Modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) is an effective technology extending the shelf life of packaged foods without the need for added preservatives. Therefore, this type of packaging is used for packaging food & beverages and healthcare products. Especially the food products packaged using these packaging contain fewer preservatives compared to canned food products, which, as a result, increases its popularity among health-conscious consumers.
Modified atmospheric packaging witnesses a considerable demand that leads to driving its market valuation on the global platform. Increasing consumption of processed food items and ready-to-eat food products is a key driving force behind the market’s growth. With their increasing applications in the packaging of fast-moving consumer goods, food items, and pharmaceutical products, the market is projected to garner significant traction in the years to come.
In this regard, Market Research Future (MRFR), in its recent modified atmospheric packaging market forecast, asserts that the market would grow at a phenomenal CAGR during the review period (2020 – 2027). Advancements in related packaging technologies are fostering the growth of the market. Additionally, changing consumer food preferences led by the increasing disposable income substantiate the growth of the market.
On the basis of the material, the market has been segmented into polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), and polyethylene (PE). Ethylene Vinyl alcohol had accounted for the largest share in the material segment of the global modified atmospheric packaging market. EVOH material offers excellent gas barrier properties while retaining good processing. EVOH bars oxygen and retains nitrogen and carbon dioxide used in the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). This material also has a very high resistance to oils and preserves taste and aroma. On the other hand, polyethylene is also the most common plastic material used in daily life and can contribute to overall market revenue over the forecast period. Polyethylene is accepted as safe for contact with foods by FDA and health safety agencies around the world.
On the basis of application, the global modified atmospheric packaging market is segmented into fruits & vegetables, convenience food, dairy products, bakery & confectionery, and others. Bakery & confectionery accounted for the largest share of the global modified atmospheric packaging market. Bakery products contain a large number of bread-based products. To increase the shelf life, bread-based products required a high proportion of carbon dioxide in packaging solutions. Hence, this will increase the adoption of this technology during the estimated period. Recently, Stewart Systems launched a bulk packaging system for buns with MAP for fast-food service restaurants. The air in the packaging is removed with a vacuum and the bag is filled with nitrogen gas for extending the life of buns by 21 days.
On the basis of the gases, the market has been segmented into carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, and others. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas in food packaging under modified atmospheric packaging.
Global MAP Market – Regional Analysis
North America dominates the global modified atmospheric packaging market due to the surging demand for wrapped food and packaged food items. Besides, increasing concern about the hygienic packaging, rising uses of MAP to reduce contamination during handling, and the Food Safety Modernization Act by the government are major modified atmospheric packaging market trends.
Europe stands second in terms of the global modified atmospheric packaging market revenue. Germany is one of the top meat producers and exporters of pork and beef in the EU, creating substantial market demand. This has increased the need for proper meat packaging, which drives the modified atmospheric packaging market growth.
The Asia Pacific region accounts for a prominent space in modified atmospheric packaging market statistics. The rapid growth in the packaging business due to the burgeoning food & beverages industry fosters the MAP demand. Additionally, the growing urban population and high disposable income increase the demand for packaged food and beverages.
China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and India are the major contributor to the MAP market in Asia Pacific. China holds the largest share in the regional market due to rapid growth in urbanization and industrial development.
Global Modified Atmospheric Packaging Market– Competitive Landscape
Highly competitive, the MAP market appears to be fragmented due to the presence of several large and small-scale players. Acquisition, partnership, technology launch, and expansion are some strategies that these players adopt to gain an edge over their competitors.
Players leading the global MAP market include CVP Systems Inc. (US), Linde AG (Germany), Total Packaging Solutions, LLC (US), Hayssen Flexible Systems (US), Berry Plastics Corporation (US), Dansensor A/S (Demark), Praxair Inc. (US), Ilapak Packaging Machinery (Switzerland), Sealed Air Corporation (US), Coveris Holdings SA (Luxembourg), Bemis Company Inc. (US), Linpac Packaging Limited (UK), Winpak Ltd. (Canada), Amcor Limited (Australia), and Robert Reiser & Co., Inc. (US).
August 06, 2020 — Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (the US), an international chemical company, conducted research that has shown that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) used in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) can be reduced to as low as 20% while still maintaining the ability to extend the shelf life of food products.
The research clarified the relationship between shelf life and the reduction of CO2 in the MAP mix. It evaluated several gas mixtures with different CO2 concentrations to determine the lowest CO2 content to prolong food shelf life.
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