The global retort pouches market exhibited moderate growth during 2015-2020. 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. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the global retort pouches market to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% during 2021-2026.
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 report has also analysed the competitive landscape of the market with some of the key players being Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd., Berry Plastics Corporation, Mondi PLC, Amcor Limited, Sonoco Products Company, Astrapak Ltd, Coveris, Bemis Company, Inc, Tredegar Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation, Huhtamaki Group, Clifton Packaging Group Ltd., Foshan Nanhai LD Packaging Co., Ltd., Constantia Flexibles International GmbH, ProAmpac, Alliedflex Technologies Ltd., Flexi-Pack Ltd., etc.
Key Questions Answered in This Report:
The global retort pouches market was worth around US$ 1.4 Billion in 2019.
According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global retort pouches market will exhibit moderate growth during the next five years.
The rising utilization of retort pouches for packaged and single-serve food products based on ease of handling, convenience, limited space consumption, and portion control, represents one of the key drivers for the global retort pouches market.
The increasing adoption of retort pouch packaging by several companies for creating brand awareness and customizable labeling with attractive designs, represents one of the key trends in the global retort pouches market.
Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in temporary closure of numerous food processing and packaging units, thereby hampering the demand for retort pouches in the food and beverages sector. However, in the post-pandemic state, the demand for retort pouches is expected to catalyze based on the increasing need for sterile and high-grade packaging materials for food and beverages, and pharma products to mitigate the risk of contamination.
On the basis of the product type, the market has been bifurcated into stand-up pouches, spouted pouches, zipper pouches, pillow pack, and 3-side sealed. Amongst these, stand-up pouches currently account for the largest market share.
On the basis of the capacity, the market has been classified into low, medium, and high capacity. At present, medium capacity exhibits a clear dominance in the market.
On the basis of the closure type, the market has been categorized into with cap and without cap, where without cap retort pouches hold the majority of the total market share.
On the basis of the material type, the market has been segregated into polypropylene, aluminum foil, polyester, nylon, paper and paperboard, and others. Amongst these, polypropylene currently accounts for the largest market share.
On the basis of the application, the market has been divided into food and beverage, and healthcare. At present, the food and beverage sector exhibits a clear dominance in the market.
Region-wise, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where Asia Pacific dominates the global market.
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