Aseptic packaging to reap 30% growth in next five years

Posted by James Ferre on 11th June 2009

The world market for aseptically packed products amounted to 86 billion litres in 187 billion packs during 2008, according to the new Global Aseptic Packaging report from leading food and drink consultancy Zenith International and packaging experts Warrick Research. Volumes have grown by over 6% a year since 2003, with Asia achieving the fastest rise at over 13% a year.

White drinking milk accounts for more than 45% of aseptically packed products, with beverages responsible for over 40% and other dairy/non-dairy products making up the remainder. Aseptic filling has yet to make a significant impact in food markets, but there are some established niche applications and baby food is an important new area of development.

“Cartons account for around 75% of the market, but they have started to lose market share,” Zenith Chairman Richard Hall reported.

“Pouches and PET bottles are becoming more popular, a trend that will continue over the next five years,” added Warrick’s Managing Director David Warrick.

Other findings of the 2009 Global Aseptic Packaging report include:

* There are over 11,000 operational aseptic filling systems worldwide and more than 30 companies supply aseptic filling systems.
* The largest regional markets for aseptic packaging are West Europe and Asia.
* In West Europe there has been particular growth in aseptic filling of PET bottles for beverages.
* Demand is increasing for new aseptic fillers of bottles and plastic pots for added value dairy products, both ambient and chilled.
* Lower total costs of operation and increased system flexibility are the main requirements and benefits of aseptic packaging to filling companies.

By 2013, Zenith and Warrick estimate that the world market will reach 113 billion litres using 265 billion packs. The majority of additional demand will come from Asia, where growth is forecast at 11% a year, with milk usage increasing faster than for beverages.