The global bag-in-box containers market size was valued at USD 3,733 million in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 6,691.7 million by 2030, growing with a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period (2022–2030). Bag-in-box containers are convenient packaging solutions that provide extra protection during transportation and can carry liquids efficiently. Increasing consumer demand for healthy and safe packaged food products is expected to drive demand for bag-in-box containers. Bag-in-box containers have excellent barrier properties and are easy to transport and disposable. In addition, the packaging helps extend the packaged products’ shelf life, making it ideal for packaging beverage products, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The rapid growth of industries such as food and beverage, detergents, and industrial oils in economies including China, India, and Brazil will positively impact the global market.
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Growth of the Food and Beverage Industry
The demand for bag-in-box containers is expected to increase owing to the rise in consumption of the products from the food and beverage industry. The bag-in-box containers are ideal for packaging alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The increasing consumption of alcoholic beverages by developing and developed economies will likely drive the growth of the bag-in-box containers market. The market will also benefit from the change in consumer consumption trends, high disposable incomes, and increased expense in R&D. The shift towards consuming packaged food products is expected to drive market growth.
Growing Demand for Household Products
The increasing consumption of household cleaners is expected to drive the demand for bag-in-box containers. The growing urban population has increased the demand for hygiene-promoting products. The bag-in-box containers market will also be driven by the need for products such as surface deodorizers, slow-foam detergents, and refreshers packaged in bag-in-box containers. The increasing investments by manufacturers and ease of transportation coupled with the product's availability at a lower cost are expected to drive the product's market growth over the forecast period.
High Demand for Substitute Products
The growth in the substitute products such as plastic and glass bottles is expected to hamper the demand for bag-in-box containers. The need for plastic bottles by the soft-drinks industry and their lower prices are expected to harm the market growth for bag-in-box containers. Glass bottles predominantly dominate the packaging of alcoholic beverages. The increased use of glass bottles in packaging alcoholic beverages is expected to hinder the market growth.
The easy availability of glass bottles and the presence of key manufacturers with high volume production capacity are expected to increase its market growth. The demand for bag-in-box containers is limited to certain companies that opt for advanced packaging solutions. Limited substitution of packaging solutions by bag-in-box containers is expected to hamper the market growth of bag-in-box containers over the forecast period.
The global bag-in-box containers market is segmented by application.
Based on application, the global market is divided into food and beverage, industrial liquids, and household products.
The food and beverage segment owns the highest market share and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 6.4% over the forecast period. Demand for food and beverage items has increased due to improved lifestyles, more disposable income, and rising knowledge of healthier products. The introduction of packaging solutions that offer ease of consumption to consumers and the production of a large number of new soft drinks are emerging as significant growth drivers. In addition, manufacturers are adding nutritious products to their product line, offering healthier snack items and innovative packaging, thereby adopting packaging such as bag-in-box containers. Shipping bulk containers of frozen beverages are expensive and problematic using refrigerated containers. The solutions offered by the bag-in-box containers lead to convenient stacking in the cargo hold of a ship.
In addition, the robustness provided by the containers owing to the use of plastic enables thorough washing of the containers after evacuation. Also, the container exhibits the properties to withstand sunlight and moisture resistance. These factors make bag-in-box containers one of the most suitable products for storing and transferring alcoholic beverages. The flexible packaging solutions provided by the bag-in-box containers enable the oxygen barriers to extend the unopened shelf life of alcoholic beverages up to one year. The containers preserve the organoleptic properties of the wine up to a week after the container is opened. In addition, it also removes the need for corkscrews, lowers the carbon footprint, and extends the freshness of alcoholic beverages, especially wine.
The demand for household cleaning products such as surface deodorizers and fabric fresheners packed in bag-in-box containers is expected to grow. The product is made available at low prices and provides ease of handling. The bag-in-box containers are used in packaging various products, including fabric care, floor cleaners, kitchen cleaners, and bathroom cleaners. In addition, the increasing use of specialty cleaners is likely to drive market growth. The consumer affinity towards maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene is driving the consumption of bag-in-box containers.
There is a rising demand for hygiene and home care products in developing and developed economies. Increasing adoption of healthier lifestyles and concerns over infectious diseases are expected to drive market growth for household cleaners. In addition, an increase in the usage of household cleaners at the commercial level is further expected to add to the demand for household cleaners in the global market. The demand growth for household cleaners is expected to drive the market growth of bag-in-box containers owing to the product's superior packaging and dispensing solutions.
The demand for the bag-in-box container in the industrial liquid segment on account of ease of product handling and usage is expected to drive the market growth of the bag-in-box containers industry. The bag-in-box packaging materials have special performance characteristics, such as chemical resistance, rigidity, and strength for packaging products such as oils and lubricants, which are expected to drive the market growth of the bag-in-box containers industry over the forecast period. Increasing demand for flexible and sustainable product packaging solutions is expected to drive market growth. There is also a rise in demand for advanced grease and lubricant packaging.
The bag-in-box packaging provides various advantages, such as ease in outbound and inbound logistics and rising efficiency. Increasing investment across the value chain of the oil and gas industry associated with increasing exploration activities is expected to drive the growth of drilling fluids in the market. In addition, the increasing initiatives toward developing the oil & gas sector in developing countries, such as 100% FDI in upstream and private sectors by the Indian Government, is also expected to drive market growth. These trends are further expected to drive the growth of bag-in-box containers as it widely used for packaging drilling fluids due to high chemical stability, puncture resistance, and efficient evacuation.
The global bag-in-box containers market is divided into four regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
North America Dominates the Global Market
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North America is the most significant shareholder and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7% over the forecast period. This is owing to significant food and beverage manufacturing companies and multi-tiered supply chains. The market in the U.S. holds the largest share in the region. The growth of the soft drink beverage packaging industry is expected to benefit the bag-in-box containers market suppliers in this region. Increasing health concerns have led to increased consumption of packaged nutritional food products. The regional growth for bag-in-box containers is also driven by rising demand for oils, including those of oilseeds, corn, and soybean. The region is one of the largest exporters of alcoholic beverage products, which is likely to drive market growth for bag-in-box containers over the forecast period. The rising demand for bag-in-box containers from the industrial segment, which is used for packaging lubricants and greases, is also likely to propel the growth.
Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%, generating USD 1,175.19 million over the forecast period. Consumers' shifting purchasing habits, increasing rates of urbanization, and the rising need for such packaging are all predicted to boost market expansion over the forecast period. Increasing investments in R&D by the packaging manufacturers are likely to increase the demand for bag-in-box containers in this region over the forecast period. The food sector is expected to drive the market demand for bag-in-box container packaging owing to increased demand for sauces and cooking oils. The demand for the food industry is expected to increase in economies such as Germany, the U.K., and Russia. The changing consumer eating patterns and shift towards healthy and organic food have led to increasing demand for natural substitutes in food products.
In the U.K., the decreasing cost of the primary chemicals used to produce bag-in-box containers is likely to increase the demand for bag-in-box containers. The introduction of technologically advanced products and rising demand for green-labeled products by consumers in this country are expected to increase the demand for bag-in-box containers over the forecast period. Germany is the primary European market due to the high consumption and production of food and beverage and household products. The country offers business opportunities and laps new technologies and trends owing to factors including varied culinary trends. There is a rise in demand for convenience packaging in this economy, allowing notable investments to increase the market growth for bag-in-box containers.
Asia-Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing bag-in-box containers market due to increasing per capita income and industrialization. The rapid growth of bag-in-box containers in end-user industries, household, food and beverage, and industrial liquids is expected to drive the market. Asia-Pacific region is one of the critical regions of development for the manufacturing sector owing to factors including burgeoning economies, greater spending power, more youthful populations, increased urbanization, growth of the FMCG markets, and a rising interest in health and wellness is expected to increase the market growth for bag-in-box container industry over the forecasts period. In addition, high flexibility to accommodate a variety of products, low weight, high barrier properties, and ease of portability are the fundamental properties boosting product penetration in the Asia Pacific.
Latin America has been witnessing significant growth in the food and beverages market over the past few years owing to high investments in the region's manufacturing sector, which will likely positively impact the bag-in-box containers market over the forecast period. In addition, growing urbanization and increasing spending capacities of consumers in countries including Brazil and Argentina are expected to increase the market share over the forecast period. Growth in population coupled with rising consumer disposable income in the Middle East and Africa region has resulted in high demand for quality organic food. However, the region's manufacturing sector is growing slower than others due to unfavorable geography and a lack of raw material availability. As a result, the demand for bag-in-box containers in the region is expected to grow slower than in other regions over the projected period.
The global bag-in-box containers market’s major players include Amcor Ltd, Smurfit Kappa Group, DS Smith, Scholle IPN, and Liqui Box.