North America Paper Cups Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

North America Paper Cups Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The North America paper cups market size reached US$ 20.1 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 21.8 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 1.41% during 2023-2028. The rising focus on sustainability, escalating consumer concerns regarding hygiene, the bolstering café culture and expanding foodservice outlets, the surging product application due to its versatility and cost-effectiveness, and ongoing product innovations, are among the key factors driving the market growth.

Report Attribute
 Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2022 US$ 20.1 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028 US$ 21.8 Billion
Market Growth Rate 2023-2028 1.41%

Paper cups are a type of disposable cup primarily made from paper. They are often lined or coated with plastic or wax to prevent liquid from seeping out or soaking through the paper. This interior lining serves as a strength layer and a liquid barrier. These cups are widely employed in consuming beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and soups. Paper cups are also increasingly prevalent in fast food outlets, restaurants, and cafes due to their convenient, low-cost, and hygienic nature. Their compact, lightweight, and easily disposable characteristics make them highly suitable for outdoor events and public transport networks.

The rising demand for sustainable and convenient solutions for beverage consumption primarily drives the North American paper cups market. Concurrent with this, the bolstering growth of the fast-food industry, cafes, and other quick-service restaurants that increasingly prefer paper cups for their cost-effectiveness and operational efficiency is creating a favorable outlook for market expansion. Moreover, increasing consumer awareness concerning the harmful impact of plastic on the environment is impelling the demand for paper cups. In addition to this, the implementation of various public and corporate policies to reduce plastic waste has boosted the adoption of paper cups, thus acting as a significant growth-inducing factor. Additionally, significant advancements in manufacturing technology, such as the use of biodegradable coatings, are enhancing the product's overall appeal by addressing the previously challenging issue of recycling. Furthermore, the growth of the e-commerce industry, combined with the surging popularity of online food delivery and 'to-go' services, are aiding in market expansion.

North America Paper Cups Market Trends/Drivers:

Increasing focus on sustainability and escalating environmental consciousness

One of the key drivers of the North American paper cups market is the rising environmental consciousness among consumers and the resulting demand for sustainable solutions such as disposable paper cups. The pernicious impact of plastic on the environment has been well-documented, prompting consumers and businesses alike to seek eco-friendly alternatives. Paper cups, particularly those made from recycled materials or lined with biodegradable coatings, offer a more sustainable choice compared to traditional plastic cups. In addition to this, regulatory policies aimed at reducing plastic waste are bolstering the adoption of paper cups. The transition towards a circular economy, emphasizing waste reduction and resource efficiency, is contributing to the market's growth.

Rising health and hygiene concerns among consumers

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially heightened concerns around health and hygiene, prompting a surge in demand for disposable food service products. Paper cups, being disposable, help minimize the risk of disease transmission and ensure hygiene in various settings, including restaurants, cafes, offices, and public events. They offer a safe, convenient, and cost-effective solution for serving beverages or food, which is particularly significant in the current pandemic and likely post-pandemic era. This heightened emphasis on health and hygiene, coupled with the convenience of disposability, is driving the proliferation of paper cups in the North American market.

North America Paper Cups Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the North America paper cups market report, along with forecasts at the regional and country levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on cup type, wall type and application.

Breakup by Cup Type:

  • Cold Paper Cups
  • Hot Paper Cups

Hot paper cups represent the most widely used product type

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the cup type. This includes hot and cold paper cups. According to the report, hot paper cups represented the largest segment.

The rising demand for hot paper cups, driven by flourishing café culture and burgeoning coffee consumption in the region, is creating a positive outlook for market expansion. Besides this, the emerging trends of gourmet coffee, on-the-go lifestyles, and an appreciation for specialty teas are fueling the use of hot paper cups. In addition to this, seasonal influences such as colder weather conditions, especially in the northern parts of North America, amplify demand for hot beverages, consequently leading to an upswing in hot paper cup usage. Moreover, the expanding variety of hot ready-to-drink (RTD) products available in the retail sector is another growth-inducing factor, with convenience stores and supermarkets increasingly selling hot beverages in disposable cups. Furthermore, growth in the catering sector for corporate events, festivals, and other social gatherings, where hot beverages are frequently served in disposable cups, is presenting remunerative growth opportunities for the market.

Breakup by Wall Type:

  • Single Wall Paper Cups
  • Double Wall Paper Cups

Single wall paper cups account for the majority of the market share

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the wall type have also been provided in the report. This includes single and double wall paper cups. According to the report, single wall paper cups accounted for the largest market share.

The cost-effectiveness of single-walled cups compared to their double or triple-walled counterparts is fueling their adoption across various applications. Single wall paper cups require fewer raw materials and less energy to manufacture, thereby making them a more economical choice for businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. Besides this, the versatility and lightweight nature of single-walled paper cups makes them desirable for a wide array of applications, such as vending machines and water coolers, where insulation is not the primary concern, strengthening the market growth. Furthermore, significant advances in printing technology have made customizing these cups easier, aiding businesses in their branding and marketing efforts. Single-walled cups provide an ideal canvas for promotional material and brand messaging. Apart from this, single-walled cups are widely used in thriving healthcare institutions, such as hospitals and clinics, for dispensing medications or providing water to patients, thus widening their market reach.

Breakup by Application:

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Chilled Food and Beverages
  • Others

Tea and Coffee holds the largest share in the market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market has been provided based on application. This includes tea and coffee, chilled food and beverages, and others. According to the report, tea and coffee accounted for the largest market share.

The introduction of innovative specialty beverages by coffee chains and tea houses is impelling the demand for paper cups in North America. These innovations, ranging from flavored lattes to artisanal teas, attract a wide audience, stimulating the use of hot paper cups. In addition to this, the evolving work culture, marked by flexible hours and remote working, has encouraged the consumption of takeaway hot beverages, propelling the demand for hot paper cups. Furthermore, the rise in home brewing of premium coffee and tea, coupled with the popularity of single-serve coffee pods, is leading to increased domestic usage of hot paper cups. Moreover, the inclusion of hot beverages in fast-food meal deals is acting as another significant growth-inducing factor, as consumers opt for bundled meals that often include a hot beverage served in a paper cup.

Breakup by Region:

  • United States
  • Canada

United States holds the largest share in the market

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include the United States and Canada. According to the report, the United States was the largest market for paper cups.

The expansion of food service outlets in commercial spaces such as malls, cinemas, and universities necessitate the use of disposable paper cups, given their convenience and disposability, primarily driving the market growth in the United States. Besides this, the emerging trend towards organizing large-scale events, outdoor parties, and music festivals, where food and drinks are typically served in disposable containers, is fostering the use of paper cups. Moreover, the flourishing growth of the fitness and health industry in the United States, with an increasing number of gyms and health centers offering energy drinks and smoothies in paper cups, is positively influencing product demand. Furthermore, the burgeoning craft beer industry is exploring the use of paper cups for serving at events, minimizing the risk of glass breakages. Concurrent with this, innovative marketing strategies, such as the use of paper cups for advertising purposes by printing brand logos and messages, are contributing to the uptick in demand.

Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape of the North American paper cup market is characterized by the presence of a mix of both established players and emerging entrants. This market is highly competitive, with companies striving to gain an edge through factors such as product quality, price, innovation, and sustainability credentials. Prominent market players maintain their positions through extensive product portfolios, robust distribution networks, and established brand reputations. Concurrently, several new entrants are attempting to penetrate the market, often offering differentiated products such as biodegradable cups or unique designs. Additionally, there's a significant focus on technological advancements to improve recyclability and reduce the environmental footprint of paper cups, further intensifying the competitive atmosphere in this market.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided.

North America Paper Cups Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Cup Type
  • Wall Type
  • Application
  • Region
Cup Types Covered Cold Paper Cups, Hot Paper Cups
Wall Types Covered Single Wall Paper Cups, Double Wall Paper Cups
Applications Covered Tea and Coffee, Chilled Food and Beverages, Others
Countries Covered United States, Canada
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the North America paper cups market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the North America paper cups market?
  • What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the North America paper cups market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the cup type?
  • Which is the most attractive cup type in the North America paper cups market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on wall type?
  • Which is the most attractive wall type in the North America paper cups market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
  • Which is the most attractive application in the North America paper cups market?
  • What is the competitive structure of the North America paper cups market?
  • Who are the key players/companies in the North America paper cups market?

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the North America paper cups market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the North America paper cups 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 North America paper cups 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.

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