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US Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026

The US paper cups and paper plates market reached a value of US$ 20 Billion in 2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to exhibit stable growth during 2021-2026. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic on different end use industries. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor. 

Paper cups and plates are eco-friendly and leak-proof disposables that are made out of recycled paper. These disposables are lined with wax or plastic, which prevent leaking or soaking of liquid through the paper, thus improving the durability of the cups and plates. Widely available in a variety of sizes and shapes, they are extremely lightweight, convenient to use and carry, recyclable and safer to use as compared to plastic or Styrofoam variants. They are extensively utilized for serving food and beverages, including tea, coffee, soft drinks, instant noodles, pastries, cutlets and sweet corn across both commercial and institutional establishments, such as cafes, canteens, schools, offices, bakeries, hospitals and other commercial spaces.

The market for paper cups and plates in the US is primarily driven by the well-established food and beverage industry in the country. Characterized by a hectic lifestyle of the majority of its population, the US stands as a witness to a steadily increasing fast food consumption. In line with this, the on-the-go coffee culture has led to the expansion of prominent coffee shops, which has provided a boost to the sales of paper cups and plates for serving and packing beverages and snacks. Moreover, the growing consciousness among consumers regarding the importance of hygiene and sanitation has impelled them to replace reusable utensils with disposables, thereby providing a thrust to the market growth. Furthermore, numerous eminent brands, such as Starbucks, are now replacing plastic packaging with paper cups and plates, owing to the enhanced focus towards sustainable development. Several market players are also introducing 100% recyclable, biodegradable or compostable paper disposables made with fiber-based raw materials.

US Paper Cups Market:

Breakup by Product Type:

  • Hot Paper Cups
  • Cold Paper Cups


The market is dominated by hot paper cups, followed by cold paper cups.

Breakup by Wall Type:

  • Single Wall
  • Double Wall


Single wall represents the largest wall type in the market, followed by double wall.

US Paper Plates Market:

Breakup by Product Type:

  • Heavy-Duty
  • Medium-Duty


The market is dominated by heavy-duty paper plates, followed by medium-duty paper plates.

Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape of the market has been studied in the report with the detailed profiles of the key players operating in the market.

1    Preface
2    Scope & Methodology

    2.1    Objectives of the Study
    2.2    Stakeholders
    2.3    Data Sources
        2.3.1    Primary Sources
        2.3.2    Secondary Sources
    2.4    Market Estimation
        2.4.1    Bottom-Up Approach
        2.4.2    Top-Down Approach
    2.5    Forecasting Methodology
3    Executive Summary
4    Introduction

    4.1    Overview
    4.2    Key Industry Trends
5    Global Paper Cups and Paper Plates Industry
    5.1    Market Overview
    5.2    Market Performance
    5.3    Market Breakup by Type
    5.4    Market Breakup by Region   
    5.5    Market Forecast 
6    US Paper Cups and Paper Plates Industry
    6.1    Market Overview
    6.2    Market Performance
    6.3    Impact of COVID-19
    6.4    Market Forecast 
    6.5    SWOT Analysis
        6.5.1    Overview
        6.5.2    Strengths
        6.5.3    Weaknesses
        6.5.4    Opportunities
        6.5.5    Threats
    6.6    Value Chain Analysis
        6.6.1    Raw Material Suppliers
        6.6.2    Manufacturers
        6.6.3    Distributors
        6.6.4    Exporters
        6.6.5    Retailers
        6.6.6    End-Users
    6.7    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        6.7.1    Overview
        6.7.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers
        6.7.3    Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        6.7.4    Degree of Competition
        6.7.5    Threat of New Entrants
        6.7.6    Threat of Substitutes
    6.8    Key Market Drivers and Success Factors
7    US Paper Cups Market 
    7.1    Market Performance
    7.2    Market by Product Type 
        7.2.1    Hot Paper Cups
            7.2.1.1 Market Trends
            7.2.1.2 Market Forecast
        7.2.2    Cold Paper Cups
            7.2.2.1 Market Trends
            7.2.2.2 Market Forecast
    7.3    Market by Wall Type 
        7.3.1    Single Wall
            7.3.1.1 Market Trends
            7.3.1.2 Market Forecast
        7.3.2    Double Wall
            7.3.2.1 Market Trends
            7.3.2.2 Market Forecast
8    US Paper Plates Market 
    8.1    Market Performance
    8.2    Market by Product Type 
        8.2.1    Heavy-Duty Paper Plates
            8.2.1.1 Market Trends
            8.2.1.2 Market Forecast
        8.2.2    Medium-Duty Paper Plates
            8.2.2.1 Market Trends
            8.2.2.2 Market Forecast
9    Paper Cups and Plates Manufacturing Process
    9.1    Product Overview
    9.2    Raw Material Requirements
    9.3    Manufacturing Process
    9.4    Key Success and Risk Factors
10    Competitive Landscape
    10.1    Market Structure
    10.2    Key Players
    10.3    Profiles of Key Players 

List of Figures

Figure 1: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Major Drivers and Challenges
Figure 2: Global: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015-2020
Figure 3: Global: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Breakup by Type (in %), 2020
Figure 4: Global: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Breakup by Region (in %), 2020
Figure 5: Global: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 6: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015-2020
Figure 7: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Consumption Value Trends (in Billion US$), 2015-2020
Figure 8: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 9: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Value Trends (in Billion US$), 2021-2026
Figure 10: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Industry: SWOT Analysis
Figure 11: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Industry: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 12: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Industry: Porters Five Forces Analysis
Figure 13: US: Paper Cups Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015-2020
Figure 14: US: Paper Cups Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 15: US: Paper Cups Market: Breakup by Product Type (in %), 2020
Figure 16: US: Hot Paper Cups Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 17: US: Hot Paper Cups Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units),2021-2026
Figure 18: US: Cold Paper Cups Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 19: US: Cold Paper Cups Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units),2021-2026
Figure 20: US: Paper Cups Market: Breakup by Wall Type (in %), 2020
Figure 21: US: Single Wall Paper Cups Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 22: US: Single Wall Paper Cups Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units),2021-2026
Figure 23: US: Double Wall Paper Cups Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 24: US: Double Wall Paper Cups Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units),2021-2026
Figure 25: US: Paper Plates Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015-2020
Figure 26: US: Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 27: US: Paper Plates Market: Breakup by Product Type (in %), 2020
Figure 28: US: Heavy-Duty Paper Plates Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 29: US: Heavy-Duty Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 30: US: Medium-Duty Paper Plates Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2015 & 2020
Figure 31: US: Medium-Duty Paper Plates Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Figure 32: Paper Cups and Paper Plates: Manufacturing Process

List of Tables

Table 1: Global: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2020 and 2026
Table 2: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2020 and 2026
Table 3: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (in Billion Units), 2021-2026
Table 4: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Manufacturing: Raw Material Requirements
Table 5: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Competitive Structure
Table 6: US: Paper Cups and Paper Plates Market: Key Players

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Key Question Answered in this Report

The US paper cups and paper plates market was valued at US$ 20 Billion in 2020. 

The rising on-the-go consumption of food and beverages based on hectic work schedules and sedentary lifestyles of the consumers is primarily catalyzing the US paper cups and paper plates market. 

In the US, sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increasing utilization of disposable paper cups and paper plates across numerous food service channels for reducing the risk of coronavirus infection through reusable cutlery.

Based on the product type, the US paper cups market can be segmented into hot paper cups and cold paper cups. Currently, hot paper cups hold the majority of the total market share.

Based on the product type, the US paper plates market has been segregated into heavy-duty and medium-duty, where heavy-duty paper plates currently represent the largest segment.

Based on the wall type, the US paper cups market can be categorized into single wall and double wall. Currently, single walled paper cups exhibit a clear dominance in the market.

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