Active packaging is an advanced technology designed for the packaging of pharmaceutical and foods products in order to prevent contamination and enhance the shelf-life of the product. Moreover, this technology also display information on quality, improve convenience, and enhance safety. Active packaging basically referred to as having active functions beyond the inert passive containment and protection of the packaged product. Modified atmosphere packaging is used to increase the shelf-life of fresh food products. This technology involves the filling of the atmospheric air inside a package with a protective gas mix. The gas-filled inside the package ensure that the food product stays fresh for a longer time.

The global active and modified atmosphere packaging market was valued at US$ 19 Billion in 2018 and is predicted to reach US$ 29 Billion by the end 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).

Increasing launch of innovative and advanced modified atmosphere packaging is expected to fuel the market growth. For instance, in January 2019, Air Products launches new scented modified atmosphere packaging in the UK. This is an advanced system offered a natural way to keep the flavor and aroma intact for packaged foods, improve the customer’s sensory experience, with the potential to influence future purchasing behaviors. Therefore, increasing launch of such an advanced solution is expected to fuel market growth.

Increasing application of bio-based and biodegradable film in the active and modified atmosphere packaging is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in June 2019, Mondi, a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions have developed a recyclable polypropylene film that is ideal for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, which is known for its ability to extend the shelf life of products such as meat and cheese. Hence, increasing launch of bio-based packaging film is expected to fuel the market growth.

Recyclability and sustainability factors associated with flexible film packaging is projected to hinder the market growth. Flexible film the packaging is broadly used for various consumer brands due to its various advantage such as low greenhouse emissions, lightweight, and low usage of plastic. However, one of the major concerns of the active and modified packaging market is recyclability. According to the U.S Flexible Packaging Association, the materials used for the production of multilayer pouches is mostly comprised of laminated multiple materials. Such materials are not easily recyclable and thus, this factor is expected to hinder the market growth over the forecast period.

Based on material, the market is segment into Polyethylene, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polypropylene, Polyamide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH), Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and others. In 2018, Polyethylene segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 39.6% in the global Active and Modified Atmosphere Packaging market, followed by Polyethylene Terephthalate and Polypropylene respectively.

Major players were involved in number of acquisitions which fueled the market growth of active and modified atmosphere packaging. For instance, in May 2015, Johnson Matthey, a British chemicals company, acquired StePac, a global provider of atmosphere packaging,  to produce and supply products for specific application.

Rising investment by major players to boost the production of packaging solutions is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in March 2016, LINPAC Packaging Limited, a british manufacturer of fresh food packaging invested around US$ 1.58 million in its new manufacturing facility in St. Helens, for the production of an 200 million units of expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays per year.

Players active in the market are Amcor Limited, LINPAC Packaging Limited, Bemis Company Inc., Berry Plastics Corporation, Coveris Holdings S.A, Winpak Limited Company, Sealed Air Corporation, ULMA Packaging S. Coop, and Ilapak International, S.A.

Few Recent Developments

Berry Plastic Group, Inc.

  • In March 2015, the company partnered with Klöckner Pentaplast Group—a Germany-based films manufacturer and supplier—in order to develop form-fill-seal packaging solutions for food and pharmaceuticals applications, among others 

Winpak Ltd. Company

  • In January 2015, Winpak Group announced an investment of US$ 24.2 Million to establish a new high-barrier film production plant at Nastola, Finland. This is expected to provide packaging material solutions that offer a combination of visual, protective and environmental benefits to its customers worldwide.

Ilapac International S.A

  • In July 2016, the company launched the first integrated vacuum flow wrapper for meat, food service retails or cheese products
  • In June 2015, the company innovated carry fresh bags for packaging of potatoes and onions


By Application

  • Meat, Poultry, And Seafood 
  • Dairy Products 
  • Fruits And Vegetables 
  • Bakery And Confectionery 
  • Processed Food Products 
  • Others

By Material

  • Polyethylene
  • Polyvinyl Chloride 
  • Polypropylene 
  • Polyamide 
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate 
  • Ethylene Vinyl 
  • Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa


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