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Contract Packaging Market Research Report Information By Service (Bagging/Pouching, Lot/Batch & Date Coding, Boxing & Cartoning, Wrapping & Bundling, Labelling, Others) End-Use Industry (Food and beverages, Consumer goods, Personal care, Pharmaceutical, E-commerce, Spare Parts, Others) Forecast 2030

ID: MRFR/PNT/9486-CR | 110 Pages | Author: Snehal Singh| October 2022

Contract Packaging Market Overview

The Global Contract Packaging Market size is projected to be worth USD 59088.3 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period (2022–2030).

Contract packaging is a common phenomenon of outsourcing of packaging operations to the contract packaging partner that has expertise in the overall packaging supply chain. Contract packaging manufacturers offer a range of packaging services such as bagging/pouching, lot/batch & date coding, boxing & cartoning, wrapping & bundling, labelling and others. Outsourcing of packaging operations to contract packaging companies saves significant financials of the companies as it negates the purchasing of expensive packaging machinery and materials.

Many different things have to be taken into account when new drugs are launched on the global market in August 2023. Labeling, kitting/packing, serialization, and distribution channels must be efficient and secure. Packaging designs should be end-user friendly and appealing to all markets while taking into consideration new sustainability requirements. And, importantly, local languages must provide information about ingredients and doses. For global launches, it is crucial to have a deep knowledge of regional variations in regulations and marketing. Such factors as late-stage customization are what make launching of secondary packaging highly effective in Europe, unlike in the US.

In February 2024, Aptar CSP Technologies, which is a division of AptarGroup Inc., joined forces with ProAmpac – a flexible packaging firm specializing in material science, to develop and introduce ProActive Intelligence Moisture Protect (MP-1000). This next-generation platform technology combines the flexible blown film technology from ProAmpac with 3-Phase Activ-Polymer™ technology from Aptar CSP for an adsorbing flexible packaging solution. This is the first active microclimate management packaging solution designed to prevent degradation risk, maintain potency, and enhance product performance. MP-1000 incorporates moisture-adsorbing Activ-Polymer material within a flexible film structure, delivering high-quality moisture protection without the need for add-on desiccant sachets, thereby reducing manufacturing downtime.

In October 2023, Ryder System, Inc., a leader in the supply chain, dedicated transportation, and fleet management solutions (NYSE: R), announced its entry into a definitive agreement during the third quarter to acquire all equity outstanding shares of IFS Holdings LLC also known as Impact Fulfillment Services (IFS). Primarily oriented toward consumer-packaged goods (CPG), retail, and healthcare industries in the United States, IFS specializes in contract packaging, contract manufacturing, and warehousing for some of the largest consumer brands. In total, Ryder will pick up 15 operations across Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and California. The transaction is expected to add about $250 million in annual total revenue to Ryder's supply chain solutions business segment and be accretive to shareholders.

Contract Packaging Market Dynamics


  • Augmented demand from essential industries

  • Expansion of the e-commerce industry globally

  • Government initiative for standard and efficient packaging

Developing countries' governments are creating important manufacturing hubs and increasing their import and export of packaging products. Public authorities of different countries have released guidelines specific to the standard packaging of products. The packaging industry is growing significantly globally and is a major contributor to the economy of both developed and developing regions. Various countries' governments have raised the packaging standards to compete with the international contract packaging market standard, necessitating improved packaging processes such as blow molding, injection molding, roto molding, thermoforming, extrusion, etc. Additionally, the growing use of high-end machinery and materials such as plastic, metal, glass, paper & paperboard help ensure that the end product quality and visual appeal meet the target market's highest standard.   


  • High recycling costs and stringent government regulations

Recycling packaging products such as plastic containers, bottles & jars, boxes, cans, bags, pouches, and other products require high capital due to procurement cost, energy expenditure, and scrap value. Recycling plastic products such as bottles & jars, clamshell, and other products involve various steps such as collecting the package after use, repaying the scrap amount to the customer, transportation to the recycling facility, and cleaning & crushing. For most small and medium-scale contract packaging organizations, manufacturing new packaging products has become more economical than recycling. Recycling and separating packaging products will incur an additional cost to the contract packagers. . Thus, high recycling costs and stringent government regulations will restrain the global contract packaging market in the years to come.


  • Technological advancements and growing demand for lean operation

The increasing innovations in the packaging market offer plenty of growth opportunities to contract packagers. The contract packaging market with innovation creates development opportunities and new demand from the end-use industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care, consumer goods, spare parts, e-commerce, and other industries. Nowadays, packaging products can be made re-sealable, reusable, and molded into desired shapes, flexible & rigid packs, and innovative designs, resulting in consumer-friendly packaging that is easy to handle, dispose of, and store. New packaging products, such as date coding labels, clamshells, boxes & cartons, blister packs, wrappers, and other packaging products, will offer growth prospects to the market.

Supply Chain Analysis

In the R&D stage, the dimensions, technology, quality, product type, and applications are analyzed to design and develop the packaging product effectively. In the research stage, the overall design, material type, size, and shape of the packaging product are determined according to the application of the product, design standards, and the specific end-user requirements. The contract packaging market development stage includes an initial prototype development phase, followed by the testing phase, which is done under various working conditions to ensure efficient product performance throughout its lifespan. In this stage, the contract packaging industry manufacturers procure the necessary raw material from the suppliers. The materials required for packaging products are plastics, metals, glass, paper, and paperboards. These raw materials are selected based on the quality, material strength, and end-use industries needs. Contract packaging companies generally procure raw materials from trusted suppliers.

Packaging products are equipped and designed according to their specific end use applications. Manufacturers initiate the process by designing the solutions based on the peculiarities of the application area. After the raw material procurement, contract packagers assemble the packaging material using the packaging machinery according to the end-use industry requirements. Once the manufacturing stage is completed, the finished packaging undergoes certain quality checks to ensure that they comply with the required performance standards, efficiency, and precision in critical work conditions. After the manufacturing process is completed, the finished products are sent to various distributors and suppliers, such as independent dealers, company dealers, and retailers who work as a channel to provide the final packaging products to various suppliers and individuals. The demand for the contract packaging market is increasing due to strong distribution channels, urbanization & commercialization, increased manufacturing facilities, and the growing packaging industry. The contract packaging market's end users are food & beverages, personal care, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, spare parts, e-commerce, and others. The end-use industries generally purchase packaged products directly from the contract packagers. The consumer purchases the packaging product from the authorized dealers. The end-use industry selection of contract packagers primarily depends on their specifications and cost. The selection depends on the product type and quality of the material.


Based on Service

Bagging/Pouching, Lot/Batch & Date Coding, Boxing & Cartoning, Wrapping & Bundling. Labelling, Others are the segments based on the application of the Global Contract Packaging Market.The Boxing & Cartoning segment is expected to have the highest CAGR and dominate the market share during the forecast period. Vertical bagging and boxing system integrates bag forming, product weighing and loading, bag sealing, case forming and loading, and case sealing into one fully automated system, significantly lowering labor costs and increasing throughput. Increase packing rates in boxing, lower material prices, and lower labor costs with a specially created high-speed packaging line. Custom bagging, boxes, and crate solutions, palletizing, heat sealing, foam wrapping, and shrink wrapping, are available options in addition to military packaging. Packaging may be integrated with warehousing services for secure long- and short-term storage as well as a unit or bulk distribution.

Based on End-Use Industry

Food and beverages, Consumer goods, Personal care, Pharmaceutical, E-commerce, Spare Parts, Others are the segments based on the application of the Global Contract Packaging Market.  The Food and beverages segment is expected to have the highest CAGR and dominate the market share during the forecast period. The food industry is evolving into a profitable to target for labeling and other contract packaging market services as people start reading the labels on food products and beverages. However, the current increase in cosmetics sales online is anticipated to provide the labeling industry with chances for long-term growth. The food & beverage sector is the largest end-use industry for contract packaging worldwide. The product packaging available at the moment of purchase is solely responsible for the brand reputation of the producers of goods like groceries and beverages. This could be crucial in determining how well the product sells.

Based on End-User

HVACR, refrigerated transport, food processing, power, and others are the segments based on the application of the Global Contract Packaging Market.  The HVACR segment is expected to have the highest CAGR and dominate the market share during the forecast period. Microchannel heat exchangers are used in HVACR systems to improve equipment efficiency, reduce equipment size & weight, and cut the overall costs of an HVAC system. Furthermore, these heat exchangers aid in increasing an air conditioning system's cooling capacity and overall efficiency. These heat exchangers' unique circuit design helps reduce internal pressure loss by more than 65 percent, lowering compressor energy consumption significantly. In comparison to fin/tube heat exchangers, MCHEs boost system efficiency by about 40%. Compared to traditional heat exchangers, they also use less refrigerant charge, often 40 percent to 60 percent.

Regional Analysis

The regions are classified as North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, South America. Asia-Pacific is estimated to hold the highest revenue market share throughout the forecast period. EMEA is one of the world's fastest-growing regions, and it is predicted to continue rising during the forecast period. European enterprises are increasingly outsourcing their packaging requirements to contract packaging industry companies to focus on their core operations and cut operating expenses while growing market penetration. Due to rising demand and a shift in manufacturing companies' preferences toward contract packagers, the European contract packaging market has experienced significant growth in recent years. The Middle East & Africa has grown in contract packaging services, particularly bottling and filling services. Due to the increasing demand for food, beverage, and pharmaceuticals during the COVID epidemic, many businesses outsourced their packaging for greater safety due to the demand for contract packaging market.

Due to the high-quality service offerings provided by CPOs and CDMOs based in the US, North America accounted for the significant revenue share in 2021. Additionally, most pharmaceutical businesses contract out their wrapping tasks to North American packages to make entering the US markets easier. Nearly 50 well-known, often prescribed medications are anticipated to lose their patent protection in North America by the end of 2020, which presents the potential for contract packagers. A higher hospital stay rate and a worsening illness can result from poor patient compliance or drug adherence.

Competitive Landscape

The global contract packaging market is characterized by the presence of many global, regional, and local vendors. The market is highly competitive, with all the players continually competing to gain a larger market share. High competition and rapid advancements in technology are some of the critical factors that could restrain the market growth. The vendors compete based on cost, product quality, and reliability. It is crucial for vendors to provide cost-effective and efficient products to survive and succeed in a competitive market environment.

List of Key Companies Covered in the Contract Packaging Market Report are:

  • WestRock (US)

  • FM Logistics (India)

  • GXO (US)

  • CEVA Logistics (France)

  • Sonoco (US)

  • FedEx (US)

  • DB Schenker (Germany)

  • UPS (US)

  • Kuehne + Nagel Logistics (Switzerland)

  • DSV (Denmark)

  • Geodis (France)

  • Deufol (Indiana)

  • Menasha (WI)

  • Solistica (Nuevo Leon)

  • IPS (UK)

  • Hopi (Czech Republic)

  • Marvinpack (Switzerland)

  • Truvant (North Carolina)

Recent Developments

  • In July 2022, CMA CGM Group has recently acquired GEFCO. CMA CGM Group is a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions. The company serves more than 420 ports around the world across 5 continents. This acquisition will enhance the company's logistics service globally.

  • September 2023: ProAmpac, a leading contract packaging provider, announces the launch of its "Connected Packaging" platform, which uses IoT sensors to track products in real-time throughout the supply chain. This technology offers improved visibility and control for brands and retailers.

  • November 2023: Sealed Air, another major player in the market, unveils its "SmartLife" packaging solution, which utilizes RFID tags to provide consumers with product information and track authenticity. This innovative approach enhances brand engagement and combats counterfeiting.

  • In July 2022, GEODIS has completed the acquisition of Keppel Logistics. This transaction will consolidate GEODIS contract logistics footprint and e-commerce fulfillment services in Asia-Pacific, particularly Singapore.

  • In March 2021, DB Schenker completed the full acquisition of SIGNON Deutschland Gmbh on March 31, 2021. This will help the company to secure expertise for projects such as the construction of digital interlockings and track equipment with the European Train Control System.

  • In June 2021, FM Logistic developed its operations by another 30 lakh sq ft by the end of 2022-23. It will establish its own warehouses in the country's major consumption areas, such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi.

  • In August 2022, CEVA Logistics is connecting commerce in Bahrain and across the Middle East through its new direct facility present in Manama. The new office will offer a full range of air, ocean, ground, and contract logistics services.

Report Overview

The Global Contract Packaging Market is segmented based on Type, Phase, End-User, And Region in this report. The report is focused on various analytical aspects such as market dynamics, Supply chain analysis, Porter’s five forces, competitive landscape, recent developments, and company profiles. The insights in this report, comprise, discuss views, and predict the emerging and fast-growing segments, regions, and countries with potential for development in the Global Contract Packaging Market.

Segmentation Overview

By Service:

  • Bagging/Pouching

  • Lot/Batch & Date Coding

  • Boxing & Cartoning

  • Wrapping & Bundling

  • Labelling

  • Others

By End-Use Industry:

  • Food and beverages

  • Consumer goods

  • Personal care

  • Pharmaceutical

  • E-commerce

  • Spare Parts

  • Others

By Regions:

  • North America

  • EMEA

  • Asia-Pacific

  • South America

Objectives of the Study

  • To get a comprehensive overview of the Global Contract Packaging Market.

  • To get wide-ranging information about the key factors driving the market and market opportunities

  • To gain information regarding the key players in the industry, technology advancements and key developments

  • To gain insights about the key country/region in which the market is growing

Intended Audience

  • Automobile Companies

  • Manufacturing Companies

  • Research Institutes

  • Academic Institutes

  • Government Organizations

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size 2030    USD 59088.3 Million
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)    6.5%
  Base Year    2021
  Forecast Period    2022-2030
  Historical Data    2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units    Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type, Phase, End-User, And Region
  Geographies Covered   North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, South America
  Key Vendors   WestRock (US), FM Logistics (India), GXO (US), CEVA Logistics (France), Sonoco (US), FedEx (US), DB Schenker (Germany), UPS (US), Kuehne + Nagel Logistics (Switzerland), DSV (Denmark), Geodis (France), Deufol (Indiana), Menasha (WI), Solistica (Nuevo Leon), IPS (UK), Hopi (Czech Republic), Marvinpack (Switzerland), Truvant (North Carolina)
  Key Market Opportunities   Technological advancements and growing demand for lean operation
  Key Market Drivers   Augmented demand from essential industries Expansion of the e-commerce industry globally Government initiative for standard and efficient packaging

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Global Contract Packaging Market would register a growth of 6.5% during the forecast period.

High recycling costs and stringent government regulations are the key restraining factor for the Global Contract Packaging Market

EMEA would enjoy the upper hand in the Global Contract Packaging Market


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