Eco-friendly Food Packaging Market to Showcase Continued Growth in the Coming Years

The report Eco-friendly Food Packaging Market by Material (Paper & Paperboard, Plastic, Metal, Glass), Application (Food, Beverages), Type (Recycled Content Packaging, Degradable Packaging, Reusable Packaging), Technique, and Region – Global Forecast to 2025″ According to MarketsandMarkets, the eco-friendly food packaging market is estimated to be valued at USD 174.7 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 249.5 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 7.4%, in terms of value. The shift in consumer preferences toward recyclable and eco-friendly materials is driving the market for eco-friendly food packaging globally.

Eco-friendly Food Packaging Market

By material, the paper & paperboard segment is projected to account for the largest share in the eco-friendly food packaging market during the forecast period

The emulsifiers segment, by ingredient, is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. This is due to its higher use in the foodservice and retail industry along with the transport of bulk food & beverage products. Paper & paperboards are the most preferred packaging in the food & beverage industry due to their degradable nature and recyclable property. Ready-to-eat, on-the-go, and frozen & fresh foods are nowadays served and transported in the paperboard packaging, which is due to the rise in environmental hazards. Rigid boxes are preferred for transportation. However, fresh products are served inflexible and molded paper & paperboards.

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By application, the food segment accounted for the largest market size in the eco-friendly food packaging market during the forecast period

The food segment accounted for the largest share in 2019, acquiring approximately 70% of the overall market. Consumers seek convenience food solutions due to lack of time. The expectations of food quality, hygiene, and growing health awareness are driving the eco-friendly packaging market in the food sector. Beverages are usually served in reusable or recyclable products; also, food products can be served in biodegradable packaging, which includes paper & paperboards; this is fueling the growth of the food segment.

The Asia Pacific region is projected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period

The eco-friendly food packaging market in Asia Pacific is projected to witness the highest growth due to the increasing demand for convenience foods due to the busy lifestyles of consumers. There is increasing consumption of on-the-go and ready-to-eat breakfast meals, as a result of urbanization, hectic lifestyles, and high disposable income. The eco-friendly food packaging industry has been growing as a result of the stringent laws and regulations levied by governments and governing bodies, as well as a shift in consumer preferences toward recyclable and eco-friendly packaging materials. Apart from these factors, the downsizing of packaging and breakthrough in new technologies are also driving the eco-friendly food packaging market globally. However, the high cost of recycling and poor infrastructure available for recycling processes are likely to hamper the growth of this market in underdeveloped regions.

This report includes a study on the marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of the leading companies. The global eco-friendly food packaging market includes key players such as Amcor (Australia), Mondi Group (Austria), Sealed Air Corporation (US), Ball Corporation (US), Tetra Pak (Sweden), Crown Holding Inc. (US), BASF (Germany), Huhtamaki Oyj (Finland), Westrock (US), Smurfit Kappa (Ireland), Sonoco Company (US), Evergreen (US), Elopak (Norway), Winppak (Canada), Berry Global, (US), Printpack (US), Paperfoam (The Netherlands), and GWP Group (England). These companies are focusing on new product launches and expansions & investments to expand themselves geographically. They have adopted these strategies to utilize their expertise efficiently, enhance their productivity, and introduce their products to newer markets

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Recent Developments:

  • Evergreen Packaging came up with a fully renewable ice-cream board, to sell plant-based ice-cream made by NadaMoo! (US). The product was named Sentinel. The product is a sugarcane-based polypropylene board and cups that are 100% renewable and eco-friendly.
  • Winpak acquired Cheringal Associates and Norwood Printing Inc. (New Jersey, US). The new entity formed is known as Winpak Control Group. Cheringal Associates has been delivering specialized printed packaging solutions for the last 50 years. This acquisition would reduce the company’s printing costs and would enable customized printing solutions.
  • Ball Corporation set-up the new aluminum cups manufacturing plant in Georgia. The company established the plant to serve the growing demand for innovative, eco-friendly beverage packaging for US customers and other consumers.
  • Smurfit collaborated with a specialty brewer, Vanhonsebrouck (Belgium), to implement a complete circular supply chain and production line to make several changes in its existing production line to include recyclable cans instead of glass to provide an eco-friendly packaging solution.