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United Kingdom Metal Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 105 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764332
The UK metal packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% over the forecast period. A growing proportion of new beverages in the UK is being introduced in cans, fueling demand for metal packaging in the beverage industry of the country.

Key Highlights

  • Growing demand for packaged food due to rising income, ease and convenience, and consumer trends, such as a preference for small-size and multi-pack packaging formats, are supporting the volume growth of the metal packaging products like cans and containers in the food sector of the United Kingdom.
  • Moreover, recycling and sustainability concerns are also driving the growth of the metal cans market. Metal sustainability is primarily driven by recycling, saving up to 95% of the raw material and energy needed to make raw materials. According to The Canmaker, 75% of all aluminum produced worldwide is still in use today, and most of all, aluminum cans are recycled in the United Kingdom.
  • The growing use of alternative packaging solutions such as plastic, paper, and glass products for the packaging of various products by multiple end-user industries, including food, beverage, and others, has negatively hampered the demand for metal packaging products in the market, which is restraining the metal packaging growth.
  • The outbreak of COVID-19 has created large-scale supply chain disruptions in terms of the availability of raw materials and dependence on import-export dynamics. Further, nationwide lockdowns and the fear of contracting the virus have had ripple effects on the metal packaging industry worldwide, in alignment with the hit taken by the end-user industries that use metal packaging.​ Due to short supply and restrictions on imports and exports, a rise in the metal price is pushing up the cost of metal packaging, raising concerns among manufacturers. Further, the Russia-Ukraine war has an impact on the overall packaging ecosystem.

UK Metal Packaging Market Trends

Growing Demand from the Beverage Industry

  • Beverage cans are getting popular in the country due to their positive environmental effect (infinitely recyclable as every single can be recycled and recycling takes 60 days with no loss of quality). They are lightweight, chill quickly, and are easy to carry. Furthermore, consumers prefer cans as they are easy to store, stack, dispose of, and cater to in a wide range of sizes and have numerous uses.
  • Due to consumer trends and preferences shifts, cans are gaining momentum in beverage applications such as specialty drink categories. Carbonated and flavored waters are also growing in cans. The progression of filling technology, together with know-how, makes it feasible to pack vital drinks such as wine, beer, water, carbonated drinks, etc., and keeping it fresh and safe is expected to drive the demand for metal cans in the market.
  • Furthermore, many companies in the alcohol sector are introducing drinks and seizing the growing market. For instance, in November 2022, Lockdown Liquor & Co introduced its premium canned cocktails with a new range called Easy Liquor. The line-up includes a Margarita, a Rum Punch, a Ginger Cosmo, and an Espresso Martini. The growing introduction of new canned beverages creates demand for metal cans.
  • Moreover, the growing consumption of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the country has shown a significant rise which is positively impacting the metal packaging market. According to the Office for National Statistics United Kingdom, consumer spending on food and non-alcoholic drinks in the United Kingdom has significantly increased from GBP 91,195 million (USD 110.6 thousand) in 2015 to GBP 117,973 (USD 143.1 thousand) million in 2021.

Cans are Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • Consumers in the United Kingdom are continuing to change their eating habits in the wake of the cost-of-living crisis with a surge in demand for canned foods. In a recent survey conducted by the international food and drink group, over 1,000 consumers of the United Kingdom aged 18-56 in September 2022 revealed that almost 31% of consumers in the country intend to buy more canned products.
  • The sales volume of canned goods is growing as food inflation continuously increases. As a result, consumers are likely to buy more canned goods due to lower costs and longer shelf lives, cutting the ability to keep products in stock and minimizing food waste. This growth in canned food sales is attributed to the market's need for metal cans and containers.
  • Furthermore, the growing preference for canned fruits soaked in natural fruit juices instead of artificial sugar syrup in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, and France offers opportunities for exporters from developing countries to export canned fruits. According to the CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European market for canned fruits and vegetables in the next five years is expected to increase with an annual growth rate of 1% to 2%. The main reasons for the growth of canned food are innovations that lead to the improvement of canning technology and increased expenditure in research and development.
  • A surge in consumer spending for convenience and healthier food due to a busy lifestyle, especially among working-class people, has positively supported the sales of canned products. According to the Office for National Statistics (UK), consumer spending on food and non-alcoholic beverages in the United Kingdom reached approximately GBP 29 billion (USD 35.26 billion) in 2021 from around GBP 29.68 billion (USD 36.04 billion) in the same period of 2020.

UK Metal Packaging Market Competitor Analysis

The UK metal packaging market is highly fragmented, with the presence of several metal packaging manufacturers that hold significant market shares. The key players, including Ball Corporation, Crown Holding Inc., Ardagh Metal Packaging, and others, operating in the market are strongly focused on gaining higher market share with the adoption of organic and inorganic strategies such as expansion, mergers, acquisitions, collaboration, product innovations, etc.

In August 2022, Ardagh Metal Packaging received approval from the planning committee of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council to construct a new EUR 150 million (USD 156.8 million) beverage canning facility at Global Point Business Park in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. This advanced Co Antrim plant would continue to supply Diageo and Coca-Cola while also serving its expanding client base in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industrial Value/Supply Chain Analysis
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
4.5 Overview of the Global Metal Packaging Market
5.1 Drivers
5.1.1 Growing Demand from the Beverage Industry
5.1.2 High Recyclability Rates of Metal Packaging
5.2 Restraints
5.2.1 Availability of Low Cost Alternative Packaging Solutions
6.1 By Material
6.1.1 Aluminum
6.1.2 Steel
6.2 By Product Type
6.2.1 Cans Food Cans Beverage Cans Aerosol Cans
6.2.2 Bulk Containers
6.2.3 Shipping Barrels and Drums
6.2.4 Caps and Closures
6.2.5 Other Product Types
6.3 By End-user Vertical
6.3.1 Beverage
6.3.2 Food
6.3.3 Paints and Chemicals
6.3.4 Industrial
6.3.5 Other End-users Verticals
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Crown Holdings Inc.
7.1.2 Trivium Packaging BV
7.1.3 Ardagh Metal Packaging SA
7.1.4 Ball Corporation
7.1.5 Manupak
7.1.6 Metal Packaging International
7.1.7 Roberts Metal Packaging
7.1.8 Macbey Industrial Limited
7.1.9 RLM Packaging Limited
7.1.10 JKP Metal Packaging Solutions
7.1.11 William Say & Co. Ltd
7.1.12 Carrick Packaging

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Crown Holdings Inc.
  • Trivium Packaging BV
  • Ardagh Metal Packaging SA
  • Ball Corporation
  • Manupak
  • Metal Packaging International
  • Roberts Metal Packaging
  • Macbey Industrial Limited
  • RLM Packaging Limited
  • JKP Metal Packaging Solutions
  • William Say & Co. Ltd
  • Carrick Packaging