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Europe Paper Cups Market

Europe Paper Cups Market: Information by Size (Less Than 8 Oz, 8-12 Oz, More Than 12 Oz), Cup Type (Hot Beverage Cup, Cold Beverage Cup), Wall Type (Single Wall), and Country (France, UK) —Forecast Till 2031

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Market Overview

The Europe paper cups market size witnessed significant growth and is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 3.1% during the forecast period (2023-2031)


  • 8-12oz dominates the market by size. 
  • Hot beverage cup dominates the market by cup type.
  • Double wall dominates the market by wall type
  • Food and beverage application dominates the market by application.
  • Offline dominates the market by distribution channel.

Paper cups are frequently used to serve food and drinks such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, soups, instant noodles, sweet corn, etc. Their excellent durability and liquid resistance can be credited to their appeal. Paper cups also make it easy to drink on the go without worrying about cleaning, saving water and time. They also have the benefits of being biodegradable, user-friendly, lightweight, hygienic, recyclable, and non-toxic. Currently, Europe is the third-largest market for paper cups.

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Market Dynamics

Europe Paper Cups Market Drivers

Rise in On-The-Go Consumption

The demand for takeaway beverages is very strong in cities with hectic lifestyles and individuals often on the go, including London, Amsterdam, and Berlin. To meet this need, coffee shops and cafes offer hot and cold beverages in paper cups. Pret A Manger, a well-known coffee and food chain in Europe, provides a variety of beverages in paper cups so that clients can enjoy their drinks while traveling or strolling through the city. This on-the-go mentality has fostered the desire for paper cups as a practical and transportable packaging choice.

Europe Paper Cups Market Restraints

Shift Towards Reusable Alternatives

Reusable alternatives are hampering Europe’s paper cup sector. Travel mugs and thermos flasks are becoming more popular as consumers become more environmentally concerned. In certain European countries, reusable mugs compete with paper cups. As a sustainable alternative to paper cups, Europe has embraced KeepCup. KeepCup features a spill-proof cover and thermal insulation on a reusable glass or BPA-free plastic cup. Environmentally concerned consumers who prefer reusable cups over disposable paper cups have adopted this product. Reusable cup choices have reduced single-use paper cup demand in some European countries.

Europe Paper Cups Market Opportunities

Increasing Awareness Regarding Negative Effects of Plastics

Europe has seen a rise in plastic waste reduction and sustainable alternatives. The Australian “Plastic-Free July” campaign has spread globally, especially to Europe. For July, this campaign encourages people and companies to eliminate single-use plastics, particularly plastic cups. In July and beyond, many European cafes, restaurants, and event organizers offered paper instead of plastic cups as part of this initiative.

Segmental Analysis

The Europe paper cups market is based on size, cup type, wall type, application, distribution channel, and country.

The market is further segmented by size into Less Than 8 Oz, 8-12 Oz, and More Than 12 Oz.

The 8-12 Oz domain segment dominates the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% during the forecast period.

The market is further segmented by cup type into Hot Beverage Cups and Cold Beverage Cups.

Hot Beverage Cup dominated the market and is expected to register a CAGR of 2.6% over the forecast period.

The market is further segmented by wall type into Single Wall, Double Wall, and Triple Wall.

The Double wall domain segment dominates the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.8% during the forecast period.

The market is further segmented by application into Food And Beverages, Institutional, Events, and Others.

Food And Beverages dominated the market and are expected to register a CAGR of 3.9% over the forecast period.

The market is further segmented by distribution channel into Online, Offline.

The Offline domain segment dominates the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.1% during the forecast period.

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Regional Analysis

The Europe paper cups market is analyzed by countries in Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, and the Rest of Europe. Germany dominated the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% during the forecast period.

During the projection period, Europe is expected to rise quickly as packaging producers turn their attention, among other things, to bio-based packaging. The increased need for flexible packaging solutions across various end-user sectors also assists in the regional market’s growth. The market is expanding due to the popularity of outdoor activities and the ease of the product’s single-use design. Additionally, the consumption rate will likely rise as more families in this region take family vacations. For instance, statistics from the American Automobile Association suggest that approximately 100 million Americans took family vacations in the United States at some point in 2019.

The United Kingdom is anticipated to create a potential for incremental growth worth USD 20 million over the projected period. Since coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the country, paper cup sales are expected to increase as coffee consumption does. The British Coffee Association reported that 98 million cups of coffee were consumed daily in the UK in 2021, 76% being the standard cup. Coffee is often sold in small amounts or through vending machines. Therefore, consumption will eventually impact the global paper cup market. Paper cups must be used to serve and drink coffee. The consumption of coffee will likely increase as a result of increased sales in the UK.

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Top Key Players of Europe Paper Cups Market

  1. Go-Pak UK Ltd
  2. Huhtamaki Group
  3. International Paper

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 3.1%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Size
    1. Less Than 8 Oz
    2. 8-12 Oz
    3. More Than 12 Oz
  2. By Cup Type
    1. Hot Beverage Cup
    2. Cold Beverage Cup
  3. By Wall Type
    1. Single Wall
    2. Double Wall
    3. Triple Wall
  4. By Application
    1. Food And Beverages
    2. Institutional
    3. Events
    4. Others
  5. By Distribution Channel
    1. Online
    2. Offline

Recent Developments

  • March 2023- Huhtamaki and Sporting Kansas City collaborated to eliminate Children’s Mercy Park waste.
  • March 2023- Ethisphere, a leader in establishing and expanding the norms of ethical business practices, named International Paper (NYSE: I.P.), a global manufacturer of environmentally friendly packaging, pulp, and other fiber-based products, as one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Europe Paper Cups Market Segmentations

By Size

  • Less Than 8 Oz
  • 8-12 Oz
  • More Than 12 Oz

By Cup Type

  • Hot Beverage Cup
  • Cold Beverage Cup

By Wall Type

  • Single Wall
  • Double Wall
  • Triple Wall

By Application

  • Food And Beverages
  • Institutional
  • Events
  • Others

By Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline

By Countries

  • U.K.
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Nordic
  • Benelux
  • Rest of Europe

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the Europe paper cups market?
The Europe paper cups market growing at a CAGR of 3.1% from (2023–2031).
The key players in the Europe market include Go-Pak UK Ltd, Huhtamaki Group, and International Paper.
The offline domain segment is the leading segment for the market during the forecast period.
The rise in on-the-go consumption is the key driver for the growth of the Europe market.
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