Global Food Service Disposable Market Size Report, 2022 - 2030
Food Service Disposable Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, 2022 - 2029

Food Service Disposable Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Packaging (Rigid, Flexible); By Material (Plastic, Paper & Paperboard, Bagasse, Polylactic Acid, Others); By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Published Date:Jan-2022
  • Pages: 113
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM2167
  • Base Year: 2021
  • Historical Data: 2018 - 2020

Report Summary

The global food service disposables market was valued at USD 56.70 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period. Increased demand for food delivery due to an increase in the number of online delivery applications, startups developing minivans that are referred to as mobile restaurants, increased consumption of outside meal owing to the changing lifestyles, and rapid urbanization is all driving up disposable facility demand for the global market.

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In addition, the global market is being driven by the demand of use and throws containers and hygienic containers for transporting food. Ready-to-eat meal delivery has emerged as a key industry due to the advent of appealing, user-friendly software and tech-enabled delivery networks and shifting customer demand.

With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, lockdowns, and isolation rules provided by a government authority, the online delivery sector is witnessing a boom, allowing struggling restaurants to make their position in the market. This shift towards online delivery is expected to become a permanent presence in the future, subsequently increasing the demand for the food service disposable market.

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Industry Dynamics

Growth Drivers
The disposable industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Food service disposables markets are in high demand as the number of online channels and apps for meal delivery facilities grows. The trend of ordering meals and having them delivered to home or anywhere else is fueling the expansion of the disposable facility demand.

Nowadays, consumers work longer hours and aspire to utilize time efficiently; therefore, many consumers demand products and services that can support and ease their busy lifestyles. This is likely to impact the demand for ready-to-eat products in different geographical regions. Also, consumer interest in ready-to-eat meals is growing exponentially due to their convenience, attractive appearance, value, and taste. Therefore, food service disposable market is gaining significant prominence worldwide with respect to their demand, sales, and export values.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on packaging, material, application, and region.

By Packaging

By Material

By Application

By Region

  • Rigid
    • Plates
    • Cups & Glasses
    • Trays & Containers
    • Bowls & Tubs
    • Mugs & Saucers
    • Lids
    • Others
  • Flexible
    • Wraps & Films
    • Others
  • Plastic
    • PP
    • PE
    • PS
    • PVC
    • Others
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Bagasse
  • Polylactic Acid
  • Others
  • Food Service
    • Full Service
    • Quick Service
    • Others
  • Online Delivery
  • Institutional
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Austria)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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Insight by Packaging

The rigid packaging segment is expected to witness the highest share over the forecast period. Rigid packaging is primarily used to prevent consumables from spilling and consumer convenience. Foodservice providers employ a range of rigid packaging based on the product's temperature, quantity, and material state. Plates and containers, bowls and tubs, mugs and saucers, lids, and other disposables are all rigid packaging.

Further, the market for stiff plastic products is expected to expand significantly. Mugs, saucers, and containers for beverages such as hot and cold drinks, and soups, are typically utilized when insulated packaging is necessary to reduce the risk of meal spoiling owing to low temperature. These packaging items are also simple to recycle and reuse; as a result, they are more convenient and sustainable than their competitors.

The flexible packaging type sector, on the other hand, is expected to grow at the fastest rate throughout the projection period. The disposable facility market's expansion can be attributed to the rising demand for flexible paper packaging due to regulatory limitations in many regions, notably Europe, on the use of single-use plastic items.

Insight by Application

Since plastic is the most chosen choice of material in the packaging sector due to its low cost, ease of use, temperature resistance, lightness, and other factors, it generated significant revenue in 2021 and is projected to continue to do so over the projection period. Cups, plates, bowls, trays, cutlery, and containers are just a few types of products made from plastic.

Over the past few years, paper & paperboard packaging have experienced rapid expansion, largely replacing popular disposables such as plastic packaging. Takeaway cartons are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option that further attracts consumers who opt for eco-friendly options. Increased consumption of takeout foods and beverages is predicted to boost disposable product demand, propelling market expansion. Further, the paper and paperboards are environmentally benign, and the government encourages the use of paper-based disposables, which drives up disposable facility demand in the market.

Geographic Overview

Asia Pacific is likely to witness the highest share over the forecast period. Due to the fastest-growing economies and thriving food service disposable industry, the region is expected to increase at the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2022 to 2030. Further, Modern consumers are positively disposed toward buying perishables, online food, and various types of retail goods that create a favorable demand for sustainable packaging solutions.

China and India together account for 40% of the global population. As their populations rise, delivery services are becoming increasingly popular in India and China. The Indian online delivery sector is rapidly expanding. Online delivery companies - Zomato and Swiggy are gaining traction through partnerships; the organized food industry creates a lucrative growth opportunity for the market. From the past two years, China’s app-based delivery witnessed a boom; 8peppers, and Meituan are focusing mainly on delivering services, minimizing the cost of paying attendants/waiters and keeping a dining room open, fostering the market’s growth.

In addition, disposable food service manufacturers have developed innovative and improved products with minimal environmental impact and are 100 percent biodegradable, making them environmentally friendly and waste-free. For instance: in 2021, Delivery Hero SE launched its global sustainable packaging program.

This program is introduced to provide 100% perfluoro alkoxy-alkanes (PFAS) free or plant-based alternatives to plastic packaging for restaurants worldwide. These plant-based disposals are liquid and grease-resistant man-made substances commonly used in meal packaging.

Competitive Insight

Some of the major players operating in the global food service disposable market include Contital Srl, Genpak LLC, Go-Pak Group, Graphic Packaging International LLC, Huhtamaki Food Service, Interplast Group, Pactiv LLC, RR Packaging Ltd., Sabert Corporation, and Sonoco Products Company.

Food Service Disposable Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2021

USD 56.70 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 88.25 billion


5.1% from 2022 - 2030

Base year


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Segments covered

By Packaging, By Material, By Application, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Key companies

Contital Srl, Genpak LLC, Go-Pak Group, Graphic Packaging International LLC, Huhtamaki Food Service, Interplast Group, Pactiv LLC, RR Packaging Ltd., Sabert Corporation, and Sonoco Products Company.