The Retort Packaging Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 35.43 billion in 2022 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 9% over the forecast period 2023-2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Retort packaging refers to food packaging that uses a vacuum or pressurized thermal process to sterilize shelf-stable food and beverages. These packages are pouches, trays, or cartons made from plastic or cardboard with a form of heat-resistance lining. Retort packaging is useful for preserving products such as ready meals, baby food, pet food and sauces without needing refrigeration. The products can be heated to temperatures up to 250°F in order to kill any harmful microorganisms and extend shelf-life. This packaging method provides advantages such as convenience, longer shelf life and sustainability compared to cans.
Market key trends:
One of the major trends driving the retort packaging market is the growing demand for sustainable packaging. Retort pouches produce less packaging waste compared to metal cans while still allowing products to have a long shelf life without refrigeration. The lightweight and flexible pouches require less resources to produce and transport compared to metal alternatives. They can also be easily recycled along with other plastics. Furthermore, pouches take up less storage space on shelves and in warehouses. As consumers and regulators increase pressure on companies to adopt greener packaging options, retort packaging is poised to experience heightened demand in the coming years.
Threat of new entrants: New entrants face high initial investment requirement. Fully integrate production units and strong distribution network of existing players pose a barrier.
Bargaining power of buyers: Large buyers have significant bargaining power due to bulk purchases. However, diversified product portfolio of suppliers mitigates the threat.
Bargaining power of suppliers: Suppliers of raw materials such as plastic resins, polymers, and aluminum foil have some bargaining power due to consolidated supply market.
Threat of new substitutes: Substitutes like alternative packaging types provide some threat. However, functional benefits of retort packaging offer advantage over substitutes.
Competitive rivalry: Intense competition among major multinational players.
Strengths: Functional advantages over other packaging types. Wide application in food & beverages industry drives growth.
Weaknesses: Requirement of specialized production processes increases cost of retort packaging. Limitations in shapes and sizes restricts scope of applications.
Opportunities: Rising demand for convenient packaging from emerging economies presents opportunities. Innovations to reduce costs while enhancing functionality will aid future expansion.
Threats: Stringent regulations pertaining to use of plastics negatively impact market. Volatility in raw material prices is a concern.
The global Retort Packaging Market Share size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% during the forecast period. Rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles fueling demand for convenient packaged food across regions drives market growth.
Regionally, Asia Pacific dominates the global retort packaging market, holding over 40% share owing to large consumer base and growing middle-class population in countries like India and China. North America and Europe are other major markets supported by stringent safety regulations for food packaging in these regions.
Key players operating in the retort packaging market are Amcor, Mondi, Sonoco, Clondalkin Group, Coveris, Huhtamaki, Winpak, Berry Plastics, Proampac, Flair Flexible Packaging, Constantia Flexibles, Tetra Pak, Sealed Air, Plastipak Packaging, Printpack, Bryce Corporation, Floeter India Retort Pouches, HPM Global, Sopakco Packaging, and Fujimori Kogyo. Major players focus on new product development, acquisitions, and geographical expansion strategies to gain competitive advantage.