Global Market Study on Foodservice Disposables: Rapid Growth Linked To Increasing Traction of Online and Home Delivery Food Services

Foodservice Disposables Market
  • Published On : Jan-2016 |
  • Pages : 193 Pages |
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Foodservice disposables are single-use food containers that are either recycled after use or disposed of as solid waste. The industry is driven by increasing demand for on-the-go food, online ordering, and home delivery services.

This report covers the foodservice disposables market performance in terms of both value and volume over the forecast period (2015-2021). It also provides in-depth insights about key demand-and supply-side drivers as well as restraints and challenges in the market.

Global foodservice disposables market is segmented as follows:

  • By raw material
  • By product type
  • By end-use
  • By region

On the basis of raw material, the market is segmented as follows:

  • Paper & paperboard
  • Plastics
  • Aluminum

Plastics segment dominates the market and is projected to maintain its dominance through 2021. A major factor for the popularity of plastics is its ability to hold high as well as low-temperature food and beverages without hampering food quality. Since most disposables are used for on-the-go service or home delivery, it is important for the material to be strong enough to hold food for a significant amount of time as well as be lightweight for ease of transportation. Besides plastics, paper & paperboard disposables are becoming increasingly popular as they can be easily recycled.

The market is also segmented on the basis of product type, and the market values and volumes for the forecast period have been discussed in detail.

The segments by product type are listed below:

  • Plates
  • Cups and glasses
  • Trays and containers
  • Cutlery
  • Bowls and tubs
  • Mugs and saucers
  • Other products (napkins and foil wraps)

By product type, in terms of both value and volume, plates segment is projected to exhibit the highest growth during the forecast period. It accounted for the highest market share in 2014 and is projected to retain its position through 2021. Disposable trays and containers segment is also growing at a significant rate, mainly driven by rising demand for disposable food containers that provide separate compartments. These containers are mainly used for on-the-go food packaging, where food can be conveniently eaten right out of the same package.

The report also analyzes the market on the basis of end use and provides market size in terms of both value and volume for the forecast period.

On the basis of end use, the market is segmented as follows:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail and vending machines
  • Institutions
  • Lodging and hospitality
  • Other end uses

Restaurants segment accounted for the largest market share in the global market. With increasing working population in urban areas, especially in developing regions, demand for on-the-go food and home delivery from restaurants has increased immensely.

The report also analyzes the market across various geographies and provides market size in terms of value and volume for the forecast period

Regions covered in the report are:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Middle East & Africa (MEA)
  • Latin America

Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2014 and is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The region is expected to be the largest market for foodservice disposables through 2021.

The global foodservice disposables market is experiencing rapid growth, linked to growing online food ordering and home delivery services. Increasing consumer concern regarding hygiene is the most important factor driving the growth of the disposable food containers industry. Along with hygiene, comes the convenience of carrying food in lightweight packaging. For a better understanding and analysis of the industry, the market has been segmented on the basis of raw material, product type, end use and region. Foodservice disposables provide restaurants and institutions with a myriad variety of attractive and functional designs for packaging.   

The foodservice disposables market is estimated to expand at a CAGR of 5.1% from 2015 to 2021, to account for US$ 27,187 Mn by 2021. The market was valued at US$ 19,200 Mn in 2014. In terms of volume, the global foodservice disposables market accounted for 23,167 million units in 2014 and is projected to increase at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2015 to 2021. Asia-Pacific and the Middle East & Africa are projected to be the fastest-growing markets over the next six years. The growth of the Asia-Pacific market is mainly attributed to entry of new players and capacity expansion by market leaders in the region. Entry of major players in the Middle East & Africa is fueling the growth of the foodservice disposables market in the region.

Among product types, disposable plates segment accounted for the largest market share of 31.2% in 2014, and projected to maintain its dominance through 2021. Trays and containers segment is also projected to showcase a good growth over the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to its various features such as being microwave safe and offering separate serving compartments.

Plastics are the majorly used raw material for the manufacture of disposable foodservice products. The segment and was valued at US$ 9,527 Mn in 2014. This is mainly attributed to its ability to hold both hot and cold food items and beverages. Paper & paperboard segment also accounts for a significant share in the market. The segment is expected to gain traction over the forecast period, owing to increasing consumer inclination towards sustainable materials.

Among end use, restaurants accounted for the largest share in the foodservice disposables market, accounting for 33.4% value share in 2014. The segment is estimated to be valued at US$ 6,747 Mn by 2015 end, reflecting a Y-o-Y growth of 5.0%.  Increasing number of online orders and home delivery of food over the last few years, linked with growth in number of working women and high demand for ready-to-eat food is the major factor driving the growth of the segment. Busy lifestyle and low consumer inclination towards cooking at home thus acts as a major driver for foodservice disposables market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market, accounting for 43.0% value share in 2014. This is primarily attributed to growing urbanization in the region. Among raw materials, plastics segment is projected to account for the largest share in the market in the region through 2021.

Key players in the foodservice disposable market covered in the report include Dart Container Corporation, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Anchor Packaging Inc., D&W Fine Pack LLC, Gold Plast SpA, Berry Plastics Group, Inc., DOpla S.p.A, Huhtamäki Oyj, New WinCup Holdings, Inc. and Pactiv LLC.


Key players of the foodservice disposables market identified and profiled in the report include:

  • Dart Container Corporation.
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC.
  • Anchor Packaging Inc.
  • D&W Fine Pack LLC.
  • Gold Plast SpA.
  • Berry Plastics Group, Inc.
  • DOpla S.p.A.
  • Huhtamäki Oyj.
  • New WinCup Holdings, Inc.
  • Pactiv LLC.
  • Other.
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