Milk Packaging Market Size to Cross USD 73.88 Bn by 2032

Published Date : 20 May 2024

The global milk packaging market size surpassed USD 47.50 billion in 2023 and is estimated to cross around USD 73.88 billion by 2032, poised to grow at a CAGR of 5.03 % from 2023 to 2032. Rising preference for sustainability in milk packaging is expected to drive the growth of the milk packaging market. 

Milk Packaging Market Size and Growth Rate From 2023 to 2032

Market Overview

The milk packaging market deals with several containers tailored to preserve milk and safeguard milk during sale, storage, and transportation. These containers are specially designed to address various important functions. Milk packaging helps to maintain freshness by extending shelf life and preventing spoilage. Milk packaging provides an informative and convenient platform for consumers. Milk packaging is designed to avoid spillage, leakage, and damage during transportation and storage. Milk packaging includes plastics, paper, aluminum, and metal. The packaging comes in different styles based on the requirements, which include pouches, tetra packs, cartons, bottles, and cans. The increasing demand for milk in households and restaurants and for other dairy products boosts the growth of the market.

The increasing demand for user-friendly and convenient packaging formats

The increasing demand for user-friendly and convenient packaging formats is positively affecting the milk packaging market. Nowadays, the convenience factor has become a major consideration for customers, driven by the need for hassle-free packaging solutions, on-the-go consumption habits, and busy lifestyles. This change in customer preferences has prompted crucial developments in milk packaging to serve these increasing demands.

In addition, customers are searching for milk products that can be easily absorbed outside of traditional places, including while busy with recreational activities, during travel, and at work. Due to this, milk packaging solutions such as resealable bottles, pouches, and single-serve cartons have gained popularity. These milk packaging formats provide the ability, portion control, and convenience to consume milk without the requirement for a refrigerator or additional utensils. Milk packaging solutions with comfortable designs, including easy-grip handles, flip caps, and spouts, are being introduced to drive minimum wastage and usability. These are the major driving factors expected to enhance the growth of the market.

However, milk packaging may create environmental concerns, so there is a possibility of restraint on the milk packaging market growth. Concerns over rising environmental awareness and plastic waste have prompted new sustainable packaging preferences. The environmental impact of containers and plastic milk bottles is constantly criticized. In milk packaging, plastic waste is one of the major environmental hurdles. Convenient and lightweight plastic milk bottles may create plastic pollution problems. These bottles can disturb ecosystems and take hundreds of years to recycle or degrade. These major problems are considered to restrain the growth of the market.

Milk Packaging Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Revenue in 2023 USD 47.50 Billion
Projected Forecast Revenue by 2032 USD 73.88 Billion
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 5.03%
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa


Milk Packaging Market Top Companies

  • Exopack Holdings
  • Consolidated Container
  • Fabri-Kal
  • Essel Propack
  • CKS Packaging
  • Graham Packaging
  • Crown Holdings
  • Clondalkin Group Holdings
  • Elopak
  • Blue Rider Paper Products
  • Ball
  • Indevco
  • Global Closure Systems
  • Tetra Pack
  • Evergreen Packaging
  • Amcor Limited

Recent Development by Coop and Emmi

  • In June 2024, in Switzerland, for the development and safety of milk packaging in dairy products, Coop and Emmi launched sustainable PET bottles. Selected cream and milk products sold by Coop’s brands and available in eco-friendly sound PET bottles along with Emmi branded ‘Emmi Energy Milk’ products. The aim behind this launch was to set the sustainability goals of both companies.

Recent Development by Tetra Pack

  • In February 2022, in India, a world-leading processing and packaging solution provider, Tetra Pack, in partnership with Warna, launched holographic packaging material. This innovative packaging name was Tetra Pak Reflect. This holographic packaging material is manufactured at Tetra Pak’s production site. Warna ghee is made from the best milk, and the company provides buttermilk, lassi, and milk in safe and secure packaging.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the milk packaging market in 2023. The growing concerns about children’s nutrition, increasing consumption and production of milk, increasing industrial innovation, and increasing presence of a dense population are improving the development of milk packaging and are anticipated to drive market growth in the Asia Pacific. India, China, Japan, and South Korea are the major leading countries in the Asia Pacific region. Many farmers depend actively on the dairy products industry for their income source. The government also motivates foreign businesses to enhance domestic production.

In India, milk packaging has transformed significantly in the last 50 years. Indian milk industries tailor a variety of milk packaging materials with their own set of benefits and opportunities. Indian traditional packaging materials contain plastic pouches. In India, plastic pouches are one of the most constantly used packaging materials for milk. They offer multiple capacities, are cost-effective, and are lightweight to enhance different consumer demands.

Indian plastic pouches are made from low-density polyethylene and high-density polyethylene that protect against the preservation and contaminants of the freshness of the milk. Famous examples such as Mother Dairy, Amul, and other local dairies optimize plastic pouches for milk packaging, while glass bottles are also common in milk packaging in India. They offered outstanding protection against oxygen and light and maintained the quality of the milk, hence enhancing the milk packaging market's growth.

In India, modern packaging materials for dairy products contain Tetra Pak and Polyethylene Terephthalate Bottles. Tetra Pak plastics are used due to their extended shelf life and convenience. These are made of aluminum foil, plastic, and layers of paperboard to protect milk against contaminants, air, and light. In addition, PET bottles have become rapidly popular for milk packaging in India.

Due to the rising environmental concerns, Indian milk industries are experiencing environmentally friendly options. Various companies have introduced compostable and biodegradable milk packaging. These innovations aim to minimize the ecological footprint and reduce plastic waste in milk packaging. Smart packaging solutions are continuously increasing technological advancements, and they offer customers real-time information. QR codes and smart labels are used in milk packaging to boost transparency during the supply chain and milk packaging part. These are major Indian milk packaging factors enhancing the growth of the milk packaging market in the Asia Pacific.

Market Potential and Growth Opportunity

Eco-friendly packaging

Due to the carbon gas emissions and environmental concerns regarding pollution, milk product manufacturers prefer eco-friendly packaging materials. The suitable choice for manufacturers is eco-friendly plastic packaging for milk, and they don't compromise with milk products without refrigeration. There are several eco-friendly plastics in milk packaging, such as recycled plastics, biodegradable plastics, and bioplastics. Bioplastics are made from sustainable materials, including cornstarch.

Biodegradable plastics include additives that protect plastics from exposure to air and sunlight. Recycled plastics are packaging made from recycled and used plastics. The dairy industry is contributing structural developments, including stand-up milk pouches, multi-layered milk bags, and tap-it-dispensers. These are the major opportunities to enhance the growth of the milk packaging market in the coming future.

Milk Packaging Market News

  • In December 2023, a premium milk range in 100% recycled plastic bottles was launched Dairy products and milk manufacturer Bannister Downs Dairy. The recycled bottle was manufactured by Visy, Down’s packaging partner. Bannister’s All Lite Milk and Farm Fresh products are made first company in Australia and packaged in a new two-liter recycled bottle.
  • In February 2024, in the United States, Yaza launched its traditional Mediterranean labneh milk product and was selected for Greiner Packaging K3 renewable cardboard plastic cup. The innovative K3 design provides portion control for consumers, ensuring ease of handling and functional benefits.
  • In June 2024, USA’s Frigo Cheese Heads snack brand, Saputo, launched new packaging to accompany its latest milk products. The mane of this product was whole milk string cheese.

Market Segmentation

By Material

  • Plastic
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Others

By Packaging Type

  • Cans
  • Bottles/Containers
  • Cartons
  • Pouches/Bags
  • Others

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