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Size of the global disposable tableware market 2016-2020

The global disposable tableware market was valued at 27.37 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and was projected to be worth around 29.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2020. Tableware are the dishes or dishware used for setting a table, serving food and dining.

Disposable Tableware Market

Disposable plates, bowls, and cups are an excellent way to take the stress out of cleaning up after a picnic, house party, or barbecue. They are typically made out of paper, plastic, or Styrofoam. There are also numerous biodegradable or compostable options on the market. Private label disposable tableware sales amounted to around 625.1 million U.S. dollars in the United States in 2017; a larger share of the market than any name brand disposable tableware.

Tableware in the United States

In the United States, overall sales of the disposable tableware market amounted to around 818 million U.S. dollars in 2018. In comparison, traditional cups and plates generated 4.13 billion U.S. dollars in sales in that year. Consumers in the United States seem to prefer practical and sturdy flatware, such as stainless-steel flatware. Only about a third of U.S. consumers indicated that they planned to purchase plastic flatware.

Value of the disposable tableware market worldwide in 2016 and 2020

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September 2017



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