Fresh Food Packaging Market (By Packaging Type: Rigid, Flexible; By Material: Plastic, Paper and paperboard, Poly lactic acid, Others; By Pack Type: Converted Roll Stock, Gusseted Bags, Flexible Paper, Corrugated Box, Others; By Application: Dairy products, Fruits and vegetables, Eggs meat and seafood) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2022-2030


The global fresh food packaging market size was estimated at USD 131 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit around USD 184.5 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.88% from 2022 to 2030.

Fresh Food Packaging Market Size 2022 To 2030

Key Takeaways:

  • By packaging type, the rigid fresh food packaging segment has captured revenue share of over 52.7% in 2021.
  • The flexible fresh food packaging segment is growing at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2022 to 2030. 
  • By material, the plastic material segment has accounted revenue share of over 37.5% in 2021.
  • By application, the dairy products segment has held highest revenue share of over 39.6% in 2021.
  • The fruits and vegetable application segment is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period. 
  • Asia Pacific region has accounted revenue share of over 50% in 2021.

Plastic resins like the polypropylene, Poly vinyl chloride, polystyrene and polyethylene are used for packaging these products. These plastic resins are produced from crude oil. Other materials like aluminum, steel and glass are energy intensive materials and these materials are also used for packaging. Due to a continuous fluctuation in the crude oil prices across the globe there is an increased uncertainty about the availability of raw material at economical or lower prices. This creates a challenge for the fresh food packaging market. There are many regulatory bodies and government that are focusing to curb the humongous amount of plastic waste which is generated due to the use of plastic for packaging. These government regulatory bodies or continuously emphasizing on the importance about reusability of packaging products and improving the recycling activities which will help in reducing the pollution. The plastic material poses a major challenge for the growth of this market. It can be substituted with paperboard, paper, Poly lactic acid.

Growth Factors

Increasing demand for organic fresh food products like vegetables, fruits and dairy among the health-conscious consumers is expected to have a positive effect on the market during the forecast period. Ever increasing food service operators and the retail chains in the North American region and the European region or planning to switch from plastic packaging to sustainable solution in order to attract consumers. Environment conscious consumers will be attracted to these operators. These factors are expected to drive the demand for ecofriendly and fresh food packaging.

The US is one of the largest markets for packaging products. it is the largest manufacturer and exporter for the application in industries like dairy products, meat and eggs. Increasing the disposable income and awareness among the buyers over packed food is driving the market.

Fresh food packaging is useful to preserve the food from various changes which could be chemical, physical or biological. It helps in providing longer storage of these food products. It is convenient, cost effective and reliable packaging industry which uses various materials. Intelligent packaging, advanced packaging technologies and active packaging have emerged across the years.

Report Scope of the Fresh Food Packaging Market

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022

USD 136.08 Billion

Market Size by 2030

USD 184.5 Billion

Growth Rate from 2022 to 2030 CAGR of 3.88%
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered Packaging Type, Material, Pack Type, Application, and Geography
Companies Mentioned Amcor plc, DS Smith Plc, Mondi, Flex-Pack, Huhtamaki, CLONDALKIN GROUP, Clifton Packaging Group Limited, Transcontinental Inc., FFP Packaging Ltd., Sealed Air, GRUPO LANTERO, INFIA srl, Sonoco Products Company, ProAmpac, Coveris, FLAIR Flexible Packaging Corporation, PPC Flexible Packaging LLC, Genpak, LLC, Pro-Pac Packaging Limited, WINPAK LTD


Segments Insight

Packaging Type Insights

On the basis of the packaging type, the rigid fresh food packaging segment has emerged as the largest segment in the recent years in terms of revenues. It is expected to grow well during the forecast period. Rigid solutions are capable of providing stronger support to the goods that are packed which have barrier walls and forms a base. Products that are packed with the use of rigid type of packaging or extremely convenient for shipping from one place to another without causing any damage to the content. As the packaging is extremely sturdy the contents of the package remain intact. Due to their sturdy nature these packs can be stacked in the warehouses when in transit. They can also be stacked in order to display in the retail stores. They help in reducing the damage caused during transportation and during handling. This type of packaging is extremely useful for vegetables fruits and eggs.

Fresh Food Packaging Market Share, By Packaging Type, 2021 (%)

Apart from the rigid fresh food packaging segment the flexible fresh food packaging segment is also expected to witness a good rate of growth during the forecast period. Flexible packages include pouches, stretch film, shrink film which are extremely convenient in handling. These pouches are lightweight and easy to carry around. They occupy extremely less space as they are compact and can be used in warehouses as well as retail stores.

Material Insights

The plastic material segment dominated the market in recent years and it is expected to grow abundantly during the forecast period. The use of plastic in packaging provides extremely efficient moisture barrier to the contents of the package. There is a great demand for transparent containers as they helped end users to identify the contents of the box. It also helps in checking product quality. 

Fresh Food Packaging Market Share, By Material, 2021 (%)

Apart from the plastic segment the paper and paperboard segment is the second largest material segment. It is a sustainable alternative for plastics and it should see a good amount of growth during the forecast period. The use of rigid packaging solutions which are recyclable paper fiber based like the boxes and the trays are in great demand from the customers due to the reduced use of plastic.

Application Insights

On the basis of application, the dairy products segment has dominated the food packaging market in the year 2021. The dairy and dairy product segment is expected to have the largest market share during the forecast period. Milk is extremely perishable and the storage and transportation of the fresh produce enclosed and extremely high cost as it requires safe handling. It also needs to be protected from the external impact. Many market players are developing new products to cater to various consumer demands.

Apart from the dairy segment of fruit and vegetable segment is also expected to have a good growth in terms of revenue terms of revenue. They increased preference of consumers to vegan diet and increasing demand for plant based nutrients is expected to helping the growth of the fruits and vegetables segment. Seafood eggs segment is driven by the consumption of these products. The players operating in developing as well as the developed nations Ottawa working on developing innovative solutions which will based raw materials and efficient oxygen barriers.

Fresh Food Packaging Market Share, By Region, 2021 (%)

Regions Revenuie Share in 2021 (%)
North America 15%
Asia Pacific 50%
Europe 26%
Latin America 5%
MEA 4%


Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region has dominated the market for fresh food packaging and it shall dominate the market in the coming years. The North American region has many fast-growing economies like China, India, Japan and South Korea. A large number of consumer base in these countries is responsible for the increase in demand for these fresh food products. The Asia Pacific region was the largest producer of plastics in the global market and it had about 50% revenue share in the year 2021. Increased focus on reducing plastics in the food and beverages industry is leading to a growth in the US and Canada region

Key Market Developments

  • In January 2020, the company partnered with Moda (New Zealand) to provide innovative packaging solutions in North American region and Latin American region. Amcor PLC successfully acquired Bemis Company Inc. (US) in 2019 and this acquisition of Bemis brought additional scale, capabilities, and footprint which will help in strengthening its market position.

Segments Covered in the Report

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By Packaging Type

  • Rigid
    • Clamshells
    • Trays & Boxes
    • Others
  • Flexible
    • Pouches & Bags
    • Wraps & Films

By Material

  • Plastic
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyethylene
    • Polystyrene
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • Paper and paperboard
  • Poly lactic acid
  • Others

By Pack Type

  • Converted Roll Stock
  • Gusseted Bags
  • Flexible Paper
  • Corrugated Box
  • Others

By Application

  • Dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggs meat and seafood

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of fresh food packaging market?
The global fresh food packaging market size was accounted at USD 131 billion in 2021 and it is expected to reach around USD 184.5 billion by 2030.
What will be the CAGR of global fresh food packaging market?
The global fresh food packaging market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 3.88% from 2022 to 2030.
Who are the prominent players operating in the fresh food packaging market?
The major players operating in the fresh food packaging market are Amcor plc, DS Smith Plc, Mondi, Flex-Pack, Huhtamaki, CLONDALKIN GROUP, Clifton Packaging Group Limited, Transcontinental Inc., FFP Packaging Ltd., Sealed Air, GRUPO LANTERO, INFIA srl, Sonoco Products Company, ProAmpac, Coveris, FLAIR Flexible Packaging Corporation, PPC Flexible Packaging LLC, Genpak, LLC, Pro-Pac Packaging Limited, WINPAK LTD
Which are the driving factors of the fresh food packaging market?
Increasing demand for organic fresh food, increasing food service operators & the retail chains and increasing the disposable income & awareness among the buyers these are driving the growth of the fresh food packaging market.
Which region will lead the global fresh food packaging market?
Asia Pacific region will lead the global fresh food packaging market during the forecast period 2022 to 2030.
  • Report Code:2253
  • Category:Packaging
  • No. of Pages:150+
  • Format:PDF/PPT/Excel
  • Published:October 2022

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