Global market for high barrier pouch packaging is forecast to reach almost $3 billion by 2020

Global high-barrier pouch packaging totalled approximately 49 billion units and consumed 319,000 tonnes of polymer materials in 2014. Consumption is forecast to grow during the period 2015–20 at a CAGR of 6.1% to 69 (2014 prices), according to a new market study by Smithers Pira.

There is rapidly increasing demand for packaging materials that give even greater protection to their contents, especially in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. As plastics have become more and more common, concerns have arisen about their ability to allow the exchange of gases and vapours that can compromise the quality and safety of packaged products.

This major new report by Smithers Pira – The Future of High-Barrier Pouches to 2020 – examines the global market trends for high-barrier pouches for the period 2009–14 and presents forecasts for the five-year period from 2015 to 2020. Market forecasts are presented by high-barrier pouch material, end use sector and geographic region. In addition, the report includes an analysis of industry structure, major market participants, market drivers and trends, and cutting-edge technology developments.

High-barrier pouch demand is being driven by several factors including the ability to incorporate value-added features such as resealable zippers and sliders, spouts and handles. Technology improvements such as faster machinery speeds and reduced heating times in retort applications are also playing a role. Finally, there are ongoing improvements in materials such as higher barrier film substrates and coatings with increased heat tolerance and strength.

High-barrier pouches are used across many different markets covering retort food, non-retort food, pet food, drinks and non-food.

Figure 1 Global high-barrier pouch consumption, percentage share by end-use market, 2014 (millions of units)

Food (retort plus non-retort) accounts for the highest share of high-barrier pouch packaging markets with 43.2% share of global consumption in 2014. The drinks industry is the next largest end-use market with a 25.4% consumption share, followed by pet food with 25.1%. Non-food markets account for the remaining 6.3% of pouch pack units. Food markets (retort and non-retort) are forecast to show the highest growth rates during the period 2015–20 for high-barrier pouches. Non-food markets are expected to develop from a low base level, with drinks and pet food markets growing at the slowest pace.

The Future of High-Barrier Pouches to 2020 is based on extensive primary and secondary research from multiple information sources. Primary research consisted of interviews with pouch packaging film suppliers, pouch producers and machinery manufacturers. Secondary research was based on Smithers Pira’s database of trends and market information, company websites and annual reports and official government statistics.                  

The Future of High-Barrier Pouches to 2020 is available now for £3,950. For more information, please contact Bill Allen on +44 (0)1372 802086, via e-mail at ballen@smithers.com, or visit www.smitherspira.com

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.