The global retort pouches market size reached a value of US$ 1.3 Billion in 2018. 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 market to reach a value of US$ 2.1 Billion by 2024, registering a CAGR of around 8.4% during the forecast period (2019-2024).
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.
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