Time-efficiency and Customization – Key Aspects to Distinguish Brand Image

In recent times, the success rate of e-Commerce channels has become the yardstick to determine the growth potential of the contract packaging market. Numerous industries – food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture – are progressively switching to online distribution channels to broaden their exposure in other parts of the world.

At the same time, co-packers, or market players, are hard-pressed to work on their time-efficiency and customization approach to improve the brand images of their clientele. However, the environmental implications of materials used for packaging could derail the contract packaging market from realizing its true revenue potential.

Analyzing the various growth determinants and impeders at a microscopic level, analysts at Transparency Market Research (TMR) foresee an above-average expansion pace of the contract packaging market, at an estimated CAGR of ~7% during 2019-2027.

Bottling to Remain Leading Service in Contract Packaging Market

The TMR study finds that, in 2019, revenue from bottling services will account for ~32% of the market share, while the prominence of labelling will grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. Bottles remain the preferred choice of consumers, on account of the greater transparency offered by them, which implies that, players in the contract packaging market need to intensify their focus on bottling services. However, as labelling becomes a crucial marketing instrument, end users demand specific labelling on their products to disseminate proper brand information to consumers.

Besides this, as consumers begin to read the labels on food products and beverages, the food industry turns into a lucrative end user to target labelling and bottling services. While, the recent uptake in the online sales of cosmetics is projected to augur sustainable growth opportunities for the labelling segment.

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Acquisition-oriented Growth Strategies – Pursuit of Scope and Quest for Scale

Co-packers rely on the horizontal growth strategy to strengthen their vertical market movements. Among the other horizontal growth tactics that include partnerships and collaborations, strategic acquisitions are found to have a profound influence on the growth of market players. At a granular level, acquisition is further segmented on the basis of scope and scale, and co-packers in the contract packaging market illustrates both these strategies.

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The merger of Cloud Packaging Solutions LLC and Ryt-way Industries represents a scale-oriented acquisition strategy since both companies offer contract packaging services. This acquisition resulted in a better market position for these companies. On the other hand, scope-based acquisition involves two or more companies with different purviews and application areas. While the scale-based strategy offers broad geographical exposure, a scope-oriented strategy bundles the packaging services, which widens the application areas of these companies.

Other effective strategies to compete in the contract packaging market include the integration of automated processes and investments in packaging equipment, in order to optimize uptime by avoiding frequent maintenance and breakdown costs. In addition, efforts expended towards the development of customized and new design packaging models will help achieve higher retention of the clientele base.

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Continuous Regulatory Changes in Packaging Industry to Escalate Market Growth 

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest market report on the contract packaging market for the historical period of 2014-2018 and forecast period of 2019-2027, increased complexity of package requirements is expected to drive market growth.
  • Globally, revenue generated by the contract packaging market is anticipated to reach ~US$ 34 Bn in 2019 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of ~ 7% in terms of value during the forecast period.
  • The global contract packaging market is projected to reach a value of ~US$ 56 Bn by the end of 2027.
  • One of the key drivers pushing the growth of the contract packaging market is the increased complexity of package requirements. Changes in regulations in pharmaceutical companies, such as new serialization requirements, demand huge amount of expertise to effectively and efficiently package pharma products. Pharma companies usually don’t have this kind of expertise internally, which is driving them to approach contract packers.

Innovations and Technological Advancements in Packaging to Spur Market Growth 

  • Changes in the way of packaging and new customizations are driving the growth of the contract packaging market. For instance, postponement packaging and late-stage customization are becoming more popular, particularly for small volumes. However, packaging in this way can be expansive when carried out internally, and requires expertise that can be fulfilled by co-packers.
  • Furthermore, brand owners are realizing that, there is significant rise in costs, both, indirectly and directly, in managing their supply chain. Hence, they are opting for contract packaging companies to manage those complexities at a relatively fixed cost. Additionally, it also helps speed the process into the market, as most contract packagers have manufacturing and warehousing facilities, which offers a big advantage in speed to market as compared to internal alternatives.
  • Time is the biggest challenge when it comes to contract packaging. When a company relies on a partner company to produce a similar packaged product in a specified timeframe, the process demands the ability to adapt to fulfil rush orders. Strict deadlines can sometimes mean a rush to get prerequisite materials on time from a number of different suppliers. However, third-party logistics in contract packaging reduce the total delivery cycle-time with cost-effective solutions.
  • Moreover, technological advancements in the pharma industry have resulted in the introduction of new drugs with improved performance. Pharma drug manufacturers are focusing on product development rather than packaging, which drives the emergence for contract packaging in the market.

Food and Beverages Segment to Dominate Contract Packaging Market

  • Increased demand for ready-to-eat and processed food is anticipated to drive the contract packaging market during 2019-27. Growing population and increased demand from the food and beverages sector are compelling manufacturers to go in for contract packaging. However, stringent regulations imposed by government organizations in Europe and the Americas, aiming to meet high standards, are challenging for the contract packaging market. Further, postponement in production or early production schedules are anticipated to remain as a challenge for packaging contractors.

Global Contract Packaging Market – Key Research Findings

  • The United States is projected to account for ~ 30% of the total contract packaging market by the end of 2027. This is accredited to developed pharmaceutical industry in the region. Stability and changing preferences of manufacturers are factors expected to drive market growth.
  • Services such as bottling & filling are expected to grow nearly 1.5 times of their current market value by the end of 2027, in the contract packaging market. Rising demand from the food and beverages industry tends to drive the contract packaging market. Labelling and coding services are anticipated to gain ground during the forecast period. Most co-packers offer labelling services to cater to the demand from end users.

Global Contract Packaging Market – Competition Landscape

  • Illustrated company profiles of key players in the contract packaging market are incorporated in the contract packaging report to analyze their product offerings, recent developments, financials, and strategies adopted to sustain in the contract packaging market.
  • Some of the key players operating in the global contract packaging market are
    • AmeriPac
    • Aaron Thomas Company
    • UniCep Packaging
    • Reed-Lane, Inc.
    • Jones Packaging
    • Stamar Packaging Inc.
    • Multi-Pack Solutions LLC.
    • Pharma tech industries
    • Sonoco Products Company.

Global Contract Packaging Market – Key Developments

  • Key manufacturers in the global contract packaging market are mainly concentrating on various services that can be provided under contract, such as bottling, filling, labelling, coding, etc.
  • Strategies such as mergers & acquisitions are also anticipated to help expand their production facilities for contract packaging.
  • Key participants in the contract packaging market are involved in strategic supply chain decisions, such as vendor selection & qualification, product development, and formulation and quality assurance.
    • In 2017, Aaron Thomas Company, a contract packaging company, expanded its Jurupa Valley, California plant by adding a new building. The company also acquired a new production facility in Memphis, Tennessee.

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