According to Food Safety Magazine's latest study, "Pet Food Packaging," demand for metal cans in petfood packaging will continue to decrease as pouches become the more preferred packaging method.

Demand for metal cans in petfood packaging is forecast to rise 2.7% annually to US$650 million in 2018, according to the report. Cans held 29% of the petfood packaging market in 2013. The percentage of overall can demand in petfood packaging will continue to decline, however, due to supplantation by other packaging types, including retort pouches, tubs and cups, and chubs.

Pouch demand in petfood packaging is forecast to rise 8.3% per annum to US$540 million in 2018, the fastest pace of growth among petfood packaging types, says Food Safety Magazine. For small packages of dry food, pouches will continue to supplant bags. For wet food, retort pouches will continue to gain acceptance as an alternative to metal cans, growing in popularity due to peelable lids that are easier to open and allow the consumer to avoid cuts from metal edges, and especially in applications where strength and stiffness are not primary factors.

The study analyzed the US$2 billion US petfood packaging industry. It presents historical demand data for 2003, 2008 and 2013, and forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by application (e.g., dry food, wet food, pet treats, chilled and frozen), animal (e.g., dog food, cat food), type (e.g., bags, metal cans, pouches, folding cartons, plastic bottles and jars, tubs and cups) and material (paperboard, plastic, metal, wovens).