According to the statistics of China National Food and Machinery Industry Association, the annual sales growth rate of liquid food packaging machinery in China is more than 20%; among them, China's liquid food production in 2011 was 250.9 billion liters, and liquid packaging machinery sales reached 29 billion yuan. The liquid food packaging machinery industry has become a very important emerging industry in China's national economy.
It's hard to imagine that if there is no bottling plant, whether Coca-Cola can still be as popular as the world today is a miracle in business history. Carbonated beverages, milk, fruit and vegetable juices, drinking water, edible oils, pharmaceuticals, and daily chemical products, which are closely related to our daily lives, are inseparable from the packaging machinery. It is with them that nutrition and deliciousness can be delivered to people's "tips" safely and conveniently.
In recent years, PET/HDPE plastic bottles have been increasingly used in the field of liquid food packaging. Plastic bottles have the characteristics of large capacity, firmness, lightness, portability, refrigerating and recyclability, which expands their application in the field of liquid food packaging. Taking the beverage industry as an example, according to incomplete statistics, the annual global consumption of plastic containers for beverage bottles is more than 10 million tons, and its production and sales are growing at a rate of 10% to 19% per year. As an important packaging machinery for liquid food packaging, the filling machine is also widely used in the food industry with the application of plastic bottles.
In the dairy industry, acid milk beverages have maintained a high growth rate of more than 30% in the Chinese dairy market for three consecutive years, becoming the most promising category in the dairy industry. Plastic bottle packaging is the fastest growing packaging type of container for acidic milk beverages, and its development rate even exceeds the growth rate of the product.
The small-package HDPE plastic bottle of acidic milk beverages below 220ml, the core consumer group is children. After more than ten years of development, the market base of small-package HDPE plastic bottles of acidic milk beverages is solid and stable, and it is developing rapidly. HDPE plastic bottles have become the absolute leading packaging form for children's acidic milk drinks, with a market share of 94%.
Large-packaged acidic milk beverages larger than 350ml are new products appearing on the market in the past two years, and their market share has increased rapidly. The target customer base is young women aged 18-25. After several years of development, the range of consumers of large-packaged acidic milk beverages has been expanding, and PET plastic bottles have become the dominant packaging form for large-packaged milk beverages.
After several years of painstaking efforts, tea beverages, juice drinks and functional beverages have become stable and mature products in the beverage market. Now high-speed medium-temperature hot filling technology provides the best solution for many beverage companies, which satisfies both The growth rate and safety of the products reduce the cost of packaging materials and operating costs for beverage companies. With the maturity of high-speed medium-temperature hot filling machine technology, it will provide more advanced, stable and reliable beverage filling machine equipment for more domestic large and medium-sized beverage manufacturers, bringing more direct cost benefits.
All in all, the rapid development of the downstream industry and the pursuit of people's quality of life will inevitably require enterprises to invest in the corresponding packaging equipment to meet the needs of production, and will also put forward higher requirements for the high-precision, intelligent and high-speed level of packaging machinery. Therefore, China's liquid food packaging machinery will present a broader market prospect.