Mexico Plastic Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Mexico Plastic Packaging Market is segmented by Type of Plastic (Rigid Plastic, Flexible Plastic), Industry (Food, Beverage, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing), and Products (Bottles, Cans, Jars, Pouches).

Market Snapshot

mexico plastic packaging market
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 3.4 %

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Market Overview

The Mexico Plastic Packaging Market (hereafter referred to as the market studied) was valued at USD 7.46 billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 9.12 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 3.40% during the period 2022-2027 (hereafter referred to as the forecast period).

· According to International Trade Administration, in 2021, packaging was the most significant driver of Mexico's plastics industry, accounting for 47% of market demand. Plastic packaging items used in the food and beverage industry are created locally. However, producers require specialized containers, pallets and totes, and bins with electrostatic discharged coatings used in the production and final packing of products. Thermoformed plastic packaging is also trendy. Many firms in this subsector compete to supply to the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automobile, and medical device production industries.

· There has been an increase in the packaging machinery in Mexico, indicating a positive outlook for the packaging market. According to Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), in 2021, Mexico was projected to increase packaging machinery and equipment imports by 15%, with a 9% increase from the United States, as part of the reactivation of the Mexican economy. The total imports of Mexico's packaging machinery increased from USD 390.35 million in 2019 to USD 402.02 million in 2020. ​ Such an increase in machinery imports is expected to encourage plastic packaging firms in the country to increase production and market share and expand their customer base while meeting the demands of existing customers.

· Paper-based packaging is being increasingly used for packaging dairy products. The whiteboard is the most prevalent type of cardboard used for packaging dairy products. It is suitable for frozen desserts, milk, or butter as it is coated with wax or plastic, making the paper heat-sealable. Also, because of its traditional manufacture and production of alcoholic beverages, Mexico is one of the most important markets for glass bottle packaging. Such alternative forms of packaging are restraining the plastic packaging market growth in the country.

· The onset of the COVID-19 outbreak had been the largest proponent for industry demand during the five years to 2021. It is anticipated that amber plastic bottles may witness demand with the increasing production of cough syrups. As these bottles protect the product from photodamage, they are expected to be highly used by most pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

Scope of the report

The scope of the study focuses on the market analysis of plastic packaging sold across Mexico. Market sizing encompasses the revenue generated through plastic packaging sold by various market players. The study also tracks key market parameters, underlying growth influencers, and major vendors operating in the industry, which supports the market estimations and growth rates over the forecast period. In addition, the overall impact of COVID-19 on the ecosystem is analyzed. The report's scope encompasses market sizing and forecast for segmentation by type, industry, and product.

Type of Plastic
Rigid Plastic
Flexible Plastic

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Key Market Trends

Bottles to Drive the Plastic Industry in the Country

· Plastic as a product is widely recognized in several regions, and a wide range of innovative, cost-effective, and ecological packaging options are available in the market. As a result, key competitors, such as Amcor have introduced new plastic product shapes to meet the need for bottles.

· The beverage sector's market for plastic bottles is anticipated to witness rapid growth, owing to the never-ending demand for bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages. The need for bottled water is credited to the consumers' propensity for specifically demanding high-quality drinking water, owing to the fear of diseases resulting from drinking polluted tap water and the ease of portability and convenience provided by bottled water.

· The developing significance of modern packaging in the pharmaceutical industry has led the brands to utilize the potential of the characteristic plastic packaging to stand out from their competitors and increase profitability.​ Apart from the essential condition of protecting the drug, the pack also needs to be appealing and distinct, sufficient to promote itself. Thus, the aesthetic appeal of plastic packaging has been a driving factor for its usage in pharmaceutical packaging.

· According to the United Nations, Mexico's beverages, spirits, and vinegar exports were USD 10.01 billion in 2021. Such a high export rate is expected to increase the demand for plastic bottles in the region. Plastic bottles are rugged and robust, and when dropped, they do not shatter into jagged fragments, safely handling the items and packaging. Because plastics are polymers (large molecules formed by joining several small molecules), they have critical physical qualities, such as toughness and chemical resistance. Plastic bottles are resistant to leaks and bursts, preserving the contents and the outside shipping containers.

· Companies are incorporating new features in their products to expand their market share in the region. For example, INOAC's standard PET and PP resin bottles are available for culinary spices, dressings, alcohol, and beverages. INOAC provides standard bottles based on the contents with which they are to be filled.

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Food Industry to Drive the Growth of the Market

· The Mexican food industry is one of the major consumers of plastic packaging due to the increasing demand for easy-to-use and small packaging solutions, with the growing consumer demand for ready-to-eat types. ​

· According to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service, Mexico's beef and veal meat production experienced an overall increasing trend between 2010 and 2022. Production exceeded two million metric tons of carcass weight equivalent in recent years, increasing more than 16.3% over 2010. In 2021 the region produced 2,190 metric Ton of meat, increasing from 2020 production, i.e., 2,079 thousand metric tons. Such an increase in meat production may significantly drive the demand for plastic packaging for the studied market.

· Furthermore, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Mexico's annual per capita food spending was USD 1,340 in 2018, which is anticipated to reach about USD 1,743 in 2023. With the increase in per capita food spending, the demand for food packaging may also increase. Plastic packaging may withstand harsh environments and does not degrade in hot and cold temperatures, protecting the integrity of the food inside. It also safeguards products against moisture, oxygen, dust, light, and smells. Such properties may create the demand for plastic packaging for food.

· According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader ), Mexican agri-food exports set a new high in 2021, with a total value of USD 44,442 million, the largest in 29 years. Exports increased by 12.44% compared to 2020, totaling USD 39,525 million.

· In August 2021, According to the National Association of Chocolate Manufacture, Jalisco was home to 14% of the companies dedicated to producing sweets and chocolates, which generate 58% of national production. In the case of confectionery, the per capita consumption for this year is predicted to be 196 pounds or nearly four kilos. The per capita chocolate consumption is 750 grams nationally. However, certain people consume more chocolate per year, primarily during winter.

· Due to the expansion of the food companies in the Mexican region, the demand for rigid plastic packaging may increase. Rigid plastics are the lightest and least expensive packaging material to carry. Users may also make designs as tiny as possible, allowing for shipping more products per shipping. Such benefits may allow the companies to adapt rigid plastic packaging.

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Competitive Landscape

The market studied is fragmented, with players such as Amcor PLC, Berry Global Inc., and Sealed Air Corporation operating in the market. The plastic packaging market comprises several global and regional players vying for attention in a contested market.

· November 2021 - Aptar Group Inc. invested in developing a new facility in Suzhou to optimize and integrate the company's existing operations at the new facility in the region.

· May 2021 - Aptar Group Inc. developed and launched a fully recyclable, mono-material pump for the beauty and personal care industries, which is being used for products under the skincare brand Dermalogica and INUNE.

Recent Developments

· December 2021 - Sonoco Products Company acquired Ball Metalpack, a manufacturer of sustainable metal packaging for food and household products. This acquisition fits the company's strategy as this enables the company to create franchising opportunities and further enables the company to expand its presence in recession-resistant consumer markets.

· November 2021 - Winpak Ltd announced its new vision, mission, and values as a strategic move to rebrand its position in the market. The company believes the new statements may help shape how it approaches new opportunities and challenges in the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Access to Some of the Cheapest Plastic Imports From Countries Such as the United States

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Awareness Towards Alternative Forms of Packaging

    4. 4.4 Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Type of Plastic

      1. 5.1.1 Rigid Plastic

      2. 5.1.2 Flexible Plastic

    2. 5.2 Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Food

      2. 5.2.2 Beverage

      3. 5.2.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.2.4 Retail

      5. 5.2.5 Manufacturing

      6. 5.2.6 Others

    3. 5.3 Products

      1. 5.3.1 Bottles

      2. 5.3.2 Cans

      3. 5.3.3 Jars

      4. 5.3.4 Pouches

      5. 5.3.5 Others


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Amcor plc

      2. 6.1.2 Mondi Group

      3. 6.1.3 Berry Global Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Winpak Ltd.

      5. 6.1.5 Sonoco Products Company

      6. 6.1.6 Transcontinental Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 AptarGroup Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Mexico Plastic Packaging Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Mexico Plastic Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.4% over the next 5 years.

Amcor plc, Mondi Group, Winpak Ltd. , AptarGroup Inc., Berry Global Inc. are the major companies operating in Mexico Plastic Packaging Market.

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