Eco-Friendly Zipper Pouches Gaining Traction Globally

Zipper Pouch Market
Zipper Pouch Market

Zipper pouches are being widely used in food and beverages industry to pack different type of products. With increasing use of these pouches, manufacturers are producing zipper pouches with a proper lock system that can protect food and result in longer shelf-life. Manufacturers are also experimenting with designs to make the product more attractive. Stand up pouches are also being produced on a large scale to offer flexible packaging and showcasing some creativity.

The trend of using eco-friendly material is also resulting in the use of biodegradable material to produce zipper pouches, especially for packaging food products. Hence, Microfibrillated Cellulose (MFC) a material derived from wood pulp is being used to produce zipper pouch. It also provides a barrier to moisture and oxygen from entering the product. Although the MFC is biodegradable in nature, the cost to manufacture MFC films is very high and this is restricting the use of this material to produce zipper pouches. However, with the technological advancements, the cost to manufacture MFC films is reducing significantly. This is driving manufacturers to use MFC material for producing zipper pouches.

According to the report by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global zipper pouch market is expected to reach $3.9 billion value by the end of 2027, registering 6.4% CAGR during 2017-2027. With the growth in the retail market in APEJ region, the demand for zipper pouches is anticipated to increase during the forecast period. Increasing online sales, rising demand for packaged food are also boosting the zipper pouch market. Moreover, in the global market, China accounts for 40% of retail e-commerce consumption. This is expected to exceed 50% by the end of 2019. In terms of end-users food segment is projected to reach $3,014.3 million by 2027 end. While pharmaceutical sector as the end-user is estimated to increase to $498.1 million by 2027 end.

Eco-friendly packaging help companies save material and transportation costs

Reducing environmental impact, sustainable packaging is also helping companies save on material and transportation costs. Along with this the primary reason of manufacturers shifting to the eco-friendly packaging is due to its rising popularity among customers. Companies such as Unilever, Dell, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo have already moved towards using recyclable and eco-friendly packaging materials for their products. Similarly more such companies are entering into a partnership and mergers and acquisitions to meet their sustainable packaging goals.

Moving on the same track, VTT Technical Research Center developed 100% bio-based stand-up pouches. The VTT’s patent-pending technology known as high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology, facilitates production of nanocellulose, which results in a tenfold increase in the solid content. The new nanocellulose has 15 to 25% consistency, compared to the traditional method of producing nanocellulose. Although fossil-based plastic films still dominate the market, nanocellulose will emerge as very useful in future applications.

Manufacturers are also focusing on developing stand-up pouches as they provide protection to food product from dust, heat, dirt, etc. moreover, these pouches come with the re-sealing option like the zipper, spout, tear-away, slider, hence these pouches are witnessing strong demand from food manufacturers.

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Shambhu Nath Jha with an experience nearing a decade, has helped over 50 large and medium to small business enterprise to foray into new markets, increase footprint in the existing bucket and understand the nature of the beast. These beasts are the companies that have been primarily engaged in chemicals, material or packaging activities, and encountering challenge either in maintain P&L or staying ahead of their competitors. He has authored over 300 industry research papers consisting critical information such as market growth, total addressable market, serviceable addressable market, market size, forecast, player strategies, market share estimates and winning imperatives along with recommendations. He is also the pioneer of “three slope distributor/off-taker evaluation model” used by several multinational companies to track the performance of channel partners. A consultant by profession, writer by mood and explorer by desire, Shambhu Nath is currently employed with a London based market research and consulting firm as a full time consultant. A few of the industry verticals where he demonstrated his skill includes water and wastewater treatment chemicals, high purity alumina, water purifiers, activated carbon, chloramine filters, bio-based bioplastics, water purifiers, textile chemicals etc.

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