Edible Films and Coatings For Fruits and Vegetables Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market is Segmented by Ingredient Type (Protein, Polysaccharides, Lipids, and Composites​) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers market size and forecasts for edible films and coatings for fruits and vegetables in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market
Study Period: 2016-2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: South America
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: 6.76 %

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Market Overview

The global edible films and coatings for fruits and vegetables market was valued at USD 709.77 million in 2020, and it is expected to register a CAGR of 6.76% during the forecast period 2021-2026.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer interest rose in products that support the overall maintenance of health and wellness, urging consumers to increase their nutritional intake and consume safer and healthier foods. This resulted in an increased demand for fresh and organic foods, including fruits and vegetables. Hence, stocking up the trolleys with more foods of organic and fresh-origin, along with fruits and vegetables, boosted the application of these films and coating in the market.

Over the medium term, the demand for edible films and coatings is expected to be driven by the need for complete biodegradation of plastics, reduced wastage, and improved shelf life of fruits and vegetables. The utilization of renewable resources for packaging materials, such as hydrocolloids and lipids from a biological origin, is one of the main trends of the flexible packaging industry.

Thus, the rise in demand for edible packaging, backed by an improved focus on R&D, is driving the overall market for edible films and coatings, globally.

Scope of the Report

Edible films and coatings are thin layers of edible materials, such as edible biopolymers and food-grade additives, applied on fruits and vegetables that play an important role in their conservation, distribution, and marketing. Some of their functions are to protect the product from mechanical damage, physical, chemical, and microbiological activities. The edible films and coatings for fruits and vegetables market is segmented by ingredient type (protein, polysaccharides, lipids, and composites​) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report also offers market size and forecasts for edible films and coatings in 12 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value in USD million.

By Ingredient Type
By Geography
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Edible Packaging as an Alternative to Plastic Packaging

The demand for edible films and coatings is driven by the need for the complete biodegradation of plastics. The rise in demand for edible packaging, backed by an improved focus on R&D, is also driving the overall market for edible films and coatings, globally. Plastics advertised as oxo-biodegradable are made from conventional plastics and mixed with additives to mimic biodegradation. However, the main effect of oxidation is a mere fragmentation of the material or product into small particles that remain in the environment. Thus, regarding reduced wastage and improved shelf life of fruits and vegetables, several companies are launching edible packaging to extend their shelf life. For example, the United States-based start-up, Apeel Sciences, created an edible nature-inspired coating for fruits, Apeel, to tackle food waste, plastic packaging waste and provide up to 2 times the shelf-life in the overall food industry. Apeel is made from edible materials found in the skins, peels, and seeds of plants. It adds a little extra peel on produce to slow the water loss and oxidation rate — the primary causes of spoilage. That extra peel is completely edible, tasteless, and safe to eat. Therefore, increasing environmental safety awareness, especially related to packaging degradability issues, has resulted in the launch of various edible packaging products.

GENERATION OF Plastic PACKAGING Waste Per capita

Asia Pacific Remains the Largest Market

Fruits are among the most important horticulture commodities produced in the region, with high production and export in countries, like China and India. In the region, antimicrobial agents are successfully added to several edible composite films and coatings, based on polysaccharides or proteins, such as starch, cellulose derivatives, chitosan, alginate, fruit puree, whey protein isolated, soy protein, egg albumen, wheat gluten, or sodium caseinate, to keep the fruits and vegetable fresh. In China, Xanthan gum is one of the most commonly used edible coatings on fruits and vegetables, giving rise to high demand for polysaccharide-based films and coatings in the country. The component is used for its favorable characteristics, as it forms a highly viscous solution in cold or hot water, even at low concentrations. It is stable over a wide range of pH and temperatures and resistant to enzymatic degradation.

Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market

Competitive Landscape

The major players operating in the global edible films and coatings for fruits and vegetables market include Tate & Lyle PLC, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd, and RPM International Inc. Companies, such as Tate & Lyle PLC and Sumitomo Chemical, hold strong market positioning as they have strong distribution channels and high market penetration, worldwide. Additionally, these players work around the sustainability factor, along with reducing dependency on harmful chemicals. For instance, in 2018, Pace International, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemicals, an innovative and sustainable postharvest company, launched its new high-shine, edible coating, PrimaFresh® 606 GL. PrimaFresh® 606 GL was based on Carnauba, a natural vegetable lipid extracted from sustainably managed palm tree plantations, made with natural food-grade ingredients.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2020, NatureSeal launched a shelf-life extension technology for freshly cut strawberries. The newly introduced product is a healthy, clean-label powder blend that protects sliced, topped, halved, and diced fresh strawberries, maintaining freshness for up to eleven days when refrigerated. NatureSeal retards spoilage and maintains the color and firmness of fresh-cut strawberries without altering the flavor.
  • In October 2020, NatureSeal launched sulfite-free solutions to keep cut potatoes, cut sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables fresh for up to 21 days. The NatureSeal cut potato freshness extenders are easy to use at the processing facility. It is organic, allergen-free, and Kosher.
  • In March 2020, Sufresca, an Israeli start-up, developed edible coatings that eliminate fresh produce plastic packaging and reduce food loss and waste. The company claims that these tailor-made edible formulations arrive with easily implemented application techniques and maintain appearance and taste 'as if just harvested.' This innovation comes as the packaging industry has been innovating with ideas of packaging-free solutions to the food and beverage industry.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Ingredient Type

      1. 5.1.1 Proteins

      2. 5.1.2 Polysaccharides

      3. 5.1.3 Lipids

      4. 5.1.4 Composites

    2. 5.2 By Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Spain

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Germany

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Positioning Analysis

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Tate & Lyle PLC

      2. 6.3.2 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Sufresca

      4. 6.3.4 Flo Chemical Corporation (FloZein)

      5. 6.3.5 RPM INTERNATIONAL INC. (Mantrose-Haeuser Co. Inc.)

      6. 6.3.6 Bio Naturals Solutions

      7. 6.3.7 Apeel Sciences

      8. 6.3.8 Hazel Technologies Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 Mori (Cambridge Crops Inc.)

      10. 6.3.10 Liquid Seal BV

      11. 6.3.11 John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT)

      12. 6.3.12 DECCO

    4. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.76% over the next 5 years.

The Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market is valued at 709 Million USD in 2016.

South America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

SUFRESCA, Flo Chemical Corporation (FloZein), RPM INTERNATIONAL INC. (Mantrose-Haeuser Co. Inc.), Hazel Technologies, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd are the major companies operating in Global Edible Films and Coatings for Fruits and Vegetables Market.

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