The global animal and pet food market was valued at $456.8 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest geographic region accounting for $158.5 billion or 34.7% of the global market.
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Any substance which changes the characteristics of the food when added is known as food additives. Additives which are added for specific purpose in the food are known as direct additives for e.g. salt and those which are added for package, handling or storing of food are known as indirect additives. Additives are mainly used to maintain and improve safety of the packaged food and to enhance the nutritional value of the food. It is also used to improve the taste, appearance, texture and consistency of the food.
One of the significant factors that has contributed to the growth of the global metal food cans market is the government initiatives being taken to increase healthy eating via fruits & vegetables. This has boosted the sale of fruits and vegetables that come packed in metal food cans. Moreover, another important factor that will contribute to the growth of global metal food cans market in future is the growing awareness amongst consumers about healthy products. This has led to an increase in healthy eating trends which, in turn, have increased the demand for fish and seafood. Metal food cans remain the most preferred choice for preservation. Metal food cans are an asset in terms of packaging for manufacturers as they make a low-cost packaging solution that provides strong basic functionality which creates value for the manufacturer and fuel growth in the global metal food cans market. Furthermore, world’s growing population and rising GDP along with improved living standards and growing demand for ready-to-eat meals in emerging economies are expected to drive growth in the global metal food cans market. These metal food cans have the highest recycling rate among all available food packaging solutions. This particular factor will not only save energy and reduce landfills but will also contribute to the growth of the global metal food cans market. However, the inclination of consumers as well as manufacturers towards newer pack types such as pouches and thin plastic containers for packaging which offer additional functionality, features and value are expected to hinder the growth of global metal food cans market. Moreover, the consumers want features such as convenience, packaging that can be used in microwaves (microwavable package or boil in package), easy opening and re-sealable patterns. The metal food cans have struggled in these departments and this may be considered as important restraining factors towards the growth of global metal food cans market.
Prebiotic ingredients are non-digestible ingredient which are neither digested nor absorbed by the body and helps to stimulate the growth and maintain the activity of beneficial gut micro flora by acting as substrate for them. Prebiotics are fibers which founds in plant sources such as asparagus, okra, onion, roots and others. In proper functioning state, human body can extract, transport and retain essential nutrients, vitamins from consumed food. Useful bacteria and other micro-organism, hormones helps human body to digest food to maintain proper health status and enhances immune strength. Bacteria derives energy from non-digestible fibers which supports them to thrive and multiply in number inside the human body. The beneficial bacteria that flourish in a prebiotic-rich gut help to fight against unhealthy bacteria and reducing various digestive problems and ensures to maintain immunity against illnesses.