The global disposable foodservice market will reach $72.3 billion in 2024 and is expected to rise to $123.2 billion by 2034 – Market Research Blog

Food service disposable market
Food service disposable market

The global disposable foodservice market has experienced significant growth; its current value was $72.3 billion in 2024 and is expected to rise to $123.2 billion in 2034. This remarkable growth can be attributed to various demand factors and changing consumer preferences that are shaping the market. food service industry.

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Key Drivers for Market Growth:

  1. Increase in food delivery services: The rise of food delivery services and takeaways has fueled demand for disposable packaging materials, including containers, cups and cutlery, catering to the increasing trend of on-the-go eating and consumption of convenience foods.
  2. Hygiene awareness: Growing awareness of hygiene and sanitation, especially in the context of public health, has increased the demand for single-use disposable products in hospitality establishments, highlighting the importance of cleanliness and safety.
  3. Evolving consumer preferences: Changing consumer lifestyles and preferences, characterized by hectic schedules and busy lifestyles, have led to increased demand for disposable quick food service products, such as ready-to-serve containers and portioned spice packs, that offer convenience without compromising on quality .
  4. Sustainability initiatives: The importance of eco-friendly disposables for foodservice is gaining momentum, with consumers driving demand for sustainable alternatives such as compostable cutlery and biodegradable packaging, prompting companies to invest in sustainable packaging solutions to reduce environmental impact.
  5. Technical integration: The integration of technology, such as intelligent packaging solutions with temperature-sensitive labels and RFID containers, is revolutionizing the disposable foodservice market, providing real-time tracking, traceability and enhanced functionality.

Segment Insights:

  1. Dominating Cups: The cup segment claims a significant market share of 35% by 2024, driven by its convenience, flexibility and suitability for both hot and cold drinks. Cups are popular for take-out meals, catering services and on-the-go consumption due to their lightweight structure, portability and availability in multiple sizes and materials.
  2. Leadership in the hospitality sector: The hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants and cafes) is the market leader with an impressive 65% share, driven by the need for quick solutions for quick food and beverage outlets. Disposable cups offer a hygienic and convenient alternative, especially in the context of online food delivery and takeaway services.

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Future outlook:

The forecast CAGR of 5.80% from 2024 to 2034 underlines the continued momentum and growth opportunity in the disposable foodservice market. With changing consumer preferences and sustainability considerations driving innovation, the market offers plenty of room for growth and innovation in the foodservice industry.

Key Coverage in the Foodservice Disposable Industry Report

  • Global Market Size for Disposable Foodservice Items
  • Demand analysis of packaging for foodservice disposables
  • Sales of single-use products in the US
  • European market outlook for foodservice disposables
  • Industry analysis of biodegradable foodservice disposables in Europe

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By material type:

  • Plastic
    • Polypropylene (PP)
    • Polyethylene (PE)
    • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
    • Polystyrene (PS)
    • Biodegradable plastic
    • Other plastics
  • Paper and cardboard
    • Paper
    • Bagasse/sugar cane pulp
    • Bamboo
    • Others (seeds, bark, etc.)
  • Cast fibers

By product type:

  • Plates
  • Trays
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Clamshells
  • Specifications
  • Others (straws and stirrers)

By end use:

  • Hotels, restaurants and cafes (HoReCa)
    • Full-service restaurants
    • Quick service restaurants
    • Catering services
    • Others (cafe, bar, etc.)
  • Retail
  • Online food delivery
  • Others (hospitals, schools, offices, etc.)

Per region:

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

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