Food Service Disposables Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Food Service Disposables Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Raw Material (Plastic, Paper & Paperboard), By Application (Restaurants & Hotels, Retail Outlets), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jun, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-917-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 75

Industry Insights

The global food service disposables market size was valued at USD 56.5 billion in 2018. Shifting trend towards consumption of ready to eat food is fueling the growth of the market. Adoption of food service disposables is increasing on account of rising online delivery services through mobile apps and other online platforms, which cater the market with a variety of food at our fingertips.

Trend of food service disposables is also expected to witness growth in the coming years on account of rising online delivery services by restaurants, retail outlets, and coffee shops. Therefore, the market is witnessing a surge in the number of retail outlets of snacks and coffee shops, restaurants, and various other food outlets.

U.S. food service disposable Market

Growing importance of various factors such as convenience, timeliness, and variety in respect of food items among consumers poses great potential for food disposables in the market. Moreover, hectic lifestyle scenario triggered by consumers has given rise to the trend of takeout and catering services.

While disposable food containers make our life easy with minimal maintenance and reduced dishwashing activities, they also propose great risk on health. According to a report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, two chemicals are found in the disposable containers such as formaldehyde and styrene, which are responsible for carcinogen effect leading to cancer. Therefore, suppliers and operators are witnessing increased pressure by government bodies to adopt sustainable solutions.

According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the hospitality sector produces 3.4 million tonnes of mixed waste annually. The organization estimates that the sector sends 43.0% of the waste produced to landfill, when 70.0% of this waste is expected to be recycled. Therefore, adoption of sustainable and green practices is on the rise, particularly by the restaurant industry.

Prominent players are taking part in this momentum by introducing products in the market and focusing on sustainable and environmental practices, in combination with convenience to shake up the respective categories. For instance, Your Green 2 Go offers lines of plates and bowls that are manufactured from 100% natural and unbleached plant material. GREEN WAVE INTERNATIONAL offers environmental friendly tableware that are manufactured from natural fibers such as reed plasma, sugarcane, and grass.

Raw Material Insights

Plastic was the largest raw material segment, accounting for more than 40.0% share of the overall revenue in 2018. Plastic comprises various benefits such as protection of food over long journeys and safeguarding it against pressure, humidity, and light, which makes it difficult to replace the product. Moreover, currently there are more than thirty different plastics used in the market for packaging.

However, negative ecological and human health effects of plastic hinder its usage in the global market. Furthermore, some companies are striving to eliminate disposable packaging altogether. For instance, Starbucks Corporation targets to phase out the consumption of plastic straw by 2020, in respect of elongated sipping on drinks spout on a lid. While the new lid introduced by the company is more likely to undergo through a recycling plant.

Paper and paperboard is projected to expand at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2019 to 2025. Disposable food products manufactured from paper and paperboard comprises plates, cups, napkins, bowls, carryout bags, egg cartons, and tray liners. These products prove beneficial on account of being coated and treated to improve wet strength or grease resistance.

Application Insights

The restaurants and hotels application segment generated a revenue of more than USD 40.0 billion in 2018. The segment is expected to witness significant growth owing to increasing consumption of outside food with respect to takeout and home delivery. Increasing shift towards online home delivery system owing to the hectic lifestyle of consumers is expected to boost the segment growth.

Global food service disposable Market

Consumer inclination towards fast food products is driving the restaurants and hotels segment. Thereafter, high revenue growth for casual restaurants and coffee or snack shops is expected to boost the market demand for disposal cups, dinnerware, and other such products. Furthermore, increasing number of quick service restaurants (QSR) is expected to boost the segment growth owing to the shift in consumer preference away from traditional fast food.

Retail outlets are projected to expand at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2019 to 2025. This growth is attributed to growing shopping trends out of retail options on account of convenience and time factor. Retail outlets including grocery stores, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores propose the best outlook for food service disposables. Retail outlets compete with restaurants that offer takeout meals in order to expand their selection of prepared foods.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest regional market, accounting for 42.4% share of the global revenue in 2018. The region has the highest number of restaurants and retail outlets serving food on the go. Increasing penetration of fast food in countries such as U.S. and Canada has paved the way for the food disposable market in the region. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes the use of washable plates, cups, and napkins instead of disposable variety. 

Asia Pacific is anticipated to witness significant growth in the market owing to increasing consumption of street food and investment in retail food chains. Increasing consumer preference for street and fast food such as burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and other ready to eat food products is likely to drive the market for home delivery of such items. Prominent fast food serving countries such as China and India have paved the way for convenient online home delivery, thereby boosting the market growth.

Food Service Disposables Market Share Insights

Key manufacturers include Georgia Pacific LLC; Dart Container Corporation; D&W Fine Pack LLC; New Wincup Holdings Inc.; Gold Plast Spa; Anchor Packaging Inc.; Biopac India Corporation Ltd.; MDS Associates, Inc.; Sysco Corporation; and H.T. Berry Company, Inc. The leading players in the market are stressing on new product development and innovation in order to gain a greater market share at a global level. New product launches in the market help in keeping the interest of the consumers alive on account of increasing preference for sustainable and environment friendly products in majority of the regions.

Players in the market also produce cups, plates, and containers incorporating customized designs and prints comprising the name and logo of food service provider. Moreover, food and beverage companies are cutting down on the usage of plastics to highlight on the momentum. For instance, in August 2018, Aramark Corporation targets to reduce single-use disposable plastics by 2022. The company has also eliminated five million plastic coffee cups and soup containers while offering compostable products as an alternative.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, India, and Brazil

Report coverage      

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

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

  • Raw Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Plastic

    • Paper & Paperboard

    • Aluminum

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Restaurants & Hotels

    • Retail Outlets

    • Institutions

    • Others

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

    • North America

      •  U.S.

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      •  Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      •  India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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