Global Edible Packaging Market: Snapshot
The global market for edible packaging derive much of its growth from the increasing consumption of processed products, rising household income, and the increasing preference of consumers for hygienic and durable products. Apart from this, the fast-paced urbanization in emerging economies, together with the high growth of the population base is also strengthening the potentials of this market.
Over the forthcoming years, the increasing usage of edible packaging materials for the packaging of food products will boost this market substantially. The growing awareness about the attributes of edible packaging, such as the ease of handling while maintaining the quality and the shelf life of products, are also projected to drive the growth of this market in the near future. However, the high cost of the packaging machines and quality films used in edible packaging may limit its uptake to some extent in the years to come. The burgeoning adoption of modified atmosphere packaging may also prove to be a challenge for this market over the next few years.
The global edible packaging market was worth US$0.77 bn in 2016. Analysts expect this market to expand at a CAGR of 6.90% between 2016 and 2024, reaching a sum of US$1.3 bn by the end of 2024.
Demand for Edible Packaging to Remain High from Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and beverage manufacturing and pharmaceuticals are the two main end users of edible packaging across the world. Among these, the food and beverage manufacturing segment has occupied the leading position in this market.
It dominated the market with a share of more than 77% in 2016 and is anticipated to continue its leading streak over the next few years. The demand edible packaging is stronger in fresh food packaging and the scenario is likely to remain in the near future.
North America to Retain Dominance in Global Edible Packaging Market
North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa are the key regional markets for edible packaging across the world. North America, among these, has been leading the global market and acquired a share of more than 36% in 2016. The U.S., being both, a prominent producer and consumer of edible packaging, has been driving the North America market for edible packaging. Analysts project a dominance of this regional market over the next few years; however at a reduced share in the overall market, as a result of the maturing state of the market for edible packaging in North America.
Among others, the Asia Pacific edible packaging market is likely to exhibit significant potential for future growth, thanks to the increasing awareness among consumers pertaining to the benefits of edible packaging. The rise in disposable income of consumers, influencing their standard of living, is also expected to reflect positively on the demand for edible packaging in this region over the forthcoming years.
MonoSol, LLC, WikiCell Designs Inc., JRF Technology LLC, and Tate and Lyle Plc. are the key players operating in the global market for edible packaging.