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Thermoformed plastic products are produced by heating up to a specific level of temperature and molded into desired shapes as per the packaging requirement. Thermoformed plastic products include polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polyethylene. These products are gaining huge demand from food &beverage industry for packaging of fresh products and prevent the spoilage of food items due to environmental spoilage. They are used to packaged food such as carbonated drinks, meat products, bakery, dairy products, etc. Thermoformed plastic products have numerous advantage such as durability, flexibility to mold into any shapes, and emission of carbon during the production process is comparatively lower to the other form of packaging products.

The global thermoformed plastic products for food & beverage industry market was estimated to account for around US$ 12.0 billion in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).


Rising awareness regarding food safety and hygiene is expected to augment the market growth of food & beverage industry thermoformed plastic products. Rising government regulations are influencing food manufacturers to adopt standards of quality and safety, in order to prevent contamination, is propelling the market growth. Thermoformed plastic packaging product offers high strength, stiffness, and excellent sealing properties, thus meeting all the hygiene standards for food products. Aforementioned properties are raising the adoption of thermoformed plastic packaging products across the food industry.

Market Restraints

The rising production of bio plastic is expected to open doors of opportunity to the market of thermoformed plastic packaging over the forecast timeframe. For instance, in October 2018, Novamont has opened a revamped Mater–Biopolymer plant south of Rome, to increase the production capacity of ORIGO–BI, bio polyesters from 120,000 tons per year to 150,000. The new facility will use a high level of renewables, components of MATER-BI compostable bioplastics to produce bio polyesters, for various applications as an alternative to traditional plastics, including coffee cups and pods, carrier bags, cutlery, straws, and food packaging.

Market Restraints

Rising governments initiative for disposal of plastic products and reduce the environmental impact is expected to hinder the market growth of thermoformed plastic packaging products. Rising concerns over recycling and disposal of plastic packaging products have encourage governments to impose regulations on the usage and disposal of plastic packaging products. This factor is projected to hinder the market growth over the forecast timeframe. According to the Coherent Market Insights, revision in packaging directives such as Directive (EU) 2015/720 and Directive 94/62/EC of the European Parliament and Council in 2015 imposed challenging targets for recycling.

Key Takeaways

On the basis of type, synthetic dominated the global thermoformed plastic products for food & beverage industry market in 2018 with 87% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by biodegradable, respectively

Market Trends

The rising trend of introducing sustainable packaging solutions in terms of reducing food waste is estimated to augment the market growth of thermoformed plastic packaging. For instance, in October 2019, GEA has introduced a new sustainable solution, FoodTray, combining the advantages of thermoforming technology, cardboard, and film, to create sustainable packaging that helps reduce food waste. Its latest development has also been developed for meets the demands for significantly higher recycling rates for plastic packaging for a wide range of items.

The increasing focus of manufacturers to introduce advanced thermoformer equipment for the food and beverage industry is anticipated to augment the market growth of thermoformed plastic packaging over the forecast period. For instance, in August 2019, GN Thermoforming Equipment, a leading manufacturer of servo-driven, roll-fed thermoforming machines will launch its new GN580 Thermoformer at K 2019. The new form/cut/stack thermoformer is ideal for food, medical, and industrial packaging markets.

Competitive Section

Key players active in the thermoformed plastic products for food & beverage industry market are Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., D&W Fine Pack, Huhtamaki, Placon, Anchor Packaging, Inc., Berry Plastics Corporation, Reynolds, Silgan Holdings, Inc., and Tray-Pak Corporation

Few Recent Developments


  • In 2015, the company acquired U.S.-based Pure-Stat Technologies, Inc., the food service business segment of Malaysia-based Butterworth Paper Cups, and flexible packaging business segment of India-based Positive Packaging
  • In February 2016, the company acquired flexible packaging business segment of Czech Republic-based FIOMO 
  • In July 2016, the company acquired Foodservice business segment of Val Pack Solutions Private Ltd. in India. Manufacturer of plastic cutlery, straws, stirrers, and meal kits

Berry Plastics Corporation

  • In 2015, the company acquired AVINTIV, Inc. to offer plastic packaging and engineered specialty chemicals for health, hygiene, and specialty purposes
  • In 2016, Berry Plastics Corporation acquired AEP Industries, Inc. in order to expand its product portfolio across North America

Market Taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Synthetic
  • Biodegradable

By Application

  • Packaging
  • Food Serving Articles 
  • Others (Containers)

By Region

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