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Contract Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Contract Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • April 2021
  • 132 pages
  • ID: 6067778
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP


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The contract packaging market registered a CAGR of 15.33%, over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026. Growth in the global contract packaging market is mainly influenced by the changing preferences of manufacturing firms, who usually outsource packing activities to third-party players. This is because manufacturers are increasingly focusing on cost optimization and their core business. Contract packaging provides several advantages. Firstly, it reduces the operational costs of the manufacturers. In many cases, it is estimated that the operational costs can be reduced by as much as 7% to 9% through outsourcing packaging activities to contract packagers and the decreasing costs of machines and labor costs.

- Secondly, packaging regulations, especially in the case of food and beverage products, are evolving rapidly. Meeting such stringent rules and norms require several inspection and quality check operations. By outsourcing packaging activities, the hectic task of meeting such regulations (also known as mil-spec packaging) is passed on to the contract packaging agency, motivating more manufacturers to prefer contract package over in-house packaging activities. Moreover, the packaging industry is rapidly growing, with many new products and technologies being introduced. Therefore, packaging companies need to stay updated to meet the changing needs of customers. Factors, such as urbanization, increasing disposable incomes, and preference for convenient and easy-to-open packages, shape new trends in the market.
- Raising consumer awareness about environmental concerns, along with the producers’ demand for economical packaging options, is impelling contract packagers to adopt earth-friendly alternatives and eco-sensitive package designs. Furthermore, sustainability and customization are likely to continue to positively impact the contract packaging market, leading to growth in use in consumer-packaged goods, such as personal care and food and beverages, over the forecast period. In June 2020, CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers, and Manufacturers and The European CoPackers Association (ECPA) collaborated to increase the awareness and use of the contract packaging and contract manufacturing industry in their respective regions. This presents an opportunity for the members of each organization to invest in new technologies and introduce sustainability into their operations.
- To remain relevant in the market, vendors are also focusing on acquisitions and geographical expansions, due to which the market is gradually consolidating. For instance, in March 2020, South Atlantic Packaging Corp. (SAPC) in Winston-Salem, a contract packaging company that offers to package, kitting, assembly, and warehousing solutions, bought Florida-based Versatile Packagers. It provides an excellent location for SAPC. In October 2019, The Halifax Group invested in Prairie Industries and Nu-Pak to grow in contract packaging sectors. Prairie Industries offers primary packaging and secondary packaging services. NuPak operates three food services facilities, focusing on ready-to-eat and healthy snack foods and products.
- Due to the spread of COVID-19, the impact on contract packaging manufacturers is mixed, depending on their portfolio. While those supplying to groceries and at-home entertainment industries have seen a tremendous surge in demand, those supplying industries whose demand has plummeted, such as foodservice packaging for restaurants, have seen a decline. Although e-commerce was a booming market before COVID-19, since the pandemic hit, online spending has increased even further. Even in not so developed economies such as Latin America, the e-commerce revenue growth reached 230% between March 2020 – April 2020. (MercadoLibre Estimates). This has further helped in the growth of contract packaging manufacturers.

Key Market Trends
Pharmaceutical is Expected to Hold Significant Growth

- The growth in advancement and research in the pharmaceutical industry has resulted in the introduction of new drugs, with more exceptional performance compared to their predecessors. Recent improvements in medical sciences and additions to medicines already available for numerous diseases and deficiencies drive the contract packaging market, indirectly, as the necessity of packaging the drugs has multiplied rapidly. Various pharmaceutical companies are now outsourcing the job of packaging end-products to companies skilled labor specialized in handling the packaging of medicines. The pharmaceutical packaging of drugs is a vital aspect, as the product should be safe for patient’s consumption.
- In North America, it is estimated that by the end of 2020, nearly 50 well-known, highly-prescribed drugs will go off-patent, which creates opportunities for contract packagers. Poor patient compliance or medication adherence can lead to increased hospitalization and worsening of the disease. Manufacturers’ ongoing focus on drug safety and protection, and the latest government regulations, are the factors for the outsourcing packaging requirements. As per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the United States, pharmaceutical drugs need high barrier packaging materials and sealants that are impermeable and resistant to solvents, grease, chemicals, and heat for better security protection.
- In November 2019, Parsolex and Bosch Packaging formed a strategic partnership that provided an opportunity for Parsolex to use Bosch’s pharmaceutical technologies and Bosch access to a manufacturing site in the U.S. to represent its technological capabilities. Parsolex has incorporated various technologies which include Bosch’s granulation, fluid bed coating and drying, tablet compression, tablet drum coating, and capsule weight checking technologies to its latest expanded CGMP commercial manufacturing facility in Indiana, USA. Parsolex will now have a variety of robust dosage manufacturing technologies with these precision machines.
- Since late February 2020, U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers, being dependent on China, have a high risk of supply shortages, which may continue over the next three months. In the meantime, the FDA asked U.S. pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to evaluate and plan for API sourcing alternatives. Concerning medical devices, FDA recognized 63 manufacturers and 72 facilities across China, which were contacted for essential devices inventory pileup, to avoid shortage in case of a supply disruption. However, contrary to such measures being taken, C2 Pharma, an API supplier outsourcing manufacturer, observed that the U.S. government’s coronavirus response could realign the country’s pharmaceutical supply chain.

North America to Account for the Largest Share

- The contract packaging sector in North America is rapidly growing due to the increasing demand for packaging in segments, like food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, beauty care, and other sections. Various contract packaging companies in the United States and Canada have learned to adapt to challenging business conditions. The companies are also getting awareness regarding the intense global competition, cost pressures, and highly variable demand from OEMs. This environment is significantly increasing the contract packaging market in the United States. Many European companies, such as Langen Group and Persson Innovation, have already invested in the United States.
- Owing to the stability, rising demand, and changing the preference of manufacturing firms toward contract packagers, the U.S. contract packaging market is expected to witness steady growth. Also, the U.S. government has placed various laws and regulations on the labeling and packaging of the drugs. This could create a positive impact on the demand for contract packaging, owing to the inability of an in-house packaging facility for few pharmaceutical companies in this region.
- In February 2020, Big Beverages Contract Manufacturing (BBCM) announced the opening of its new beverage co-packing facility in North Carolina. In their new facility, BBCM will begin with one highspeed can-line capable of producing 1,200 cans per minute with plans to add lines two and three over the next 18 months. BBCM plans to provide a variety of canned beverage products for large national and regional customers. BBCM will be fully operational in late Q2 2020, and its first production line is 80% sold out.
- In January 2020, MSI Express, backed by HCI Equity Partners, which is headquartered in the United States, has acquired Power Packaging. MSI Express is a provider of contract packaging and contract manufacturing services for well-known brands in the shelf-stable human and pet food space. The acquisition of Power Packaging further expands MSI Express’s geographical presence, capabilities, and customer relationships. Power also brings MSI Express into new food categories such as powdered beverages, soups and bases, baking mixes, beverage mixes, coffees and teas, foodservice beverages, dinner kits, pasta, rice, side dishes, and salad dressings.

Competitive Landscape
The contract packaging market is quite fragmented, with the presence of many domestic and international vendors. The companies in the market are continually expanding their geographical proximity with the help of partnerships and mergers. Some of the key players include Aaron Thomas Company, Multipack Solutions, Pharma Tech Industries, Reed Lane Inc., Unicep Packaging, and Jones Healthcare Group.

- June 2020 - Jones Healthcare Group made a major investment in its packaging services offering which includes a fully integrated two-lane Uhlmann blister packaging line. The fully automated equipment will improve the firm’s capacity to manage surges regarding the demand and unique blister combinations, as more complex pharmaceutical dosage forms and regimes are evolving clinically and commercially.
- October 2019 - Unicep expanded its services to include refined Custom Design and Quick Turn Prototype capabilities. These services will be made available with the company’s single-use Modified Blow-Fill-Seal product line. The service allows clients to leverage the company’s manufacturing platform to create custom shapes and sizes of single-use packaging solutions, from concept to production prototype in as few as eight weeks, according to the company.

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