Over the period through to 2016 the UK dairy packaging market is forecast to grow by 1.2 billion units to reach a total retail volume of 16.5 billion units.
The UK dairy packaging market increased by 338 million units in 2011, to reach a retail volume of 15.2 billion units.
Flexible plastic milk bags show they are here to stay but developments in more environmentally-friendly HDPE bottles may have more far-reaching consequences.
The bags, and their accompanying JUGIT that they are poured into to pour, are gaining popularity as retailers and consumers see them as helping them to reduce the amount of plastic they send to landfill.
The bags will not threaten the staple 2-pint and 4-pint HDPE bottles, but they are forecast to grow to over 3% of filled volume in fresh/pasteurised milk by 2016.
Zip-locks have grown in hard cheese to just over 40% of closures on flexible plastic as a significant number of brands move towards the increased accessibility, resealability and subsequent cleanliness that zip-locks bring.
The fastest growing segment in the UK dairy packaging market in 2011 was the retail yoghurt packaging category which grew by 127 million units across the year, reaching a volume of 3.8 billion units.
In functional drinking, smaller yoghurt pack sizes continue to prosper as consumers look to drink these yoghurts on the go, often for an energy boost that is potent yet healthy.
For more information on the UK dairy packaging market, see the latest research: UK Dairy Packaging Market Report
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