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Food Service Disposable Market Analysis Report By Packaging Type, By Material, By Application, By Region And Segment Forecasts From 2021 To 2028

Report ID: MN17620282  |  Published: September 2021  |  No of Pages: 218
Format: Electronic (PDF)  |  Industry: Packaging


The global food service disposable market was prized by USD 53.9 billion in 2020. It is estimated to witness 4.9% CAGR from 2021 to 2028.


The rising infiltration of online food delivery services is driving the global market for food service disposable. On account of frantic work schedules and tiring way of life, the rising attractiveness of Quick-Service Restaurants (QSRs), particularly in the budding regions like Asia Pacific, is anticipated to support the enlargement of the market, during the forecast period.

US food service disposable market size

In 2020, because of the wide-ranging infiltration of Quick-Service Restaurants (QSRs), those are the major customers of food service disposables, the U.S. appeared like the major nation for the food service disposables.

Even though the market observed a drop in expansion during 2020 because of the eruption of Covid-19 pandemic, forced limitations to restrain the spread of sickness initiated the substantial expansion of online food delivery services, which has benefitted the market.

The disposable products of food packaging for example containers, plates, bowls, and cups are extremely inexpensive as contrast to their substitutes, like non-disposable containers. Furthermore, these products offer handiness to the consumers along with delivery staff in the general delivery procedure.

Effect of Covid-19

The elevated demand for online food delivery services during the Covid-19 pandemic is, furthermore, likely to increase the enlargement of the food service disposables market. The rush in demand is helped by the lockdowns forced through main metropolitan areas which restricts cafes, hotels, and restaurants, from offering dine-in services.

The eruption of Covid-19 has pushed the utilization of food service disposable and postponed its weakening because the customers realized that it is a safe and sound alternative than reusable goods.

Application Insight

The food service application sector held above 51.0% revenue share and dominated the foodservice disposables market, in 2020. The nature of the food service industry is speedily changing. This is projected to help in the expansion of the market. The various establishments like day-care centers, private & public cafeterias, hospitals, colleges, nursing homes, universities, schools daily make use of these products.

Not like hotels and restaurants, where a devoted workforce, intended for clean-up the utensils and tables in addition to providing food is employed, frequently institutes choose third parties for example catering services, for serving of the food. Consequently, utilization of the institutional application sector is not as much of have a tendency to fluctuations and likely to reside reliable.

Material Insight

The plastic material section held above 53.0% revenue share and dominated the global food service disposable market, in 2020. Since the plastic is the mainly chosen option of material in the packaging manufacturing, because of its qualities such as temperature confrontation, easiness in making use, light weight, less price and others, the section will maintain the leading place, all through the forecast period.

Paper & paperboard packaging section observing greater enlargement, during the previous few years. Particularly, substituting trendy disposables, like plastic cups. Paper & paperboard is utilized to manufacture a variety of new products together with tray liners, straws, trays, egg cartons, bowls, and plates.

Packaging Type Insight

The rigid packaging type section held above 77.0% revenue share and dominated the market, in 2020. Generally, the rigid packaging is utilized for the ease of clients along with to safeguard foodstuff from spillage. A range of rigid packaging is utilized via suppliers of foodservice, dependent on the relevant status of the food, temperature, and quantity.

On the other hand, the flexible packaging type section is projected to witness the highest CAGR, during the forecast period. The elevated development is credited to the increasing insist for the flexible paper packaging because of the limitations by the government on the habit of single-use plastic goods in several states, for example Europe.

Regional Insight

Asia Pacific held above 36.0% revenue share and led the global food service disposable market, in 2020. Due to the existence of the highest rising markets in addition to prosperous food service business, the local market is expected to enlarge more by the top CAGR, during the forecast period.

Global food service disposable market share

As a result of the growing acceptance of online foodstuff deliverance arrangement plus the greater intensity of fast-food restaurants, China is the leading donor and is expected to maintain its foremost place, during the forecast period, in the local market.

Owing to the greater infiltration of the food service business together with altering financial system, India is, moreover, anticipated to record the major enlargement speed in the local market. Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, are the additional outsized markets within the region. These nations are greatly reliant on online delivery services. This inclination is expected to continue in the market for the extended period, thus, advantage for the local market.

In 2020, North America appeared like the subsequent major local market. This is credited to the solid per capita expenditure on hotel and wide-ranging infiltration of restaurants as well as hotels in Canada and the U.S.

Europe is expected to observe a lethargic CAGR, during the forecast period. The strict rules, regarding the utilization of plastic crockery and single-use plastic, are likely to encourage the slow development of the market, during the forecast period.

It will be against the law to suggest disposable plastic crockery in the local market of Europe, from July 2021. These types of strict rules are expected to hamper the expansion of the market, during the near future. Even though, the demand for paper sourced options is expected to observe major enlargement within Europe.


The companies are implementing a variety of business policies to attain a reasonable advantage above others. The Covid-19 pandemic had badly influenced the market. Companies confronted a drop in the demand for the product because of the limitations on shipping and export & import, during the initial quarter of 2020. On the other hand, by way of relieve in lockdown limitations, the demand for the product observed a speedy growth. Since, the customers are choosing disposables above reusable food containers, because of the security matters; the range of the product application has additionally improved. 

Some of the companies for food service disposable market are:

    • R+R Packaging Ltd.
    • Contital Srl
    • Genpak LLC
    • Sonoco Products Company
    • Huhtamaki Food Service
    • Interplast Group
    • Go Pak Group
    • Pactiv LLC
    • Sabert Corp.
    • Graphic Packaging International LLC

Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 56.9 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 79.2 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 4.9% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Packaging type, material, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Russia; Poland; The Netherlands; Portugal; China; India; Japan; Brazil; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Huhtamaki Food Service; Graphic Packaging International LLC; Sonoco Products Company; Sabert Corporation; Genpak LLC; Pactiv LLC; Contital Srl; Go Pak Group; R+R Packaging Ltd.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Million Insights has segmented the global food service disposable market report on the basis of packaging type, material, application, and region:

• Packaging Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)
    • Rigid
        • Plates
        • Cups & Glasses
        • Trays & Containers
        • Bowls & Tubs
        • Mugs & Saucers
        • Lids
        • Others
    • Flexible
        • Wraps & Films
        • Others

• Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)
    • Plastic
        • PP
        • PE
        • PS
        • PVC
        • Others
    • Paper & Paperboard
    • Bagasse
    • Polylactic Acid
    • Others

• Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)
    • Food Service
        • Full Service
        • Quick Service
        • Others
    • Online Delivery
    • Institutional

• Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)
    • North America
        • U.S.
        • Canada
        • Mexico
    • Europe
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • France
        • Italy
        • Spain
        • Denmark
        • Norway
        • Sweden
        • Russia
        • Poland
        • The Netherlands
        • Portugal
    • Asia Pacific
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
    • Central & South America
        • Brazil
    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
        • South Africa

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