Paper Cups Market Size To Attain USD 17 Bn By 2032

Published Date : 29 Jan 2024

The global paper cups market size surpassed USD 11 billion in 2022 and is projected to attain around USD 17 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2023 to 2032.

Paper Cups Market Size and Growth Rate From 2023 To 2032

Market Overview

A paper cup is a type of disposable utensil made from paper that may or may not be coated with any additional chemical compounds. These single-use utensils are used to serve food and drinks such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, soups, etc. Depending on the type of cups and type of wall of cups, manufacturers supply their products to end-users in various facilities like commercial centers, schools, restaurants, offices, hospitals, etc. Some common materials involve plastic polyethene and resin that enhance the performance and longevity of the cup by preventing the lowered moisture from absorbing and retaining taste.

These paper cups can be used worldwide. The market for paper cups is developing rapidly due to the high demand of individuals. Paper cups can be designed using recyclable material or produced with a coating to meet the client's requirements. An additional coating is applied to paper cups to cater to businesses that deal with liquids or grease for a long duration. The cups are coated with a plastic film, usually made of polyethene or polylactide, which solves the problem of holding the liquids. Overall, they are safer than typical other cups made of plastic.

Regional Snapshot

Asia-Pacific, a region of immense potential, commands the largest share of the paper cup market. This dominance in the global market is a testament to the robust production and consumption of paper cups in countries such as China. The rise of quick service restaurants (QSRs) like KFC, McDonald’s, Domino’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, etc, in countries like India and China further amplifies the market opportunities for paper cups in this region.

  • In June 2022, South Korea issued a discount for the use of disposable coffee cups. This initiative is taken to reduce waste and increase recycling practices.
  • In May 2023, Manjushree Packtek Pvt. Ltd. acquired Jallan Polypack, an Indian sustainable paper cup packaging company, to strengthen its portfolio of technology-based packaging solutions in India.
  • In June 2022, Tea Time, an Indian network of tea franchise outlets, partnered with ScrapQ Hub, a scrap aggregator company, to recycle and reuse scrap material to produce plastic-lined paper cups.

North America is projected to hold the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the growing awareness about hygiene, concerns regarding the environment, and preference for on-the-go consumption of food and beverages due to a hectic lifestyle. Moreover, chain brands such as Starbucks, Wendy's, KFC, etc., are expanding their services with new outlets opening in frequently trafficked areas such as residential complexes and office spaces.

  • According to Daily Coffee News, the United States is home to popular coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin and establishments like Donuts and Caribou, engaging the audience with familiar names and places.
  • In February 2023, Graphic Packaging International, LLC. Invested USD 1.0 billion to increase its North American recycled paperboard capacity from 4.2 million to 4.4 million tons.

Paper Cups Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Revenue in 2023 USD 11.44 Billion
Projected Forecast Revenue by 2032 USD 17 Billion
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 4.5%
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Market Dynamics


Rising installation of self-service beverage kiosks

Self-serving coffee stations have long since been popular in office spaces. In order to save time, companies provide disposable paper cups in such areas. Such coffee kiosks, along with several beverage dispensaries, are being rapidly installed in cafes and restaurants due to their popularity and minimal need for service staff. Moreover, such beverage booths are being increasingly found in high-traffic areas like malls, major intersections, and other market areas as they provide the owners with an extra income with minimum labor requirements. These create a regular demand for paper cups, thus driving the market.

Preference for an easy and convenient lifestyle

Paper cups are lightweight, easy to carry and deliver, and meet customer satisfaction for easy-to-ease purposes. As the number of restaurants, QSRs, and food delivery services increases, the demand for paper cups in day-to-day life. They offer businesses opportunities to enhance their customer experiences with their improved designs supporting takeaway and delivery options. Moreover, several businesses and brands employ personalized customizations as a form of affordable advertisement, directly resulting in the market's growth.


Environmental and health concerns

Traditionally used paper cups rely on a thin coating of plastic to retain their structure when in contact with liquids. These plastics can be ingested with the edible item they hold or be dispersed into the environment in the form of microplastics when disposed of. This, in combination with growing health concerns, has become a significant hurdle in the paper cups market. As protective film coating helps increase the holding capacity of cups for liquids, researchers are trying to make a protective layer of PLA instead of plastic.


Eco-friendly alternatives and sustainability goals

Disposable cups can be made of recyclable material, which causes less environmental harm. Given the growing ecological concerns, people are shifting towards environment-friendly alternatives. Similarly, businesses are adopting eco-friendly practices to minimize their carbon footprint. Environmentally friendly products are increasingly employed to make a protective film that can hold liquid for a long time. Steps such as eradication or substitution of plastic coatings are implemented.

Brands are continuously making various modifications to their disposable utensils to make them safer for their consumers and the environment. They are made up of chemical-free, non-toxic compounds such as wax, plant-based biopolymers, and water derived from plants were used to apply as protective coatings to these cups. For instance, Starbucks, the world's largest coffee company, has set a goal of halving the company's waste, water use, and carbon emissions by 2030.

  • In December 2022, Huhtamaki Oyj & Stora Enso launched its advanced Europe paper cup recycling program that includes used paper cups through various partners such as McDonald’s, The Food Travel Expert, and Nation Railway Company.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2023, UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) introduced recyclable paper fibre coffee cups to combat the massive amounts of waste generated from disposable coffee cups.  Every year, around 2.5 billion annually paper cups are disposed of; of these, only one in every 400 can be recycled.
  • In April 2023, WinCup, Inc. invented the first paper cup coated with polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) by the fermentation of canola oil. This led to the replacement of regular paper cups with these newer alternatives by various businesses in accordance with their sustainability goals.

Major Key Players

  • International Paper Company
  • Huhtamaki Oyj
  • Dart Container Corporation
  • Benders Paper Cups
  • Konie Cups International
  • Eco-Products Inc.
  • Kap Cones Pvt. Ltd.
  • DongyangKangbao Paper Cups Co. Ltd.
  • Phoenix Packaging Operations, LLC.
  • Shanghai Xinyu Paper Cup Co. Ltd.

Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Hot Paper Cups
  • Cold Paper Cups

By Wall Type

  • Single Walled
  • Double Walled

By End User

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Household

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