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Disposable Plates Market - By Product Type (Plastic Plates, Aluminum Plates, Paper Plates, Others), By Design (Compartmental, Plain), By Distribution Channel (B2B, B2C (Retail)), Forecast 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8156
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
  • Report Format: PDF

Disposable Plates Market Size

Disposable Plates Market size was valued at USD 5 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5.5% between 2024 and 2032. Disposable plates offer convenience for various occasions, such as parties, picnics, and outdoor events, where washing dishes may not be feasible. This convenience factor continues to drive demand, especially among busy urban populations.

Disposable Plates Market

Particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was increased emphasis on hygiene and sanitation. Disposable plates are perceived as safer options in settings where people share food, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. The food service industry including restaurants, fast-food chains, and catering services is a major consumer of disposable plates. As the food service industry continues to grow globally, so does the demand for disposable plates.

Additionally, manufacturers are investing in creating aesthetically pleasing disposable plates with various designs, colors, and shapes to cater to different consumer preferences. Customizable options for events and branding purposes are also gaining popularity. Manufacturers are investing in research & development to create innovative materials that offer the convenience of disposable plates while also being environmentally friendly. This includes advancements in materials that are recyclable, biodegradable, or made from renewable resources.

Governments worldwide are implementing stricter regulations & policies aimed at reducing plastic waste and promoting sustainable alternatives. These regulations may include bans or restrictions on certain types of disposable plates, taxes or levies on plastic products, and mandates for the use of biodegradable or compostable materials. Compliance with these regulations can pose challenges for manufacturers and distributors in the market, potentially increasing production costs & affecting profit margins.

Additionally, another restraint for the disposable plates market is the growing popularity of reusable alternatives such as ceramic, glass, or metal plates. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, there is a trend toward adopting reusable tableware items that can be washed and reused multiple times, rather than using disposable products. This shift in consumer preferences toward sustainability and eco-friendliness can dampen the demand for disposable plates in certain market segments.

Disposable Plates Market Trends

With growing environmental concerns, there is a shift toward biodegradable and compostable materials such as bagasse (sugarcane fiber), bamboo, palm leaf, and paper-based materials. Consumers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional plastic plates. Customized disposable plates featuring logos, designs, or messages are gaining popularity in events & parties, and for promotional purposes.

Additionally, the rise of e-commerce platforms has made it easier for consumers to purchase disposable plates in bulk quantities, leading to increased online sales in this market. Manufacturers are constantly innovating in terms of plate design, introducing features such as compartmentalized sections, leak-proof coatings, and microwave-safe materials to enhance user experience. As urbanization continues to rise globally, there is an increasing preference for convenient and practical solutions in densely populated areas, where space constraints and limited access to dishwashing facilities are common. Disposable plates fulfill this need by offering a hassle-free dining experience.

Disposable Plates Market Analysis

Disposable Plates Market Size, By Product Type, 2022-2032 (USD Billion)

Based on product type, the market can be divided into plastic plates, aluminum plates, paper plates, and others. The plastic plates segment dominated the global market, accounting for USD 3 billion in 2023. Plastic plates are generally more affordable compared to alternatives such as paper or biodegradable plates. This makes them a popular choice for large gatherings, events, or businesses looking to minimize costs. Plastic plates are more durable and sturdier compared to paper plates. They are less likely to bend, tear, or break, which makes them suitable for serving heavier or messier foods without the risk of leakage or collapse.

Additionally, plastic plates are lightweight and easy to transport, handle & dispose of after use. They require minimal cleanup since they are disposable, saving time and effort, especially in large-scale events where washing dishes is impractical.

Disposable Plates Market Share, By Design, 2023

Based on design, the disposable plates market is categorized into compartmental and plain. In 2023, the plain segment accounted for a business share around 68%. Plain disposable plates are versatile and can be used for a wide range of food items. They offer a simple, clean design that is suitable for most occasions, e.g., picnics, parties, or everyday use. Plain plates are typically more cost-effective to produce and are preferred in situations where there is a need for flexibility in serving different types of food without compartmental restrictions. This cost-saving product design is an attractive option for bulk purchases or large events, thereby boosting segment expansion.

Based on distribution channel, the disposable plates market is divided into B2B and B2C (Retail). In 2023, the B2C (Retail) segment led the market with a share between 55% - 65%. B2C channels provide opportunities for brands to showcase their products directly to consumers through various marketing channels such as social media, e-commerce platforms, and traditional advertising. This visibility can help build brand awareness and attract new customers.

Furthermore, B2C channels allow direct interaction with end consumers, enabling brands to understand their preferences, gather feedback, and build relationships. This direct connection can lead to better customer satisfaction and loyalty, thereby propelling segment progress.

Asia Pacific Disposable Plates Market Size, 2022 - 2032, (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific dominated the global disposable plates market, generating USD 1.8 billion in 2023. The Asia Pacific region is home to over half of the world's population with countries such as China and India having populations exceeding a billion people each. This large population creates a significant demand for disposable products such as diapers, sanitary pads, and packaging materials. Many countries in the Asia Pacific region including China, India, Japan, South Korea, and several Southeast Asian nations have experienced rapid economic growth in recent decades. This growth has led to increased consumer purchasing power and a rising middle class, driving the demand for disposable products.

Disposable Plates Market Share

Global Company Market Share Analysis, 2023

In 2023, dominant market players including Vegware Ltd., Genpak LLC, Polar Plastic Ltd., Be Green, Packaging LLC, and Duni AB collectively held a substantial 10-15% market share. The market is highly fragmented with industry leaders actively engaged in strategic initiatives such as mergers & acquisitions, facility expansion, and partnerships to broaden their product portfolios, reach a wider customer base, and strengthen their market presence. These companies continuously invest in research & development to improve their disposable products and incorporate new technologies, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition.

Disposable Plates Market Companies

Major players operating in the disposable plates industry include:

  • Vegware Ltd.
  • Genpak LLC
  • Polar Plastic Ltd.
  • Be Green Packaging LLC
  • Duni AB
  • Ckf Inc
  • Dopla Spa
  • Fast Plast A/S
  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Poppies Europe Ltd.
  • NUPIK - FLO U.K. Ltd.
  • HOSTI GmbH
  • Seow Khim Polythelene Co., Pvt Ltd.
  • Jinhua Lansin Commodity Co., Ltd.
  • Hotpack Group
  • D&W Fine Pack LLC
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • Pactiv LLC
  • International Paper

Disposable Plates Industry News

  • In September 2021, Huhtamaki acquired Elif, a leading flexible packaging supplier to FMCG brand owners. The acquisition helped Huhtamaki reach its sustainability ambitions and product expansion.
  • In May 2021, Glatfelter Corporation, a leading global producer of engineered materials, acquired Georgia-nonwovens Pacific’s business in the U.S. for USD 175 million.
  • In April 2021, International Paper acquired two cutting-edge corrugated box operations in Spain, expanding its capabilities in Madrid and Catalonia, which are the country’s two most important industrial regions.

The disposable plates market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) and volume (Million Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Product Type

  • Plastic Plates
  • Aluminum Plates
  • Paper Plates
  • Others (leaf plates, wheat straw plates, cornstarch plates)

Market, By Design

  • Compartmental
  • Plain

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • B2B
  • B2C (Retail)

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America 
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia    
    • Indonesia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Avinash Singh, Sunita Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Disposable plates market size was USD 5 billion in 2023 and is expected to register over 5.5% CAGR from 2024-2032 owing to growing number of manufacturers investing in creating aesthetically pleasing disposable plates worldwide.

Disposable plates industry from the plastic plates segment recorded USD 3 billion in 2023 and is expected to register an appreciable CAGR from 2024-2032 owing to more affordability compared to alternatives, such as paper or biodegradable plates.

Asia Pacific disposable plates industry size recorded USD 1.8 billion in 2023 and is expected to register a commendable CAGR from 2024-2032 due to the large population creating a significant demand for diapers, sanitary pads, and packaging materials in the region.

Vegware Ltd., Genpak LLC, Polar Plastic Ltd., Be Green Packaging LLC, Duni AB, Ckf Inc, Dopla Spa, Fast Plast A/S, Huhtamaki Oyj, Georgia-Pacific LLC, and Poppies Europe Ltd. are some of the major disposable plate companies worldwide.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
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  • Countries covered: 22
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