A retort pouch is a type of food packaging made of flexible plastic and metal foil laminate. For the sterile packing of a wide variety of food and drink handled by aseptic processing, it is used as an alternative to typical industrial canning methods. Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs) are completely prepared, thermo-stabilized (heat-treated), high-calorie (1,300 kcal on average) meals that can be consumed cold, warmed by submerging in hot water, or heated with a flameless ration heater.
The Latin America region is divided into three sections: Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America. During the forecast period, Latin America is expected to be the fastest-growing market. During the projected period, the Latin America retort pouch market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7 % to a total value of 436 million USD in 2030.
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Polypropylene, polyethylene, polyamide, PET, aluminum foil, and other materials are used in the market. With an expected market value of USD 1,690.8 million in 2021, polypropylene will be the fastest-growing sector. It will reach a market value of USD 3,015.8 million in 2030, with an annual growth rate of 8.1%. Extreme temperature and chemical resistance, as well as expanding usage in automotive, packaging, healthcare, electronics, and building and construction, will all contribute to market expansion. Higher tensile strength, superior barrier, and cheaper cost will all contribute to the segment's value. With an expected value of USD 1,453.8 million in 2030, the PET sector will have the second-largest market share.
The market can be separated into two types of packaging: stand-up pouches and flat pouches. With a market value of USD 2,482.2 million in 2021, stand-up pouches will have the biggest market share. With a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period, it will reach a value of about USD 4,573.9 million in 2030. Sustainability, lightweight, and increasing printability and seal ability availability will all contribute to the segment's growth. Due to its simplicity and availability in a wide range of materials and seals, the flat pouches market is expected to reach USD 3,693.4 million in 2030.
The market can be divided into three types of closures: tear notch, zipper, and spout. With a market value of USD 1,828 million in 2021, the zipper segment will have the biggest market share during the projected period. In 2030, it will have a market value of USD 3,245.1 million. Due to the possibility to be accessed several times due to its usefulness and increased utilization of e-commerce and on-the-go applications, the CAGR is expected to be 7.3 percent. With an expected market value of USD 3,137.9 million in 2030, the tear-notch sector will account for the second-largest market share.
The market can be divided into food, drinks, pet food, and other categories based on application. With a market value of USD 2,499.6 million in 2021, food will hold the biggest market share over the projected period. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 7.1 percent. The market will be worth USD 4,123.2 million in 2030, according to estimates. The segment's growth will be aided by factors such as increased temperature resistance and the capacity to be integrated into ready-to-eat packaging. Pet food will have the second-largest market share in 2030, with an estimated value of USD 1,701.3 million.
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During the projected period, the Latin America retort pouch market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% to a total value of 436 million USD in 2030. Argentina's packaging business went through a terrible period during the economic downturn, which was exacerbated by the epidemic. Low- and middle-income social groups' purchasing power plummeted, stifling any prospects for innovation and premium packaging. Argentina has seen a dramatic drop in earnings, increased unemployment, and a downturn in consumer patterns, all of which have had an impact on packaging types and sizes in many categories.
According to the Brazilian government, the packaged food market in Brazil experienced considerable development in 2021, with a growth rate of more than 30% since 2016. Ready meals, breakfast cereals, infant food, sauces, dressings, and condiments, processed meat, shellfish, and soup all have significant growth rates.
Since the last decade, public awareness of the negative consequences of plastic use has increased dramatically. Many public campaigns and initiatives launched by Latin American governments (multiple countries) have raised public awareness. As a result, plastic packaging consumption has increased significantly in recent years.
Brazil is expected to have a large share of the market due to the following reasons: Brazil is a leader in Latin America in terms of economic growth and foreign direct investment. Food and industrial items are in high demand, which is met by imports. To protect the products from damage, retort packaging will be required in this region. Demand for packaged food is projected to rise as the middle-income class grows, allowing the flexible packaging sector to expand.
In this market, there is a trend that favors premiumization. Brazilians are eager to spend on cosmetics despite their price sensitivity and thus retort packaging is expected to increase significantly in this region.
Some of the major players in the Latin American region for the Retort Pouch market are: