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Produce Packaging Market Size to Attain USD 45.57 Bn by 2033

The report covers Produce Packaging Market Segments and Companies Such as Amcor, Berry Global, Sealed Air, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, International Paper Co, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa Group, Stora Enso, Plastipak Holdings, Bemis Company, Avery Dennison, Alpha Packaging, DS Smith, And Pactiv LLC. Market Segments - By Product (Vegetables, Fruits, Food Grains), By Packaging (Corrugated Boxes, Plastic Containers, Cups, Bowls, Tubs, Bags & Pouches, Trays, Crates, Others), By Region (Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, MEA). The report offers the value (in USD Billion) for the above segments.

Market Overview

The global produce packaging market size is estimated to grow from USD 35.12 billion in 2023 to reach an estimated USD 45.57 billion by 2033, growing at a 2.64% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Produce Packaging Market Revenue 2023 - 2033

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Packaging of produce is one of the most desired trends today, especially for the on-the-go convenience that people are looking for. Fresh fruits are a significant part of the everyday routine. It is the foundation of any meal and the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and goodness that are contained in the fresh fruits and vegetables make them necessary for our meals, whether they are the main ingredient or an accompaniment. In the case of fresh products, the most crucial thing is to keep the taste, freshness, and natural goodness. Customers seek the produce with fresh and unspoiled look on the market shelves’ shelves thereby making the packaging of these characteristics of products a necessity. The global packaging market size is estimated to grow from USD 1.20 trillion in 2022 to reach an estimated USD 1.58 trillion by 2032, growing at a 3.16% CAGR between 2023 and 2032.

Through leading-edge packaging of fruits, vegetables and fresh produce, we offer you the innovative and convenient packaging solutions. Manufacturers have a wealth of choices for packaging fresh produce, including cardboard boxes, plastic containers, bags and pouches, trays, crates and others.

A common response to these demands on packaging is overspecification: the package is overwrapped and overstuffed and not even close to the ideal size. It is essential that the package be dimensioned correctly so that it is lighter, therefore, the emission of CO2 emissions in the transport will be lower as well as the waste reduction will be achieved. This will be achieved by a lower cost per package as well. This is the very essence of any good packaging solution as resource efficiency is in its foundation.

The options to truly impact the right materials within the fresh produce supply chain are apparent, and their number is big. In summary, a fresh produce package must be able to withstand different climates, tolerate heavy loads, cope with rough handling, arrive fresh and undamaged, and be environmentally friendly and resource efficient to ensure a final product in perfect shape and ready to eat. Ultimately, the packaging speaks for itself, and it is the low carbon and plastic-free nature of the material that distinguishes it from other materials and meets the additional purchase criteria of consumers.

Report Highlights

  • Asia Pacific held the largest share of the market in 2023.
  • North America is observed to grow at a notable rate during the forecast period.
  • By packaging, the corrugated boxes segment dominated the market with the largest share.
  • By product, the vegetables segment to act as a leader in the market.

For Instance,

  • In January 2024, the Kingsey Falls, Quebec-based Cascades Inc. has introduced new produce basket designs for the produce sector. Made from up to 100% of recycled fibers, the company claims that these new baskets with flaps provide produce growers with a sustainable alternative to hard-to-recycle packaging.
  • Sustainability: Sustainability is the major trend in the produce packaging due to increasing waste causing the environmental degradation.
  • Reusable Packaging: The reusable packaging materials and products are used in the produce packaging so that consumers can reuse them multiple times which reduce the cost and waste.
  • Convenience Packaging: The shift in the consumer preferences as the lifestyle and time saving solutions, which came in pre cut veggies and fruits packaging increasing the demand for convenience packaging.
  • Smart Packaging: The integration of QR code, RFID tags and other smart tools in the produce packaging.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacifics Dominance

Asia Pacific region holds the largest share in produce packaging market. Asia's leading trade show for the business of international fresh fruit and vegetables. The exhibition is the only international trade fair for fresh fruit and vegetable marketing which is an annual event in Asia and is dedicated only to the fresh produce sector and the value chain of the entire Asian region. Asia is the largest food producer in the world, with over three quarters of vegetable production and 73% of the total fruit production area being based in this region.

The consumption of vegetables and fruits in Asia Pacific is even one of the highest in the world, projected to grow with a rate of 12%. 3% by 2028. Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are the dominant fresh fruit producers in Southeast Asia. The region has seen the main commodity being fresh fruits, which has risen in the last three years, and still remains a net importer of fresh produce. Due to the increase in demand of fresh produce, the produce packaging market will also be high.

The primary location of production of packaging products is Asia pacific region due to the availability of a strong manufacturing base which makes the packaging of food products easy. Nowadays, the convenience and on-the-go packaging products are in high demand and therefore the future growth of produce packaging is a significant thing.

For Instance,

  • In October 2023, the sale of Australia’s Pacific Fresh citrus packing business, based in Leeton New South Wales, to Mildura Fruit Company (MFC) was finalized.

Demand in North America

Top Exporter of Vegetable Produce, 2022 (USD Billion)

The produce packaging market in North America is showing the sign of rapid growth. The most important factor in the rise is the change in lifestyle and convenience as consumers want to buy packaged fruits and vegetables from the store.

As more and more US markets and many export markets have waste disposal restrictions for packaging materials, this issue becomes more critical. In the next few years, almost all fruit and vegetable packaging will be recyclable and/or biodegradable. A large number of the most important fresh produce buyers are also those who are most concerned about environmental issues. The American fresh produce industry has an imbalance and is increasingly being affected by climate change, as well as being unequally distributed with some regions being over-farmed and others being under-farmed. California is the leading provider of fresh produce in the United States today, and it provides more than half of all the fruits, vegetables, and nuts consumed in the country. California's fresh produce pre-eminence is in a vulnerable position.

Washington, Oregon, Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina offer a good chance to become the next fresh produce industry giants. This will in turn increase the demand for the produce packaging which are the saviours to reduce the waste and increase the products shelf life. These factors are the determinants for the growth in the produce packaging market in future.

For Instance,

  • In February 2023, PPC Flexible Packaging LLC, a well-known provider of custom flexible packaging, took over Tefen, Israel-based StePac, MAPfresh Holdings (StePac). StePac quickly re-directed its expertise to make innovative technologies available to fresh produce markets that are in their early stages of development.

Market DRO

  • Driver: The demand for protective and preservative produce packaging increasing so that the shelf life of products will increase and protect from the moisture and environmental effects.
  • Restraint: Complex regulatory compliance for the produce packaging can be a restrain to the manufacturers.
  • Opportunity: Growing E-commerce sector can be a opportunity for the producers or companies which increase the demand for the produce packaging.

Segment Analysis

The corrugated boxes segment to sustain as a leader in the market

Corrugated boxes are one of the most commonly used packing materials for produce. Corrugated fiberboard, which can be made in many different styles and weights. As a result of the low cost and its versatility, it is the main produce pack material, and will probably be the same in the next few years. The durability and the tensile strength of corrugated fiberboard have been increasing in the modern times.

The majority of fiberboard is made from a mix of recycled and new fibers. Mandatory use of recycled materials is required by laws and the figure is projected to rise in the future. triple- wall corrugated fiberboard containers have become an important one-way pallet bins in bulk produce shipments to processors and retailers. Among others, cabbage, melons, potatoes, pumpkins and citrus have also been successfully transported in these containers. The price for a container per pound of produce is as small as one fourth of the size of the traditional containers. Some may be squeezed and re-used.

The majority of organic foods are shipped and transported in corrugated produce boxes. Besides their healthy material, these cardboard picking bins are favored in transportation because they have a softer surface and so things are less likely to be damaged or squished. Thus, fruit shipping boxes have become the best option for shipping and transportation. The growth of the corrugated box market in produce packaging is projected to be exponential in the near future.

For Instance,

  • In February 2023, Cepac has bought off a majority stake in Lancashire-based EW Carton, now to be known as Flutepac. Cepac Group has just bought another specialist tray manufacturer, EW Cartons, which uses sustainable corrugated board.

By product, the vegetables segment to lead the market

The top traded and consumed product is vegetables. The packaging of the vegetables is boxes, crates, basket and bags. Onions, Mixed Vegetables, Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Green Chilly are the major contributors to the vegetable export basket. The leading export destinations of Vegetable are China, United States, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Fresh vegetable produced from corrugated cardboard has many benefits. Corrugated cardboard is strong and lightweight. It is very durable and it is easy to carry. This kind of packaging has less space when stacking in vehicles and warehouses. It is space-saving and transportation and warehouse costs are reduced by using fewer vehicles and fuel.

The packaging creates an environment that is conducive to controlling the moisture level of the products and thus preventing them from rotting. Rot is often caused when products are placed in wet environments. The packaging creates an environment that does not allow the products to get rotten by reducing the moisture level of the products. The demand for vegetables increases with the basic diet requirements of each individual being met by packaging support.

For Instance,

  • In February 2024, SPAR Hungary has declared its intention to introduce a new type of eco-friendly, reusable transport container for its vegetable departments in 2024.

Competitive Dynamics

The competitive landscape of the produce packaging market is dominated by established industry giants such as Amcor, Berry Global, Sealed Air, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, International Paper Co, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa Group, Stora Enso, Plastipak Holdings, Bemis Company, Avery Dennison, Alpha Packaging, DS Smith, and Pactiv LLC.  These giants compete with upstart direct-to-consumer firms that use digital platforms to gain market share. Key competitive characteristics include product innovation, sustainable practices, and the ability to respond to changing consumer tastes.

DS smith’ strategy in the produce industry is based on the fact that farmers are used to wax boxes for many years. Switching boxes may not have been a priority for many farmers at the start, but the financial and performance advantages have now persuaded many to do so.

For Instance,

  • In March 2024, DS Smith launched “Shop. able Carriers,” a range of recyclable, reusable boxes replacing plastic bags for groceries, featuring water-resistant Green coat technology.

Market Companies

Produce packaging leading market players are Amcor, Berry Global, Sealed Air, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, International Paper Co, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa Group, Stora Enso, Plastipak Holdings, Bemis Company, Avery Dennison, Alpha Packaging, DS Smith, and Pactiv LLC.

Market Segments

By Product

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Food Grains

By Packaging

  • Corrugated Boxes
  • Plastic Containers
    • Cups
    • Bowls
    • Tubs
    • Others
  • Bags & Pouches
  • Trays
  • Crates
  • Others

By Region

  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • MEA

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About The Author

Asmita Singh is a renowned author and consultant in the packaging industry, known for her deep passion for knowledge discovery and commitment to delivering actionable insights. With extensive experience in implementing advanced research methodologies, Asmita generates high-quality data and meaningful results that drive innovation and efficiency in packaging solutions. Her expertise spans the globe, offering valuable consulting services to businesses aiming to enhance their packaging strategies. Asmitas work is characterized by a dedication to excellence and a keen understanding of the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of packaging.

FAQ's

The global produce packaging market size to reach an estimated USD 45.57 billion by 2033.

2.64% is the growth rate of the produce packaging industry.

Amcor, Berry Global, Sealed Air, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, International Paper Co, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa Group, Stora Enso, Plastipak Holdings, Bemis Company, Avery Dennison, Alpha Packaging, DS Smith, and Pactiv LLC are the prominent players operating in the produce packaging market.

Asia Pacific region leads the global produce packaging market.