Smart packaging is an advanced form of packaging that provides additional functionalities such as extended shelf life, freshness monitoring and improved safety along with the traditional basic three functions of packaging that is protection, communication and containment. In addition, smart packaging are also used extensively by various end user segments in order to add value to their products, strengthen their brand image and to improve the consumer appeal.
In a smart packaging, additive technologies including antimicrobials and oxygen scavengers are being added by various quality indicators that is majorly based on gas detection and temperature monitoring of the products for reducing food deterioration and contamination. Thus, smart packaging involves a combination of science, specialized materials and technology in order to provide advanced protection.
the global smart packaging market has been segmented on the basis of technology and end user. Different technology through which smart packaging enhances packaging functionality includes active packaging, intelligent packaging and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) among others. Moreover, smart packaging also finds its application across various end user segments such as food and beverages, healthcare, personal care and others.
The others segment includes application of smart packaging in consumer electronics and agricultural sectors. In addition, current market situation along with future anticipated growth trend of all the above mentioned segments including technology and end user across different regions including Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Middle-East and Africa (MEA) and Latin America is also provided in this report.
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Rising health consciousness among the consumers in one of the most important factor anticipated to trigger the demand of smart packaging during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. In current generation (generation Y), consumers are becoming more health conscious. Toxic materials used in traditional packaging, especially food packaging is hazardous to consumer health.
Consequently, consumers prefer smart packaging in order to have safe and hygienic products. In addition, changing lifestyle of the millennial population coupled with rising disposable income is also expected to boost the demand of smart packaging in the coming years. Owing to the cumulative effect of rising disposable income and busy lifestyle, consumers are inclining towards packaged foods that are easy to cook and are willing to pay additional price for packaging solution that increase the shelf life of the products and retain proper nutritional values.