Compostable Foodservice Packaging: More than Just Environment-Friendly

Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market Players Turn to New Production Technologies to Reduce Product Costs

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Compostable Foodservice Packaging - Maximizing the Diversion of Waste from Landfills

Foodservice wares have been facing increasing scrutiny in recent years, in view of growing awareness regarding the ill-effects of single-use plastics and various materials on the environment. Consequently, producers, as well as consumers, are increasingly searching for alternatives that help reduce their carbon footprint and improve waste diversion.

Amid anti-plastic sentiments and plastic-reduction packaging targets set by numerous companies, compostable foodservice packaging was identified as a feasible solution and has witnessed steady adoption over the years. With ‘sustainability’ and ‘zero-waste’ gaining traction, compostable items – made of plant-based material that can decompose along with food waste, and turn into compost – continue to gain the attention of foodservice industry.

As landfills worldwide continue to fill up with increasing amount of waste produced from restaurants, catering, and home deliveries, Future Market Insights, in its new publication, turns the spotlight on ‘Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market’. The study also analyzes how evolving consumer trends and quest for innovative solutions will shape the future of the compostable foodservice packaging market.

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Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market - Key Research Findings

  1. The global compostable foodservice packaging market size was ~US$ 16 Bn in 2018.
  2. The compostable foodservice packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~5% during the forecast period of 2019-2029.
  3. Popularity of takeout food from QSRs and FSRs to boost the demand for compostable foodservice packaging.
  4. Collectively, East Asia and North America are likely to account for 40% of the revenue share in the compostable foodservice packaging industry, by the end of 2029.
    • Europe, due to its strong foodservice industry, will continue to be a prominent regional market for compostable foodservice packaging manufacturers.
  5. The chain restaurants segment is expected to remain a prominent application area to invest in for compostable foodservice packaging market players.
    • The foodservice industry has witnessed significant growth over the last few years, and the growing number of local and international foodservice outlets has been particularly noteworthy.
    • Noteworthy application potential of compostable foodservice packaging has been identified in the chain and non-chain restaurants.

Key Factors Shaping the Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market

Growth in the Foodservice Industry Owing to the On-the-Go Meal Trend

The foodservice industry is expected to witness growth during the forecast period, owing to the improvements in the economic conditions of developing countries, fast-paced lifestyles, and rapid urbanization. On-the-go meal trend is increasingly growing across a lot of countries. Disposable service ware, which includes single-use disposable cups, meal trays, bowls, etc., is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the market. The global compostable foodservice packaging growth is fuelled by the expansion in quick service restaurants, which rely heavily on compostable foodservice packaging.

Rising Consumer Demand for Pre-Packed Food to Propel the Market Growth

Global trend towards pre-packed food and foodservice packaging has increased plastic production and hence, a large number of retailers and foodservice industries are focusing on packaging that is environment compatible. Consumer preference for takeaway or ready-to-eat food is increasing, owing to changing lifestyles, growing disposable incomes, and rapid urbanization, especially in emerging economies. Moreover, corporate work culture leading to out of home food habits is also strengthening the demand for compostable foodservice packaging. Considering the changing lifestyle of consumers, a large number of retailers and foodservice industries have evolved around the demand for compostable foodservice packaging solutions.

Compostable Plastics - A Solution to Decreasing Availability of Fossil Fuels for the Production of Plastics

In the current scenario, the production of fossil-based plastic costs lower than bio-based biodegradable plastics. Due to the limited availability and gradually depleting fossil fuels, prices of fossil-based resources are increasing continuously. On the other hand, compostable plastic resins are produced completely out of organic matter without any involvement of fossil fuels in raw materials. Thus, depleting fossil-based resources for manufacturing plastic material, create an opportunity for the compostable plastic materials market.

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Heightening Consumption by Foodservice Outlets in Developing as well as Developed Regions

The Europe region is estimated to register steady growth during the forecast period. The bans on single-use plastic in Germany and the UK drive the compostable foodservice packaging market growth. The flourishing foodservice sector across Asia Pacific and the Middle Eastern region is offering a strong impetus to the demand for compostable foodservice packaging. While easy recycling and composability prominently account for growing popularity of compostable foodservice packaging across developing regional markets, a consistent rise in the number of foodservice outlets, especially chain FSR and QSR, are more likely to contribute to the sales of compostable foodservice packaging in the near future. The South Asia region is projected to clock a high CAGR during the forecast period. This is primarily attributed to growth in consumer eating habits. Most of the people in India eat out, particularly from street stalls and food trucks.

Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market Structure Analysis

  • The global compostable foodservice packaging market represents a fairly consolidated competition landscape, where majority of the key players maintain their strategic focus on the development of partnerships and acquisitions, targeting a global footprint.
  • The compostable foodservice packaging market has been relatively moderate in size, which remains a key factor for its dynamic competitive nature.
  • Leading manufacturers of compostable foodservice packaging are currently prioritizing R&D and new product launches to resonate with the booming consumption of eco-friendly materials in Europe, North America, and East Asia.
  • Product portfolio expansion to remain one of the key developmental strategies adopted by manufacturers of compostable foodservice packaging.
  • For a stronger foothold in target markets, compostable foodservice packaging manufacturers will continue to rely on inorganic strategies, such as mergers and acquisitions.

Focus on Sustainable Packaging Creating Opportunities

Increasing number of foodservice establishments that were traditionally considered as dine-in eateries are now offering delivery and catering options to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumers. Concurrently with growing pressures on adopting sustainable materials and incorporating an effective food waste management program, compostable foodservice packaging has been gaining rising momentum in the industry. In the light of global efforts to replace unsustainable materials, research has been undergoing for new forms of compostable packaging including straws and cups designed from seaweed, bowls made of mushrooms, and others. Moreover, demand for high-value disposable items from quick service restaurants (QSRs) to maintain food temperature and minimize the leakage or spillage is likely to work in tandem with rapid adoption of compostable foodservice packaging.

While compostable foodservice wares are great for the environment, they require a specific setting for breaking down. In addition, the organic recycling businesses have been facing several obstacles in terms of ambiguous regulatory scenario, performance capabilities, and cost factors, which continues to impede the widespread adoption of compostable foodservice packaging. Further, limited availability of compost facilities in the low- and mid-income countries has added to reluctance of incorporating compostable materials in foodservice packaging.

Tracking Evolving End Users’ Preference as the Market Expands

Designed-in recyclability’ or ‘design for recycling’ is a new sustainable trend which is expected to dominate new product development (NPD) in the coming years. Compostable foodservice packaging, made from plant-based materials, is designed to be recycled with food waste, while conventional packaging cannot be recycled if contaminated with food. While Europe accounts for greater opportunities for compostable packaging due to strong foodservice industry, North America continues to complement market growth, owing to wide acceptance of certified compostable foodservice ware that meets regulatory requirements. Newer opportunities abound for stakeholders in Asia Pacific, considering the escalating number of foodservice outlets, sprung in working population, and preferential shifts towards dining out.

* This data is only a representation. Actual data may vary and will be available in report.

Tracking Evolving End Users’ Preference as the Market Expands
Tracking Evolving End Users’ Preference as the Market Expands
Tracking Evolving End Users’ Preference as the Market Expands
Tracking Evolving End Users’ Preference as the Market Expands
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Notable Trends Influencing the Market Growth

Compostable packaging does not require petroleum during production, as it is made completely from organic matter and has no plastic in it. Subsequently, a significant depletion in fossil-based resources for manufacturing plastic materials is likely to create sustained opportunities for the market stakeholders. However, as the price of compostable plastic resins is relatively high as compared to fossil-based resins, manufacturers have been put to test. Therefore, significant focus has been placed towards innovative production technologies that could aid in manufacturing cost-effective compostable plastic resins. Realizing the negative environmental impact of conventional packaging, a number of market players are constantly investing their time and resources in the development of more circular packaging solutions.

Despite aligning with ‘going green’ trend, compostable foodservice packaging is expected to solve a part of tremendous food waste and packaging issues in the industry. As impact of notable trends such as ‘grab-and-go’ and ‘ready-to-eat’ has been noticeable across foodservice industry, market players will need to pay attention towards compostable films and cover sheets that can not only allow consumers to see the food inside but also act against the premature degradation of food.

Trays remain the top-selling category

Demand for cups growing significantly

Paper & paperboard remains highly preferred

Adoption of plastic to pick pace

Non-chain restaurants remain top end user

Use in chain café increases considerably

How Growth will Unfold

As consumers worldwide are increasingly looking for companies and brands that take the lead on environmental issues and promote a host of solutions, packaging industry has been undergoing a sea change in recent years. Compostable foodservice packaging sector in particular, is spectating massive investments in R&D activities to be in parallel with demand for affordable sustainable solutions in foodservice sector. Uncertain regulatory framework has also brought on developing products that meet all kinds of standards. In addition to extending product portfolio, stakeholders in the compostable foodservice packaging remain inclined towards M&A activities to strengthen their position across different geographies as well as to develop innovative solutions to solve current challenges in the market.

 Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market

* This data is only a representation. Actual data may vary and will be available in report.

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Overview

Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market: Global Industry Analysis 2014 - 2018 & Opportunity Assessment 2019 - 2029

A recent market study published by FMI on the compostable foodservice packaging market includes global industry analysis 2014-2018 & opportunity assessment 2019-2029, and delivers a comprehensive assessment of the most important market dynamics. After conducting thorough research on the historical as well as current growth parameters of the compostable foodservice packaging market, the growth prospects of the market are obtained with maximum precision.

Compostable Foodservice Packaging Market Taxonomy

The global compostable foodservice packaging market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present complete market intelligence to the reader.

By Packaging Type

  • Plates
  • Trays
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Clamshell
  • Cutlery
  • Pouches & Sachets
  • Others

By Material

  • Plastic
    • PLA
    • PHA
    • PBS
    • PBAT
    • Starch Blends
    • Others
  • Paper & Paperboard
    • Coated Unbleached
    • Molded Fiber
    • Other Grades
  • Others

By End Use

  • Chain Restaurants
  • Non-chain Restaurants
  • Chain Café
  • Non-Chain Café
  • Delivery Catering
  • Independent Stalls & Kiosks
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa

What's Included

The report initiates with the executive summary of the compostable foodservice packaging market, which includes a summary of key findings and statistics of the market. It also includes the demand & supply-side trends pertaining to the compostable foodservice packaging market.

Readers can find the definition and a detailed taxonomy of the compostable foodservice packaging market in this chapter, which will help them understand the basic information about the compostable foodservice packaging market. Along with this, comprehensive information pertaining to compostable foodservice packaging solutions and their definitions are provided in this section. This section also highlights the inclusions and exclusions, which help the reader understand the scope of the compostable foodservice packaging market report.

The compostable foodservice packaging market report provides key market trends that are expected to significantly impact the market growth during the forecast period. Detailed industry trends are provided in this section.

This section includes the factors that have emerged as key successful factors and the strategies adopted by key market participants.

This section explains the global market value analysis and forecast for the compostable foodservice packaging market between the forecast period 2019-2029. This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the historical compostable foodservice packaging market, along with an opportunity analysis of the future. Readers can also find the absolute $ opportunity for the current year (2019), and an incremental $ opportunity for the forecast period (2019–2029). Along with this, pricing analysis of the compostable foodservice packaging market at the regional level has been provided in this section. This section also explains the global market volume analysis and forecast for the compostable foodservice packaging market between the forecast period 2019-2029.

This chapter explains key macro-economic factors that are expected to influence the growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market over the forecast period. Along with the macroeconomic factors, this section also highlights the value chain, supply chain, forecast factors, Porter’s Five Forces analysis, and value chain analysis for the compostable foodservice packaging market. Moreover, in-depth information about the market dynamics and their impact analysis on the market have been provided in the successive section.

Based on the material type, the compostable foodservice packaging market is segmented in plastic, paper & paperboard, and others. In this chapter, readers can find information about key trends and developments in the compostable foodservice packaging market and market attractiveness analysis based on the material type.

Based on the type, the compostable foodservice packaging market is segmented into plates, trays, bowls, cups, clamshell, cutlery, pouches & sachets, and others. In this chapter, readers can find information about key trends and developments in the compostable foodservice packaging market and market attractiveness analysis based on the packaging type.

This chapter provides details about the compostable foodservice packaging market based on the application, and has been classified into chain restaurants, non-chain restaurants, chain café, non-chain café, delivery catering, independent stalls & kiosks, and others. In this chapter, readers can understand the market attractive analysis based on application.

This chapter explains how the compostable foodservice packaging market will grow across various geographic regions such as North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and Middle East & Africa (MEA).

This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the growth of the North America compostable foodservice packaging market, along with a country-wise assessment that includes the U.S. and Canada. Readers can also find the pricing analysis, regional trends, and market growth based on the application and countries in North America.

This chapter provides the growth scenario of the compostable foodservice packaging market in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the Rest of Latin America. Along with this, assessment of the market across target segments has been provided.

Important growth prospects of the compostable foodservice packaging market based on its end users in several countries such as Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Russia, BENELUX, Poland and the Rest of Europe are included in this chapter.

In this chapter, India and ASEAN countries are the prominent countries in the South Asia region that are the prime subjects of assessment to obtain the growth prospects of the South Asia compostable foodservice packaging market. Readers can find detailed information about the growth parameters of the South Asia compostable foodservice packaging market during the forecast period 2019-2029.

This chapter highlights the growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market in East Asia by focusing on China, Japan, and South Korea. This section also help readers understand key factors that are responsible for the growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market in East Asia.

This chapter highlights the growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market in Oceania by focusing on Australia and New Zealand. This section also help readers understand key factors that are responsible for the growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market in Oceania.

This chapter provides information about how the compostable foodservice packaging market will grow in major countries in the MEA region such as GCC Countries, North Africa, South Africa, Turkey, and the Rest of MEA, during the forecast period of 2019-2029.

This section highlights the growth prospects of the compostable foodservice packaging market for emerging markets such as China and India.

In this chapter, readers can find detailed information about the tier analysis and market concentration of key players in the compostable foodservice packaging market, along with their market presence analysis by region and product portfolio.

In this chapter, readers can find a comprehensive list of all the prominent stakeholders in the compostable foodservice packaging market, along with detailed information about each company, which includes company overview, revenue shares, strategic overview, and recent company developments. Some of the market players featured in the report are Huhtamaki Oyj, Stora Enso Oyj, Georgia-Pacific LLC, WestRock Company, Be Green Packaging, Berry Global, Inc., Pactiv LLC, TIPA Compostable Packaging, Genpak, LLC., and Virosac S.r.l. among others.

This chapter includes a list of acronyms and assumptions that provides a base to the information and statistics included in the compostable foodservice packaging market report.

This chapter help readers understand the research methodology followed to obtain various conclusions as well as important qualitative and quantitative information about the compostable foodservice packaging market.

How the research was conducted?

Primary Research

  • C - Level Executives
  • Marketing Directors
  • Product Managers 
  • Business Development Officers 
  • Production Managers
  • Procurement Heads
  • Sales Executives
  • Distributors
  • Traders 
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Industry Experts
  • End Users
  • Current market dynamics and challenges
  • Yesteryear trends 
  • Market characteristics
  • Market performance and growth quadrants
  • Competition structure and market structure
  • Strategic growth initiatives
  • Near-term and long-term market growth prospects
  • Market segment splits and authenticity
  • Opinions on market projections and validity of assumptions

Secondary Research

  • Industry Publications
  • Eco-cycle Organization
  • Food Service Packaging Institute
  • The National Restaurant Association
  • European Bioplastics, Nova- Institute
  • Factiva
  • Company Press Releases
  • Annual Reports and Investor Presentations
  • Research Papers
  • Government Websites and Publications
  • Trade Websites

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Primary Interview Splits split by designation compostable foodservice packaging market

Primary Interview Splits split by stakeholder compostable foodservice packaging market

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