The products packaged in stick sachets include food and beverages, medicines, consumer products, nutrition and health products, etc. On December 11, 2020, RESEARCH AND MARKETS published a report on the development of the global stick packaging market. It is expected that during the forecast period (2021-2026), the stick packaging market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9%.
In the stick packaging market, the food and pharmaceutical industries have created huge opportunities for stick packaging. According to related surveys, in food retail terminals, consumers who like to buy portable packaging are mainly divided into three categories – one is living alone, the other is travelers, and the third is young people who like to try new products.
The first category is the main consumer—travelers, who are on business or travel. In order to carry easily and save space, many people will buy small-dose stick sachets and portable packing products. In terms of price, because the small packing product has a small dosage and low price, it is also easy to be accepted by people. Big-volume packing products are suitable for families with large populations in the past, but now the solitary population, small and micro families are the mainstream, this part of consumers is beginning to seek smaller and more convenient packing products.
The small sachets products have a short service life, and a small dosage, and are convenient for the experience of new products. The third type of young consumer group is also one of the important consumers of portable packing products in the future. They have strong purchasing power and fast renewal speed, and they like to try different products, such as new flavors of coffee, beverages, honey, etc. For them, choosing a small package can better meet the excellent experience of different series products.
In the pharmaceutical industry, there are five main requirements for pharmaceutical packaging materials:
(1). Certain Mechanical Properties
The packing material should be able to effectively protect the product, so it should have a certain degree of strength, toughness, and elasticity to adapt to pressure and impact. The influence of static and dynamic factors such as vibration.
(2). Barrier Performance
According to the different requirements of product packaging, packing materials should have a certain barrier to moisture, water vapor, gas, light, aroma, peculiar smell, heat, etc.
(3). Good Safety Performance
The toxicity of the packing material itself should be small, so as not to pollute the product and affect human health. The packing material should be non-corrosive and have anti-insect, anti-moth, anti-rodent, and anti-microbial properties to protect product safety.
(4). Appropriate Processing Performance
Packing materials should be suitable for processing and easy to make into various packaging containers. It should be easy to mechanize and automate packaging operations to adapt to large-scale industrial production. It should be suitable for printing and easy-to-print packaging signs.
(5). Better Economic Performance
Packing materials should have a wide range of sources, convenient materials, and low cost. The used packing materials and packing containers should be easy to handle, and should not pollute the environment or cause public hazards.
For traditional pharmaceutical big packages, multiple opening and closing will generate moisture, pollution, and waste ingress, so compared to larger packing, strip sachet packing can well meet the requirements of all aspects of packaging materials for pharmaceuticals, and is more efficient than traditional packaging materials.
The excessive commercialization of traditional pharmaceutical packing has brought many problems, such as the surplus of large doses of medicine, the lack of awareness of drug safety in children, and so on. In the face of the general trend of creating a simple society and reducing the burden of medical treatment, small-packaged drugs will receive more and more attention and become a new development direction of the pharmaceutical packaging industry. The stick pack provides the dosage and uniformity during use, so it focuses more on serving size control. In addition, the use of stick packaging also eliminates the difference in dosage and the confusion of related risks.