Aseptic Packaging Demand to Grow 5.5% Annually Through 2026

Cleveland OH, August 9, 2022 – A new Freedonia Group analysis forecasts demand for aseptic packaging for food to increase 5.5% annually to $2.3 billion in 2026. Aseptic processing will increasingly be preferred over more traditional thermal processing methods such as retort and hot fill due primarily to its shorter heating times, which better maintains the flavor, texture, and nutrition of food that these other processing methods.

Strong Gains in Aseptic Packaging Demand Expected in Every Application Except Juice

Through 2026, aseptic packaging will continue to see strong demand growth in the packaging of milk and milk alternatives, soups, tomato products, and other foods. However, growth will lag significantly in the juice market – the largest application of aseptic packaging – due to market maturity and a declining interest in the overall ambient juice category, which faces intense competition from fresh and cold-pressed juices and other lower sugar beverages.

Aseptic Cartons Remain Most Popular Form of Aseptic Packaging

Aseptic cartons account for the largest share of aseptic packaging, and they are increasingly taking share from traditional shelf stable packaging such as cans in applications such as soups, stocks, broths, and sauces. The advantages aseptic cartons offer over cans include their lower weight, more modern aesthetic, and greater shelf appeal. However, the higher cost of these products and issues surrounding their recyclability will restrain even further penetration into these applications.

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AsepticFoodPackaging provides historical data (2011, 2016, and 2021) and forecasts for 2026 for aseptic food packaging demand for in current dollars (including inflation) by product, application, and material.


  • cartons
  • bottles and jars
  • pouches
  • cups
  • bag-in-box
  • other packaging

Food applications:

  • juice
  • milk and milk alternatives
  • soups, stocks, and broth
  • processed fruits and vegetables
  • sauces and condiments
  • meal replacements
  • baby food and formula
  • dairy-based foods
  • other food


  • plastic
  • paperboard
  • glass