Global Virgin Paper Packaging Market To Grow With A CAGR of 3.43%

03-Jul-2023 | Zion Market Research

The global virgin paper packaging market size was worth around USD 379.24 million in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 496.53 million by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 3.43% between 2023 and 2030.

Global Virgin Paper Packaging Market Size

Virgin paper is directly made from wood pulp that is directly obtained from fresh natural resources of cut trees. This type of paper is called ‘virgin’ because the wood fibers used in its production have not been recycled or used previously. Virgin paper is different from recycled paper as the former is prepared using post-consumer waste paper. The manufacturing process of virgin paper includes several stages including wood harvesting or debarking. It further undergoes chipping that creates pulpwood or wood chips. It is then processed through chemical or mechanical methods that help to separate cellulose fibers. They are then refined, cleaned, and bleached to remove impurities to achieve the desired brightness and quality. The final step includes forming the fibers into rolls or sheets. Once the product is dried, it can be used in various types of paper products.

This review is based on a report by Zion Market Research, titled "Virgin Paper Packaging Market By Form (Rigid Forms And Semi-Rigid Forms), By Product Type (Fully-Extensible Sack Kraft Paper, Sack Kraft Paper, Speedex & High Performance, And Semi-Extensible Sack Kraft Paper), By Application (Special Protective Coating, Food Industry, Industrial & Building Material, PE (Polyethylene) Coating, And Animal & Pet Food), And By Region - Global And Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, And Forecasts 2023 – 2030"- Report at

The global virtual paper packaging market is projected to grow owing to the growing demand for longer-lasting packaging solutions. Virgin paper is known to have superior strength, printability, and durability as compared to recycled paper packaging. Many consumers are seeking solutions that last longer and hence are willing to choose virgin papers for packaging. In addition to this, the growing application of virgin papers in the food & beverages sector is an important reason for higher demand in the market. Virgin paper packaging offers an excellent barrier against moisture, grease, and odor which makes them suitable for securing and transporting food products.

As the world population is growing along with factors such as rapid rate of product innovation, exhaustive marketing initiatives by food producers, and generally growing demand for more options in terms of packaged foods could lead to companies opting for packaging options using virgin paper due to the associated ease of printing or branding on such papers. Moreover, producers of virgin paper have invested heavily in innovating new printing technologies to improve production capacity while also having less impact on the environment.

The virgin paper packaging industry faces growth limitations due to changing government policies and regulations focusing higher on environmental sustainability and reducing the use of non-renewable sources of energy. These rules include sections in favor of restrictions on forestation, carbon emissions, and waste management that directly impact the business operations of virgin paper producers. Moreover, this procedure is highly cost intensive and requires significant investment in terms of energy, water, and chemicals making industry players raise questions about business cost-efficiency.

The increasing investment toward innovation in sustainable virgin paper production may provide growth opportunities while the growing cost of raw materials could challenge market growth.

The global virgin paper packaging market is segmented based on form, product type, application, and region.

Based on form, the global market is divided into rigid forms and semi-rigid forms.

Based on product type, the virgin paper packaging industry is divided into fully-extensible sack kraft paper, sack kraft paper, speedex & high performance, and semi-extensible sack paper. The most popular form segment is the sack kraft paper which is widely popular for its versatility and specific properties. It offers excellent strength, porosity, and tear resistance. It is used extensively for the production of industrial sacks including cement sacks, food ingredient sacks, pet food sacks, and agricultural product sacks. It can withstand heavy weights and provide superior protection against external elements. The fully-extensible sack kraft paper is an upgraded version of sack kraft paper and is often used to package products such as chemicals, minerals, and building materials. As per Our World in Data, around 10 million hectares of forest are deforested every year.

Based on application, the global market divisions are special protective coating, food, industrial & building material, PE (polyethylene) coating, and animal & pet food. The food industry segment led with the highest CAGR in 2022 mainly driven by increasing demand for packaged food products across urban and rural populations. Virgin paper is used extensively to package food products such as dry goods, snacks, bakery items, frozen foods, confectionery, dairy products, and more. It is often used in the form of boxes, folding cartons, pouches, bags, and wraps. However, virgin paper used in the food industry has to adhere to strict quality and safety standards that ensure food safety, preservation, and hygiene of the contents. As reported by John Wily, the food packaging sector contributes 50% by weight of total packaging sales.

The global virgin paper packaging market will register higher growth in Asia-Pacific owing to the growing initiatives undertaken by regional governments to ensure market domination, especially in business activities that they already have more control over. The growth of the retail and e-commerce segment are major regional market propellers.

North America may also register high growth driven by an increasing number of players entering the virgin paper market as the demand for longer-lasting or sustainable packaging solutions is growing. A key regional attribute is the growing importance of changing business operations to make them more environment-friendly by research on effective technological advancements. The growing adoption in the pharmaceutical industry along with the consumer goods segment may also assist in propelling regional growth.

Recent Developments:

  • In March 2023, PepsiCo, a leading snacking giant, announced that it was testing the efficiency of paper-based packaging solution on its 6-bag multipacks of Walkers Baked snacks
  • In October 2022, Mondi and Reckitt collaborated to innovate a paper-based packaging solution for Reckitt’s Finish dishwasher tablets
  • In January 2023, the producers of KitKat, a leading confectionery product, announced that they will launch a new range of chocolate wrapped in recyclable paper packaging as a pilot test. The launch will take place across Australian regions

Virgin Paper Packaging Market: Competitive Analysis

The global virgin paper packaging market is led by players like:

  • International Paper Company
  • Smurfit Kappa Group
  • Mondi Group
  • WestRock Company
  • DS Smith Plc
  • Stora Enso Oyj
  • Oji Holdings Corporation
  • Sappi Limited
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd.
  • Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited
  • UPM-Kymmene Corporation
  • Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA)
  • Metsä Board Corporation
  • Clearwater Paper Corporation
  • Canfor Corporation
  • Klabin S.A.
  • BillerudKorsnäs AB
  • Resolute Forest Products Inc.
  • ITC Limited
  • Pratt Industries Inc.
  • Cascades Inc.
  • Huhtamäki Oyj
  • Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI).

The global virgin paper packaging market is segmented as follows:

By Form

  • Rigid Forms
  • Semi-Rigid Forms

By Product Type

  • Fully-Extensible Sack Kraft Paper
  • Sack Kraft Paper
  • Speedex & High Performance
  • Semi-Extensible Sack Kraft Paper

By Application

  • Special Protective Coating
  • Food Industry
  • Industrial & Building Material
  • PE (Polyethylene) Coating
  • Animal & Pet Food

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France 
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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