Disposable Cutlery Market

2019 Analysis and Review of Disposable Cutlery Market by Sales Channel - Direct Sales, Distributors, e-Retail, Retailers for 2019 - 2028


Fast-paced Lifestyle and On-the-Go Meal Trend to Propel Growth of Disposable Cutlery Market

The global disposable cutlery market growth is fuelled by the expansion of quick service restaurants, which rely heavily on disposable packaging suitable for foodservice. Apart from restaurants and cafes, disposable cutlery is expected to witness lucrative growth opportunities from end users such as cinemas, catering, and other such places that offer ready-to-eat and on-the-go meals. Other factors that are likely to provide momentum to the growth of disposable cutlery market are increased demand for gourmet coffee and specialty cold drinks.

The foodservice industry is expected to witness substantial growth during the forecast period, owing to improvements in the economic condition of developing countries, adoption of fast-paced lifestyles, and rapid urbanization. The On-the-go meal trend is gaining traction across a lot of countries. This is expected to create a steady demand for disposable cutlery in the foreseeable future.

Disposable Cutlery Market Outlook

Despite restrictions by governments on single use plastics, players in the global disposable cutlery market are expected to benefit from innovations in bioplastic materials. Further, the global coronavirus pandemic has resulted increased consumption of disposable commodities including plastic, wood, and paper containers, spoons and more, particularly in the food service sector, which has been engaged in contact free initiatives for their offerings.

Consumers have taken to distancing themselves from reusable cutlery as food service businesses gradually are allowed to reopen in various parts of the world. The short-term prospects of the disposable cutlery industry are likely to be positive, as environment consciousness takes a backseat to virus transmission concerns.

Initiated in October 2019, the Bio-Plastics Europe Project has been a major force behind research on the use of bioplastics in a range of end use sectors including disposable cutlery, in terms of biodegradability of alternatives to conventional plastic. The endeavor is likely to play a role in future EU policies towards plastics and recycling. The project has also resulted in the establishment of the EBRN and HISCAP networks for research on plastic waste, which could create new, viable opportunities for disposable cutlery manufacturers in the region in the near future.

On the other hand, a new study by the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, has come out with results stating that bio-plastics may not make much improvement in terms of environment protection, with cellulose and starch based plastic alternatives, holding significant chemical load, while also generating higher toxic reactions, when tested under laboratory conditions. The development could have potentially negative ramifications for the disposable cutlery market.

In September 2020, GreenTek Packaging LLC launched its new Hemptencils range of disposable cutlery and utensils, manufactured from industrial hemp, which is 100% percent biobased and petroleum free. The products are aimed towards distribution for grocers and restaurants. On a similar note, Foodstiks has also revealed its new range of 100% natural, renewable, and compostable wooden cutlery, which are available for retail in bulk, aimed towards take out and deli end users.

Growth of Home Delivery and Online Foodservice Platforms to Benefit Manufacturers

There has been a considerable shift in the consumer consumption patterns in the food and beverages sector. On an average, online food delivery platforms in emerging countries such as India, offer over 40% return on investment. This is leading to an intense competition across food delivery platforms among food service companies, and ensuring lucrative opportunities for manufacturers of food disposables and single-use cutleries.

Consumer preference for takeaway or ready-to-eat food is increasing particularly in emerging economies, attributable to the growing disposable incomes. Moreover, corporate work culture increases adoption of out-of-home food habits, which is also anticipated to strengthen growth of the disposable cutlery market over the forecast period.

Increasing Preference for Wood-based Disposable Cutlery to Boost Sales

In recent years, there has been a rise in demand for biodegradable disposable cutlery made from wood due to imposition of stringent laws and regulations against the use of plastic disposable cutlery. Nowadays, consumers prefer eco-friendly disposable cutlery made from wood for food service. This is expected to boost adoption of wooden disposable cutlery in the foreseeable future.

  • In 2018, KFC, McDonald's, and several other fast food chains stopped using plastic disposable cutlery and straws in several countries including India, Singapore, and France. All these fast food chains now use wooden disposable cutlery and paper straws as a replacement for plastic disposable cutlery and straws.

Disposable Cutlery Market Analysis

  • Key players which operating in the global disposable cutlery market include Huhtamäki Oyj, Pactiv LLC, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Dart Container Corporation, Biopac UK Ltd, Novolex Holdings, Inc., Genpak, LLC, D&W Fine Pack LLC, Vegware Ltd, Gold Plast SpA, Hotpack Group, DOpla S.p.A., Anchor Packaging Inc., Fast Plast A/S, and I.L.P.A. S.p.A. Group.
  • Several manufacturers are focusing on increasing their customer base by innovating in terms of using environment-friendly materials. For instance,
    • Biopac UK Ltd introduced a new range of disposable cutlery made from renewable corn starch. This cutlery can be easily disposed by industrial composting. The range of disposable cutlery includes knives, forks, dessert spoons, and teaspoons, all embossed with a compostable message.
    • Dart Container Corporation introduced a new line of ‘Cheeky’ products, including paper plates and bowls, coloured disposable cutlery, and cup and lid combo packages.
    • Anchor Packaging Inc. launched a new product line for disposable cutlery, ‘Culinary Classics’, which includes redesigned products that are available with a perforated and hinged lid. This product line is recyclable and reusable.


What are future prospects for the disposable cutlery market?

The disposable cutlery market is anticipated to witness a steady demand, and is projected to generate an incremental opportunity of more than US$ 1 Bn by 2028.

Which region is expected to generate the highest sales in the disposable cutlery market?

The APEJ region is expected to witness maximum growth in the global disposable cutlery market, attributable to the increasing number of foodservice outlets and the ongoing on-the-go meal trend. Fast-paced lifestyles, increasing disposable incomes, and easy access to retail outlets have further fueled the demand for disposable cutlery in this region.

 Which end users offer high growth prospects for manufacturers?

The foodservice industry is estimated to hold the lion’s share in the global disposable cutlery market, and is projected to remain the most lucrative segment throughout the forecast period. Moreover, the foodservice industry is expected to generate an impressive incremental opportunity in the next five years, as disposable cutlery is suitable for ‘grab-on-the-go’ consumption.

What is the intensity of competition in the disposable cutlery market?

The intensity of competition in the global disposable cutlery market is expected to be high during the forecast period. Huhtamaki Oyj, Pactiv LLC, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Dart Container Corporation, and D&W Fine Pack LLC are the leading players in the global disposable cutlery market and hold nearly 15-20% of the market share.

How will wood-based disposable cutlery create new value-adding business opportunities for market players?

Shifting preference towards biodegradable and sustainable products has fueled the demand for wood-based disposable cutlery. This demand is further fueled by imposition of stringent laws and regulations against the use of plastic disposable cutlery by governments in various countries. Several fast-food chains have opted to cut down their plastic usage, and are switching to wood-based disposable cutlery. This shift is projected to create new growth opportunities for players in the disposable cutlery market.

What are the key factors shaping the dynamics of disposable cutlery market?

Fast-paced lifestyles, and high demand for eco-friendly disposable cutlery from the foodservice industry is anticipated to boost the sales of disposable cutlery. Companies are focused on introducing products with new textures, graphics (on-pack promotions), eye-catchy colours, and innovative designs to influence consumer purchases and differentiate their product offerings in the intensely competitive market.

Disposable Cutlery Market Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value, Mn Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, Middle East & Africa, Japan

Key Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, U.K., BENELUX, Nordic, Russia, Poland, China, India, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, GCC Countries, Northern Africa, South Africa, Turkey, Israel

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, Fabrication Process, End-Use, Sales, Channel, Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • Dopla S.p.A.
  • Pactive LLC
  • Gold Plast S.p.A.
  • D&W Fine Pack LLC
  • Anchor Packaging Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • Genpak LLC
  • Biopac UK Ltd.
  • I.L.P.A. S.p.A. Group
  • Vegware Ltd.
  • Hotpack Group
  • Fast Plast A/S
  • Novolex Holdings Inc.

Report Coverage

Market Overview, Key Market Trends, Key Success Factors, Demand Analysis, Market Background, COVID-19 Analysis, Segmental Analysis, Regional Profiling, Market Structure & Competition Analysis

Customization & Pricing

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Market Taxonomy

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

Product Type

  • Spoons
    • Plastic
      • PE
      • PS
      • PLA
      • PP
      • Others
    • Wood
  • Forks
    • Plastic
      • PE
      • PS
      • PLA
      • PP
      • Others
    • Wood
  • Knives
    • Plastic
    • PE
    • PS
    • PLA
    • PP
    • Others
  • Wood

Fabrication Process

  • Thermoforming
  • Die Cutting
  • Injection Molding


  • Food Service
    • Hotels
    • Restaurants
    • QSR
  • Institutional
    • Cinemas
    • Catering
    • Schools & Offices
    • Hospitals
  • Household

Sales Channel

  • Direct Sales
  • Distributors
  • e-Retail
  • Retailers
    • Hypermarkets
    • Supermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Discount Stores


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Asia Pacific Excl. Japan
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Japan

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