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Retort pouches are as follows:

  • History Year: 2017-2020
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Forecast Year 2021 to 2028

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- Competitive landscape involving the market share of major players, along with the new projects and strategies adopted by players in the past five years
- Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players

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In-depth interviews and discussions were conducted with several key market participants and opinion leaders to compile the research report.

This research study involved the extensive usage of both primary and secondary data sources. The research process involved the study of various factors affecting the industry, including the government policy, market environment, competitive landscape, historical data, present trends in the market, technological innovation, upcoming technologies and the technical progress in related industry, and market risks, opportunities, market barriers and challenges. The following illustrative figure shows the market research methodology applied in this report.

Market Size Estimation

Top-down and bottom-up approaches are used to estimate and validate the global market size for company, regional division, product type and application (end users).

The market estimations in this report are based on the selling price (excluding any discounts provided by the manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or traders). Market share analysis, assigned to each of the segments and regions are achieved through product utilization rate and average selling price.

Major manufacturers & their revenues, percentage splits, market shares, growth rates and breakdowns of the product markets are determined through secondary sources and verified through the primary sources.

All possible factors that influence the markets included in this research study have been accounted for, viewed in extensive detail, verified through primary research, and analyzed to get the final quantitative and qualitative data. The market size for top-level markets and sub-segments is normalized, and the effect of inflation, economic downturns, and regulatory & policy changes or others factors are accounted for in the market forecast. This data is combined and added with detailed inputs and analysis from Vision Research Reports and presented in this report.

Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation

After complete market engineering with calculations for market statistics; market size estimations; market forecasting; market breakdown; and data triangulation. Extensive primary research was conducted to gather information and verify and validate the critical numbers arrived at. In the complete market engineering process, both top-down and bottom-up approaches were extensively used, along with several data triangulation methods, to perform market estimation and market forecasting for the overall market segments and sub-segments listed in this report.

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources occupies approximately 25% of data sources, such as press releases, annual reports, Non-Profit organizations, industry associations, governmental agencies and customs data, and so on. This research study includes secondary sources; directories; databases such as Bloomberg Business, Wind Info, Hoovers, Factiva (Dow Jones & Company), TRADING ECONOMICS, and avention; Investing News Network; statista; Federal Reserve Economic Data; annual reports; investor presentations; and SEC filings of companies.

Primary Sources

 In the primary research process, various sources from both the supply and demand sides were interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information for this report. The primary sources from the supply side include product manufacturers (and their competitors), opinion leaders, industry experts, research institutions, distributors, dealer and traders, as well as the raw materials suppliers and producers, etc.

The primary sources from the demand side include industry experts such as business leaders, marketing and sales directors, technology and innovation directors, supply chain executive, end users (product buyers), and related key executives from various key companies and organizations operating in the global market.

The study objectives of this report are:

  • To analyze and study the global market capacity, production, value, consumption, status (2017-2020) and forecast (2021-2028);
  • Focuses on the key manufacturers, to study the capacity, production, value, market share and development plans in future.
  • Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players
  • To define, describe and forecast the market by type, application and region.
  • To analyze the global and key regions market potential and advantage, opportunity and challenge, restraints and risks.
  • To identify significant trends and factors driving or inhibiting the market growth.
  • To analyze the opportunities in the market for stakeholders by identifying the high growth segments.
  • To strategically analyze each submarket with respect to individual growth trend and their contribution to the market
  • To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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