The market size of the global Eco-friendly Food Packaging market in the year 2021 is valued at 187.75 billion and is predicted to reach 386.06 billion by the year 2030 at an 8.54% CAGR during the forecast period.
Biological agents like bacteria and fungi organically break down eco-friendly items into parts. These products are frequently made of natural materials, including wood, paper, textiles, and food waste; biological processes can break down. For information, identity, presentation, and convenience, eco-friendly packaging entails using naturally degradable materials to safeguard items from manufacturing to consumption. Some of the factors driving the growth of this market include the shift in customer preferences toward recyclable and eco-friendly packaging, tight governmental regulations, and downsizing in the packaging industry. The demand for biodegradable food packaging is expanding thanks to more advanced technology in the packaging industry for creating packaging using non-petroleum goods. The biodegradable food packaging market is also driven by cutting-edge interests like edible and water-soluble packaging.
The demand for convenient meals is likely to rise, and customers' health and wellness knowledge is expected to grow over the projection period. These reasons are projected to drive the market for environmentally friendly food packaging. However, the food and beverage business is a significant contributor to waste plastic, and consumers seek alternatives to single-use plastics to reduce waste. As a result, packaging businesses are increasingly focusing on providing recyclable, recycled, and biodegradable packaging materials, which will enhance customer demand for ecologically friendly food packaging.
The Eco-friendly Food Packaging market is segmented on material, application, type and technique. Based on material, the market is segmented into Paper & Paperboard, Plastic, Metal (Cans, Barrels & Drums, Other Materials), Glass (Jars, Bottles, Tubes And Containers), Other Packaging Materials. Based on the application, the Eco-friendly Food Packaging is segmented into Food (Bakery & Confectionery Products, Convenience Foods, Meat, Fish, And Poultry, Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy Products, Other Food Products), Beverages(Alcoholic Beverages, Non-Alcoholic Beverages). Based on type, the market is segmented into Recycled content packaging, Degradable packaging and Reusable packaging. Based on technique, the market is segmented into Active Packaging, Molded Packaging, Alternate Fiber Packaging and Multipurpose Packaging.
Based on material, the paper & paperboard segment is accounted as a significant contributor to the Eco-friendly Food Packaging market.
The paper & paperboard category dominated the market. The transportation of bulk food and beverage goods and the widespread usage of paper and paperboard in the food service and retail industries are to blame for this. Paper and paperboard are the most popular packaging materials in the food and beverage industry due to their degradability and recyclable qualities. Due to increased environmental concerns, ready-to-eat, on-the-go, frozen, and fresh meals are increasingly offered and delivered in paperboard packaging.
The food segment witnessed growth at a rapid rate.
The food category regarding revenue dominated the market for eco-friendly food packaging worldwide. The food section also includes convenience foods, fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat products, bakery and confectionery, and bakery and confectionery. Because food items like meat, vegetables, fruits, and other perishables must be consumed fresh, eco-friendly packaging is frequently utilized. Additionally, rising consumer preferences for hygiene have facilitated market expansion. In addition, the rising demand for convenience foods and the increasing number of working women are the main drivers of segment revenue growth.
The European Eco-friendly Food Packaging market holds a significant revenue share in the region.
The European Eco-friendly Food Packaging market is expected to register the highest market share in revenue in the near future because the use of single-use plastics, which are detrimental to the environment, is strictly prohibited by government regulations in the European Union. The European Directive established the guidelines for the circular economy and sustainability norms. European businesses are implementing the circular economy goal by utilizing recyclable, recycled, and biodegradable materials. In addition, Asia Pacific is projected to grow rapidly in the global Eco-friendly Food Packaging market due to customers' busy lifestyles; there is an increase in demand for convenience foods such as packed meals or pre-prepared meals (which require less additional preparation by the consumer). China, home to most of the world's manufacturing, is changing its packaging practices and materials to be more environmentally friendly. Due to the substantial amount of goods exported from China, this choice will significantly impact market revenue growth in the area.
Some major key players in the Eco-friendly Food Packaging market are AMCOR, MONDI GROUP, SEALED AIR CORPORATION, BALL CORPORATION, TETRA PAK, CROWN HOLDINGS INC., BASF, HUHTAMAKI OYJ, WESTROCK COMPANY, SMURFIT KAPPA GROUP, SONOCO PRODUCTS COMPANY, EVERGREEN PACKAGING, ELOPAK, WINPAK LTD., BERRY GLOBAL, PRINTPAK INC., PAPERFOAM, SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING INDUSTRIES, GWP GROUP and SWEDBRAND GROUPS.