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Biodegradable foodservice disposable are the packaging product that is essential for the food industry in order to maintain the hygiene and convenience of the customer. These products get easily recycled and maintain environmental sustainability without leaving any negative impact. They can be produced by raw materials such as bio plastics, pulp & paper, leaves & wood, others. Some of the major end-user of biodegradable foodservice disposable are hotel & other accommodation facilities, restaurant, café, and bistro, bars & pubs, clubs (beach & country and, sports clubs), institutions, foodservice, and providers/caterers.

The Europe biodegradable foodservice disposable market was estimated to account for US$ 1,142.8 million in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027).


Rising initiatives by various government and non-government associations for introducing new plans and schemes in order to promote the use of biodegradable food containers in hotels & restaurants, such as takeaway and quick service restaurant is a prime factor fueling the market growth. According to the Coherent Market Insights, in 2014, the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) partnered with Costa Coffee to launch a new cafe rating scheme on the basis of sustainability. This scheme, formulated to improve sustainability standards across cafes in the U.K., covers over 10,000 cafes in the country.

Market Opportunities

The government in the European region is promoting the usage of the bio-based packaging solution for reducing the greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere is expected to propel the growth of the Europe biodegradable foodservice disposables market. For instance, The National Climate Change Act (609/2015) entered into force on 1 June 2015. The Act lays down provisions on the planning system for climate change policy and monitoring of the implementation of climate objectives. The aim of the planning system is to ensure the fulfillment of the obligations binding on Finland in reducing and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and to take national measures to mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

Market Restraints

Some of the biodegradable plastic is assumed to produce methane in the landfill often decomposing which is expected to inhibit the market growth over the forecast period. The amount of methane produced is increasing each year and methane is 84 times intoxicating than carbon dioxide as it absorbs heat at faster rate, hence it can promote the climatic changes. Thus, this factor is expected to restrict the adoption of bio-based plastic, thereby hampering the growth of the biodegradable foodservice disposable.

Key Takeaways

Among distribution channel, Supermarkets dominated the Europe biodegradable foodservice disposable market in 2018, reporting 26.3% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by distributors and online in terms of revenue share, respectively and is expected to grow subsequently during the forecast period.

Market Trends

Increasing production capacity for boosting the manufacturing of bio-based food packaging solutions is projected to fuel Europe's biodegradable Foodservice disposable. For instance, in October 2018, Novamont, an Italian bioplastics firm that produces fully compostable products, has opened a revamped Mater–Biopolymer plant south of Rome, boosting production capacity from 120 kilo tons per year to 150 kilo tons per year. The new facility will increase Novamont’s production of ORIGO–BI, biopolyesters with a high level of renewables, components of MATER-BI compostable bioplastics, used to manufacture various applications as an alternative to traditional plastics, including coffee cups and pods, carrier bags, cutlery, straws, and food packaging.

Rising rules and regulations by Europe to promote the usage of bio-based plastic is projected to foster the market growth of biodegradable foodservice disposable. For example, in 2015, the French government proposed a new law to promote the use of fruit and vegetable bags bio-based and biodegradable. According to the law, which was effective from January 1, 2017, bioplastic lightweight bags for fruits and vegetables and plastics for other types of packaging need to be bio-based and compostable in home composting. It also proposes a ban on oxo-fragmentable plastics, which are fossil-based plastics with artificial additives.

Competitive Section:

Major Players active in the market are BioPak, Huhtamaki Group, Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG, I.L.P.A. S.p.A. Group, The Jim Pattison Group, GreenGood USA, Gold Plast S.P.A, Vegware, Eco Guardian, and Bunzl plc

Few Recent Developments

Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG

  • In 2015, the company completed its r-PET decontamination systems. Through this division, the company would be producing packaging products made entirely from recycled PET suitable for direct food contact.

Gold Plast S.p.A

  • In August 2015, Gold Plast acquired the Quattrogradi business division of RDS Moulding. This Quattrogradi technology includes patented innovations and is used to produce high-quality plastic disposables.


  • In January 2016, the company expanded its product portfolio by launching Eco coffee lids. The product is the world’s first lid that could take high heat and compost in under 12 weeks.

Market Taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Plates
  • Trays & Containers
  • Clamshells
  • Cups & Bowls
  • Cutleries

By Raw Material

  • Bioplastics
    • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
    • Biodegradable Starch Blends
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Leaves & Wood
  • Others

By End-User

  • Hospitality
  • Restaurant
  • Café and Bistro
  • Bars & Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Institutions
  • Foodservice Providers

By Distribution Channel

  • Wholesaler
  • Hypermarket/supermarket
  • Cash & Carry
  • Logistic Provider
  • Distributors
  • Online

By Country

  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
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