Disposable Cups: A Gulp of Waste?

Disposable Cups Market Players Strategize on Recyclable Materials as Takeout Contributes to Rising Waste Crisis

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Disposable Cups - Serving the Takeaway Culture

As majority of the global population rapidly move to hyper-fast-paced lifestyle, there has been a pervasive perception that convenience of things to-go and take-out are the signs of prestige and modernity. In today’s society that values convenience, immediate necessity, and aesthetics over all else, the single-use model of consumption continued to make great strides and ‘disposability’ became ubiquitous and normalized in manufacturing, packaging, and the entire supply chain. As a result of the expansion of sit-down as well as quick service restaurants worldwide, disposable products are constantly thrust upon the consumers with no alternative options. Further, an escalation in the number of take away coffee shops, in both developed and developing countries, have led to incessant rise in the production of disposable cups.

However, almost everything that is created for human convenience has waste designed into it. The recent hyper-normalization of disposable global systems has resulted into increased level of land, air, and sea pollution. As consumers become increasingly aware that millions of disposable cups each year swell landfills, litter landscape, or drift into oceans, stakeholders in disposable cups market are forced to redefine their strategic moves and become agile innovators.

Disposable Cups Market – Key Research Findings

disposable cups market snapshot
  1. The global disposable cups market size was ~US$ 14 Bn in 2018.
  2. The disposable cups market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of ~4% during the forecast period 2019-2029.
  3. The popularity of on the go beverages from restaurants to boost the demand for disposable cups.
  4. Collectively, East Asia and North America are expected to account for more than 40% of the revenue share for disposable cups market, by the end of 2029.
    • North America, due to its strong food and retail industry, will continue to be a prominent market for disposable cups.
  5. The beverages segment is expected to remain a prominent application area to invest in for disposable cups market players.
    • The foodservice industry has witnessed significant growth over the last few years and is expected to create growth opportunities for disposable cups market during the forecast period.
    • Noteworthy growth potential for disposable cups has been identified in the foodservice and retail sectors.

Key Factors Shaping the Disposable Cups Market

Growing Preference for Biodegradable Disposable Cups

Packaging waste has been one of the key challenge for countries across the globe and have been a burden for environment. As a result of these packaging manufacturers are coming up with packaging formats made from biodegradable material. Disposable cups nowadays are available in market made from poly lactic acid (PLA), bagasse, paper, etc. Bagasse paper which is made from sugarcane is one of the material used for manufacturing of disposable cups is getting traction.

For instance, Material Motion, Inc. a packaging solution company developed bagasse cups which can decompose within 90 days after usage.

Emphasis on Growing On-the-go Beverage Consumption across the Globe

The opportunities created by ‘away-from-home’ consumption of beverages are larger than most people would like to think. Fast moving lifestyle has inclined the food and beverage consumption patterns of buyers to an extent, wherein, a study found out that, an average American experiences nearly 22 away-from-home situations where he/she buys food/drinks. This creates lucrative opportunities for the growth of the disposable cups market, which manufacturers must focus on. In the coming years, the focus of manufacturers on the millennial population is likely to intensify. The growing millennial population is expected to be a key driver to the growth of the global disposable cups market, as millennials have been known to experience nearly twice the number of away-from-home situations as compared to adults.

To expand their businesses, manufacturers of disposable cups must know what the modern consumer wants, and anticipate how their preferences may change over time. The modern consumer, especially the millennials, are on-the-go, high-frequency, and variety-seeking consumers. Therefore, the manufacturers of disposable cups are expected to focus more on the design and appearance of their products, to target specific consumers. For instance, high quality printing on disposable cups has a high consumer appeal.

Prominence on Growing Preference for Recyclable Paper Cups as a Sustainable Option

In recent years, packaging waste have been a key concerns for all the countries across the globe. The use of paper cups have several advantages over plastic cups as these are biodegradable, safe, and non-toxic. Disposable cups made from paper can decompose and degrades is several months. As a result of advantages from the usage of paper disposable cups, packaging manufacturers are innovating and developing different types of paper disposable cups. Increasing environmental awareness and growing concerns have led to the development of paper disposable cups. Rampant disposal of plastic waste into landfills has increased ecological concerns, which have created market opportunities for paper disposable cup as an environment friendly option.

Business Opportunities through Branding on Disposable Cups

Several brands are using disposable cups as their advertisement tools. Companies like The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Inc. are using disposable cups for their brand promotions. Furthermore, usage of brand logos on disposable cups helps in increasing the awareness of a particular business brand as well as increasing the sales of disposable cups owing to its aesthetic looks. Branding opportunity in disposable cups can help for boosting the business growth.

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Disposable Cups Market Structure Analysis

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

Demand Bolstered by Rapid Adoption of ‘On-the-go’ Sales Models

Be it getting coffee, smoothie, or fountain soda, plastic, paper, and Styrofoam disposable cups are everywhere. Proliferation of coffee shops lined with increasing use of single-use packaging across foodservice chains to facilitate ‘on-the-go’ sales models has potentially raised the demand for disposable cups over the years. Moreover, single-use and functional packaging have become a defining feature of consumer culture as well as the nations’ economy; dominating the retail shelves, dictating how products are produced, and transforming the way these products are provided. Within beverages, new technologies and subculture elements are widely used on labels, making the products more attractive to the consumers, while disposable cups served in international coffee shops gained significant attention for their aesthetics.

With the rapid rise of delivery-optimized restaurants and consumer inclination towards out-of-store dining experience, manufacturers of disposable cups are hard pressed to up their innovation game to fulfill takeaway and delivery packaging needs. On the one hand, disposable cups, especially made from plastics, have become a cause of growing waste crisis, thereby compelling manufacturers to adopt recyclable and sustainable solutions. Although there is no immediate panacea for the single-use plastic epidemic, innovations have been forthcoming for using biodegradable and compostable materials to manufacture disposable cups.

North America at the Center Stage, Opportunities Abound in South Asia

Demand for disposable cups is currently based on increasing preference of ready-to-drink beverages and outpouring number of foodservice outlets catering to rising working population. While the U.S. continues to offer greater opportunities due to strong establishment of coffee industry, market consolidation in developing countries in South Asia will remain a key to gaining distinct competitive advantage. The growth of disposable cups market in South Asia will continue to be influenced by growing consumer demand for different beverages leading to proliferation of fast food and café retail chains in the region. The quickened life pace in countries like India has also been driving the robust growth of convenience-oriented packaging including disposable cups.

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

North America at the Center Stage, Opportunities Abound in South Asia
North America at the Center Stage, Opportunities Abound in South Asia
North America at the Center Stage, Opportunities Abound in South Asia
North America at the Center Stage, Opportunities Abound in South Asia
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Will Vision to Replace Today’s Throw Away Cups Disrupt the Market Growth?

A combination of ‘takeaway’ and ‘throw away’ culture has been weighing on a same scale as the rapid adoption of disposable cups across numerous foodservice and associated sectors. However, single-use packaging such as disposable cups goes beyond the desire for an easy or ready-to-consume meal. The plastic and Styrofoam cups are going through dark times, while paper cups staged a comeback for both hot and cold takeaway drinks, as the environmental movement no longer remains a niche philosophy, but a mainstream. Paper disposable cups are however not all they seem, as they need to be waterproofed and reinforced with plastic-based coating or lining to fulfill hygiene and food-contact requirements.

While recycling initiatives and innovation drive are underway for new materials and innovative cup liners, the rise of semi-reusable to-go cups and reusable cup service models is likely to disrupt the future of disposable cups market. Nevertheless, the greater amount of energy and materials are required to manufacture a durable product such as reusable cups and hot water to wash them. Therefore, manufacturers will need to leverage new technologies and sustainable solutions to stay ahead of the pack and align with ever-evolving trends.

200 to 400 ml cups remain top-selling category

Demand for <200ml cups grows rapidly

 

Paper remains highly preferred

Use of foam increases at steady rate

 

Printable cups take the lead

Sales of non-printable cups witness high growth

 

High consumption in non-alcoholic beverages sector

Demand in dairy industry significant

 

How Growth will Unfold

Consumers demand for clean-labels and transparency of products has led to significant transformation in the packaging industry, and disposable cups are no exception. Manufacturers are directing their investments towards digital printing technology to enable the introduction of heat-sensitive label and Quick Response (QR) code on their products. Realizing the ban of plastic use in several countries around the world, manufacturers are putting emphasis on biodegradable materials such as plant-based plastics, bagasse, and seaweed, as a strategic move toward entirely plastic-free packaging. Fiber-based and compostable paperboard solutions are further adopted for cup liners. As the jury is still out on the environmental impact of reusable cups, disposable cups of biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable materials are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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

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Overview

Disposable Cups Market: Global Industry Analysis 2019 - 2029

A recent market study published by FMI on the disposable cups 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 disposable cups market, the growth prospects of the market are obtained with maximum precision.

Disposable Cups Market Taxonomy

The global disposable cups market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present complete market intelligence to the reader.

By Capacity

  • Less than 200 ml
  • 200 to 400 ml
  • 400 to 600 ml
  • 600 to 1000 ml
  • More than 1000 ml

By Material Type

  • Paper
  • Plastic
    • Polyethylene (PE)
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
    • Polystyrene (PS)
    • Poly Lactic Acid (PLA)
  • Foam

By Product Type

  • Printable
  • Non-Printable

By Application

  • Food
    • Spreads
    • Sauces and Dressings
    • Confectionary
    • Dairy
      • Ice-creams
      • Yogurt
      • Others
  • Beverages
    • Alcoholic
    • Non-Alcoholic
      • Carbonated
      • Non-Carbonated

By End Use

  • Food Service
  • Food Retail
    • Convenience Stores
    • Hypermarkets
    • Supermarkets
    • Cinema Theater

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 disposable cups market, which includes a summary of key findings and statistics of the market. It also includes the demand & supply-side trends and FMI recommendations and analysis pertaining to the disposable cups market.

Readers can find the definition and a detailed taxonomy of the disposable cups market in this chapter, which will help them understand the basic information about the disposable cups market. Along with this, comprehensive information pertaining to disposable cups solutions and their definitions are provided in this section.

The disposable cups 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 explains the global market value analysis and forecast for the disposable cups market between the forecast period 2019-2029. This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the historical disposable cups 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). This section also explains the global market volume analysis and forecast for the disposable cups market between the forecast period 2019-2029.

This section explains the pricing analysis of the disposable cups market at the regional level. Regions for which average selling pricing analysis is done include North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and Oceania.

This section explains the global market value analysis and forecast for the disposable cups market between the forecast period 2019-2029.

This chapter explains key macro-economic factors that are expected to influence the growth of the disposable cups market over the forecast period. Along with the macroeconomic factors, this section also highlights the value chain, supply chain, forecast factors, PESTLE analysis, and value chain analysis for the disposable cups market.

Based on the capacity, the disposable cups market is segmented in less than 200 ml, 200 to 400 ml, 400 to 600 ml, 600 to 1000 ml, more than 1000 ml. In this chapter, readers can find information about key trends and developments in the disposable cups market and market attractiveness analysis based on the capacity.

Based on the material type, the disposable cups market is segmented into paper, plastic & foam. In this chapter, readers can find information about key trends and developments in the disposable cups market and market attractiveness analysis based on the material type.                                     

Based on the product type, the disposable cups market is segmented into printable and non-printable. In this chapter, readers can find information about key trends and developments in the disposable cups market and market attractiveness analysis based on the product type.

This chapter provides details about the disposable cups market based on the application, and has been classified into food and beverages.

This chapter provides details about the disposable cups market based on end use, and has been classified into food service and food retail.

This chapter explains how the disposable cups 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 disposable cups 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 target segments in North America.

This chapter provides the growth scenario of the disposable cups 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 disposable cups market based on its end users in several countries such as Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Russia, BENELUX, 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 disposable cups market. Readers can find detailed information about the growth parameters of the South Asia disposable cups market during the forecast period 2019-2029.

This chapter highlights the growth of the disposable cups market in East Asia by focusing on China, Japan, and South Korea. This section also helps readers understand key factors that are responsible for the growth of the one time-use cups market in East Asia.

This chapter highlights the growth of the disposable cups market in Oceania by focusing on Australia and New Zealand. This section also helps readers understand key factors that are responsible for the growth of the disposable cups market in Oceania.

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

This section highlights the growth prospects of the disposable cups 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 disposable cups 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 disposable cups 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 International Paper Company, Berry Global Group Inc, Huhtamaki Oyj, James Cropper PLC, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Pactiv LLC, Grupo Phoenix Capital Limited, Dart Container Corporation, Genpak, LLC., Letica Corporation Churchill Container Company, Eco-Products, Inc., Go-Pak UK Ltd, Cosmoplast Industries Company (L.L.C), F Bender Ltd, Greiner Packaging International GmbH, ConverPack Inc., FrugalPac Limited, Lollicup USA, Inc., and Changsha Yuhao Imports & Exports Co., Ltd.

This chapter includes a list of acronyms and assumptions that provide a base to the information and statistics included in the disposable cups market report.

This chapter helps readers understand the research methodology followed to obtain various conclusions as well as important qualitative and quantitative information about the disposable cups 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
  • The National Restaurant Association
  • European Bioplastics, Nova- Institute
  • Factiva
  • Company Press Releases
  • Food Service Packaging Institute
  • Annual Reports and Investor Presentations
  • Research Papers
  • Government Websites and Publications
  • Trade Websites

Primary Interview Splits

Primary Interview Splits disposable cups market split by designation

Primary Interview Splits disposable cups market split by stakeholders

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