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Edible Cutlery Market

Edible Cutlery Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Spoon, Fork, Knife, Spork, Chopstick), By Raw Material (Corn, Wheat Bran, Rice Bran, Others), By Applications (Household, Commercial) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRFB55523DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 11.12%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD 36.31 Billion
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD 92.22 Billion
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Europe
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Market Overview

The global edible cutlery market size was valued at USD 36.31 billion in 2022. It is expected to reach USD 92.22 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 11.12% during the projected period (2023–2031). The edible cutlery category is experiencing global market growth due to the increasing interest of market players in investing, which has been prompted by the airlines' adoption of these products.

Edible cutlery refers to a category of tableware that includes things such as drinkware, plates, glasses, and other forms of silverware that are consumable. Edible utensils can be crafted from thinly sliced celery, which can serve as both chopsticks and a spoon for scooping various food items, such as cream cheese and dips. Cabbage leaves have been observed to serve as a utensil resembling a spoon, whereas carrot sticks that have been sharpened might be utilized as either a fork or a skewer. In addition to these options, some edible bowls and plates are crafted using sizable leaves from trees, such as bananas. These natural alternatives are regarded as herbal and are believed to confer health benefits.

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

Rising Use of Edible Cutlery in the Airlines Industry

Waste production has been a major concern, particularly in large cities. Airlines have hubs in large cities, contributing to the added waste production. Thus, authorities from the respective states and towns have advised the airlines to minimize the waste. In order to reduce waste, airlines have implemented the usage of edible cutlery as a substitute for plastic utensils. Similarly, airlines' increased efforts to go eco-friendly and sustainable have boosted the adoption of edible cutlery.

For instance, in May 2019, QANTAS, the prominent airline in Australia, successfully executed the inaugural commercial flight that generated zero landfill waste. Approximately 1,000 single-use plastic goods, such as individually packaged servings of milk and Vegemite, were either replaced with sustainable alternatives or eliminated from the trip. Such moves from airlines attract market players to invest in the edible cutlery segment, driving the market globally.

Introduction of Edible Cutlery with Various Flavors and Colors

Edible cutlery manufacturers are trying to provide customers with new flavors in cutlery, which attract a large consumer base. The increase in acceptance of consumers and the introduction of innovative flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and various fruits have augmented the adoption of edible cutlery in recent years, accelerating the growth of the global market. Cutleries specially made by vegan alternatives and dairy-free products are also gaining traction with increased demand for dairy-free products and vegan products.

Additionally, awareness of the vegan lifestyle is increasing among consumers as they are getting information about the health benefits of vegan food. Hence, manufacturers are also adapting vegan production methods to attract such consumers. The flavors and colors used in making such cutleries are also natural and healthier, which further helps to attract natural food consumers.

Market Restraint

Higher Cost of Edible Cutlery

The edible cutlery market is still in its initial years; hence, not many technologies have been developed to manufacture different types of edible cutlery. The cost is higher in many parts of the world due to the limited machinery and inadequate penetration of edible cutlery. Moreover, some raw materials used in edible cutleries are rarely found and concentrated in specific regions. Hence, manufacturers from other regions must import these raw materials, which makes the overall cost of edible cutlery high. Due to the market's immaturity, it is challenging to find skilled personnel, which drives up the price of consumable cutlery.

Market Opportunities

Rising Government Initiatives to Reduce Carbon Footprints

Many government organizations and world organizations such as the UN, World Bank, United Nations Environment Program, European Environment Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, and Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense are launching various programs to tackle global warming issues. Such campaigns involve reducing the use of plastics and using consumable alternatives. In addition, these initiatives are prompting consumers to opt for eco-friendly products such as consumable cutlery, forcing manufacturers to increase their production. All these factors collectively are anticipated to provide remunerative opportunities for market expansion.

Regional Analysis

Region-wise, the global edible cutlery market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Central and South America, and the Middle East and Africa.

The North American edible cutlery market size is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 10.6% over the forecast period. North America's study in the report is focused primarily on the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as these are the major countries contributing to the region's economy. An increase in the acceptance of edible cutlery in the commercial sector, such as restaurants, airlines, hotels, and cafes, drives the growth of the North American edible cutlery market. Similarly, an increase in awareness toward environmental degradation and an alarming increase in plastic waste has boosted the need to adopt degradable products, which, in turn, augments the growth of the edible cutlery market in the region. Manufacturers in North America also focus on providing flavored cutlery, which is expected to attract a huge customer base, driving market growth during the forecast period.

Europe is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period. The edible cutlery in Europe is focused primarily on the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. The European market for edible cutlery is driven by the household sector's extensive acceptance of edible cutlery. The demand for different types of cutlery made using corn, flour, and herbal leaves has increased in the European market owing to their several health benefits. Naturally produced raw materials have additional nutrients and fibers, which help improve the digestive system and cardiac problems; moreover, edible cutleries made using healthy ingredients help in weight loss and are being preferred extensively in the region.

China, South Korea, India, and Japan are major countries studied in the Asia-Pacific region. A rise in the need for plastic alternatives in China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea drives the growth of the edible cutlery market in the Asia-Pacific region. Noodles and dim sums are this region's major food cuisine, boosting the demand for edible forks and sporks. Moreover, a large population base in countries like China and India has increased plastic waste, degrading the environment. Therefore, implementing stringent government regulations to preserve the environment has boosted the demand for biodegradable products, which, in turn, is anticipated to boost the demand for edible cutlery. Leaf-based dishes and bowls have been used for centuries in other Asian nations like India and Sri Lanka, contributing to the market's expansion. Moreover, the rise in demand for innovation in flavors in cutlery is anticipated to be a lucrative opportunity for market expansion in the region.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Product
  1. Spoon
  2. Fork
  3. Knife
  4. Spork
  5. Chopstick
By Raw Material
  1. Corn
  2. Wheat Bran
  3. Rice Bran
  4. Others
By Applications
  1. Household
  2. Commercial
Company Profiles GreenGood Better Earth Nature House Green BioGreenChoice Green Home Vegware Biodegradable Food Service Biogreenchoice Karat Edibles by Jack
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global edible cutlery market is segmented into product, raw material, and application.

Based on product, the global edible cutlery market is categorized into spoons, forks, knives, sporks, and chopsticks. 

The spoon segment is the highest contributor to the market and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 11.3% during the forecast period. Edible spoons are completely natural and do not contain artificial preservatives. These spoons have a shelf life of two to three years. Edible spoons are one of the first utensils that arrived in the market as a replacement for plastic- and metal-made utensils. The adoption of edible spoons has increased considerably in the last few years, owing to various disadvantages associated with plastic cutlery. Manufacturers are trying to bring edible spoons with various favors to attract a huge customer base, driving the growth of the global edible cutlery market.

The edible forks are made using rice flour, wheat flour, and corn. Manufacturers use other tasty ingredients and flavors, making them more savory and attractive. Edible forks are made using natural ingredients, such as non-artificial rice and wheat flour. The increase in consumers' preference toward healthy alternatives for plastics has boosted the demand for edible forks, which is a key factor contributing to the growth of the global market. In addition, a rise in R&D activities to develop forks with enhanced taste using organic ingredients such as rice and wheat bran to attract the vegan population is expected to offer the lucrative potential for market expansion during the forecast period.

Based on raw material, the global edible cutlery market is segregated into corn, wheat bran, rice bran, and others.

The corn segment dominates the global market and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 9.91% during the forecast period. Edible cutlery is a suitable alternative to harmful plastic disposables such as spoons, dishes, chopsticks, forks, and sporks, the most used utensils in kitchenware. Consumers are shifting their preference from plastic-made products toward natural ingredients such as corn and flour. This is attributed to increased awareness about the disadvantages associated with plastic-made utensils. For instance, plastics such as polypropylene—majorly used in plastic cooking utensils—leach chemicals into the body, limiting plastic cutlery. In addition, the surge in demand for corn-based dishes, spoons, and sporks is expected to boost the overall growth of the edible cutlery market in the coming years.

Wheat bran is the second largest. With its nutty and sweet flavor, wheat bran adds flavor to food when made into edible cutlery. The consumers in the Asia-Pacific region are the leading population using edible cutlery. Hence, the adoption of wheat bran-based edible cutlery in this region offers a promising future for the edible cutlery market. Wheat bran is considered highly nutritious and an ideal source of fiber. It benefits heart health and the digestive system and decreases the risk of breast and colon cancer. Thus, the various benefits offered by wheat bran make it a popular choice of raw material for edible cutleries, which is expected to boost the market's growth during the forecast period.

Based on the application, the global edible cutlery market is bifurcated into household and commercial. 

The commercial segment owns the highest contributor to the market and is predicted to exhibit a CAGR of 10.7% during the forecast period. Implementing stringent government regulations to prevent environmental damage due to the increase in plastic waste has fueled the demand for edible cutlery, a key global market driver. Furthermore, the number of hotels, restaurants, airlines, cafes, and catering services has propelled the need for edible cutlery, thereby boosting the growth of the global market. In addition, airlines' increased investments in offering edible cutlery to their passengers aid in reducing airline waste, thereby preventing environmental damage. Therefore, the development of the commercial sector is anticipated to offer potential growth opportunities for market expansion during the forecast period.

Market Size By Product

Market Size By Product
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Spork
  • Chopstick
  • Recent Developments

    • October 2022 - Edibles by Jack, a Boston-based enterprise, manufactures a diverse range of spoons available in 18 distinct flavors, spanning the spectrum from savory to sugary. Restaurants and caterers utilize spoons as a means to present and serve petite appetizers.
    • October 2022 - Edibles by Jack, owned by Milan along with Charlton Becker and Kristen Fields, offered edible spoons designed for serving hors d’oeuvres or little desserts — perfect for catering, hosting dinner parties, or serving to amuse bouches or petit fours at a restaurant.

    Top Key Players

    Edible Cutlery Market Share of Key Players

    Edible Cutlery Market Share of Key Players
    GreenGood Better Earth Nature House Green BioGreenChoice Green Home Vegware Biodegradable Food Service Biogreenchoice Karat Edibles by Jack Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the market size of the edible cutlery?
    The global edible cutlery industry was valued at USD 36.31 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 92.22 billion by 2031.
    Top 5 key players in the edible cutlery market include GreenGood, Better Earth, Nature House Green, BioGreenChoice, and Vegware.
    North America is a dominant region in the edible cutlery market, followed by Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
    Rising use of edible cutlery in the airlines industry and higher cost of edible cutlery are some of the market drivers, while limited machinery and high import costs contribute to the market risks.
    The edible cutlery industry is segmented by product, raw material, application, and

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