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Foodservice Disposables Packaging

Industry trends continue to favor the growth of foodservice disposables: increases in takeout and delivery occasions, the rise in 3rd-party delivery services and blurring of segment lines are all helping to drive the category forward. But what’s next for disposables?

Biannually since 1999, Technomic has embarked on a series of common interest studies covering disposables packaging in the U.S. foodservice channel. The 2018 Foodservice Disposables Packaging Multi Client Study provides critical intelligence on category size and trends, segmentation, growth and market opportunities to industry suppliers participating in these categories.

Segment Scope

Restaurant
Limited service restaurants
Full service restaurants

Beyond Restaurant
Business & Industry
College & University
Convenience Stores
Healthcare
Hotels
K-12
Recreation
Supermarkets/Grocery Stores
Vending/Office Coffee Services
All other foodservice (bars/taverns, corrections, transportation and military, other retailers, childcare, commercial catering)

Material Scope

Aluminum

Foam

Molded Fiber

Paper

Plastic

“Environmentally-Friendly”
Bio-plastics
Plant-based fibers
Postconsumer fiber

Use this study to:

  • Measure the current and projected size (in units and dollars) of the single-use disposables category by product and material type.
  • Develop an understanding of operator attitudes, purchase criteria and needs as they relate to disposable products.
  • Identify consumer behaviors and viewpoints related to disposables packaging during away-from-home occasions.
  • Leverage data from past iterations of the study to pinpoint changes over time.

Category Coverage

 

Bakery cups

Bakery cups

Paper
 

Beverage cup lids

Beverage cup lids

Hot vs. cold
Domed vs. flat
Non-recloseable vs. recloseable
 

Beverage cups

Beverage cups

Foam, paper, plastic, EF materials
Hot vs. cold
By size
 

Bowls

Bowls

Foam, paper, plastic, EF materials
By size
By strength
 

Cutlery

Cutlery

Light, medium, heavyweight
Wrapped vs. unwrapped
Polystyrene vs. Polypropylene vs. EF material
By color
 

Bulk hot beverage/coffee urns

Bulk hot beverage/coffee urns

Also known as coffee carriers
 

Drink carriers

Drink carriers

Paper
 

Food containers (aluminum)

Food containers (aluminum)

By size and shape
 

Food containers (black bottom plastic)

Food containers (black bottom plastic)

OPS, PET, EF materials, other
Hinged, unhinged
By size and shape
 

Food containers (cylindrical)

Food containers (cylindrical)

Plastic, EF materials, foam, paper
By size
 

Food containers (paper)

Food containers (paper)

By type (boats, buckets, fry boxes, paper clamshells, pizza boxes, etc.)
 

Food containers (foam)

Food containers (foam)

Hinged, unhinged
By size and shape
 

Food container lids for unhinged containers

Food container lids for unhinged containers

Foam, paper, plastic
 

Food wraps

Food wraps

Aluminum, film, paper
By type and application
 

Hot coffee sleeves

Hot coffee sleeves

Also known as Java Jackets
 

Napkins

Napkins

By type
 

Soufflé cups/portion cups

Soufflé cups/portion cups

Paper, plastic, foam
By size
Plastic-by type
 

Stirrers/straws

Stirrers/straws

Stirrers, straws,
Straws—individually wrapped, unwrapped
Straws—by size and type
 

Storage bags

Storage bags

Plastic
 

Takeout bags

Takeout bags

Paper, Plastic
 

Table covers

Table covers

Paper vs. plastic
Placements and dollies
 

Trash can liners

Trash can liners

Plastic
 

Trays

Trays

Back-of-the-house aluminum, cafeteria party

 

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Foodservice Disposables Packaging Multi Client Study?

 

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