The GCC biodegradable food service disposables market size reached US$ 115.5 Million in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 156.6 Million by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% during 2023-2028. The implementation of favorable government initiatives, the growing awareness regarding the impact on the marine ecosystem, and continuous innovation in biodegradable materials offering improved quality, durability, and design are some of the major factors propelling the market.
|Market Size in 2022
||US$ 115.5 Million
|Market Forecast in 2028
||US$ 156.6 Million
|Market Growth Rate (2023-2028)
Biodegradable food service disposables are environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional single-use items such as plates, cutlery, and containers. These products are crafted from natural materials such as cornstarch, sugarcane fiber, or bamboo. They have the ability to break down naturally in the environment, reducing the burden of plastic waste as compared to conventional plastics that linger for centuries. They decompose into harmless elements within a relatively short time which helps minimize landfill waste and lessens the ecological impact. Additionally, biodegradable food service disposables offer a responsible choice for businesses and individuals seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner planet.
The market is primarily driven by the growing environmental awareness across the region. In addition, the increasing concerns about plastic pollution are encouraging governments, businesses, and consumers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to seek sustainable alternatives, thus contributing to the market growth. Moreover, biodegradable food service disposables, produced from materials that can naturally break down over time, are positioned as a solution to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastics, which represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, the shifting consumer preferences toward eco-friendly options are influencing purchasing decisions while offering a greener and more responsible choice is accelerating market growth. Along with this, the widespread adoption of biodegradable food service disposables in the hospitality and food service industry, such as Hotels, restaurants, and catering services for minimizing their environmental footprint, are embracing these eco-friendly alternatives, thus propelling the market growth.
GCC Biodegradable Food Service Disposables Market Trends/Drivers:
The growing awareness regarding the impact of plastic on the marine ecosystem
The increasing awareness concerning the dire consequences of plastic pollution on the marine ecosystem is influencing market growth. In addition, the increasing scientific evidence highlighting the detrimental impact of plastic waste on marine life, ecosystems, and even human health, resulted in a shift toward sustainable alternatives, thus contributing to the market growth. Moreover, consumers are demanding products that align with their eco-conscious values, seeking alternatives that reduce plastic waste and its associated ecological repercussions representing another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, the development and adoption of biodegradable and compostable alternatives as sustainable solutions are accelerating the market growth. Furthermore, the escalating demand for eco-friendly, biodegradable, and compostable alternatives is reshaping product development strategies, thus propelling market growth.
The implementation of favorable government initiatives
The implementation of favorable government initiatives within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is accelerating the adoption of biodegradable food service disposables. Additionally, governments in the GCC region have recognized the urgency of addressing environmental concerns and plastic pollution, aligning their policies with sustainable practices. These initiatives include regulatory frameworks, incentives, and awareness campaigns that promote the usage of biodegradable alternatives. Moreover, businesses within the food service sector are proactively embracing biodegradable food service disposables as a strategic move, representing another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, the transition to biodegradable food service disposables aligns with the broader objectives of circular economy models and sustainable development goals, thus accelerating market growth. Furthermore, several initiatives are mitigating the adverse impact of plastic waste on the environment and fostering economic growth by stimulating innovation, creating new markets, and promoting responsible consumption patterns, thus propelling market growth.
GCC Biodegradable Food Service Disposables Industry Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market report, along with forecasts at the regional and country levels for 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on raw material type, product type, and distribution channel.
Breakup by Raw Material Type:
- Pulp and Paper
Pulp and paper industry holds the largest share of the market
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the raw material type has also been provided in the report. This includes pulp and paper, biopolymers, leaves, and wood. According to the report, pulp and paper accounted for the largest market share.
Pulp and paper, known for their renewable and biodegradable nature, aligns perfectly with the region's growing emphasis on environmental responsibility and sustainability. Additionally, biodegradable food service disposables produced from pulp and paper materials addresses concerns surrounding plastic pollution and resonate with consumer preferences for eco-friendly options, thus augmenting the market growth.
Moreover, the pulp and paper industry is well-equipped to meet the demands of the food service sector. Along with this, pulp is sourced from responsibly managed forests, and serves as the primary raw material for manufacturing disposable items including plates, cups, containers, and utensils ensuring a consistent supply of raw materials that can be replenished over time, thus propelling the market growth.
Furthermore, the pulp and paper industry's mature infrastructure, well-established manufacturing processes, and technical expertise contribute to the quality and versatility of biodegradable food service disposables. Manufacturers have the capability to produce several products meeting hygiene, durability, and design requirements, ensuring a seamless transition from traditional plastic alternatives.
Breakup by Product Type:
- Clamshells and Containers
Cups represent the most popular product type
The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product type. This includes cups, clamshells and containers, plates, cutleries, and others. According to the report, cups accounted for the largest market share.
Biodegradable cups are gaining prominence due to their versatility in accommodating various types of beverages, from hot to cold drinks. Cups are adaptable to numerous temperature requirements positioning them as an attractive option for food service providers and consumers. In addition, the changing consumer preferences toward eco-friendly choices, and sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic cups are influencing the market growth.
Moreover, the widespread adoption of biodegradable cups among governments and businesses seeking solutions to reduce plastic pollution represents another major growth-inducing factor. Besides this, biodegradable cups' ability to naturally break down over time, minimizing the impact on the environment, resonates with the region's focus on sustainability, thus accelerating the market growth.
Apart from this, the growing hospitality and tourism sectors rely heavily on disposable cups for serving beverages to residents and visitors, thus accelerating the market growth. Furthermore, the widespread use of biodegradable cups in these sectors reflects the industry's responsiveness to consumer demands for greener alternatives, thus creating a positive market outlook.
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
- Business to Customer (B2C)
- Business to Business (B2B)
- Supermarkets and Hypermarkets
- Online Stores
Business to business (B2B) presently accounts for the largest market share
A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel has also been provided in the report. This includes business to customer (B2C), business to business (B2B) (supermarkets and hypermarkets, online stores, others). According to the report, business to business (B2B) accounted for the largest market share.
The business to business (B2B) segment is driven by the prevalence of supermarkets, hypermarkets, online stores, and other specialized outlets that cater to the bulk purchasing needs of businesses. In addition, supermarkets and hypermarkets are essential in promoting biodegradable food service disposables providing convenient access to several biodegradable products suitable for food service needs, with their extensive shelf space and strategic locations ensuring these products reach numerous clientele, including restaurants, cafes, catering services, and event organizers, thus contributing to the market growth.
Moreover, online stores offer convenience, easy accessibility, doorstep delivery, and the ability to place bulk orders, making it an attractive option for businesses seeking biodegradable alternatives represents another major growth-inducing factor. Online platforms offer a comprehensive selection, detailed product information, and streamlined procurement processes, aligning well with the fast-paced demands of the food service industry.
Furthermore, specialized outlets dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable products contribute to the dominance of this distribution channel. These outlets are catering exclusively to businesses that prioritize environmental responsibility, offering a curated range of biodegradable food service disposables that align with sustainability goals.
Breakup by Country:
- Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia exhibits a clear dominance in the market
The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. According to the report, Saudi Arabia accounted for the largest market share.
Saudi Arabia's market is primarily driven by the country’s robust financial resources, allowing investments in sustainable practices, including the adoption of biodegradable food service disposables. Moreover, the Saudi government's commitment to sustainability is evident through regulatory frameworks and initiatives aimed at reducing plastic waste, thus influencing market growth.
Moreover, stringent bans and restrictions on single-use plastics have prompted businesses and consumers alike to embrace biodegradable alternatives thus representing another major growth-inducing factor. Along with this, cultural shifts within Saudi Arabia, driven by a growing awareness of environmental issues, have elevated the importance of responsible consumption, thus propelling the market growth.
Apart from this, cultural awakening has led to a surge in demand for eco-friendly products, including biodegradable food service disposables, aligning with the nation's values and aspirations. Furthermore, the widespread adoption of sustainable practices as an essential component of a sustainable tourism approach catering to environmentally conscious travelers is providing a positive thrust to the market growth.
At present, key players in the market are employing strategic initiatives to bolster their positions and capitalize on the growing demand for sustainable alternatives. These strategies encompass innovation, partnerships, market expansion, branding, and customer-centric approaches. They are investing in research and development (R&D) to create innovative biodegradable food service disposables including designing products with enhanced functionality, durability, and aesthetic appeal to cater to diverse customer needs. Moreover, companies are collaborating with suppliers of biodegradable materials to ensure a consistent and high-quality supply chain while securing access to raw materials and supporting local and sustainable sourcing. Besides this, key players are expanding their market presence through the establishment of new distribution channels and partnerships allowing companies to reach a wider customer base including entering new geographical regions within the GCC and beyond.
The market research report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided.
GCC Biodegradable Food Service Disposables Market Report Scope:
|Base Year of the Analysis
|Scope of the Report
||Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
- Raw Material Type
- Product Type
- Distribution Channel
|Raw Material Types Covered
||Pulp and Paper, Biopolymers, Leaves, Wood
|Product Types Covered
||Cups, Clamshells and Containers, Plates, Cutleries, Others
|Distribution Channels Covered
- Business To Customer (B2C)
- Business To Business (B2B): Supermarkets and Hypermarkets, Online Stores, Others
||Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:
- How has the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
- What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market?
- What are the key regional markets?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the raw material type?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the product type?
- What is the breakup of the market based on the distribution channel?
- What are the various stages in the value chain of the industry?
- What are the key driving factors and challenges in the industry?
- What is the structure of the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market and who are the key players?
- What is the degree of competition in the industry?
Key Benefits for Stakeholders:
- IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market from 2017-2028.
- The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the GCC biodegradable food service disposables market.
- Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the GCC biodegradable food service disposables industry and its attractiveness.
- Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.