Fruit packaging is of utmost importance, which ensures that fruits are protected from mechanical damages and adverse climatic conditions during the process of handling and distribution. Packaging of fruits is not beneficial in delaying or preventing spoilage of fresh fruits. Improper packaging of fresh fruits could accelerate spoilage. However, packaging of fruits offers protection against moisture loss, contamination, and damage.
The fruit packaging market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing demand for innovative packaging solutions for both soft fruits and hard fruits. Soft fruits such as grapes are highly perishable and can be crushed easily thereby leading to rotting of fruits. Thus, soft fruits are usually packed in semi-rigid containers or polyethylene bags with adequate ventilation holes. Moreover, hard fruits such as apples are comparatively less perishable and have higher shelf life. Therefore, most common type of packaging used for hard fruits include open trays or the plastic film over trays. Hard fruits are also packaged in nets or perforated polyethylene films.
Based on packaging type, the global fruit packaging market is segmented into flexible and rigid packaging. Amongst these, rigid packaging segment is expected to account for significant market share over the forecast period. This can be attributed to increasing usage of corrugated fiberboard boxes as a major container in food industry, owing to low cost to strength & weight ratio. This also has a non-abrasive and smooth surface, which offers good cushioning factor. The corrugated fiberboard boxes are also reusable and recyclable, which makes it capable for use in fruit packaging.
On the basis of region, the market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Among regions, Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing production of fruits in the region. For instance, according to the European Fresh Fruits Association, China produced largest amount of fruits on an average during 2013-2018, which was pegged at 184,821,734 tons, followed by India amounting to 64,860,191 tons. Furthermore, there is an increase in sales of the processed fruit juices in countries such as India and China, which is leading to growing need of fruit packaging and transportation to juice manufacturing and packaging facilities, which is expected to drive growth of the market.
Key players operating in the global fruit packaging market include Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, Sonoco Products Company, Mondi Group Plc, Bemis Company, Inc., International Paper Company, Linpac Packaging Limited, Sealed Air Corporation, and Amcor Limited among others.
On the basis of packaging type, the global fruit packaging market is segmented into:
On the basis of material type, the global fruit packaging market is segmented into:
On the basis of region, the global fruit packaging market is segmented into: