Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market: Snapshot
The ability of top products from the global antimicrobial packaging market are completely capable of providing stored food and beverage contents with a well-extended shelf life. This forms the leading driver for the market currently. The global antimicrobial packaging market is also expected to be augmented by the increased demand shown by consumers resulting from a greater awareness on health issues that come with improper storage and use of wrong storage materials. The overall demand for antimicrobial packaging has also benefitted from a globally increasing consumption rate of processed foods. However, the global antimicrobial packaging market is governed by extremely strict regulations that vary between regions, making it difficult for newer players to keep implementing the varied safety standards.
The global antimicrobial packaging market is expected to rise to US$11.88 bn by the end of 2024, after expanding at a CAGR of 5.6% within a forecast period from 2016 to 2024. The market was valued at US$7.65 bn at the end of 2015.
Consistent Dominance by APAC in Antimicrobial Packaging Attracts Global Players
From a geographical perspective, the global antimicrobial packaging market can be segmented into the key regions of North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, The Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Among these, the global antimicrobial packaging market was led by Asia Pacific in 2015, with a share of 33.3% in its value. The leadership of Asia Pacific has largely been attributed to its densely populated urban areas that are showing a very high demand for plastic packaging. The urban population of Asia Pacific is continuously growing at a high rate, which coupled with the changing and increasingly hectic lifestyles of the working class is driving more consumers towards convenience and packaged foods and beverages.
North America has also consistently shown a promising rate of increase in consumption of antimicrobial packaging over the years and is likely to continue in its path for the coming years. In 2015, North America was held second place in total demand in the global antimicrobial packaging market, followed by Europe. The MEA regions is also expected to show a very high rate of growth in its demand for antimicrobial packaging over the coming years, owing to a growing awareness among consumers regarding the growing instances of waterborne and other contagious diseases.
Plastics Considered Ultimate Antimicrobial Packaging
Based on materials, the global antimicrobial packaging market can be segmented into tin, paperboards, biopolymers, plastics, and other minority materials. Among these, plastics have long been popular as antimicrobial packaging materials due to their physical, mechanical, and chemical superiority over other options currently available. Plastics are easily moldable, can provide sufficient levels of elasticity, protection against tears, multiple layered packaging, all at a very low cost as compared to other packaging materials. It has become extremely common to see plastics being used in all aspects of the packaging industry, and it holds a special importance in antimicrobial packaging due to the inertness of certain plastics to bacteria as well as the ease of using vacuum or gas-filled antimicrobial packaging. However, using plastics comes at the cost of complicating disposal and waste management, as these plastics are largely non-biodegradable. Recycling of plastics at a large scale is still a difficult process to carry out, especially in developing economies. This is the leading cause of growth for the segment of biopolymers, due to their ability of being easier to dispose and being less harmful to nature. The segment of biopolymers in the global antimicrobial packaging market is expected to expand at a leading CAGR within 2016 and 2024.
In 2015, leading players in the global antimicrobial packaging market included Sciessent LLC, Takex Labo Co. Ltd, The Dow Chemical Company, BASF SE, LINPAC Senior Holdings Limited, Barr Brands International, Mondi PLC, BioCote Limited, PolyOne Corporation, and Dunmore Corporation.
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market: Overview
The primary purpose of antimicrobial packaging materials and technologies is to prevent the packaged items from spoilage and contamination. The rising concerns about food-related infections have augmented the demand for antimicrobial packaging in the recent years. The research report states that the efforts to reduce food wastage in times of food scarcity are also likely to fuel the rise of the global market.
The research report on the global antimicrobial packaging market presents a clear understanding of the various factors governing the market dynamics present in the market. Furthermore, it also studies the nature of the competitive landscape present in the global market and the threat from substitutes and new entrants. The publication provides a holistic outlook of the global antimicrobial packaging market due valuable insights.
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market: Key Trends
The growing prevalence of foodborne diseases and infections due to cross-contamination in food items has led a significant demand for antimicrobial packaging. The growing urbanization and rapid rise in the population has also led to a shift toward eating packaged food items instead of fresh items, which, in turn, has augmented the growth of the global market. The growing disposable incomes, lack of time, and hectic lifestyles have collectively contributed to the global antimicrobial packaging market in direct and indirect ways.
The trend of storing mixes, beverages, spices, and food in households has also spiked the demand for antimicrobial packaging in recent years. Furthermore, growing number of manufacturers vying for increasing the lifespan of various food items are also likely to opt for high quality antimicrobial packaging, predict analysts.
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market: Segmentation
The various materials used for antimicrobial packaging are plastic, paperboard, biopolymer, tin, and glass. Plastics have been predominantly used for making antimicrobial packaging solutions as they are chemically, physically, and mechanically better than the other types of materials. Additionally, plastics can be molded into desired shapes and are known to provide sufficient protection from tears. The elasticity of plastics and its affordable price has also made plastic an obvious choice amongst leading players of antimicrobial packaging market.
However, the rising concerns about waste management and disposal of plastics are shifting the preference of manufacturers toward other materials. The non-biodegradability of plastics is likely to restrain its growth as a material for making antimicrobial packaging in the near future.
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market: Regional Outlook
In terms of geography, the global antimicrobial packaging market is segmented into the Middle East and Asia, Latin America, Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. Of these, Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global market as the regional market. An exponentially rising population base and rapid urbanization are expected to create a substantial demand for plastic packaging in the coming years. The growing needs of this population base such as convenience meals, packaged food and beverages, and other food items are projected to fuel the demand for antimicrobial packaging in the global market in the coming years.
North America too has been a consistent contributor to the global antimicrobial packaging market. The high number of packaged food consumers who demand hygienic packaging quality are expected to be crucial to this regional market. On the other hand, the Middle and Africa and Europe are expected to be slow but steady consumers of antimicrobial packaging as the regions realizes the importance of quality packaging materials.
Key Players Mentioned in this Report are:
Some of the leading players operating in the global antimicrobial packaging market are Sciessent LLC, Takex Labo Co. Ltd, BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Barr Brands International, LINPAC Senior Holdings Limited, Mondi PLC, PolyOne Corporation, BioCote Limited, and Dunmore Corporation.
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Material
- Polyethylene (PE)
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
- Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
- High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Technology
- Controlled Release Packaging
- Active Packaging
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Antimicrobial Agents
- Organic Acid
- Essential Oils
- Metal Ion & Oxidizers
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Package Type
- Bottles & Cans
- Carton Packages
- Cups & Lids
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Application
- Food & Beverage
- Personal Care
Global Antimicrobial Packaging Market, by Geography: The market is broadly segmented on the basis of geography into:
- North America
- Rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of APAC
- Middle East and Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America