The flexible packaging market is forecast to grow 5.11% annually between 2016 and 2021 thanks to an anticipated increase in the use of retort pouches.

The worldwide flexible packaging market is set to hit $125.66 billion by 2021, with retort pouches expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period due to growing demand from end-user industries.

The expected growth in retort pouches is mainly because of the growing consumption of ready-to-eat meals and the excellent barrier properties provided by retort pouches against oxygen and moisture.

Here at Pilgrim Flexibles we are seeing major UK food manufacturers taking the decision to move away from the traditional aluminum can and glass jar in favour of the more consumer friendly retort stand-up pouch. This packaging format not only offers essential functional characteristics, but also provides eye-catching shelf appeal.

For more information about retort pouches and the necessary filling and cooking equipment required for the retort process please contact