Food Contact Paper Market Growing Trends and Demands Analysis forecast 2028

Screening Strategies Help Minimize Spread of COVID-19 through Frozen Food Packaging

There is a growing evidence that food packaging is transporting SARS-CoV-2 across international borders. The unprecedented demand for frozen food is one of the key factors for increased imports and exports among countries. Hence, manufacturers in the food contact paper market are being compelled to boost their production for single use packaging. As such, massive screening efforts and UV (ultraviolet) disinfection strategies are anticipated to reduce the burden of packaging contamination.

It has been found that virus particles from a person’s mouth or nose increase the risk of the coronavirus infection as compared to touching of surfaces of frozen food. Such findings are helping companies in the food contact paper market to boost their incremental opportunities in 2021.

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Regulatory Challenges Starting Point for European Manufacturers

The food contact paper market is predicted to expand ~1.4 times to current market value with a CAGR of 4.5% during the assessment period. However, European manufacturers are faced with regulatory challenges, such as abiding with the Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles to demonstrate its efficacy for food contact applications.

As stated by the European Union (EU) and Member State legislation, manufacturers in the Europe food contact paper market are gaining information on core requirements such as supply chain communication and testing for compliance requirements. Intentionally and non-intentionally added substances are being considered for the manufacturing of packaging solutions.

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Restrictions on Plastic Packaging Lead to Competitive Race for Sustainability

Stakeholders in the food contact paper market have entered the race to produce sustainable packaging solutions. China is restricting plastic waste import, and some countries have even raised taxes on plastic bags. Such trends are contributing toward market growth, since paper as a packaging material is being viewed as high value and environment-friendly by consumers. Hence, manufacturers are increasing their R&D in special barrier and formability capabilities for paper packaging solutions.

A system of techniques and parameters for process innovation is being used to develop food contact paper packaging solutions. Companies in the food contact paper market such as Arjowiggins has announced the launch of its breakthrough innovation called Sylvicta, which mimics the properties of plastic to prevent oxygen from entering into the food.

Prevention of Oxygen from Entering Food Highly Preferred in Paper Solutions

There is a growing demand for packaging solutions that ensures maximum freshness throughout the supply chain until the point of consumption. In order to achieve this, manufacturers in the food contact paper market are increasing the availability of paper packaging solutions that prevent oxygen from entering into the food. Companies are increasing their R&D budget and collaborating with highly skilled and experienced teams to develop translucent paper solutions that provide a barrier to mineral oils and fatty foodstuffs.

Manufacturers in the food contact paper market are increasing the availability of compostable, recyclable, and marine biodegradable packaging solutions with the help of renewable raw materials sourced from protected forests.

FDA-approved Packaging Solutions Boost Credibility of Manufacturers

Companies in the food contact paper market are avoiding the use of harmful chemicals in packaging to improve the functionality and translucency of materials. Thus, manufacturers are increasing their production capacities for food contact approved solutions as per the guidelines of the European Food Safety Authority and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S.

Tapping into the wealth of collaboration and experience has become the key to success in sustainable packaging solutions. Manufacturers in the food contact paper market are innovating in fully recyclable paper cups suitable for the packaging of soup and instant noodles. The revolutionary reCup is gaining popularity for the utilization of mineralized resin coating in its material, which is emerging as an alternative to standard paper cups.

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Food Contact Paper Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest report on the global food contact paper market for the forecast period of 20202028, the market is estimated to be driven by rising consumption of ready-to-eat food items and growing demand for aesthetic and customized food contact paper
  • The global food contact paper market is expected to expand by ~1.4 times to current market value with a CAGR of 4.5% during forecast period

Online Food Chain Market Propelling Growth Opportunities for Food Contact Paper Market

  • Global eCommerce industry has witnessed significant market growth over the past few years and projected to remain same during the forecast period. Online food foodservice companies such as UberEats, Swiggy, Foodpanda, WHYQ, etc. are penetrating the market further on the back of changing eating habits and a wide range of food items offered by food outlets on these online eCommerce platforms.
  • Furthermore, many food retail companies across the continents are evolving their business strategies through collaboration with online foodservice companies. This creates substantial demand for food packaging solutions, including food contact paper.
  • These food retail companies are using food contact paper as an effective marketing tool. Thus, global food contact paper market is estimated to witness promising market growth in the near future.

Ban on Lightweight Single Use Plastic to Drive Food Contact Paper Market

  • Improper plastic waste management across the globe is one of the key factors that causes severe soil and ground water pollution. Various governments already have taken initiatives, and induced stringent rules and regulations for plastic waste management.
  • Furthermore, several countries across the globe have already restricted, and banned the use of single use and lightweight plastic packaging products. This introduction of stringent regulations and ban over the consumption of single use plastic creates massive demand for packaging solutions, which are recyclable yet sustainable.
  • Food contact paper is recyclable compared to other material such as plastic and metal, thus considered as an eco-friendly and economic form of packaging. In addition, increasing awareness associated with harmful impact of plastic packaging fuels the demand for paper based packaging solutions, which ultimately facilitates the overall food contact paper market growth.

Rise in Demand for Aesthetic, Customized Food Contact Paper Fuels Market Growth

  • Leading food and food service companies operating in the global market are preferring printed and customized food contact paper in order to enhance the product appeal and market their product throughout the supply chain
  • In order to attract more customers, these industry players are using food contact paper with new textures, graphics, eye-catching colors, and innovative designs. Food companies also demanding greaseproof wrapping paper, kraft paper, and foil paper for packaging of food items such as sandwiches, burgers, and others.
  • Rising preference for such aesthetic and customized food contact paper is boosting market growth significantly

Food Contact Paper Market: Key Findings

  • As per material type, specialty paper segment is projected to lead the overall food contact paper market with more than 90% of the market share in 2020, owing to its greaseproof and wax structure, and ability to pack and seal food product precisely. The target segment will continue to dominate the global food contact paper market during the forecast period.
  • Based on thickness, up to 30 GSM is expected to be the most preferred segment to manufacture food contact paper. The target segment is anticipated to offer total incremental opportunity of ~US$ 848 Mn during the forecast period.
  • Despite being a matured market, substantial portion of the food contact paper market is captured by North America. The region accounts for a significant usage of food contact paper, and is anticipated to remain the major user of food contact paper by the end of 2028. However, Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold ~28% share of the market by 2028. Astonishing market penetration of food service industry in recent years in Asian countries is estimated to accelerate the food contact paper market growth in this region during the forecast period.

Food Contact Paper Market: Competition Landscape

  • TMR analyzed that the global food contact paper market is highly competitive, owing to startups and entry of local players. This completion among key players is carefully studied based on developments, strategies, and segmental revenue of companies over the past five years.
  • The recent study on the food contact paper market includes profiles of players such as
    • Mondi Plc
    • Twin River Paper Company
    • Nordic Paper
    • Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.
    • KRPA Holding CZ, a.s.
    • SCG Packaging PCL
    • Ahlstrom-Munksjo
    • Harwal Group of Companies
    • PT. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper Tbk
    • Asian Pulp & Paper Company
    • Westrock Company
    • Pudumjee Paper Products
    • BPM Inc.
    • Seaman Paper Company
    • others
  • TMR differentiated these players as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 as per their segmental earnings. Among these players, Mondi Plc, Ahlstrom-Munksjo and PT. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper Tbk are identified as Tier 1 players in food contact paper market. Tier 2 players are Westrock Company, Metsä Group, Nordic Paper, and SCG Packaging. Tier 3 players are Pudumjee Paper Products, BPM Inc., Seaman Paper, Harwal Group of Companies, and Twin River Paper Company, among others.

COVID-19 to Limit Market Growth

  • The global spread of the novel COVID-19 has induced significant impact on the global packaging industry, including the paper industry. Discontinuation in production and shutdown of paper mills across the globe have limit the production of food contact paper.
  • Moreover, lockdown across prominent regions, such as North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific has led to closure of leading food service outlets, thus reducing consumption of food contact paper. Furthermore, changing eating patterns and reduced consumption of ready-to-use and outside food due to the COVID-19 spread have affected the demand for food contact paper. However, as several countries are lifting the lockdown with proper precautionary measures, the demand for food contact paper is likely to back on track in the beginning of 2021.

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