Beverages boost foodservice cup demand

Freedonia Group research indicates foodservice cup demand, paced by beverages, will account for nearly half of single-use serviceware demand by 2021.

A new study from The Freedonia Group, Foodservice Single-Use Products in the US, predicts foodservice cup demand will grow 3.3% annually through 2021 to $5.4 billion, accounting for just under half of single-use serviceware demand.

The report anticipates beverage cups will hold more than 90% of the total—with the remainder being portion cups. Beverage cups will post slightly faster growth through 2021.

Supporting growth will be the general rise in foodservice revenues along with foodservice trends such as:

*specialty hot and cold beverages, especially iced and cold brew coffee, along with fruit-based drinks, like juices and smoothies

* increased foodservice sales at retail establishments offering various beverage options

* increased hot and cold drinks consumed on-the-go

* delivery options requiring durable portion cups for sauces              

Freedonia forecasts demand for single-use disposable foodservice products, including packaging and serviceware, will increase 3.2% annually to $21.8 billion in 2021. Growth will be driven by the increased options and convenience of meals prepared or consumed away from home. Demand will also be supported by a shift toward the use of higher-value products featuring durable plastic or compostable materials.

Published in Dec. 2017, the report is available for $5,600 from The Freedonia Group. Contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600 or email for details.

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