Adoption of Practices for Improving Shelf-life of Food Driving Demand for Antimicrobial Packaging Products

The antimicrobial packaging market is developing on account of several favorable factors. Antimicrobial packaging is extremely useful for improving the shelf-life and safety of food products. Antimicrobial packaging involves agents to be either coated, immobilized, incorporated, or surface modified on packaging materials. Organic acids, enzymes, bacteriocins, spices, and polysaccharides are some of the compounds that are used in antimicrobial packaging.

In present times, an increasing awareness among consumers about food to be packaged using standard packaging materials and stored properly for health reasons is augmenting the demand for antimicrobial packaging products. The increasing consumption rate of processed foods is also having a positive impact on the antimicrobial packaging market.

Transparency Market Research (TMR) predicts the global antimicrobial packaging market to rise at a CAGR of 5.6% between 2016 and 2024. As a result, the market’s valuation of US$7.65 bn in 2015 will increase to US$11.88 bn by 2024.

Q. How are social and economic factors boosting the demand for antimicrobial packaging solutions?

A. The increasing incidence of foodborne and waterborne diseases, price inflation of foods and beverages, and an increasing awareness among individuals to adopt practices to reduce wastage of food are primary reasons for the increased demand for antimicrobial packaging. Common consumer demographics is realizing the importance of standard packaging materials and proper storage for health reasons.

The tendency to stock certain types of foods, condiments, spices, mixes, and beverages among the working class population is further augmenting the demand for antimicrobial packaging as a measure to prevent spoilage as much as possible.

Food manufacturers are also looking for ways to increase the shelf-life of food and to be safe until it reaches the end-user. This has led to the use of several types of antimicrobial packaging solutions.

Q. What are the factors deterring the growth of the antimicrobial packaging market?

A. The incorporation of antimicrobial agents into foods and food wrappings is closely monitored by regulatory agencies such as FDA. These agencies prescribe the permissible amounts of antimicrobial agents that can be added to packaging so that the contents are safe for use. The difference in types of agents and the amounts they can be used differs from region to region posing a challenge for market players to serve global consumers.

 Q. Which is the leading regional market for antimicrobial packaging and why?

A. Asia Pacific has been leading the global antimicrobial packaging market over the past couple of years. In 2015, the region held a share of 33.3% of the global market. The dominance of Asia Pacific is mainly due to its increasing urban population that displays a high demand for plastic packaging. The changing lifestyles of the urban population in the region wherein both the partners are working is driving the consumption of convenient and packaged foods and beverages.

North America also displays a substantial demand for antimicrobial packaging mainly from the food industry.


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