Europe Contract Packaging Market- Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

Europe Contract Packaging Market can be segmented by Services (Primary Packaging, Secondary Packaging, Tertiary packaging), End User (Beverages, Food, Pharmaceuticals, Home and Fabric Care, Beauty care ) and Country.

Market Snapshot

Europe Contract Packaging Market
Study Period: 2020-2025
Base Year: 2019
CAGR: 11.31 %

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Market Overview

The Europe Contract Packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.13% during the forecast period of 2020-2025. The European contract packaging market has shown a significant growth in the recent years owing to the rising demand, and changing preference of manufacturing firms toward contract packagers, the European contract packaging market is expected to witness a steady growth over the forecast period.

  • European companies are focusing on outsourcing their packaging requirements to contract packaging companies, with an aim to concentrate on their core businesses and reduce the operational costs, thereby, increasing the market penetration.
  • The consumer-packaged goods (CPG) vendors has been actively looking forward to vertically integrate to offer packaging solutions, including purchasing of raw materials and logistics, for standing out as a one-stop contract packaging solution providers. Nulogy, one of the providers of agile supply chain solutions for CPG brands, has mentioned that the changing shopping behavior of consumers is enabling the contract packers with more work.
  • Furthermore, to reduce the operational costs, the category leaders in the packaging market are strongly relying on contract packaging . Moreover, these companies are also limiting their R&D investment leading to lesser product innovations in the packaging industry. PMMI have mentioned that over 40% of the best-selling new products are from the new entrants in the global packaging market.
  • Hence, the primary focus of the established packaging players toward outsourcing their operational/production activities is estimated to drive the market for contract packaging in and opens a wide area for product innovations in the domain.
  • Overall the market was positively impacted from the onset of COVID-19. This is due to an increase in demand of food and beverage, mainly in online and e-commerce sales. According to the German ecommerce association BEVH, online food retail sales grew 126.8% in April 2020 compared to the same time last year.

Scope of the report

The market consist of contract packagers who provide third party packaging services in the form of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging for beverages , food , pharmaceuticals, home and fabric care and beauty care in the European region.

Primary Packaging
Secondary Packaging
Tertiary Packaging
End User Industry
Home and Fabric care
Beauty care
Other End Users
United Kingdom
The Netherlands
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Secondary Packaging to Show Significant Growth

  • The rising need for physical and barrier protection, secondary containment, adherence to regulations, and safety has resulted in the increased adoption of the secondary packaging. The common types of secondary packaging include cardboard cartons, cardboard boxes and cardboard/plastic crates, bubble wrap, small inflatable air pillows, loose-fill, and labels.
  • Transportation of products to the point of sale requires secondary packaging. Secondary packaging performs the role of protecting not only the product, but also the primary packaging, and hence has become an important aspect of packaging.
  • As the secondary packaging involves a level of the packaging within it, it is the secondary packaging that the consumer gets to see first making secondary packaging of prime importance. This is propelling the players in the industry to outsource the packaging that enables them to increase the attractiveness of the product and henceforth attracts customers, thus, boosting the market growth over the forecast period.
  • As technology, e-commerce, marketing, and consumer preferences continue to evolve, effective contract packagers enable their users to balance form and function. This is expected to boost the adoption of the secondary contract packaging services in the region.
  • The increasing innovations in the secondary packaging, such as child-resistant (CR) cartons, tamper-evident (TE) cartons, and cold-chain packaging, temperature-controlled packaging, and many more, are expected to boost the adoption of the secondary contract packaging services.

Food Packaging to Hold the Highest Market Share

  • The contract packaging industry serves diverse functions, furnishing solutions for FMCG across nearly every consumer sector, with the food industry being a major beneficiary. As a result, the packaging reflects a range of influences, from personal consumer preferences to larger economic forces, like free-market competition and mass marketing.
  • However, major food companies across the world are closing their facilities to reduce their capital expenditure. The food companies in Europe are under a lot of pressure to free cash and reduce costs, both of which can be done by co-manufacturing. A lot of consumer-packaged goods companies are expected to liberate operating cash to fund growth by outsourcing the responsibility of running manufacturing facilities across Europe.
  • The growth of the co-manufacturing market in food is inhibited due to the high reputational risk, as leading brands are unwilling to accept that they use the services of third-party manufacturers due to very high-quality concerns pertaining to food and beverages in the region.
  • However, some of the countries in the region, like the United Kingdom, are experiencing major growth in the use of co-packaging services in food, with the need for comprehensive solutions continually rising. Codex, a major contract manufacturer of the United Kingdom, recently invested GBP 2 million into its business to establish clean rooms and machinery to serve some of the leading confectioners in the region. The need for turnkey solutions, where some of the vendors have expressed the need for end-to-end solutions has led to co-packers, like Codex, establishing fully racked-out warehouse and distribution capabilities.
  • In collaboration with NOMI Co-Packing, Tony’s Chocolonely recently developed a paper doypack, especially for the bitesize Tiny Tony’s. The employment of Nomi packaging has ensured that Tony’s has to customize its packaging offerings, in the process of creating distinctive packaging for airport shops and out of home retail.

Competitive Landscape

The Contract Packaging Market in Europe appears to be fragmented due to the presence of a large number of vendors. This industry research report offers information about the competitive environment among players in this market space. Major players include Budelpack Poortvliet BV, Cygnia Logistics (Dalepak Ltd), Complete Co-Packing Services Ltd among others.

  • December 2019- Boughey Distribution Ltd announced that one of its latest clients is Plenish Drinks. Part of the Plenish company, that also makes health drinks and milks, Plenish Drinks uses natural, plant-based ingredients in its products.
  • August 2019- NOMI Co-packing had rendered its support to Tony Chocolonely. In cooperation with NOMI Co-Packing, Tony’s Chocolonely has developed a unique paper doypack specially for the bitesize Tiny Tony’s. Not only better conditions for the cocoa farmers, but also a healthier environment are important to the company. The decision to use more environment-friendly packaging materials is a logical next step

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Assesment of Covid-19 impact on Wireless Healthcare Market

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing demand from the E-commerce Industry

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Need for Latest Technology and Innovative Packaging

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Stringent Government Regulations

      2. 4.4.2 Competition from In-house Packaging

    5. 4.5 Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    7. 4.7 Industry Policies


    1. 5.1 Services

      1. 5.1.1 Primary Packaging

      2. 5.1.2 Secondary Packaging

      3. 5.1.3 Tertiary Packaging

    2. 5.2 End User Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Beverages

      2. 5.2.2 Food

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals

      4. 5.2.4 Home and Fabric care

      5. 5.2.5 Beauty care

      6. 5.2.6 Other End Users

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 United Kingdom

      2. 5.3.2 Germany

      3. 5.3.3 France

      4. 5.3.4 Italy

      5. 5.3.5 Spain

      6. 5.3.6 The Netherlands

      7. 5.3.7 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Budelpack Poortvliet BV

      2. 6.1.2 Cygnia Logistics (Dalepak Ltd)

      3. 6.1.3 Complete Co-Packing Services Ltd

      4. 6.1.4 Driessen United Blenders BV

      5. 6.1.5 Harke PackServ GmbH

      6. 6.1.6 Kompak Co-Making & Co-Packing

      7. 6.1.7 Marvinpac SA

      8. 6.1.8 NOMI Co-Packing

      9. 6.1.9 Boughey Distribution Ltd

      10. 6.1.10 Total Pack BV

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Contract Packaging Market market is studied from 2020 - 2025.

The Europe Contract Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.31% over the next 5 years.

Cygnia Logistics, Budelpack Poortvliet BV, Complete Co-Packaging Services Ltd., Driessen United Blenders, Harke Packserve GMBH are the major companies operating in Europe Contract Packaging Market.

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