Punnet Packaging Market

Punnet Packaging Market Size By Material (Plastic and Paper), By Capacity (150 gm, 151-300 gm, 301-500 gm, and over 500gm), and By Application (Frozen Food, Meat And seafood, Vegetables And Fruits, Poultry, and Ready-To-Eat Food), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023 to 2032

Base Year: 2022 Historical Data: 2019-21
  • Report ID: TBI-13984
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 237
  • Category: Consumer Goods
  • Format: PDF
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The global punnet packaging market was valued at USD 3.1 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.9% from 2023 to 2032. The market is expected to reach USD 5.0 billion by 2032. The two main reasons contributing to the punnet packaging market's growth are the horticulture industry's increasing use of punnet packaging and the food and beverage industry's continued growth and expansion.

Market Introduction:

A punnet is a small, compact basket that packages soft fruits and vegetables like mushrooms, grapes, berries, and cherries. Because the punnet packaging keeps soft fruits and vegetables from bruising, squashing, or rotting, it extends their shelf life. Punnet packaging is classified into many types based on the materials used, including paper, moulded fibre, and plastics. Punnets made of plastic are widely used as a practical method of packaging fresh soft fruits. Manufacturers are concentrating on recycling plastic punnets to meet regulatory standards for product safety as a secure alternative for effective food storage. Punnet packaging is becoming more popular owing to its ease of use and recyclable nature, bucking the global trend away from traditional packaging. Due to the growing need for punnet packaging for horticulture output, the market is anticipated to expand. R-PET or recyclable polyethene films and polypropylene thin gauge sheets replace traditional polypropylene punnet packaging for mushroom storage because they can have a smaller environmental impact.

Punnet Packaging Market Size

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Recent Development

In February 2022, the government implemented the Plastic Packaging Tax in the UK. The new rule states that any plastic packaging produced or imported into the UK containing less than 30% recycled plastic would be subject to a pound-toned tax of £200 per tonne. Unless the opposite can be shown, it is presumed that a plastic packaging part contains less than 30% recycled plastic. To help customers comply with the impending strict tax system, PET punnet manufacturer and exporter AVI Global Plast introduced ready-to-adopt rPET or recycled PET punnets with 30% post-consumer recycled content, typically recycled bottles. This was confirmed by international certification and testing company InterTek. These punnets can all be recycled.

In November 2022, Nespak, a sustainable Guillin Group member, unveiled Securipack, a state-of-the-art plastic punnet with integrated tamper evidence. Securipack presents a novel option for people looking for packaging that blends sustainability, usability, style, and security. It's a brand-new, fully recyclable rPET punnet with a seal button. The bag may go anywhere, including the car, the office, and the classroom. The seal cracks when the punnet is first opened, but it is easy to close again, owing to the moveable top. After the punnet has been expanded, the lid is left connected to prevent it from lying around and endangering the environment. The gadget is highly conspicuous, has a great design, and is easy to use.

In January 2023, An investment of €11 million was made in Solidus' Future packaging solutions, including punnets, skin packaging and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Benelux, Germany, France, Poland, the UK, and Spain have already received the product line. The company claims that its skin and MAP packaging solutions require at least 80% less plastic and are easily detached, making it possible to recycle paper-based components after usage. With slight adjustments to the current packaging technology, the trays allow the transition from plastic to paper packaging. Because skin packaging uses deep vacuum technology to increase product shelf life and decrease the need for protective packaging fillers, it is a more affordable option than other techniques.

Market Dynamics:


The growing need for environmentally friendly substitutes for plastic packaging- Plastic packaging bans are spreading worldwide. For example, over the next few years, France will gradually outlaw the use of plastic wrap for fruits and vegetables. Given the EU criteria, other European countries are expected to follow France's example. Furthermore, the market is becoming more and more in need of environmentally friendly packaging. Smart Packaging Solutions developed sustainable punnets in response to this expanding demand. Our creative fruit and vegetable punnets solve the growing demand for consumer packaging that is less environmentally harmful. Lightweight solid cardboard is the ideal material to pack plums, berries, tomatoes, pears, Brussels sprouts, and other produce since it is strong and durable.


Growing cost of raw materials- The punnet is one of the main components used in food packaging. Punnet packaging is made of PET plastic, which is transparent, lightweight, semi-rigid, and features lockable caps. The price fluctuations of certain raw materials impact the punnet packaging industry. Laws enacted by the government and organisations dedicated to resource conservation are driving up the cost of these raw materials and impeding the growth of the punnet packaging market. Punnet packaging solutions cannot advance technologically due to a shortage of easily accessible raw materials. Due to the increasing cost of raw materials, many new packaging technologies are becoming prohibitively expensive, forcing businesses to rely on conventional packaging, which has a negative impact on the economy and the environment.


Growing demand for exotic packaging of fruits and vegetables- Punnet packing costs are rising due to the increased demand for exotic packaged fruits and vegetables brought on by rising personal discretionary income and population. Customers' search for nutrient-dense foods that are better for their diets has increased the demand for fruits and vegetables. Many economies import goods from other producing nations to meet the growing demand for fruits and vegetables, encouraging the growth of punnet packaging enterprises. In addition, European consumers are becoming more curious about novel fruit varieties and flavours. In Northern Europe, most imported items raise the price of exotic fruit on the market. Every year, imports of higher-value exotics surpass imports. Packaging is becoming more and more necessary as the market expands. As a result, an increasing need for exotic fruits and vegetables is driving the punnet packaging business.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the largest global punnet packaging market, with a 39.7% market revenue share in 2022.

This is because of the packaging industry's growth and increased urbanisation, industrialisation, and globalisation. Due to the food and beverage industry's growing use of punnet packaging, China, India, Malaysia, and Japan will become major contributors to this region. The region's growing emphasis on packaged fruits and vegetables has aided the punnet packaging market growth.

Asia Pacific Region Punnet Packaging Market Share in 2022 - 39.7%



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Material Segment Analysis

The material segment is divided into plastic and paper. The plastic segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 59% in 2022. Globally, PET and polypropylene are the two most often utilised materials in the production of plastic punnets. Several well-known industry competitors are concentrating on creating plastic punnet packaging options to stay competitive. For example, INFIA Srl, a well-known manufacturer of fruit packaging solutions, offers a range of plastic punnets made from recycled PET and polypropylene. Plastic punnets are a popular and simple way to store fresh food. Customers find it difficult to recycle them even though they are not recyclable and are composed of many types of plastic. Furthermore, plastic punnets cannot absorb moisture from food like fruit can, so they have a lower shelf life.

Capacity Segment Analysis

The capacity segment is divided into 150 gm, 151-300 gm, 301-500 gm, and over 500gm. The 301-500 gm segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 34% in 2022. It is utilised as most retail chains sell leafy greens in cans that hold up to 150 g of leafy vegetables and 400 g of berries or other soft fruits. In addition, a significant market growth rate is anticipated for the 150–300 gm category. These two volume sizes are used to package most fresh fruits and vegetables. Reputable businesses also offer various plastic punnets in different packing sizes.

Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into frozen food, meat and seafood, vegetables and fruits, poultry, and ready-to-eat food. The vegetables and fruits segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 28% in 2022. Since fruits and vegetables are particularly perishable, safer packing techniques are needed. Punnet packaging methods can shield Fruits and vegetables against pest damage, microbiological deterioration, and transportation concerns. Fruits and vegetables have a longer shelf life when stored in punnet boxes. During the forecast period, the segment's growth will be bolstered by the growing e-commerce sales of fruits and vegetables and the increased emphasis on packaged fruits and vegetables.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • LC Packaging International BV
  • Groupe Guillin SA
  • Paccor Netherlands BV
  • InfiaS.r.l.
  • Alta Global
  • Coveris Holdings SA
  • Smurfit Kappa Group Plc.
  • Leeways Packaging Services Ltd.
  • Tacca Industries Pty Ltd.
  • Raptis Pax Pty Ltd.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2022 USD 3.1 Billion
Market size value in 2032 USD 5.0 Billion
CAGR (2023 to 2032) 4.9%
Historical data 2019-2021
Base Year 2022
Forecast 2023-2032
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Material, Capacity, Application

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the punnet packaging market was valued at USD 3.1 billion in 2022 to USD 5.0 billion by 2032.

The global punnet packaging market is growing at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period 2023-2032.

Asia Pacific emerged as the largest punnet packaging market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2019 to 2032. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global punnet packaging market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Punnet Packaging Market By Material:

  • Plastic
  • Paper

Global Punnet Packaging Market By Capacity:

  • 150 gm
  • 151-300 gm
  • 301-500 gm
  • over 500gm

Global Punnet Packaging Market By Application:

  • Frozen Food
  • Meat And Sea Food
  • Vegetables And Fruits
  • Poultry
  • Ready-To-Eat Food 

Global Punnet Packaging Market By Region:                              

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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