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Canada Flexible Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

  • ID: 5026047
  • Report
  • February 2022
  • Region: Canada
  • 120 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • Amcor PLC
  • Constantia Flexibles
  • Mondi PLC
  • Printpack Inc.
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Sit Group SpA

The Canadian Flexible Packaging Market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027). Innovative technologies, sustainability, and growing demand in various industries such as food, are boosting the growth of flexible packaging in Canada.

Key Highlights

  • Canada is anticipated to witness a higher growth rate due to the growing adoption of flexible packaging techniques across numerous industries, such as retail, pharmaceutical, food, and beverage. Furthermore, the country is witnessing a flourish in the retail industry, generating an increasing demand for flexible packaging products.
  • However, one of the concerns faced by the flexible packaging industry in the region is the stringent environmental regulations. At the country and state levels, bans forced on plastic products are anticipated to pose substantial sprints to the market over the forecast period.
  • Additionally, the increased penetration of e-commerce and digital printing and the cost-effectiveness of flexible packaging are driving the market growth. According to PMMI, flexible packaging accounted for 31% of packaging materials in Canada.​
  • In the food industry, sustainability, transparency, food safety, and reduction in food waste influence the flexible packaging choice for meat and seafood. Sustainability is one of the trending factors that more companies are finding interest in and recycled -content flexible packaging solutions.
  • The spread of COVID-19 across Canada and other parts of North America has a negative impact on the flexible supply chain, as only manufacturing of essential goods is permitted during the lockdown in the country. This has the potential to result in optimal supply and demand systems and lower margins. The overall economic downturn could also affect employment levels in various end-user industries in the region.

Key Market Trends

Food Industry is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • Due to the increase in exports of packaged foods, the demand for flexible packaging is increasing. Processed foods in Canada are exported to 190 countries. Most of our products are exported to the USA, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea.
  • The demand for flexible plastic packaging for the frozen food industry is witnessing a surging demand. It is rapidly replacing traditional materials, such as paperboard, metals, and glass, owing to its beneficial properties, such as being lightweight and reduced cost. Flexible packaging increases the sustainability of products by increasing their shelf life, and it also enables the introduction of new products in frozen foods while reducing spoilage.
  • Owing to the surging demand from the studied end-user application, several market players offer solutions that cater specifically to the fruit and vegetable packaging requirements. For instance, Canada-based FLAIR Flexible Packaging Corporation offers Roll stock films, Lidding films, and Special micro-perforation for breathable films catering to the packaging needs of fruits and vegetable products.
  • The marketplace is bolstered through the growing availability of meat and beef merchandise throughout great and strong retail chains in distinct countries. With the call for a greater widespread stable-shelf time, the call for retort packaging and thermoformed excessive barrier films is on the rise.
  • Further, with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the market witnessed a significant slowdown in production due to the pandemic across the country. However, a flexible packaging manufacturer is ensuring that food and medical supplies should be reachable for people during a crisis, thereby maintaining the performance of the food industry in the flexible packaging market in the region.

Plastic is Expected to Hold a Significant Share

  • Plastic flexible packaging is durable, versatile, and approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as food-safe. It finds its application in various FMCG industries, including food, beverages, industrial packaging, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods. Its versatility enables its application even in industries like cosmetics, multimedia, and packaging of sports goods and toys, boosting the market's growth.
  • According to the Canadian Packaging Association, the country may witness significant demand for cheese packaging that is set to account for a market value of over USD 5 billion by the end of 2029, thus, driving the growth of the plastic flexible packaging market in the country.
  • According to the Recycling Council of Ontario, Canada recycles about 9% of its plastics, with the rest dumped in landfills or tossed away as litter. Consumers in the country are increasingly moving toward recyclable food packaging materials and prefer brands that are responsible for their packaging that push the market for flexible packaging.​
  • The demand for polyethylene will phase off gradually as more than half of the industry depends on it because of its cost-effectiveness and low density. However, leading suppliers are opting for recycling measures to make their products relevant and competitive in the market against competitive substitutes.
  • Further, according to Canadian Plastic Pact, tackle plastic packaging with golden rules and with a framework aim to drive innovation and scalable actions that will result in easier ways to recycle plastic packaging by 2025.

Competitive Landscape

The Canadian flexible packaging market is fragmented; however, it is dominated by major players such as ProAmpac LLC, Emmerson Packaging, Cascades Flexible Packaging, Tetra Pak International SA, Sealed Air Corporation, Berry Global Inc., Mondi PLC, and more. Hence, the market concentration is likely to be consolidated. The players in the market are adopting major strategies, like product innovations, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, to widen their product portfolio and expand their geographical reach.

  • August 2021 - The Cascades introduced its fully recycled packaging for Fluff and Tuff products. This Canada-based packaging company's solution is the outcome of several months of research and testing and has developed a product suitable to the requirements of the customer.

Additional Benefits:

  • The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format
  • 3 months of analyst support
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  • Amcor PLC
  • Constantia Flexibles
  • Mondi PLC
  • Printpack Inc.
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Sit Group SpA

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces 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 Substitutes
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.4 Market Drivers
4.4.1 The Increased Demand for Convenient Packaging
4.4.2 Changing Demographic and Lifestyle Factors
4.5 Market Challenges
4.6 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Plastics Polyethene (PE) Bi-orientated Polypropylene (BOPP) Cast Polypropylene (CPP) Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH)
5.1.2 Paper
5.1.3 Aluminum Foil
5.2 Product Type
5.2.1 Pouches
5.2.2 Bags
5.2.3 Films and Wraps
5.2.4 Other Product Types
5.3 End-user Industry
5.3.1 Food
5.3.2 Beverage
5.3.3 Household and Personal Care
5.3.4 Other End-user Industries
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 St. Johns Packaging
6.1.2 Sonoco Products Company
6.1.3 ProAmpac LLC
6.1.4 Covertech Flexible Packaging Inc.
6.1.5 Emmerson Packaging
6.1.6 Cascades Flexible Packaging
6.1.7 Winpak Ltd
6.1.8 Constantia Flexibles
6.1.9 Tetra Pak International SA
6.1.10 Sealed Air Corporation
6.1.11 Berry Global Inc.
6.1.12 Novolex Holdings Inc.
6.1.13 Sigma Plastics Group
6.1.14 Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation
6.1.15 Printpack Inc.
6.1.16 Sit Group SpA
6.1.17 American Packaging Corporation
6.1.18 Amcor PLC
6.1.19 Transcontinental Inc.
6.1.20 Mondi PLC
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • St. Johns Packaging
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • ProAmpac LLC
  • Covertech Flexible Packaging Inc.
  • Emmerson Packaging
  • Cascades Flexible Packaging
  • Winpak Ltd
  • Constantia Flexibles
  • Tetra Pak International SA
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Novolex Holdings Inc.
  • Sigma Plastics Group
  • Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation
  • Printpack Inc.
  • Sit Group SpA
  • American Packaging Corporation
  • Amcor PLC
  • Transcontinental Inc.
  • Mondi PLC
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