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Paper cups market to reach US$ 9.21bn by 2031

Paper cups market to reach US$ 9.21bn by 2031

October 6 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine


Paper cups are used widley in food and beverage, household and institutional sectors. Their high utility across the spectrum can be attributed to their low-weight, eco-friendly nature, cost-effectiveness, and high recyclability. The new research suggests that the market is expected to surpass US$ 9210m in 2021, between 2021 and 2031. 

 Amidst banning of single use plastics across the globe and growing efforts to eliminate plastic from packaging has led to emergence of paper based packaging items as a feasible solution. This has led to adoption of paper cups in food service industry over past few years. Rising establishment of quick service restaurants in emerging economies and adoption of take away culture to suit the need of convenience will drive the paper cups demand during the forecast period.

Increasing focus on developing recyclable, biodegradable and plastic free cups, high demand for packaged foods and incorporation of disposable products in online food delivery services will further accelerate the market growth. Presence of fast food giants and rising awareness in western countries regarding harmful effects of plastic has boosted the adoption of paper cups in such region. 

Market players are emphasizing on penetrating emerging economies of Asia and Africa due to surge in opening of fast food joints, rise in millennial and working population and soaring popularity of dining out in these countries.

Emergence of online food services and adoption of on-the-go services will create opportunities for market growth. Increasing installation of modern vending machines in high crowd locations like railways and airport to provide better consumer experience will positively influence the market growth in upcoming years. 

 The U.S. will drive the paper cups market in upcoming years due to establishment of modern food service industries in urban cities of the country. Increase in disposable income of people, and busy lifestyle will further accelerate the market growth. 

More than 65% of global paper cups market sales comprises of hot beverage cups owing to increasing demand of on-the-go coffee by millennials. Emergence of eating out trend rather than eating home cooked meals will create an absolute dollar of opportunity worth more than US$ 1.4 billion over the forecast period.