A new research has revealed that the global market for aseptically packed products is estimated to grow by 24% in the next five years. Annual volumes have grown by 5% since 2008, with South/South East Asia achieving the rise at 22% a year, according to food and drink consultancy Zenith International.
During 2011, aseptically packed products reached 123 billion liters in 269 billion packs, according to the 2012 Global Aseptic Packaging report.
The market is expected to reach 153 billion liters using 333 billion packs by 2016 and the majority of additional demand will come from South/South East Asia and China, where annual growth is anticipated at 11% and 3.5%, respectively.
Aseptic filling has yet to make a significant impact in food markets and there are some niche applications including sauces, tomato products and baby food that are new areas of development.