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Paper Cups Market - Forecasts from 2022 to 2027

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  • 143 Pages
  • October 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence LLP
  • ID: 5681982

Quick Summary:

The evolving lifestyle of people worldwide and subsequent rise in demand for convenient and disposable products has catalyzed growth in the paper cup market. These vessels have become essential for serving food and beverages due to their extensive utility and the time-saving convenience they offer to fast-paced lifestyles. Furthermore, the widespread consumption of tea and coffee significantly props up the market demand, as these cups offer a practical and portable vessel for these staple beverages.

Paper cups serve as a prime commodity in commercial areas, especially tea stalls, where their durability and liquid resistance, achieved through wax coating, is especially valued. Enhanced usage in the fast food industry, coupled with health-related concerns over sharing cups and containers, has further propelled demand. Emphasizing this marketplace shift, a growing trend of environmental consciousness has favored the increased use of paper cups due to their higher biodegradability compared to plastic alternatives. This trend, coupled with the swelling global food service industry, is set to propel this market further.

The paper cup market is projected to surge at a CAGR of 4.18% from a market value of US$2.513 billion in 2020 to attain a market value of US$3.347 billion by the end of 2027.

Paper Cups are one of the types of disposable cups; these are made from paper and find extensive utility for serving food and beverages worldwide. The evolving lifestyle of people with the adoption of a busy lifestyle is driving the market demand for single-use cups; hence this saves time. The growing consumption of tea and coffee is further augmenting the market demand.

Also, in commercial areas, one can find immense use of paper cups in tea stalls. Commercially, paper cups are usually wax coated to prevent them from leakage or prevention from turning soggy. Hence, the waxy layer makes these cups durable and liquid resistant. The growing consumption of fast food is further augmenting the market demand as beverages in the form of accompaniment do play an important role, and paper cups are handy for carrying beverages easily.

Also, the growing awareness of sharing the same cups and containers is leading to the transfer of germs or diseases, further propelling the market demand and encouraging people to adopt paper cups, significantly impacting the market growth in the forecast period. Furthermore, the growing trend of using eco-friendly products is driving market demand in the forecast period. This is since these cups have higher biodegradability in comparison to plastic or disposable polystyrene cups. The increasing foodservice industry is further propelling market growth in the forecast period. The growing paper industry is driving market growth in the forecast period.

Geographically, the North American region is estimated to hold a significant market share due to the high prevalence of the adoption of a busy lifestyle along with the habit of eating outside. In contrast, the Asia Pacific region is projected to witness high growth prospects during the forecast period. Rapidly developing corporate culture, along with the growing trend of consuming food and beverages outside the home environment, has significantly impacted the market growth in this region, creating a high opportunity for revenue generation during the forecast period.

The prevalence of tea consumption is propelling market growth in the forecast period.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it takes around 2 grams to prepare one cup of tea, while 10 grams to prepare one cup of coffee. As per British Geographer David Grigg, at the international level, three cups of tea are consumed for every one cup of coffee. Tea is widely consumed worldwide in comparison to coffee, even though it is observed that green coffee is produced more than tea at the global level. Hence, tea consumption is projected to impede market growth in the forecast period with the prevailing consumer preference for consuming tea over coffee.

Tea is known to originate from China and has gained popularity in the last 2000 years. It is still an essential beverage in Chinese society. At present more than 1000 varieties of tea are available in the market, and more than 25 countries in the world are involved in tea cultivation.

According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A Inc., tea is the most widely consumed beverage globally after water. Around 80% of households in the United States of America consume tea. On any given day, more than 159 million Americans drink tea.

In 2019, it was noticed that more than 3.8 billion gallons of tea were consumed by Americans. Black tea accounted to hold a share of 84%, green tea accounted for 15%, and the remaining 1% share was distributed among oolong, white, and dark tea consumption. The United States continued to be the third-largest tea importer globally, followed by Russia and Pakistan. It is the only western country to grow in tea import and consumption.

The growing popularity of coffee among the younger generation significantly boosts the market demand in the forecast period.

Coffee drinking is gaining popularity at a significantly fast pace among millennials. This increasing trend of coffee consumption among the younger generation is projected to surge the market demand with the rise in disposable income of the developing regions of the world and the high disposable income of the citizens of the developed regions of the world. This has further boosted the growth of the coffee industry as well due to the evolving coffee-drinking customers, bringing on innovations in coffee products resulting in a variety of coffee drinks ranging from iced beverages to coffee shakes and classic coffee options.

The increasing family income and middle-class population in the emerging economies of the world, providing a huge customer base, are further augmenting the market demand. Due to the increasing number of coffee drinkers, companies nowadays are focusing on the interests of the millennial population worldwide.

Furthermore, with the growing adoption of busy lifestyles among the millennials, these younger generations are interested in consuming convenience food and beverages such as ready-to-drink coffee, including pre-made coffee, which are easy to carry along. Also, with the growing trend, it is easier to find coffee machines in gas stations, in addition to ready-to-drink coffee product variants in convenience stores for customers on the move.

The use of biodegradable paper cups is contributing to a surge in market demand during the forecast period with the growing trend of the adoption of eco-friendly commodities.

The utilization of biodegradable paper cups that are 100% biodegradable is fueling the market demand in the forecast period as it is considered an exceptional packaging alternative with no harmful impact on the environment and thus contributes to lowering the carbon footprint. The utilization of these cups is attributed to their safety, and hence it has been observed that several coffee shops worldwide have started using them on a wide scale. Manufacturers utilize wood pulp, plant material, or bamboo to manufacture biodegradable paper cups. Also, most of the paper is derived from recycled paper waste and materials that are completely environmentally friendly.

Key Developments

November 2021: Stora Enso's latest invention, UltraThinPE TecTM, drastically lowers the proportion of plastic layer in the Food Service Board (FSB) and products like single-use paper cups. Stora Enso has manufactured the thinnest polymer coating for FSB products on the market with the assistance of UltraThinPE TecTM. This accomplishment enables the creation of paper cup designs containing less than 5% plastic.

August 2021: Chobani announced the launch of a new paper cup packaging for its yogurt products. The paper cfrom Chobani is comprised of renewable, ethically sourced materials, including 80% paperboard. To preserve the integrity of the goods, the cup features a thin plastic liner.

December 2020: Brandbase announced the launch of a new paper cup named the Jungle Cup®. The new Jungle Cup® achieves the "Flustix" certified plastic-free accreditation by replacing the inner plastic lining with a thin water-based membrane material. The lids are made of bagasse, an organic substance that may be composted at home and is a fibrous byproduct of crushing sugarcane or sorghum stalks to release their juice.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

With the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus infections across the world, the global paper cups industry has been negatively impacted as there have been changes in people's way of going to work, drinking coffee or tea, and buying other items. The increasing emphasis on work-from-home, home quarantine initiatives, and reduced public gatherings to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 infection has resulted in a decline in the market growth in 2020. However, with the increasing trend for food delivery and takeaways, the market demand is expected to increase. Additionally, with most countries starting to lift their COVID-19 protocols, the market demand for fast food and eateries is anticipated to increase multifold, which would positively influence the paper cup market.


By Design

  • Printed Paper Cups
  • Non-Printed Paper Cups

By Application

  • Hot Beverages
  • Cold Beverages
  • Ice Creams

By Geography

  • North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Middle East and Africa
  • UAE
  • Israel
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
Frequently Asked Questions about the Paper Cups Market

What is the estimated value of the Paper Cups Market?

The Paper Cups Market was estimated to be valued at $2.51 billion in 2020.

What is the growth rate of the Paper Cups Market?

The growth rate of the Paper Cups Market is 4.1%, with an estimated value of $3.35 billion by 2027.

What is the forecasted size of the Paper Cups Market?

The Paper Cups Market is estimated to be worth $3.35 billion by 2027.

Who are the key companies in the Paper Cups Market?

Key companies in the Paper Cups Market include F Bender Limited, Huhtamaki, Graphic Packaging International, LLC, Dart Container Corporation, Georgia, Pacific Consumer Products, Go and Pak Group.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation
2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions
3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights
4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Market Opportunities
4.4. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.4.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.5. Industry Value Chain Analysis
5. Paper Cups Market Analysis, by Design
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Printed Paper Cups
5.3. Non-Printed Paper Cups
6. Paper Cups Market Analysis, by Application
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Hot Beverages
6.3. Cold Beverages
6.4. Ice Creams
6.5. Others
7. Paper Cups Market Analysis, by Geography
7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America
7.2.1. United States
7.2.2. Canada
7.2.3. Mexico
7.3. South America
7.3.1. Brazil
7.3.2. Argentina
7.3.3. Others
7.4. Europe
7.4.1. UK
7.4.2. Germany
7.4.3. France
7.4.4. Italy
7.4.5. Others
7.5. Middle East and Africa
7.5.1. United Arab Emirates
7.5.2. Israel
7.5.3. Saudi Arabia
7.5.4. Others
7.6. Asia Pacific
7.6.1. Asia Pacific Paper Cups Market, By Design, 2019 to 2025
7.6.2. Asia Pacific Paper Cups Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
7.6.3. By Country Japan China India South Korea Taiwan Thailand Others
8. Competitive Environment and Analysis
8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix
9. Company Profiles
9.1. F Bender Limited
9.2. Huhtamaki
9.3. Graphic Packaging International, LLC
9.4. Dart Container Corporation
9.5. Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products
9.6. Go-Pak Group

Companies Mentioned

  • F Bender Limited
  • Huhtamaki
  • Graphic Packaging International, LLC
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products
  • Go-Pak Group