Foodservice Disposables

Gains in foodservice disposables will be boosted by sustained revenue growth in the dominant limited service restaurant market, and better growth for fast casual restaurant and coffee/snack shop revenues.

US demand to rise 3.9% annually through 2019

Demand for foodservice disposables in the US is projected to increase 3.9 percent per year to $21.9 billion in 2019. Gains will be boosted by sustained revenue growth in the limited service restaurant segment, which accounts for about 80 percent of the total for disposables, despite representing only about half of overall restaurant revenues. Better growth for fast casual restaurant and coffee/snack shop revenues will boost demand for cups, dinnerware, and other products. Meanwhile, growth in the quick service restaurant (QSR) segment -- the largest outlet for disposables -- will be restrained by slower growth in QSR revenues brought on by the shift in consumer preference away from traditional fast food due to health concerns and perceptions of low food quality.

Retail outlets to be fastest growing market

Outside of restaurants, foodservice disposables are used in a variety of outlets. Prospects in these markets vary, but the best outlook will be for retail outlets, including grocery stores, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores. Retail stores will continue to expand their selections of prepared foods in order to better compete with restaurants that offer takeout meals. Convenience stores will continue to be a favorite destination for coffee and fountain drinks, although carbonated soft drink sales are expected to remain sluggish. To compensate for this sluggishness, and to be more competitive with the proliferation of coffee shops, convenience stores and other retail outlets are adding beverages such as gourmet coffee drinks, chai tea, fruit-infused teas, and smoothies.

Packaging to be fastest growing product segment

Packaging products, including clamshells, paperboard cartons, and other containers, are expected to register the fastest growth among the major product types. Value gains will driven by green-minded replacement of foam clamshells with molded pulp containers and other sustainable alternatives. Specialty plastic containers will also post above average growth due to increased takeout and catering services offered by full service restaurants, which tend to use higher value containers, especially in catering, where the appearance of the container can often be an important component in meal presentation.

Expanded menu offerings in many restaurant segments have prompted the development of new packaging formats, such as salad containers with compartments that hold add-in toppings and dressings; these containers are primarily used by fast casual restaurants and supermarkets. Bags for rotisserie chicken that can be placed in the oven have replaced two-piece plastic containers in some instances.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $18 billion US foodservice disposables industry. It presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) and forecasts (2019 and 2024) by product (e.g., packaging, serviceware, napkins) and market (e.g., eating and drinking places, retail and vending, institutional). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 34 industry players, including Dart Container, Pactiv, and Georgia-Pacific.

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  1. Foodservice Disposables

    $5,500.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $117.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $131.00

      1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,503.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $83.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $204.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS

      3. 3.3 Demographic Trends

        $179.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Consumer Income & Spending

        $115.00

        1. Table | PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

      5. 3.5 Retail Sales Outlook

        $184.00

        1. Table | RETAIL SALES

      6. 3.6 Consumer Food Expenditure Trends

        $100.00

        1. Table | CONSUMER FOOD EXPENDITURES

      7. 3.7 Foodservice Industry Outlook

        $468.00

        1. Table | FOODSERVICE REVENUES BY ESTABLISHMENT TYPE

        2. 3.7.1 Eating & Drinking Places

          $388.00

          1. Table | LIMITED SERVICE RESTAURANT REVENUES BY TYPE

          2. Table | OTHER EATING & DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT REVENUES BY TYPE

      8. 3.8 Other Foodservice Establishments

        $141.00

        1. Table | OTHER FOODSERVICE ESTABLISHMENT REVENUES BY TYPE

      9. 3.9 Raw Materials

        $383.00

        1. Table | RAW MATERIAL DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

        2. 3.9.1 Paper & Paperboard

          $120.00

        3. 3.9.2 Plastic

          $186.00

        4. 3.9.3 Aluminum

          $82.00

      10. 3.10 Price Trends

        $164.00

        1. Table | SELECTED FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES PRICES

      11. 3.11 Environmental Issues

        $242.00

      12. 3.12 Regulatory Issues

        $90.00

      13. 3.13 International Activity & Foreign Trade

        $149.00

    4. 4 PRODUCTS

      $4,508.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $147.00

        1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-1 FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

      2. 4.2 Packaging

        $2,265.00

        1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-2 FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE PACKAGING DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 4.2.1 Containers

          $1,257.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE CONTAINER DEMAND

          2. CHART III-3 FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE CONTAINER DEMAND, 2014

          3. Table | PAPERBOARD BOX & CARTON DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS

          4. CHART III-4 PAPERBOARD BOX & CARTON DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS, 2014

          5. Table | CLAMSHELL CONTAINER DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS

          6. CHART III-5 CLAMSHELL CONTAINER DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS, 2014

          7. Table | OTHER FOODSERVICE CONTAINER DEMAND

          8. CHART III-6 OTHER FOODSERVICE CONTAINER DEMAND, 2014

        4. 4.2.2 Lids & Domes

          $287.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE LID & DOME DEMAND

        5. 4.2.3 Wraps

          $201.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE WRAP DEMAND

        6. 4.2.4 Bags

          $243.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE BAG DEMAND

        7. 4.2.5 Other Packaging

          $120.00

          1. Table | OTHER FOODSERVICE PACKAGING DEMAND

      3. 4.3 Serviceware

        $1,758.00

        1. Table | DISPOSABLE SERVICEWARE DEMAND BY TYPE

        2. CHART III-7 DISPOSABLE SERVICEWARE DEMAND BY TYPE, 2014

        3. 4.3.1 Cups

          $898.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE CUP DEMAND BY TYPE

          2. Table | BEVERAGE CUP DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS

          3. CHART III-8 BEVERAGE CUP DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL, 2014

          4. Table | FOODSERVICE PORTION CUP DEMAND

        4. 4.3.2 Dinnerware

          $282.00

          1. Table | DISPOSABLE FOODSERVICE DINNERWARE DEMAND

        5. 4.3.3 Utensils

          $242.00

          1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE UTENSILS DEMAND

          2. CHART III-9 FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLE UTENSILS DEMAND, 2014

        6. 4.3.4 Other Serviceware

          $264.00

          1. Table | OTHER DISPOSABLE SERVICEWARE DEMAND

      4. 4.4 Napkins & Other Disposables

        $339.00

        1. Table | NAPKINS & OTHER DISPOSABLES DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS

        2. CHART III-10 NAPKINS & OTHER DISPOSABLES IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS, 2014

        3. 4.4.1 Napkins

          $133.00

          1. Table | NAPKIN DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS

        4. 4.4.2 Moist Towelettes

          $82.00

          1. Table | MOIST TOWELETTE DEMAND IN FOODSERVICE APPLICATIONS*

        5. 4.4.3 All Other

          $90.00

          1. Table | ALL OTHER FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $2,237.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $176.00

        1. Table | FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY MARKET

        2. CHART IV-1 FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY MARKET, 2014

      2. 5.2 Eating & Drinking Places

        $1,220.00

        1. Table | EATING & DRINKING PLACES MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

        2. 5.2.1 Limited Service Restaurants

          $830.00

          1. Table | LIMITED SERVICE RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

          2. CHART IV-2 LIMITED SERVICE RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

          3. Table | QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

          4. CHART IV-3 QUICK SERVICE RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

          5. Table | COFFEE & SNACK SHOP MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

          6. CHART IV-4 COFFEE & SNACK SHOP MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

          7. Table | FAST CASUAL RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

          8. CHART IV-5 FAST CASUAL RESTAURANT MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

          9. Table | BUFFET & CAFETERIA MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

        3. 5.2.2 Other Eating & Drinking Places

          $287.00

          1. Table | OTHER EATING & DRINKING PLACES MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

          2. CHART IV-6 OTHER EATING & DRINKING PLACES MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

      3. 5.3 Retail & Vending Machines

        $260.00

        1. Table | RETAIL & VENDING MACHINE MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

        2. CHART IV-7 RETAIL & VENDING MACHINE MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

      4. 5.4 Institutional

        $162.00

        1. Table | INSTITUTIONAL MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

        2. CHART IV-8 INSTITUTIONAL MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES, 2014

      5. 5.5 Lodging & Hospitality

        $160.00

        1. Table | LODGING & HOSPITALITY MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

      6. 5.6 Sports & Recreation

        $127.00

        1. Table | SPORTS & RECREATION MARKET FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

      7. 5.7 Other Markets

        $131.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,534.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $134.00

        1. Table | US FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES SALES BY COMPANY, 2014

      2. 6.2 Market Share

        $362.00

        1. CHART V-1 US FOODSERVICE DISPOSABLES MARKET SHARE, 2014

      3. 6.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $92.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 6.4 Competitive Strategies

        $169.00

      5. 6.5 Marketing & Distribution

        $142.00

      6. 6.6 Company Profiles

        $4,781.00

        1. 6.6.1 Airlite Plastics Company

          $82.00

        2. 6.6.2 Anchor Packaging Incorporated

          $160.00

        3. 6.6.3 Bemis Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        4. 6.6.4 Berry Plastics Corporation

          $144.00

        5. 6.6.5 Burrows Paper Corporation

          $82.00

        6. 6.6.6 Cascades Incorporated

          $199.00

        7. 6.6.7 D&W Fine Pack LLC

          $135.00

        8. 6.6.8 Dart Container Corporation

          $405.00

        9. 6.6.9 Fabri-Kal Corporation

          $145.00

        10. 6.6.10 Graphic Packaging Holding Company

          $89.00

        11. 6.6.11 Hindalco Industries Limited

          $87.00

        12. 6.6.12 Hoffmaster Group Incorporated

          $166.00

        13. 6.6.13 Huhtamaki Oyj

          $177.00

        14. 6.6.14 Inline Plastics Corporation

          $87.00

        15. 6.6.15 International Paper Company

          $186.00

        16. 6.6.16 Kimberly-Clark Corporation

          $82.00

        17. 6.6.17 Koch Industries Incorporated

          $213.00

        18. 6.6.18 Letica Corporation

          $83.00

        19. 6.6.19 Menasha Corporation

          $102.00

        20. 6.6.20 New WinCup Holdings Incorporated

          $119.00

        21. 6.6.21 Novolex

          $174.00

        22. 6.6.22 Pattison (Jim) Group

          $179.00

        23. 6.6.23 Placon Corporation

          $131.00

        24. 6.6.24 Reynolds Group Holdings Limited

          $280.00

        25. 6.6.25 Sabert Corporation

          $122.00

        26. 6.6.26 Sealed Air Corporation

          $82.00

        27. 6.6.27 Seda International Packaging Group SpA

          $82.00

        28. 6.6.28 Sonoco Products Company

          $144.00

        29. 6.6.29 Southern Champion Tray LP

          $125.00

        30. 6.6.30 Stephen (Douglas) Plastics Incorporated

          $100.00

        31. 6.6.31 Svenska Cellulosa AB

          $82.00

        32. 6.6.32 Tekni-Plex Incorporated

          $82.00

        33. 6.6.33 Waddington Group Incorporated

          $334.00

        34. 6.6.34 WestRock Company

          $243.00

      7. 6.7 Additional Companies in Foodservice Disposables

        $242.00

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