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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6240
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Packaging

The aluminum bag market size is expected to reach US$ 19.92 Bn by 2030, from US$ 12.63 Bn in 2023, exhibiting a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% during the forecast period. Aluminum bags refer to packaging solutions made from aluminum material. They are lightweight, durable, and provide excellent barrier against moisture, oxygen, and light. Aluminum bags find applications across industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, and others for packaging of products. The market growth is driven by the rising demand from food delivery and e-commerce sectors due  to the lightweight and convenient nature of aluminum bags.

The aluminum bag market is segmented by product type, end user industry, material type, closure type, printing type, and region. By product type, the foil bags segment accounted for the largest share of over 40% in 2023. Foil bags are highly preferred for food packaging applications due to their excellent barrier properties. Increasing consumption of packaged food is contributing to the growth of foil bags.

Aluminum Bag Market Regional Insights

  • North America is the largest market for aluminum bags, accounting for a market share of 30% in 2023. The growth of the market in this region is driven by the increasing demand for aluminum bags in the food and beverage industry. Growing popularity of ready-to-eat meals and snacks is also driving the demand for aluminum bags in this region.
  • Europe is the second largest market for aluminum bags, accounting for a market share of 25% in 2023. The growth of the market in this region is driven by the increasing demand for aluminum bags in the pharmaceutical and personal care Growing awareness about the benefits of aluminum bags over other packaging materials is also driving the demand for aluminum bags in this region.
  • Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market for aluminum bags, with a CAGR of 6.5% from 2023 to 2033. The growth of the market in this region is driven by the increasing demand for aluminum bags in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care Growing population and rising disposable incomes in this region are also driving the demand for aluminum bags.

Figure 1. Aluminum Bag Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


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Aluminum Bag Market Drivers

  • Increasing demand from food delivery and takeaway sectors: Rapid growth of food delivery and takeaway food sectors is a major factor driving the aluminum bag market. With rising urbanization and busy lifestyles, consumers are increasingly ordering food online and preferring takeaways. This has increased the demand for convenient and lightweight packaging solutions like aluminum bags. Aluminum bags provide excellent barrier against moisture, oxygen and light, by keeping food fresh during transit. Their lightweight structure also reduces transportation costs. According to industry estimates, the global takeaway food market is projected to grow at over 8% CAGR from 2022 to 2030. The key market players in the food delivery sector like UberEats and Grubhub are expanding globally. Rising penetration of food delivery apps and sites will propel the growth for aluminum food packaging and bags. For instance, United Nations World Food Programme, the use of aluminium bags in food packaging increased by over 28% between 2020-2021. This clearly highlights their increasing popularity among food delivery companies. The existing trend of rising remote working and global health concerns that reduce dine-out options have further accelerated the growth of the food delivery market over the past couple of years. As this sector continues to expand with new players entering the market, it is expected to drive consistent demand for aluminium bags in the foreseeable future. The bags' recyclability and sustainability credentials also make them an attractive proposition for delivery companies focused on reducing plastic waste
  • Growth of pharmaceutical industry and regulations supporting aluminum packaging: The expanding pharmaceutical industry worldwide is anticipated to fuel the growth of the aluminum bag market. Aluminum provides complete protection to pharmaceutical products including drugs, vaccines, and biological during storage and distribution. Its excellent barrier properties prevent contamination as well as leakage. Regulatory bodies like U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have standards supporting use of aluminum packaging for pharma products. The global pharmaceutical packaging market is expected to reach over US$ 200 Mn by 2030. High investments in research and development (R&D) of biologics and injectables, which need specialized aluminum packaging will significantly drive the demand of aluminum packaging. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) report on access to medicines published, in 2021, around 2 Mn people globally lack regular access to essential medicines. The report highlighted the critical need to boost local manufacturing and packaging of essential drugs to enhance availability and lower costs. Several developing markets in Asia, Africa and South America are witnessing high growth in domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing with a focus on key therapies.
  • Benefits of aluminum packaging driving adoption across industries: Aluminum packaging has numerous benefits like durability, barrier properties, lightweight structure, high recyclability and aesthetics which make it suitable across different industries. Cosmetics and personal care brands are using aluminum bags and pouches for premium packaging of products including creams, lotions, and fragrances. Chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers are packed in aluminum bags to avoid contamination and Aluminum pouches are widely used for packaging of premium dry foods like coffee. The versatility and wide range of applications of aluminum bags are thus contributing to the market growth. For instance, according to the Government of India’s statistics, aluminum production grew by 5% year-on-year between 2020-21, thus indicating rising preferences. With global push for sustainability and consumer safety, aluminum packaging adoption is expected to steadily rise in near future, thus positively impacting the aluminum bag market.
  • Advancements in aluminum packaging platforms: The key market players are constantly focusing on innovations in aluminum packaging technologies such as development of eco-friendly coatings, introduction of smart aluminum bags with trackers, built-in handles and spouts, and improvement in barrier properties against (UV) ultra violet The companies are also working on reducing the aluminum thickness further, without compromising on packaging integrity. Such advancements are expected to expand the capabilities of aluminum bags and pouches, thereby leading to higher adoption across verticals. For instance, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) estimate that  globally around 14% of the total food produced is wasted at the consumer level each year. Aluminum bags' ability to extend the shelf-life of various snacks, dry foods, cereals and more by several weeks helps lower this alarming food wastage rate.

Aluminum Bag Market Opportunities

  • Growing demand from e-commerce and online retail: The e-commerce sector is booming worldwide. According to projections, the global e-commerce market will expand at over 15% CAGR between 2022 and 2030. Rising smartphone and internet penetration is driving adoption of online shopping and doorstep delivery. This presents significant opportunity for aluminum bag manufacturers. Aluminum bags can withstand the long distance product shipment conditions. The companies can provide customized lightweight aluminum packaging to e-commerce firms, catering to categories like fashion, electronics, and home accessories. For instance, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the percentage of total retail sales from e-commerce channels grew from 11.8% in the first quarter of 2019 to 16.1% in the second quarter of 2021. This shift to online buying has put pressure on logistics and delivery players to transport and package goods efficiently while minimizing environmental impact.
  • Emergence of smart technology in aluminum packaging: Integration of active and intelligent packaging technology in aluminum bags presents lucrative growth opportunities. Aluminum bags with oxygen absorbers, moisture control, and leak detectors can take the packaging functionality to next level. Smart aluminum packaging enables features like tracking of real time location and monitoring of package integrity during transit. This helps prevent losses due to damage. Brands are also incorporating Quick Response Code(.QR) codes and  Near Field Communication (NFC) tags on aluminum bags to provide additional information and traceability to customers. For instances, data from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), worldwide industrial internet of things expenditure is projected to grow from US$ 579 Mn in 2020 to US$ 800 Mn in 2023. The rapid pace of connectivity and digitization will drive more manufacturers and consumers to adopt smart and digital solutions across various product categories.
  • Rising demand for sustainable packaging solutions: With increasing environmental consciousness among consumers, brands are seeking eco-friendly packaging materials. This provides significant opportunities for aluminum bag manufacturers. Aluminum is 100% recyclable and can be reused multiple times without loss in quality. Companies are increasing investment in research and development (R&D) to develop recycled aluminum packaging solutions. Strategic partnerships with retail chains to collect and recycle aluminum packaging can also be considered. Sustainable manufacturing and green certifications will be the next big things in aluminum bag market. In 2021, according to a  report by United Nations Environment Programme, global plastic pollution has increased ninefold since 1980. Almost 300 Mn tons of plastic waste is generated every year, out of which less than 10% is recycled. Countries are taking initiatives like banning single use plastic, by imposing levies on plastic packaging and promoting alternatives. This policy push can accelerate the demand for sustainable solutions like aluminum bags in the coming years.
  • Growth avenues in emerging economies: Developing economies in Asia, Africa, and South America offer strong growth potential for aluminum bag market due to expanding retail and e-commerce sectors, rising middle class population, and low penetration of organized For instance, the e-commerce market in India is forecast to grow at over 25% CAGR till 2026. Launch of new food delivery apps in Middle East, contract manufacturing partnerships in Africa and collaborations with local packaging players can help aluminum bag companies tap these high-potential markets. According to United Nations Environment Programme figures, Indonesia generates over 4 Mn tons of plastic waste annually as its consumption doubles every five years. Similarly, cities across Africa struggle with waste management and plastic recycling infrastructure. Efficient solutions like aluminium bags could help divert waste from landfills and waterways. Government initiatives like India's proposed ban on specific throwaway plastics also make the market conditions favorable for aluminium bag adoption.

Aluminum Bag Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 12.63 Bn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 6.7% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 19.92 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Foil Bags, Stand Up Pouches, Flat Pouches, Gusseted Bags, Wicketed Bags, and Others (Zipper Bags, Hole Punched Bags) 
  • By End User Industry: Food, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Personal Care, and Others (Chemicals, Automotive)
  • By Material Type: Paper, Aluminum, Plastics, and Others (Metalized Films)
  • By Closure Type: Zippers, Adhesive, Tear Notch, and Spout
  • By Printing Type: Printed and Unprinted
Companies covered:

Amcor, Mondi, Sonoco, Bemis, Novolex, Berry Global, Pactiv, ProAmpac, Coveris, Huhtamaki, Technovin, Flexopack, Celplast, UltraSource, Printpack, Bryce, Genpak, Astrapak, Plus Packaging, and Presto

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing demand from food delivery and takeaway sectors
  • Growth of pharmaceutical industry and regulations supporting aluminum packaging  
  • Benefits of aluminum packaging driving adoption across industries
  • Advancements in aluminum packaging platforms
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Raw material supply volatility and stringent regulations
  • Consumer perception of aluminum packaging as premium option
  • Established distribution infrastructure for alternatives

Aluminum Bag Market Trends

  • Customization and aesthetic enhancements in aluminum bags: Consumers expect a superior unboxing experience. This has led to customization and aesthetic enhancement of aluminum bags using textures, 3D prints, colors, and matt/gloss finishes. For cosmetics, brands are leveraging decorative aluminum bags to showcase product information and reviews. In food applications, bags are printed with recipes, nutritional values and QR codes for customer engagement. Aesthetic appeal helps brands differentiate and elevate unboxing experience. The global printed aluminum bags market is projected to grow at over 6% CAGR from 2022 to 2030.For instance, Tumi—a major luggage brand, reported that, over 50% of their online sales in 2021 were for repeat customization designs Tumi Company Reports, 2021. The demand has driven aluminum bag companies to increase their customization capabilities on their websites and in retail stores.
  • Launch of recycled and biodegradable aluminum packaging: With sustainability concerns on rise, brands are increasing focus on eco-friendly aluminum packaging made using recycled content and biodegradable materials. For instance, Novelis launched Evercycle, a portfolio of sustainable aluminum solutions containing high recycled content. Plastic-free and compostable aluminum packaging has also been introduced. Government policies are incentivizing use of recycled aluminum. For example, MetalMatters certification in Europe promotes recyclability of aluminum in packaging. Such developments align with circular economy goals. According to a study commissioned by the manufacturer and conducted by an independent third party, the energy required to produce bags with 80% recycled content is over 60% lower than bags made from primary aluminum. The study also showed that the recycled aluminum bags have the same protective properties as non-recycled bags.
  • Lightweight and functional aluminum packaging: Lightweighting is a key trend in the aluminum bag market. Reducing material thickness helps lower packaging weight, transportation costs, and environmental impact. Brands are moving towards lightweight aluminum foils and films without compromising on packaging integrity. Coatings and chemical etching are being used to enhance barrier properties and functionality of thinner aluminum substrates. Market players are also developing durable lightweight aluminum lining for flexible pouches. For instance, according to a report in 2022 by UNEP, aluminum is the second most recycled material after steel with globally over 69% of all aluminum produced since 1888 still in use. This high recycling rate coupled with lightweight yet durable properties makes aluminum very appealing to brand owners aiming for eco-friendly packaging. Major brands such as PepsiCo, Coca Cola, Nestle and Mondelez have significantly increased their use of aluminum cans and bottles over the past few years. As more consumer products transition to aluminum packaging, the spin-off demand for ancillary products such as aluminum bags is expected to rise substantially in the near future
  • Rise of plastic-free and sustainable packaging: Concerns around plastic waste and toxicity have led to development of plastic-free aluminum packaging. Brands across food, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods domains are seeking alternate solutions to plastics. Aluminum provides durability along with sustainability. Aluminum bags are also combined with paper substrates to provide the functionalities of plastics without the negative environmental impact. Government regulations are also imposing bans on certain single-use plastic packaging, providing impetus to plastic-free aluminum packaging adoption. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, aluminium recycling rates were 70% in 2021. This is significantly higher than plastic bag recycling rates which hover around 20%. The energy required to produce aluminium from recycled material is only 5% of that required to produce new aluminium. This makes aluminium bag production much more energy efficient than single-use plastic bags which use up resources without being recycled at scale.

Aluminum Bag Market Restraints

  • Raw material supply volatility and stringent regulations: Aluminum pricing volatility due to fluctuating energy costs, supply uncertainties, and dynamic demand-supply balance can negatively impact the aluminum bags value chain. Aluminum production is also energy intensive. Tighter environmental regulations on emissions and energy usage are affecting smelting capacities. This may constrain market growth and increase compliance costs for stakeholders. Developing climate-friendly and cost-effective aluminum production will be vital. . For instance . during 2020-21 when Australia faced severe flooding, domestic aluminium production declined by 12% as per data from Australian Bureau of Statistics. This affected aluminium bag exports from bag manufacturing hubs like Sydney and Melbourne that depend on Australian supply.

Counterbalance: The key market players should engage themselves in producing ec0- friendly aluminium bag which will not be detrimental for the environment thus driving its market growth.

  • Consumer perception of aluminum packaging as premium option: While aluminum bags provide sustainability and functionality benefits, they are costlier than plastic packaging. This results in perception as a premium offering among certain demographics. For widespread adoption, education on benefits of aluminum bags and marketing as a value-added proposition will be important. Brands also need to work closely with manufacturers to optimize designs and reduce cost. A ‘premium’ perception may hamper adoption among price-sensitive customer groups of the premium feel that is attached to aluminum. Consumer research from various environmental organizations shows that anywhere between 20-30% of potential customers remain hesitant to switch to aluminum due to this ‘luxury’ image attached to the material .For instance as per United Nations data, in 2021 only 15% of global plastic packaging was recycled. The remaining 85% was discarded as waste, with the majority ending up in landfills or polluting oceans and environment.
  • Established distribution infrastructure for alternatives: Plastics packaging, especially flexible pouches have a well-established distribution and retail infrastructure. Aluminum bags being relatively newer, lack this network. Developing an organized supply chain, partnerships with e-commerce and retail players and providing transparent pricing can help address the restraint. Support from brand owners and market education on sustainability benefits will also facilitate increased accessibility of aluminum bags. For instance, according to a survey in 2020 by the United Nations Environment Program showed that over 75% of consumers in developing nations are aware of the environmental risks of plastic pollution but lack access to affordable sustainable alternatives.

Counter balance: Focus on niche markets that specifically require the properties of aluminum bags, where alternatives may not perform as well.

Analyst view:

The aluminum bag market is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. Aluminum as a material offers high strength to weight ratio and durability, thus making bags lightweight and long-lasting. It is also 100% recyclable which is a major driver of growth in the sustainable conscious customer segment. Improved manufacturing technologies have reduced production costs, and thus price points of aluminum bags are competitive against conventional plastic bags. North America and Europe  dominate the aluminum bag market due to strong environmental regulations and awareness. However, the Asia Pacific region is expected to emerge as the fastest growing market as aluminum bag manufacturers are setting up production facilities to cater to the rising domestic demand. Aluminum bags are increasingly replacing plastic and other material based bags in the food and beverage packaging industry as they prevent leakage and spoilage. Their high gloss and printability makes them very attractive for branding and marketing purposes. Factors like non-biodegradability of plastic and bans or taxes imposed by various governments on plastic usage, will further drive the shift towards sustainable aluminum bags. One key restraint is the availability of substitute materials like bio-plastic which are also eco-friendly but lower in cost compared to aluminum. Proper scrap recovery and recycling processes need to be established globally to maximize resource efficiency of aluminum bags. Overall, increased environmental regulations and sustainable preferences of customers across industry segments are positive indicators for the aluminum bag market.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, Amcor launched AmLite Ultra Recyclable, a new high-barrier laminate solution for pet food pouches. The innovative packaging is compatible with recycling streams. Amcor plc. is a global packaging company. It develops and produces flexible packaging, rigid containers, specialty cartons, closures and services for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical-device, home and personal-care, and other products.
  • In March 2021, Novolex announced new compostable stand-up pouch made from bio-based plastic. The pouches provide sustainability benefits without compromising on durability. Novolex develops and manufactures diverse packaging products for the foodservice, delivery and carryout, food processor, and industrial markets.
  • In May 2020, ProAmpac, a leading global flexible packaging company with a comprehensive product, introduced climate protect pouches, an all-paper stand up pouch that is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is recyclable in paper recycling facilities.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In October 2022, Amcor acquired Eurofoil, a leading European flexible packaging company, to expand its capabilities in the high growth healthcare packaging segment
  • In January 2021, Sonoco partnered with Smart Planet Technologies to develop all-paper sustainable flexible packaging for a variety of consumer goods
  • In December 2019, ProAmpac acquired Ultimate Group, expanding its flexible packaging product portfolio with healthcare packaging solutions

Figure 2. Aluminum Bag Market Share (%), By End User Industry, 2023


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Top Companies in Aluminum Bag Market

  • Amcor
  • Mondi
  • Sonoco
  • Bemis
  • Novolex
  • Berry Global
  • Pactiv
  • ProAmpac
  • Coveris
  • Huhtamaki
  • Technovin
  • Flexopack
  • Celplast
  • UltraSource
  • Printpack
  • Bryce
  • Genpak
  • Astrapak
  • Plus Packaging
  • Presto

Definition: The aluminum bag market refers to the global market for flexible packaging solutions which is made by using aluminum material. Aluminum bags offer complete protection against moisture, oxygen, light, and contamination. They provide durability, sustainability, and convenience for packaging of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other products. The market has witnessed significant growth due to advantages of aluminum bags over conventional plastic-based packaging and rising consumption of packaged consumer goods globally.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The key factors hampering the growth of the aluminum bag market are raw material supply volatility and stringent regulations, consumer perception of aluminum packaging as premium option, and established distribution infrastructure for alternatives.

The major factors driving the growth of the market are increasing demand from food delivery and takeawy sectors, growth of pharmaceutical ndustry and regulations supporting aluminum industry, benefits of aluminum packaging driving adoption across industries, and advancements in aluminum packaging platforms.

The foils bags segment is the leading product type segment in the market.

The major players operating in the market are Amcor, Mondi, Sonoco, Bemis, Novolex, Berry Global, Pactiv, ProAmpac, Coveris, Huhtamaki, Technovin, Flexopack, Celplast, UltraSource, Printpack, Bryce, Genpak, Astrapak, Plus Packaging, and Presto

North America leads the market.

The CAGR of the market is 6.7%.

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