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  • Published In : Nov 2023
  • Code : CMI5891
  • Pages :130
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

The global laundry capsules market is projected to grow from US$ 4.79 Bn in 2023 to US$ 9.04 Bn by 2030, at a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period. The growth of the laundry capsules market is driven by the increasing demand for convenience and ease of use, as well as the growing awareness of the environmental benefits of laundry capsules.

Laundry capsules are water-soluble pouches that contain highly concentrated laundry detergent. They are pre-dosed and pre-measured, which makes them more convenient and easier to use than traditional liquid or powder detergents. Laundry capsules are also more environmentally friendly than traditional detergents, as they contain less water and packaging.

The laundry capsules market is segmented by product type, Fragrance, Functionality, Laundry type, application, Packaging Size, Distribution Channel, Consumer Segment and region. By Product type, the market is segmented into Single-chamber capsules, Multi-chamber capsules, Liquid-filled capsules, Powder-filled capsules. Single-chamber capsules is the larger segment, accounting for over 35% of the market share.

Laundry Capsules Market Regional Insights

  • North America is the largest market for laundry capsules, accounting for over 40% of the global market share. The U.S. is the leading country in the region, followed by Canada. The growth of the laundry capsules market in North America is driven by the increasing demand for convenience and ease of use, as well as the growing awareness of the environmental benefits of laundry capsules.
  • Europe is the second largest market for laundry capsules, accounting for over 30% of the global market share. Germany, the U.K., and France are the leading countries in the region. The growth of the laundry capsules market in Europe is driven by similar factors as in North America.
  • Asia Pacific is the third largest market for laundry capsules, accounting for over 20% of the global market share. China, Japan, and India are the leading countries in the region. The growth of the laundry capsules market in Asia Pacific is driven by the increasing affluence and urbanization in the region, which is leading to a growing demand for convenience and ease of use.

Figure 1. Global Laundry Capsules Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Laundry Capsules Market Drivers

  • Convenience and Ease of Use: Laundry capsules offer a convenient and hassle-free solution for doing laundry. They eliminate the need for measuring detergent, as the pre-measured capsules contain the perfect amount of detergent for a single load. This convenience appeals to busy individuals and households looking for a simplified laundry routine. For instance, in August 2021, Godrej Consumer Products, a Mumbai-based packaged consumer goods providing company, announced the launch of digital first products to capitalize on the growing shift of packaged consumer goods to e-commerce. The three new products are composed of single-use laundry capsules—Godrej Ezee Detergent Pods, Godrej Protekt All-in-1 Dishwasher Tablets, and Goodknight Anti Mosquito Bed Nets.
  • Rising Disposable Income: As disposable incomes have increased globally, consumers are more willing to spend on convenience-oriented products. Laundry capsules are often perceived as a premium product due to their convenience factor, and consumers with higher disposable incomes are more likely to opt for these convenient solutions.
  • Growing Awareness of Environmental Sustainability: Laundry capsules are often formulated with concentrated and more environmentally friendly ingredients compared to traditional liquid or powder detergents. They are designed to reduce water usage and packaging waste. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, there is a growing demand for products that have a reduced environmental impact, and laundry capsules align with these preferences. For instance, in July 2022, Unilever, a multinational conglomerate, announced the launch of its laundry capsule products, which is designed for high performance in cold water less than 20 degree Celsius and below. The new capsules are packaged in a plastic-free, cardboard container, a move set to prevent over 6,000 tons of plastic entering the waste stream every year, the equivalent in weight to 500 double-decker buses
  • Compact and Space-Saving Packaging: Laundry capsules are typically packaged in small, compact containers that take up less space compared to bulkier liquid or powder detergent bottles. This feature is particularly attractive to consumers living in smaller apartments or those with limited storage space.

Laundry Capsules Market Opportunities

  • Emerging Markets: There are untapped opportunities for laundry capsules in emerging markets, where the adoption of convenient laundry solutions is still in its early stages. As disposable incomes rise and consumer lifestyles evolve, there is potential for significant market growth in these regions. Companies can target these markets by adapting their product offerings and marketing strategies to cater to the specific needs and preferences of consumers in these regions.
  • Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Products: With increasing consumer awareness and concern for environmental sustainability, there is a growing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable laundry products. This presents an opportunity for laundry capsule manufacturers to develop and market capsules that are made from biodegradable materials, use eco-friendly packaging, and have a reduced environmental impact. Highlighting the sustainability aspects of laundry capsules can attract environmentally conscious consumers.
  • Customization and Specialization: Offering specialized laundry capsules that cater to specific consumer needs can be a lucrative opportunity. This can include capsules designed for different fabric types, specific stains or odors, or capsules with additional features such as fabric softeners or scent boosters. Customized formulations that address specific consumer pain points can help differentiate products in the market and attract a niche customer base.
  • Premium and Value-added Segments: There is room for both premium and value-added laundry capsules in the market. Premium capsules can target consumers who are willing to pay a higher price for added convenience, superior performance, or luxury features. On the other hand, value-added capsules can cater to price-sensitive consumers by offering cost-effective options without compromising on quality.

Laundry Capsules Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$  4.79 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 9.5% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 9.04 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: Single-chamber capsules, Multi-chamber capsules, Liquid-filled capsules, Powder-filled capsules
  • By Fragrance: Fragrance-free, Fresh scents, Floral scents, Fruity scents, Other custom scents
  • By Functionality: Stain removal, Brightening, Whitening, Fabric softening, Odor elimination, All-in-one (multiple functions in a single capsule)
  • By Laundry Type: Regular laundry, Delicate/sensitive fabrics, Baby/infant laundry, Woolens and fine garments, Sportswear and active wear
  • By Packaging Size: Small packs (few capsules), Medium packs (standard household use), Large packs (bulk or commercial use)
  • By Distribution Channel: Supermarkets and hypermarkets, Convenience stores, Online retailers, Specialty stores, Others
  • By Consumer Segment: Household consumers, Commercial/industrial consumers (laundromats, hotels, etc.) 
  • By Eco-Friendly Features: Biodegradable materials, Environmentally friendly packaging, Low water usage, Low carbon footprint
  • By Branding and Marketing: Premium/High-end brands, Affordable/mass-market brands, Eco-friendly/green brands
Companies covered:

Procter & Gamble Co., Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Unilever PLC, Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Kao Corporation, Lion Corporation, The Clorox Company, McBride plc, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Seventh Generation, Inc. (Unilever), Nice Group, Nirma Limited, and Liby Enterprise Group Co., Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Convenience and Ease of Use
  • Rising Disposable Income
  • Growing Awareness of Environmental Sustainability
  • Compact and Space-Saving Packaging
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Price Sensitivity
  • Limited Compatibility
  • Packaging Waste
  • Limited Formulation Options

Laundry Capsules Market Trends

  • Increasing Demand for Eco-Friendly Products: There is a growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility among consumers. As a result, there is a rising demand for laundry capsules that are formulated with eco-friendly ingredients, use biodegradable packaging materials, and minimize their overall environmental impact. Consumers are increasingly looking for certifications such as eco-labels or organic certifications to ensure the sustainability of the product.
  • Shift towards Concentrated Formulations: Laundry capsules are often formulated with concentrated detergents, which offer benefits such as reduced packaging waste, decreased water usage, and improved cleaning performance. Concentrated formulations are preferred by consumers due to their convenience and the perception that they provide better value for money. Manufacturers are focusing on developing highly concentrated capsules to meet these demands.
  • Customization and Specialization: Consumers are seeking laundry products that cater to their specific needs. Laundry capsules that are designed for different fabric types, specific stains, or specialized cleaning requirements are gaining popularity. Companies are introducing capsules with added features like stain removers, fabric softeners, or fragrances to meet these customization demands and provide enhanced cleaning results.
  • Growing Online Sales Channels: The rise of e-commerce and online retail platforms has significantly impacted the laundry capsules market. Consumers now have the convenience of purchasing laundry capsules online and having them delivered directly to their homes. Online platforms provide a wider range of options, price comparisons, and customer reviews, enabling consumers to make informed purchase decisions. Manufacturers are leveraging online sales channels to expand their reach and engage with a larger customer base.

Laundry Capsules Market Restraints

  • Price Sensitivity: Laundry capsules are often priced at a premium compared to traditional liquid or powder detergents. The higher cost can be a deterrent for price-sensitive consumers, especially in regions where cost-consciousness is a significant factor. The perception of higher prices may limit the adoption of laundry capsules, particularly among budget-conscious consumers.
  • Limited Compatibility: Some consumers may find that laundry capsules are not compatible with certain washing machines or laundry practices. For example, certain machines with unique dispenser systems or laundry practices that require pre-treating stains may not work optimally with laundry capsules. This limited compatibility can restrict the adoption of laundry capsules among certain consumer segments.
  • Packaging Waste: Although laundry capsules often come in compact packaging, the individual capsules are typically wrapped in plastic film or a dissolvable casing. This packaging can contribute to plastic waste generation, raising concerns about environmental sustainability. As consumer awareness of plastic waste and recycling increases, companies need to address these concerns and develop more sustainable packaging solutions. For instance, according to the data published by the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission in December 2022, capsule detergent accounted for 80% of the total injuries caused by the laundry detergents across the globe in 2021.
  • Limited Formulation Options: While laundry capsules offer convenience, some consumers may prefer the ability to customize or adjust the amount of detergent used in their laundry. With capsules, the detergent amount is pre-measured and cannot be adjusted easily. This limitation may discourage consumers who prefer more flexibility and control over their detergent
  • Counter balance: For those who prefer to customize their detergent usage, traditional liquid or powder detergents may be a better option. These types of detergents allow for more flexibility in the amount used, as they can be measured out according to the specific needs of each load. Additionally, some liquid and powder detergents come with measuring cups or scoops to help consumers accurately measure out the desired amount.

New product launches

  • Unilever launches most sustainable laundry capsule to date. September 2020 Unilever launched a new laundry capsule that is designed to be more sustainable than its predecessors. The capsule has a new, fully biodegradable membrane that is designed to leave no residue on laundry. It also has a reduced carbon footprint, and when used in cold, short cycles, consumers can save up to 60% energy per use. The new capsule is currently available in France, and it is expected to roll out to other markets in the near future.
  • Procter & Gamble launches new Tide Pods with Febreze. Procter & Gamble launched a new version of its popular Tide Pods that features Febreze freshness. The new pods are designed to provide long-lasting freshness to laundry, even after it is dry. They are also free of dyes and fragrances, making them a good choice for people with sensitive skin. The new Tide Pods with Febreze are available in the U.S. and Canada. Procter & Gamble (P&G) is a multinational consumer goods corporation it has grown to become one of the largest and most successful consumer goods companies in the world.
  • Henkel launches new Persil Power Gel Capsules. Henkel launched a new version of its Persil Power Gel that comes in a capsule format. The new capsules are designed to be easier to use and more convenient than the traditional Power Gel. They are also said to be more effective at cleaning laundry, even in cold water. The new Persil Power Gel Capsules are available in Europe.

Recent Development

New product launches:

For instance, in November 2020, Ariel, which is a detergent brand of Proctor and Gamble – a multinational conglomerate, announced the launch of washing capsules. To promote the product, the brand has come up with a campaign showing how the product works. The brand focuses on marketing campaigns featuring celebrities to improve its brand awareness among consumers across the globe.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In 2021, Unilever announced a partnership with biotech company LanzaTech to develop a new technology for producing eco-friendly laundry capsules
  • In April 2021, Blue Sun, a laundry detergent manufacturing company, joined an industry campaign to promote the safe use and storage of liquid laundry detergent capsules. This campaign run by the European detergents industry aims to provide concrete advice to parents and people looking after young children to ensure the safe use of liquid laundry detergent capsule.

Figure 2. Global Laundry Capsules Market Share (%), by Product Type, 2023


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Top Companies in Laundry Capsules Market

  • Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
  • Unilever PLC
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC
  • Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Kao Corporation
  • Lion Corporation
  • The Clorox Company
  • McBride plc
  • S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
  • Seventh Generation, Inc. (Unilever)
  • Nice Group
  • Nirma Limited
  • Liby Enterprise Group Co., Ltd.

*Definition: The laundry capsules market refers to the segment of the consumer goods industry that involves the production, distribution, and sale of detergent capsules or pods specifically designed for laundry purposes. Laundry capsules are pre-measured, single-use units that contain concentrated detergent formulations. They provide convenience, ease of use, and efficient cleaning performance for consumers, offering a compact and mess-free alternative to traditional laundry detergents. The market encompasses various brands, formulations, fragrances, and specialized features to cater to different consumer preferences and needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety concerns, environmental considerations, competition from alternative formats, pricing and affordability, and limited awareness and adoption are the key factors hampering the growth of the laundry capsules market.

The major factors driving the market are convenience and ease of use, superior performance and cleaning efficiency, space efficiency and reduced packaging waste, product innovation and differentiation, rising consumer awareness and adoption, urbanization, and busy lifestyles.

Single chambered Capsule is the leading component segment in the market.

Some major players operating in the market include Procter & Gamble, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Unilever, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. Church & Dwight Co., Inc.,Colgate-Palmolive Company,Kao Corporation, Lion Corporation, The Clorox Company, McBride plc ,S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., seventh Generation, Inc. (Unilever),  Nice Group, Nirma Limited, Liby Enterprise Group Co., Ltd.

North America is expected to lead the market.

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