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Self-heating Food Packaging Market Size To Surpass USD 89.10 Bn By 2030

The global self-heating food packaging market size was estimated at USD 63.07 billion in 2022 and is projected to surpass around USD 89.10 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 4.41% during the forecast period 2022 to 2030.

The market for self-heating food packaging was worth $60.4 million in 2019 and is projected to increase at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2027 to 2027, reaching $89.2 million. Self-heating food packaging is characterized as having the capacity to heat food without the need of external electricity or heat. Self-heating food packaging is a kind of container for storing and transporting food, often made out of an inner polymer film or microwaveable pouch that generates the heat required to cook the food within without the need of additional energy. 

In order to provide improved thermal insulation at a lower cost than conventional techniques like vacuum sealing, self-heating food packaging is also sometimes referred to as a composite composed of polymers with phase change characteristics combined with other additives like waxes, oils, water repellants, etc. A sort of packaging technology that aids in preserving the freshness and flavour of heated food is self-heating food packaging. 

When traditional cooking is not possible, such as during military operations and natural catastrophes, this package cooks food using an exothermic chemical reaction and water. It is incredibly helpful in daily life since it allows one to have hot meals wherever they are without having to use a microwave to reheat the packaged food. A type of active packaging with the capacity and functionality to heat food contents without the need of an external power source is self-heating food packaging. 

As customer demand for ready-to-eat, easy foods with a longer shelf life has increased, the food and beverage sector has updated its packaging methods. The need for creative food and beverage packaging is being fueled by the fast-paced way of life that urban dwellers have across the world. It has evolved into a cutting-edge method enabling producers and suppliers in the hospitality sector, including hotels, restaurants and cafeterias, etc., to provide pre-cooked meals without utilizing microwaves or stovetops.

Self-heating Food Packaging Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2023 USD 65.85 Billion
Projected Forecast Value in 2030 USD 89.10 Billion
Growth Rate 4.41% from 2022 to 2030
North America Region Revenue Share In 2021 39.4%
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 To 2030
Segments Covered By Packaging Type, By End Users, By Application, By Distribution Channel
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Report Highlights

  • The growing demand for packaging that offers self-heating characteristics within the packaging itself when consumers are on the go is projected to boost the self-heating packaging market.
  • As end users prefer cans or bottles to package liquid items including tea, coffee, and soups, the beverage industry will experience tremendous growth throughout the projection period.
  • Due to the increased popularity of easy meals among customers and the increase in the population's disposable income in the area, Asia Pacific will see profitable growth throughout the projection period.
  • The market for self-heating food packaging has been opened up by technological developments in self-heating and an alternative to chemical heat sources.
  • The increasing demand from moms and dads who are worried about their child's health contributed to the worldwide baby food segment's roughly 33 percent of the total market share of self heating food packaging market in 2020.

Regional Snapshots

Due to the rapidly changing lifestyle and technological advancement in the food packaging sector, it was predicted that the self-heating food packaging film market in North America will have a sizeable proportion in 2020. According to estimates, the region's demand for self-heating packaging solutions will increase particularly as newer goods become more widely available and market-related rules start to take shape. 

Due to a growing need for instantly heated food and beverage products, a booming global food and beverage sector, and a growth in the demand for nutritious and nutrient-dense on-the-go food items in this region, Europe now dominates the self-heating food packaging market. Due to an increase in the trend toward convenient meals among customers and an increase in the population's disposable income, Asia-Pacific is the area with the highest expectations for development in the market for self-heating food packaging.

Market Dynamics


During the projected period, rising environmental concerns among the general public about the negative consequences of conventional packaging will also drive the market's expansion. People all across the world are becoming more aware of the advantages of self-heating food packaging materials. The market for self-heating food packaging is growing as a result of rising food and beverage consumption as well as changing consumer lifestyles throughout the world. 

Self-heating food packaging is in demand as consumers desire ready-made foods and drinks such soups, coffee/tea, and noodles. The manufacturers' use of innovative technologies in food packaging, such as embedded sensors, self-heating containers, and temperature indications, is anticipated to drive the market for self-heating food packaging. Additionally, the self-heating food packaging has a number of advantages, including quick usage, a prolonged shelf life for food goods, energy economy, and integrated packaging. 

These advantages are anticipated to accelerate the market for self-heating food packaging in the coming years. The market for self-heating food packaging is driven by shifting customer tastes, increased R&D spending, and the introduction of new self-heating technology. The expansion of the self-heating food packaging market is also anticipated to be fuelled by rising consumer awareness of the benefits and functioning of these products. 

The market for self-heating food packaging is anticipated to develop, however the usage of chemicals as a heat source and government regulations that are strict on environmental pollution are predicted to impede this expansion. On the other hand, the development of self-heating technology and an alternative to chemical heat sources has opened up new markets for self-heating food packaging.


The industry is now being restrained by a number of factors, including an increase in the use of chemicals as a heat source and strict government regulations on environmental pollution, which will make the market for self-heating food packaging even more difficult to expand. Self-heating food packaging materials need the use of costly chemicals, and the containers must be properly made for this use. Additionally, it makes the product bulkier. 

One of the main things hindering the market expansion for the self-heating food business throughout the projection period is this big limitation in terms of product price and transportation. Due to the emergency shutdown caused by COVID-19, the entire economy was impacted and particularly the industrial sector was destroyed. This is just another impediment that might prevent the self-heating food packaging market.


The introduction of new, technologically sophisticated items may accelerate the self-heating food packaging market expansion. Numerous similar goods with distinctive qualities have recently entered the market for self-heating food packaging materials. Innovative self-heating coffee cans were introduced in August 2018 by 42 degrees, one of the world leaders in self-heating food packaging. 

The business is headquartered in Valladolid, Spain. It often offers emergency services with ready-made food as well as beverage goods. With a heating temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, self-heating coffee may raise the temperature of the coffee content in about 3 minutes. The business has also introduced self-heating cans for liquid goods and beverages like chocolate and chai lattes.

Recent Developments

  • March 2021: For all foodies, especially those who like Japanese cuisine, there is a new product called the "NABE Self-Heating Hot Pot." With the goal of creating new imaginative ways to provide clients with Japanese cuisine experiences, "OISHI" - KING OF JAPANESE Culinary" introduced the product.
  • La Colombe announced the release of a self-heating coffee can in February 2020 for convenience when drinking coffee on the go. The coffee warms up in around two minutes after twisting the can's bottom portion to initiate the heating process.

Major Key players:

  • Tempra Technology
  • The 42 Degrees Company
  • ScaldoPack
  • Heat Food & Drink Ltd
  • Luxfer Magtech Inc.
  • HeatGen, LLC.
  • LMK Thermosafe
  • Kemira Inc
  • Ontech operations Inc.
  • Com-Pac International

Market Segmentation:

By Packaging Type

  • Cans
  • Bottles
  • Pouches

By End Users

  • Food
    • Ready-to-eat Food
    • Confectionery
    • Baby Food
  • Beverage
    • Soups
    • Tea & Coffee

By Application

  • Military Personnel
  • Mountaineers
  • Field Engineers
  • Others

By Distribution Channel

  • Supermarkets & Hypermarkets
  • Retail Stores
  • Wholesalers
  • Online Channel
  • Others

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