Packaging was the dominant segment and accounted for approximately 55% of the total volume in 2015. Cost efficiency and environment friendliness are likely to be the key factors to drive growth. Cost, particularly will be critical, as industry penetration will be ultimately guided by biopolymer coatings market price trend.
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U.S. biopolymer coatings market size is anticipated to witness high growth owing to the growing food & packaging industry and rising trend for green technology. Europe is expected to grow at significant rate due to growth in the food industry and shift in consumer preference for biodegradable products.
Asia Pacific biopolymer coatings market share is expected to be a major contributor due to the rapid industrialization and government initiatives in countries such as China and India to promote biodegradable products.
Biopolymers are sustainable, nontoxic, and recyclable petrochemical packaging substitutes. Increasing conventional energy resource prices and growing demand from consumers are also expected to be the key drivers.
Biopolymer coating materials can be segmented into protein, polysaccharide and lipids. They can be used alone as well as together. Regular paper pigments, plasticizers, antioxidants and antimicrobial agents are added to coating solutions in order to enhance performance properties. Reutilization and recyclability are expected to be key factors to replace petroleum-based synthetic packaging from biopolymer coatings.
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Protein-based coatings include caseinates, whey protein, soy protein, wheat gluten, and corn zein. Protein is suitable for vegetables & fruits, eggs, meat, dry foods, nuts, and paper packaging. Protein-derived coatings are good affective oxygen barrier at low to medium humidity. However, water vapor prevention is average due to its hydrophilic nature.
Whey protein is anticipated to substitute commercial paperboard material such as fluorocarbon and polyvinyl alcohol owing to its oxygen and grease prevention abilities while maintaining food texture and taste. Insolubility in water, gas barrier and film forming properties are likely to be among key factors to drive demand for wheat gluten-based biopolymer coatings market.
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