Market Research Report for Paper Bag

Paper bags are an eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing way to package fashion, gifts, luxury goods, decorations, food, pharmaceuticals, and electronics.

The global paper bags market was valued at USD 4.7 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 6.35 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2019 to 2025.

A strong and durable paper bag for packaging is a real asset for retailers. Paper bags increase the strength and durability of packaging, protect goods, reduce waste and save money.

Today’s consumers are also environmentally conscious, using paper bags that are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and recyclable.

In Europe, the paper bag industry is one of the most dynamic industries and has the most potential for innovation.

With the development of paper bag processing technology, the producers and manufacturers of paper bags create employment opportunities and promote innovative designs to meet customer demand for paper bags. Paper bags not only meet the needs of various industries for distribution and products but also fulfill the role of brand communication.

Paper bags are made from paper and the fibers used to produce the pulp are extracted from trees. The raw material of paper is wood, which will absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, paper is a natural renewable material. Paper bags are natural and environmentally friendly, compostable, recyclable and biodegradable, and reusable. The paper bag’s effect on nature is sustainable and helps to mitigate climate change. Paper bags do not harm any marine life, have a low impact on the climate, and can store carbon dioxide.

When a tree is harvested, the trunk is used to make paper pulp. Paper, as a wood product, can store carbon.

Paper bags also do not harm the land or the ocean if they stray into nature. Paper being a natural product, it can biodegrade within two to five months. Even though paper bags are printed with water-based inks and eco-glue during the manufacturing process, they are still biodegradable. The paper bag is composted at the end of its life cycle.

Throughout the life cycle of a tree, one cubic meter of wood emits one ton of carbon dioxide while absorbing one ton of carbon dioxide, 0.7 tons of oxygen, and sequestering an average of 0.7 tons of carbon per year. European forests reach 719 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Next, the potential growth, size, share, and demand of the paper bags market are presented.

1.What are the types of paper bags and for what type of product packaging are they used?

(1). According to the material can be divided into white cardboard paper bags, coated paper bags, white kraft paper bags, kraft paper bags, whiteboard paper bags, special paper bags.

(2). In accordance with the different uses: garment bags, food bags, cosmetic paper bags, gift paper bags, shopping bags, packaging paper bags, archive bags, envelopes, handbags, cement bags, feed bags, wax paper bags, fertilizer bags, laminated paper bags, four-layer paper bags, medicine bags, wine bags.

(3). According to the handle and digging holes in different ways: NKK (perforated through the rope), NAK (no hole with a rope, divided into no mouth fold and standard mouth fold type), DCK (cordless bag body digging holes in the handle), BBK (tongue and mouth not punching).

(4). In accordance with the bag side, bottom and bottom seal in different ways: open-sewn bottom bags, open-ended adhesive corner bottom bags, valve-type stitching bags, valve-type flat hexagonal end-bottom adhesive bags and other four types of paper bag type.

2. Function of the packaging paper bag

(1). Paper bags are resilient, strong and food safe.

Paper bags are made from 100% renewable fibers and are commonly used in grocery stores and department stores to hold items, the use of paper bags in the food and confectionery industry has been increasing. Increased end-user demand in the retail market has led to the growth of the paper bag packaging market.

(2). Paper bags are used for secondary packaging of lighter items such as shopping, food retail, and gift items.

Paper bags can be customized, bulk printing cost less, used to do brand business promotion activities.

(3). Paper bags can protect goods from the sun, rain, dust pollution and other natural elements. Prevent the loss of the packaged goods from contamination, collision, squeeze, loss and theft.

(4). Paper bags are cost-effective and help carry, preserve and shield various items.

These characteristics of paper bags make them desirable products in the global market.

(5). Paper bags are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, whether it is developed countries, or developing countries, in order to control environmental pollution, the government has banned the use of plastic bags, choosing biodegradable recyclable paper bags, bringing paper bag packaging market growth.

3. Market Size of the paper bag

(1) The largest market for paper products was the Asia Pacific in 2018, accounting for 36.65 market share.

The shift of consumers to digital platforms (computer-based, mobile, and other mobile devices) has brought about a decrease in the number of paper products such as newsletters and magazines, but a rise in the number of other consumer paper products due to industrialization. The Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.3% from 2019-2025 for paper-based products.

(2). Market segmentation of paper bags.

(3) . Global Paper Bags Market Application Distribution, 2018 (%)

(4) . Global Paper Bags Market by Region, 2018 (%)

4. market trends for paper bags

(1). The global paper products market size was approximately USD 268.8 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 0.3% from 2019-2025.

Major companies in the retail sector FMCG, pharmaceuticals and hospitality are playing a major role in this growth. The developed technology of paper products has made paper stronger and more durable than plastic packaging materials.

(2). The global paper bag packaging market has been developing at a rapid pace, growing at a CAGR of approximately 4.3% during 2017-2023.

Novel packaging is more attractive to the eyes of consumers, coupled with the innovation of packaging technology to promote the progress of enterprises, more and more companies are reforming their packaging design above, so the printing of corporate logos on the designed paper bags, is the company’s efforts for their long-term development.

(3). Increasing personal care products, increasing demand for various sizes of packaging paper bags, and ease of handling paper bags are driving the expansion of the global paper bag market.

(4). The tendency of paper bags to tear and abrasion will restrict the growth of the global market, producing high load-carrying handle supports and developing waterproof non-tearable paper bags is an urgent need.

5. In terms of revenue:

(1). Asia Pacific market: holds the highest market share and accounted for over 30% of the total global revenue in 2018. The Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region in terms of revenue due to increasing concern over environmental issues and strict government regulations (environmental protection).

(2). North America regional market holds the second largest market share, accounting for more than 23% of the total market share in 2018. The paper bag packaging market share is increasing due to stringent government regulations on the use of plastic bags, especially in the U.S. and Canada.

6. market Competitiveness of the paper bag.

(1). Kraft paper bags are yellow kraft paper bags and white kraft paper bags.

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(2). The brands of kraft bags are.


Kraft paper bag, size 16′ x 6′ x 12′, price is about $0.70/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 13′ x 7′ x 17′, price is about $0.52/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 10′ x 5′ x 13′, price is about $0.38/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 8′ x 4.25′ x 10.5′, approximate price $0.24/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 8′ x 4.75′ x 10.5′, approximate price $0.32/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 5.25′ x 3.75′ x 8′, approximate price $0.22/Pcs


Kraft paper bag, size 13′ x 7′ x 17′, price is about $0.68/Pcs

Kraft paper bag, size 6.25′ x 3.5′ x 8′, price is about $0.30/Pcs


Kraft paper bag without handles, size is 12′ x 7′ x 17′, price is about $0.23/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with flat handles, size is 12′ x 7′ x 17′, price is about $0.27/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with twisted rope handles, size is 12’*7’*17′, price is about $0.46/Pcs


Kraft paper bag with paper twist cord carry handle, size is 16’*6’*12′, price is about $0.57/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handle, size is 10’*5’*13′, price is about $0.40/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist handle, size is 8’*4.75’*10.5′, price is about $0.30/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handles, size is 5.25′ x 3.25′ x 8′, price is about $0.30/Pcs

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Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handles, size is 5.25′ x 3.25′ x 8′, price is about $0.21/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handles, size is 8’*4.75’*10′, price is about $0.25/Pcs


Kraft paper bag with paper twist handle, size is 8’*4.25’*10.5′, price is about $0.30/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handles, size is 8′ x 4.5′ x 10.5′, price is about $0.24/Pcs

Kraft paper bag with paper twist string handle, size is 10’*5’*13′, price is about $0.30/Pcs

(3). Which features (function/appearance/application) of paper bags are popular in the market?

Paper bags printed on the top of a simple logo will be more popular. People are more likely to choose a brief introduction to the LOGO packaging paper bag, the pursuit of minimalist life with modern people is consistent.

(4) whether there are alternatives to kraft paper bags?

White cardboard bags can replace kraft paper bags, although the price of white cardboard bags are more expensive than kraft paper bags, but can be printed with beautiful pictures, more beautiful appearance. End customers like more colorful brand recognition of the white cardboard bags as packaging paper bags.

7.The global packaging market is segmented on the basis of region into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

(1). North America: the U.S., Canada.

North America is the major global paper bag packaging market, and the United States occupies the largest share of the North American region.

① The growth in demand for packaged food in North America is driving the paper bag packaging industry.

② In North America, high demand for hygienic packaging and growth in the pharmaceutical industry tells to drive the growth of the packaging market.

(2). Europe region: Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Rest of Europe.

Europe is playing a key role in the innovation and development of personal care, hygiene and beauty products.

(3). Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

Craft development and increasing urban population in developing countries in the Asia Pacific are boosting the packaging industry to drive market growth.

China, Japan, India, Australia, and Indonesia are the major contributors to the Asia Pacific market. China holds the largest share in the packaging market in the Asia Pacific due to rapid growth in urbanization and industrial development.

(4). Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America.

(5). Middle East & Africa: Gulf Cooperation Council, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa.

Paper bags are used for the packaging and transportation of various products, the raw material is renewable wrapping paper, cardboard, paper can be recycled. Forward-thinking companies are investing in environmentally friendly packaging for paper products. For example, PepsiCo, Inc. has pledged to provide 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. Walmart announced that it will offer recyclable packaging for all private-label brands.

8. global paper bag packaging market segmentation

(1) The global paper bag packaging market is segmented on the basis of product, application, and region.

① On the basis of product, there are Multi-wall Paper Sacks, flat Paper Bags, and others. in 2016, Multi-wall Paper Bags held the largest market share. These paper bags are strong and durable and are commonly used for packaging dry powder and powder form materials such as dry powder chemicals, cement, and others. Various types of multiwall paper bags are available in the market such as pasted valve bags, sewn open bags, multiwall plastic composite bags, and pinch bottom open bags.

② By application: retail, food and beverage, construction, pharmaceutical, chemical and others.

Retail occupies a major market position. (gift bags, shopping bags, promotional paper bags, wine bags, wrapping paper bags used in retail stores)
Food and beverages: the establishment of shopping centers and consumer stores in rural and urban areas, in line with growing consumer demand, has increased the demand for paper bags
Construction: multi-wall kraft paper bags for cement packaging. The increase in demand for residential housing has led to an increase in demand for cement, so it has led to an increase in demand for multi-wall kraft paper bags for packaging, positively affecting the market growth of the packaging industry.

(2) The global packaging market is active with a large number of large and small participants, resulting in the diversity and competition of the packaging market.

① Key strategies in the packaging market: new product development, partnerships and collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, and expansions.

Expansions and acquisitions are the key strategies adopted by leading players.

The key players in the paper bag market are Mondi Group plc, Smurfit Kappa Group, El Dorado Packaging, International Paper, United Bags, Welton Bibby and Baron Ltd, Global-Pak Inc. Paperbags Limited, Novolex Holdings, Inc, York Paper Company Limited, JohnPac Inc. and others. These key players are maximizing revenue generation through mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, product innovation and technological advancements. Example.

Novolex Holdings Inc. acquired Waddington Group in May 2018 to enhance its packaging portfolio. The company continues to expand its portfolio by acquiring specific product-focused businesses.

Mondi Group Ltd. which plans to grow both organically and inorganically through acquisitions and expansion of its production capacity across Europe acquired Excelsior Technologies for €33 million in 2017.

② Improving its competitive position in terms of products and sales: innovation and development of packaging products, brand building, and building good development relationships with customers.

For example, in March 2017, Hotpack Packaging Industries announced an investment of $61 million to establish a factory in Wales, UK, which will be equipped with the latest packaging and manufacturing technologies.

(3) The notable vendors in the market are Hood Packaging Corporation (Canada), International Paper Company (U.S.), Smurfit Kappa Group PLC. (Ireland), Holmen Group (Sweden), Ronpak (U.S.), DS Smith Plc. (U.K.), WestRock Company (U.S.), Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC (Dubai), National Paper Products Company (Saudi Arabia), United Bags, Inc. (U.S.), Novolex (U.S.), OJI Holding Corporation (Japan), Paper Sacks Factory (UAE), Georgia-Pacific LLC. (U.S.), B&H Bag Company (U.S.), and others. 

9. 3 test method for the weight that the bag can carry is as follows:

(1). The bag is filled with a high-density polyethylene cylinder, which is then hung from the tester’s handle by its handle.

(2). The test begins by lifting the filled bag and then lowering it onto the table at a defined rate.

(3). This lifting process continues until the bag bursts.19 of the 20 bags must withstand 20 separate lifts.

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