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The global retort pouches market reached a value of US$ 1.5 Billion in 2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% during 2021-2026. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic on different end-use industries. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor.
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.
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global retort pouches market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global and regional level from 2021-2026. Our report has categorized the market based on product type, capacity, closure type, material type and application.
Breakup by Product Type:
Based on the product type, the market has been segmented into stand-up pouches, spouted pouches, zipper pouches, pillow packs and 3-side sealed pouches. At present, stand-up pouches represent the most preferred product type
Breakup by Capacity:
On the basis of the capacity, the market has been segregated into the low, medium and high segments. Medium capacity retort pouches currently exhibit a clear dominance in the market.
Breakup by Closure Type:
The market has been bifurcated on the basis of the closure type into retort pouches with caps and without caps. Presently, retort pouches without caps account for the majority of the total market share.
Breakup by Material Type:
Based on the material type, food-grade cast polypropylene holds the dominant share as it is used in the inner layer of retort pouches to provide strength and flexibility. Other major segments include polypropylene, aluminum foil, polyester, nylon and paperboard.
Breakup by Application:
On the basis of the application, retort pouches are widely used in the food and beverage industry as they represent a durable, lightweight and cost-effective alternative to metal and glass cans for the packaging of processed food products. The food and beverage industry is followed by the healthcare sector.
Breakup by Region:
On the geographical front, Asia Pacific represents the largest market, owing to the increasing working population and changing dietary patterns in the region. It is followed by North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
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.
|Base Year of the Analysis||2020|
|Segment Coverage||Product Type, Capacity, Closure Type, Material Type, Application, Region|
|Region Covered||Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa|
|Companies Covered||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. and Flexi-Pack Ltd.|
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According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global retort pouches market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.1% from 2021 to 2026.
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 had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in temporary closure of numerous food processing and packaging units, thereby hampered 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.
The key companies in the global retort pouches market are 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.
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