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Disposable Tableware Market Size - By Product Type (Disposable Cups, Disposable Plates, Disposable Bowl, Disposable Silverware, Others), By Material (Plastic, Paper, Wood, Others), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By End-use & Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI8270
  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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Disposable Tableware Market Size

Disposable Tableware Market size was valued at USD 14 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% between 2024 and 2032. The rise of on-the-go lifestyles, including busy work schedules and an increase in outdoor activities, has led to a higher demand for disposable tableware.

Disposable Tableware Market

Urbanization and the trend towards smaller living spaces, such as apartments and condominiums, have contributed to the popularity of disposable tableware as a space-saving and practical option. The use of disposable tableware is prevalent in events, parties, and catering services, where quick setup, easy cleanup, and cost-effectiveness are crucial considerations. The shift towards environmentally friendly and sustainable options, with many consumers choosing disposable tableware made from materials that are biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable.

Rising disposable income levels in many regions have contributed to increased spending on convenience products, including disposable tableware, as consumers seek time-saving and hassle-free solutions. The mentioned factors if accumulated as a total is expected to propel the demand for disposable tableware in the forecast time period.

The cost of producing disposable tableware from sustainable materials like bioplastics, bamboo, or sugarcane is often higher than traditional plastics. This cost challenge may limit the adoption of eco-friendly alternatives. Intense competition in the disposable tableware market may lead to price pressures. Manufacturers need to balance competitive pricing with the costs associated with sustainable practices.

Disposable Tableware Market Trends

A growing trend toward eco-friendly and sustainable materials, such as bioplastics, bamboo, sugarcane, and other compostable options, driven by increasing environmental awareness and regulations. The development and adoption of plant-based and biodegradable plastics as alternatives to traditional petroleum-based plastics, meeting both environmental and performance expectations. Increased interest in compostable packaging for disposable tableware, aligning with consumers' preferences for products that can break down naturally and contribute to waste reduction.

Manufacturers offering innovative and customizable designs for disposable tableware, catering to consumer preferences for aesthetically pleasing and themed products for various occasions. Integration of technological innovations, such as antimicrobial coatings and smart packaging features, enhancing the hygiene and functionality of disposable tableware.

Disposable Tableware Market Analysis

Disposable Tableware Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

The disposable cups segment dominated around USD 5 billion revenue in 2023. Disposable cups are popular due to the convenience they offer, especially for beverages consumed on the go. Busy lifestyles, commuting, and the popularity of takeaway drinks contribute to the high demand for disposable cups. Disposable plates are widely used in various settings, such as picnics, parties, and outdoor events, where convenient serving and easy cleanup are essential.

The disposable tableware market is driven by the desire to minimize the effort associated with traditional dishwashing and the need for hassle-free event hosting. Disposable bowls are preferred for serving a variety of dishes, including soups, salads, and desserts. The convenience of using disposable bowls for various meal options, coupled with the ease of disposal, drives demand in both residential and commercial settings. Disposable silverware, including forks, knives, and spoons, is in demand for on-the-go dining and catering events. Other disposable tableware items, such as straws, napkins, and cutlery, contribute to the demand for comprehensive disposable solutions.

Disposable Tableware Market Revenue Share, By Material, (2023)

The availability of compostable and recycled paper options further drives the demand for paper-based disposable tableware. Wooden disposable tableware, often made from materials like bamboo or palm leaves, appeals to consumers looking for sustainable and natural options. Stringent regulations and bans on certain single-use plastics in various regions drive the demand for alternative materials in disposable tableware.

U.S. Disposable Tableware Market Size, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

North America disposable tableware market accounted for 19% of the revenue share in 2023. The fast-paced lifestyles of consumers in North America drive the demand for disposable tableware, providing a convenient and time-saving solution for on-the-go meals and snacks. Urbanization trends, coupled with the prevalence of small living spaces in cities, contribute to the demand for disposable tableware as a practical and space-saving option.

The rise of food delivery services and takeout culture, especially in urban areas, has led to a higher demand for disposable tableware for convenient and hygienic meal options. Disposable tableware is commonly used in North America for events, parties, and catering services, where quick setup, easy cleanup, and cost-effectiveness are essential considerations.

Disposable Tableware Market Share

Global Company Market Share Analysis, 2023

Disposable Tableware industry seem to be highly fragmented in nature due to presence of numerous local and global players across the globe. In 2023, the above list of dominant companies collectively held around substantial 15%-20% market share. These prominent players are proactively involved in strategic endeavors, such as mergers & acquisitions, facility expansions & collaborations, to expand their product portfolios, extend their reach to a broader customer base, and strengthen their market position.

Disposable Tableware Market Companies

Major companies operating in the disposable tableware industry include:

  • Biopac India Corporation Ltd.
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • Dopla S.p.A.
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Hoffmaster Group, Inc.
  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • International Paper Company
  • Jiangsu Honchen Group
  • Pactiv LLC
  • Pappco Greenware
  • Seda International Packaging Group
  • Solia SAS
  • TrueChoicePack (TCP) Corp.
  • Vegware Ltd.
  • WASARA Co., Ltd.

Disposable Tableware Industry News

  • In February 2023, Nippon Paper Industries collaborated with Elopak Paper Industries to collectively put efforts in the field of Liquid- Paper Packaging and to expand the market size in Asia - Pacific region. 
  • In August 2022, Georgia Pacific, a leading maker of tissue, pulp, packaging, and building products, expanded its operations and business in Clarendon County to cater to the rising demand of customers and increase its manufacturing capacity.
  • In February 2022, Blinkit partnered with compostable food service ware brand Chuk to deliver disposable tableware made of plant-based sustainable materials. The collaboration would help Chuk to enter the B2C market. It would also enable Blinkit to increase its dark stores network.
  • In February 2022, Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, collaborated with Carte D'OR to change the packaging for its ice cream to recyclable paper tubs and lids. The move toward recyclable paper-based packaging will help the brand eliminate more than 900 tons of virgin plastic in the United Kingdom annually.
  • In December 2021, International Paper announced the construction of a state-of-the-art corrugated packaging plant in Atglen, Pennsylvania. This plant will help the company expand its industrial packaging footprint in the northeastern United States. Construction was set to begin in the first quarter of 2022, and the company expects the plant to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023.

The disposable tableware 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

  • Disposable Cups
  • Disposable Plates
  • Disposable Bowl
  • Disposable Silverware
  • Others

Market, By Material

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Others (Bamboo, Mud)

Market, By End-Use

  • Household
  • Commercial
    • HoReCa
    • Hospitals
    • Education Institutes
    • Catering services
    • Others

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Online
    • E-commerce websites
    • Company websites 
  • Offline
    • Mega retail stores
    • Specialty stores
    • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

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


Authors: Avinash Singh, Sunita Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of disposable tableware reached USD 14 billion in 2023 and is set to witness 5% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, owing to the rise of on-the-go lifestyles, including busy work schedules and an increase in outdoor activities.

Plastic segment held the dominant market share of 46% in 2023, due to the durability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.

North America market accounted for 19% revenue share in 2023, backed by urbanization trends, coupled with the prevalence of small living spaces in cities.

Biopac India Corporation Ltd., Dart Container Corporation, Dopla S.p.A., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Hoffmaster Group, Inc., Huhtamaki Oyj, International Paper Company, Jiangsu Honchen Group, Pactiv LLC, Pappco Greenware, Seda International Packaging Group, Solia SAS, TrueChoicePack (TCP) Corp., Vegware Ltd. and WASARA Co., Ltd.

Disposable Tableware Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 250
  • Countries covered: 22
  • Pages: 387
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