Disposable Cups Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Disposable Cups Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Material (Paper, Plastic, Foam), By End-use (Corporate & Residential, Restaurants & Food Outlets), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jun, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-923-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 110

Report Overview

The global disposable cups market size was valued at USD 13.45 billion in 2018 expanding at a CAGR of 6.0% over the forecast period. Disposable cups are extensively used to serve hot and cold beverages as well as drinking water. Increasing demand for Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) from urban semi-urban market and water shortage to clean utensils is anticipated to drive the growth. Rising disposable incomes coupled with changing food trends that favor convenience are anticipated to further drive the demand.

More than 500 billion disposable cups are used across the world every year. Low cost and easy availability have increased the consumption to such a large volumes. The sense of convenience among consumers is anticipated to drive the product demand. Drinking water from shared glasses at public places such as schools, hospitals, and government offices in various developing countries. However, eventually it was stopped due to the rising concerns over public health, creating demand for disposable cups.

U.S. disposable cups market

These cups can help conserve water as they do not require cleaning up after usage. This is one of the major reasons driving their popularity. The hectic lifestyle and long working hours also contribute to the demand for disposable utensils to save their time. Availability of new and improved products for takeaway services is also anticipated to positively influencing the market growth. Easy availability of customized cups with attractive colors, prints, and messages is driving the product demand in marriages and other corporate events.

While all the disposables cups help conserve water, they drastically affects the environment by adding up to the trash. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper manufacturing has increased by more than 300% in the last three decades. During the same period more than 800,000 tons of plastic cups and plates were manufactured which ultimately increased the garbage heap. Considering this, various countries have laid down regulations to reduce waste and to promote ecofriendly disposable products.

Material Insights

By material type, the disposable cups market is divided into paper, plastic, and foam. Paper was the fastest growing and the largest segment with a market share of approximately 50.0% in 2018. Paper cups are laminated with certain wax or biodegradable plastics to prevent liquids soaking and leaking out of paper. Recyclability and eco-friendliness of the material is anticipated to bode well for the segment growth. Despite slightly higher prices than their plastic counterparts, regulatory restrictions regarding the use restrictions by many countries on use of plastics has made this segment to grow faster.

Paper cups have one major advantage over plastic cups in their biodegradability. Plastic cups do not degrade for many years causing harm to the environment whereas paper cups can easily break down over time. On the other hand, disposable cups can be manufactured from recyclable paper and plastic materials as well, making them environmentally-friendly as they save a lot of energy. However, they are contributing to waste generation at alarming rate. Hence, they are a constant point of concern for many countries and environmental bodies.

End Use Insights

On the basis of end use, the market has been segmented into corporate and residential parties, restaurants and food outlets, and others. The disposable cups are mostly used by cafes and restaurants to serve hot and cold beverages. Currently, tea and coffee use the largest amount of disposables. Some of the developing countries such as China and India, Growing number of refreshment drink shops such as coffee point, tea shops, and other food chains in developing countries such as China and India is anticipated to drive the growth.

Global disposable cups market

Along with tea and coffee, disposable cups are also used to serve other consumables such as sweet corn, ice-cream, yogurts, and desserts. Rising demand from educational institutions, corporate offices, and private gatherings and events is anticipated to further fuel the growth. Many institutions use these cups as a marketing tool to advertise their products and services. Such unique uses are also expected to drive the demand in near future.

Regional Insights

North America was estimated to be the largest market in 2018 owing to increasing number of coffee consumers in the region. In 2018, U.S held the largest market share of 90.0% in North America. Changing lifestyle and rising health consciousness is anticipated to propel the market. Growing number of cafes and food chains in the country is attracting billions of customers to consume coffee and other beverages on the go. In U.S. alone, there are more than 32000 coffee shops that generate trash of about 25 billion coffee cups.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. Increasing urban population, changing food eating habits, growing disposable income, and opening of various international food chain restaurants and outlets are some of the major factors driving the regional growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Some of the key market players are Greiner Packaging GmBh, Benders Paper Cups, Dart Container, and Solo Cup Company, among others. The other prominent players are Cosmoplast Industries Company, Frugal Pac Limited, and James Cropper Plc among others. The market is highly fragmented and has high to moderate entry barriers, as a result of the presence of various brands and rapid product innovations. These factors are anticipated to assert high competition among major manufacturers.

Increasing demand for ecofriendly products along with attractiveness and low price are driving the competition among various market players. With a relatively fragmented competitive landscape, innovation and new product development is the key to retain the consumer interest. Recently,Compleat Coffee Cup, developed a simple, enclosed cup with a drinking spout. The top of this asymmetrical paper cup can be folded into an arc, to entirely eliminate the need for a separate lid and thus reducing the extra usage of the material for the lid.

Disposable Cups Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 15.20 billion

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 20.20 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.0% from 2019 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments covered

Distributors, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; France; Germany; India; Brazil; UAE

Key companies profiled


Greiner Packaging GmBh; Benders Paper Cups; Dart Container; Solo Cup Company

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global disposable cups market report on the basis of material, end use, and region:

  • Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Paper

    • Plastic

    • Foam

  • End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Corporate & Residential Parties

    • Restaurants & Food Outlets

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • France

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle east & Africa

      • UAE

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