Insights on the Flexible Packaging Global Market to 2028: Increased Adoption of Flexible Packaging Over Rigid Packaging Presents Opportunities

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Dublin, Feb. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Flexible Packaging Market - Global Outlook & Forecast 2023-2028" report has been added to's offering.

The global flexible packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.12% during 2023-2028. In the aftermath of COVID-19, the flexible packaging market witnessed a supply chain disruption because of a voluntary shutdown of factories or authorities enforcing lockdown.

In some cases, though, the workforce at the supplier location had been reduced to ensure a certain amount of work was carried out to deliver smaller batches of materials required at the converter's place.

The high prices of premium categories of F&B products are expected to be majorly impacted, while the reasonably priced essential F&B products are expected to see higher demand. In Italy, the post-COVID-19 situation prompted the packaging vendors to reassess and revisit their inventories. The packaging vendors have re-strategized their supply chain by reducing dependence on cross-border suppliers as there exists a fear of trade route blockade.

As some end-use applications have flourished, the demand for flexible packaging has been affected due to less consumption. Medicines, dairy products, food, sanitizers, face masks, disinfectants, and others have been in high demand. These products also require packaging, particularly flexible packaging, thereby increasing demand for flexible packs in the flexible packaging market.

Market Trends and Opportunities

Increased Adoption Of Flexible Packaging Over Rigid Packaging

Major influencing factors in the global flexible packaging market include the cost of raw materials, lesser cost of production, and lightweight nature.

Further, the demand from buyers and end customers is compelling the shift to flexible packaging. The advent of smaller packs and single-serve packaging has resulted in more packages of lesser volume in 2020 and during COVID-19.

The flexible packaging market also offers easy-to-use caps and closure functionalities that were previously one of the reasons for slower adoption rates. Flexible pouches have become the most sought-after product as they can package products belonging to food, pharma, beverages, FMCG, and others.

Also, other flexible packaging products, such as aluminum foil and paper, have expanded their scope with many variations. Also, the newer retort packages with increased protection features from the external environment, combined with functionalities such as zips and spouts, are increasing the adoption of pouch packaging and, in turn, flexible packaging over rigid packaging. Hence, a greater number of products that were earlier packaged in rigid materials are flexible adoption packaging.

Usage of High-Barrier Plastic Packaging Materials

The barrier properties of films used in plastic packaging are important as it ensures that the food is not spoilt and shelf life is increased. The advent of thinner packaging materials leads to a requirement for high-barrier properties. These barrier properties include the permeability of gases, water vapor, aroma compounds, and light.

The polymers used in these plastic films are the essential differentiating factor for the efficacy of such barrier films in maintaining the quality of packaged or processed foods. The flexible plastic packaging market widely uses high-barrier films for premium food protection. The lightweight nature and flexibility of flexible packaging using these high-barrier films replace traditional packaging materials such as metal, rigid plastic, and glass.

With the growing demand for high-barrier packaging, especially in the vacuum packaging market due to its cost-effectiveness and efficiency, recyclable high-barrier plastics such as stand-up pouches are preferred. Moreover, rising awareness of eco-friendly and convenient packaging in the food industry is also expected to increase the demand for high-barrier vacuum packaging in the flexible packaging market.


Recycling Challenges With Flexible Packaging Products

Recycling flexible pouches and other products are cumbersome and not economically viable, as separating those materials involves many processes. Unlike rigid plastic products, recycled flexible packaging cannot be used for packaging food and pharmaceuticals as per FDA regulations. The recycled material can only be used for other applications. The recycling process involves the collection of waste, sorting, and recycling. In these processes, the materials undergo washing, shredding, and categorization of plastic and extruding. Low-quality materials are disposed of or transferred to energy recovery centers, as end-users use only high-quality material output.

Further, presently, the supply of recycled plastics is not robust. Also, the quality of recycled plastics is not uniform across all regions and facilities. The volume of plastics required by converters is enormous, and the supply side is yet to match the huge demand. This is one of the factors why the adoption rates are currently low for recycled plastics and creates a recycling challenge in the global flexible packaging market. Any fluctuation in the quality or quantity has an immediate impact on the prices of the end products and hence is currently not economically viable.

Competitive Landscape

The global flexible packaging market is highly fragmented, with several top vendors operating. However, the industry is witnessing consolidation, albeit at a slow pace. The key vendors in the global flexible packaging market include Amcor, Berry Global, Mondi, Sealed Air, TC Transcontinental Packaging, Sonoco, Huhtamaki, Constantia Flexibles, Ahlstrom, Greif, WestRock, Smurfit Kappa, Alu Flex Pack, Aptar Group.

The industry has witnessed the entry of many external players by adopting an inorganic growth strategy to expand its operations in many regions. The larger players have technological strength and high-volume product lines that have helped offset the cost variations. The smaller companies focus on customization, as the competition in the market is mainly based on two aspects - features and price.

Recent Developments In The Global Flexible Packaging Market

  • In September 2022, Amcor announced an investment of around USD 45 million in ePac Flexible Packaging, digitally based flexible packaging with high quality and short run length.

  • In August 2022, Berry Global launched top-selling thermoformed and injection stretch blow-molded food packs in recycled PET (rPET) form.

  • In June 2021, Mondi and one of the Dutch cheese packaging companies, Hazeleger, developed a mono-material solution for packaging Westland Kaas Maaslander cheese slices. These packings have the properties of being lightweight and easily recyclable.

Key Company Profiles

  • Amcor

  • Berry Global

  • Mondi

  • Sealed Air

  • TC Transcontinental Packaging

  • Sonoco

  • Huhtamaki

  • Constantia Flexibles

  • Ahlstrom

  • Greif

  • WestRock

  • Smurfit Kappa

  • Alu Flex Pack

  • Aptar Group

Other Prominent Vendors

  • Alinvest

  • Aran Group

  • Aluberg

  • American Packaging Corporation

  • Bischof + Klein

  • Bioplast

  • Carcano

  • Danaflex

  • Printpack

  • ProAmpac

  • Wipak Group

  • Saica Flex

  • Etapak (Baski Ambalaj)

  • Innovia Films

  • UFlex

  • International Paper

  • Reynolds Group

  • Novolex

  • Sigma Plastics

  • Glenroy

  • Symetal

  • Krajcar Packaging

  • ITP

  • Gascogne Flexible

  • Schur Flexibles

  • Schmid Folien

  • RKW Group

  • Pouch Partners

  • Perlen Packaging

  • Goglio Packaging

  • Kleiner Flexible Packaging

  • Winpak

  • Stora Enso

  • Global-Pak

  • Di Mauro

  • Eurofoil

  • Gerosa Group

  • LEEB Flexibles

  • PolyPak

  • PPG

  • Walki

  • All4Labels

  • SIG Combibloc Group

  • Ringmetall SE

  • The Reflex Group

  • DazPak Flexible Packaging

  • Supack

  • Coveris

  • Wipf AG

  • Clondalkin Packaging

  • Korozo Group

  • Grupo Lantero

  • Gualapack Group

Key Questions Answered:
1. How big is the flexible packaging market?
2. What is the growth rate of the flexible packaging market?
3. Which are the key players in the global flexible packaging market?
4. Which region holds the most significant global flexible packaging market share?
5. What are the rising trends in the flexible packaging market?

Report Metrics:

Report Attribute


No. of Pages


Forecast Period

2022 - 2028

Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2022

$214.15 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (USD) by 2028

$288.99 Billion

Compound Annual Growth Rate


Regions Covered


Key Topics Covered:

1 Research Methodology

2 Research Objectives

3 Research Process

4 Scope & Coverage

5 Report Assumptions & Caveats
5.1 Key Caveats
5.2 Currency Conversion
5.3 Market Derivation

6 Premium Insights
6.1 Market Definition
6.2 Report Overview
6.3 COVID-19 Impact Analysis
6.4 Opportunities & Challenge Analysis
6.5 Segment Analysis
6.6 Regional Analysis
6.7 Competitive Landscape

7 Market at a Glance

8 Introduction
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Flexible Plastic Packaging
8.1.2 Food & Beverages
8.1.3 Pouches
8.1.4 Key Strategies
8.1.5 Major Highlights
8.1.6 Mega Trends
8.1.7 Flexible Packaging: Beyond 2023
8.2 Key Insights
8.2.1 Raw Materials
8.2.2 Pricing
8.3 Impact of COVID-19
8.3.1 Packaging Sector 2020
8.3.2 Post-COVID-19 Highligths
8.3.3 Impact on Flexible Packaging Supply Chain
8.3.4 Pharmaceutical Packaging
8.3.5 Major Vendor Concerns
8.4 Value Chain Analysis
8.4.1 Material Suppliers
8.4.2 Manufacturers
8.4.3 Distributors
8.4.4 End-Users
8.5 Key Developments & Acquisitions
8.5.1 Key Acquisitions
8.5.2 Key Developments
8.6 Expert Opinion

9 Market Opportunities & Trends
9.1 Increased Focus on Sustainable Flexible Packaging
9.2 Usage of High-Barrier Plastic Packaging Materials
9.3 Increasing Adoption of Flexible Packaging Over Rigid Packaging
9.4 Growing E-Commerce Industry
9.5 Shift from Frozen Packaging to Modified Atmospheric Packaging Products

10 Market Growth Enablers
10.1 Increasing Demand from Healthcare
10.2 Demand for Lightweight Products
10.3 Increase in Pouch Packaging Across End-Users
10.4 Increase in Processed and Packaged Food
10.5 Increase in Shelf Life
10.6 Rising Awareness of Cosmetics & Personal Care

11 Market Restraints
11.1 Recycling Challenges with Flexible Packaging Products
11.2 Higher Operational Costs
11.3 Fragmented Marketplace
11.4 Rising Raw Material Costs
11.5 Slow Economic Growth in 2020

12 Market Landscape
12.1 Market Overview
12.1.1 Geographic Insights
12.1.2 Flexible Plastic: Market Dynamics
12.1.3 Flexible Paper: Market Dynamics
12.1.4 Flexible Foils: Market Dynamics
12.2 Market Size & Forecast
12.3 Product
12.3.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.4 Material
12.4.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.5 Application
12.5.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.6 Consumer Flexible Packaging
12.6.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.7 Flexible Plastic
12.7.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.8 Printing
12.8.1 Market Size & Forecast
12.9 Five Forces Analysis
12.9.1 Threat of New Entrants
12.9.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
12.9.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
12.9.4 Threat of Substitutes
12.9.5 Competitive Rivalry

13 Material
13.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
13.2 Market Overview
13.3 Flexible Plastic
13.4 Flexible Paper
13.5 Foil

14 Application
14.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
14.2 Market Overview
14.3 Consumer Packaging
14.4 Industrial Packaging

15 Consumer Flexible Packaging
15.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
15.2 Market Overview
15.3 Bakery & Confectionery
15.4 Meat, Poultry & Seafood
15.5 Dairy
15.6 Ready-To-Eat (Rte)
15.7 Healthcare
15.8 Frozen Food
15.9 Tea & Coffee
15.10 Personal Care
15.11 Pet Food
15.12 Other

16 Product
16.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
16.2 Market Overview
16.3 Bags & Sacks
16.4 Pouches
16.5 Others

17 Printing
17.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
17.2 Market Overview
17.3 Flexographic Printing
17.4 Rotogravure Printing

18 Geography
18.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
18.2 Geographic Overview


20 Europe

21 North America

22 Latin America

23 Middle East & Africa

24 Competitive Landscape

25 Key Company Profiles

26 Other Prominent Vendors

27 Report Summary

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