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:


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.

Key questions answered in this report:

How has the US paper cups and paper plates market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the US paper cups and paper plates market?
What are the major product types in the industry?
What are the various stages in the value chain of the industry?
What are the key driving factors and challenges in the industry?
What is the structure of the industry and who are the key players?
What is the degree of competition in the industry?
How are paper cups and paper plates manufactured?