Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers MEA Paper Cups Market by Geography and it is segmented by Cup Type (Hot Paper Cups and Cold Paper Cups), Application (Quick Service Restaurants, Institutional, and Other Applications), and Geography (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Nigeria, and Rest of Middle East & Africa). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

MEA Paper Cups Market Size

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Middle East and Africa Paper Cups Market
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 700.40 Million
Market Size (2029) USD 885.85 Million
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.81 %
Market Concentration Low

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Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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MEA Paper Cups Market Analysis

The Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market size is estimated at USD 700.40 million in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 885.85 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.81% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • Paper cups were developed from life-saving material and still deliver the same health and safety values today. Paper cups serve hot and cold beverages such as coffee or tea and hold food items such as ice creams and soups.
  • The recyclability of paper cups is one of the key factors driving the growth of the paper cup market. These cups can be recycled indefinitely because they are made of paper. Manufactured per environmental regulations, users benefit from the cost advantages of packaging while eliminating disposal concerns. It helps the vendors to contribute to the sustainability goals through their products.
  • The increasing adoption of disposable cups to serve hot and cold beverages in quick-service restaurants will likely drive their demand in the coming years. In addition, the rising usage of such cups for drinking water in several commercial and residential parties is expected to conduct their demand.
  • Moreover, the growing popularity of on-the-go beverages and the number of food service outlets propel the Middle East and African paper cup market. The food and beverage industry is becoming increasingly dynamic. This transition provides packaging producers several options for meeting innovative packaging needs in the food & beverage industry.
  • The manufacturing industry faces the challenge of adapting to an ever-changing business and operational environment. The fourth industrial revolution has brought a new set of challenges that requires a different approach to the problem.
  • As the spread of COVID-19 decelerated, the shift in focus is now to encompass the market disruptions and their effects on the packaging markets.
  • Some of the biggest packaging priorities and discussions revolved around sustainability. The highly debatable use of plastics, recycling, and development of bio-materials, to name a few, have been subject to intense discussion and consumer pressure.

MEA Paper Cups Market Trends

Quick Service Restaurants to Witness the Growth

  • The fast food and quick service restaurant business in the Middle East is expected to expand significantly over the forecast period. The market's expansion is primarily fueled by shifting consumer preferences as well as an increase in the number of working populations. Eating out is a relatively common activity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), where there are often few entertainment options.
  • More than a third of mall patrons come just for the food, not to shop. Most quick-service restaurants use disposable paper cups for hot and cold beverages. Therefore, there is a rapid demand for paper cups across the region. New roads and airports, malls, parks, and entertainment centers across the Middle East also allow numerous food and beverage chains to open. Also, frequent travel on the road spikes the demand for fast and ready-to-eat food and beverages.
  • Notably, international companies with significant operating revenues in the area include Domino's Pizza Inc., McDonald's Corp., and KFC Inc. For instance, in December 2022, AlamarFoods, the franchisee for Domino's across the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan, Egypt, and Morocco, successfully established its 600th location in Dubai. With the rising demand for quick-service restaurants, the proportional demand for beverages would increase the need for paper cups in the region.
  • Numerous cafes and restaurants have focused more on curbside pickup or carryout only. Some stores reduced their in-store capacity and established inventive delivery options to ensure food delivery during the lockdowns. The food and beverage industry is anticipated to significantly increase demand for paper cup solutions. This is mainly because of the growing need for hygiene products that have made the paper a viable packaging material.
  • The region's café and tea shop industry appears poised for expansion. Traditional tea shops have been around for a while, but young Middle Eastern urbanites and foreigners seek more cafés with a Western aesthetic. Cafés are places where one can hang out with friends or work on a computer while using free Wi-Fi, just like full-service restaurants and fast-food restaurants.
Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market - Forecast of Sales Value of the Restaurants Foodservice, By Subsector in UAE, By Outlet Type, In USD Million, 2018-2022

Saudi Arabia to Hold Major Market Share

  • The paper cup market in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow significantly due to increased travel. The rising use of social media has exposed a significant proportion of Saudi society to Western culture. Technology and increasingly relaxed social norms are leading to emerging freedom of choice. This benefits food service by expanding the consumer base, boosting sales, and driving transaction volume growth.
  • The airline industry's increased demand for prepared foods and beverages, labor camps, the military, hospitals, universities, schools, Umrah/Hajj, and catering for weddings and other celebrations are key factors. Demand for packaged foods and beverages is growing, and more multinational companies are entering the market.
  • Local consumers are becoming increasingly selective in their desire for more unique experiences. The increased focus on experience is shifting from Fast Food to Fast Casual formats as consumers attach increased weight to a quality experience rather than just convenience.
  • The market is expected to grow due to the high demand for home delivery. It is increasingly common for food to be delivered to workplaces across Saudi Arabia. Also, as the range of entertainment and sporting venues increases in line with the aims of Vision 2030, so will the demand for food delivery to those attending events in public spaces.
Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market - Industry Revenue of “Food and Beverage Service Activities“ in Saudi Arabia from 2012 to 2024, in USD Billions

MEA Paper Cups Industry Overview

The Middle-East and Africa paper cup market is fragmented market due to the presence of considerable regional and local vendors providing paper cups. Key players in the market are ENPI Group, Huhtamaki Group, Gulf East Paper & Plastic Group, and others.

In November 2022, HotpackGlobal opened a manufacturing facility in Qatar. The cutting-edge manufacturing facility is a specialized factory that will create a wide range of Hotpack'spaper products, including folding and corrugated cartons, paper bags, and cups. It is situated in Doha's new industrial region.

In October 2022, Detpak introduced its newest innovative product: the Detpak paper lid. The Detpak paper lid is constructed using the same paper that most coffee cups are generally made from and with a thin polymer lamination that enables the packaging to hold liquid securely. It is the most recent addition to a line of leading paper goods driven by the principle of "Responsible by Design." By using this lid, take-out coffees utilize 83% less single-use plastic.

MEA Paper Cups Market Leaders

  1. Enpi Group

  2. Huhtamaki Group

  3. Gulf East Paper & Plastic Group

  4. Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing LLC

  5. MAIMOON Papers Industry LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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MEA Paper Cups Market News

  • November 2022: HotpackGlobal, the UAE-based global leader in disposable food packaging products, launched its manufacturing plant in Qatar. The plant is the 15th Hotpack-owned and operated factory worldwide, reflecting the company's global vision to become a global food packaging brand leader by 2030. The manufacturing plant is located in Doha's new industrial area, specializing in various Hotpackpaper products ranging from folding and corrugated cartons to paper bags and cups.
  • September 2022: Huhtamaki and StoraEnso launched a paper cup recycling initiative. The Cup Collective program aims to recycle used paper cups on an industrial scale and provide consumers and businesses convenient access to used paper cups, which can then be renewed into valuable recycled raw material.

MEA Paper Cups Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumption and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Ecosystem Analysis

    4. 4.4 Import And Export Analysis


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Rising Demand For on-the-go Consumption of Beverages

      2. 5.1.2 Sustainability Measures Coupled with Recent Innovations have Played a Role in Shelf Life of Products

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 Ongoing Market Fragmentatio and the Dependence on Materials Expected to Affect Margins


    1. 6.1 By Cup Type

      1. 6.1.1 Hot Paper Cup

      2. 6.1.2 Cold Paper Cup

    2. 6.2 By Application

      1. 6.2.1 Quick Service Restaurants

      2. 6.2.2 Institutional

      3. 6.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 6.3 By Country

      1. 6.3.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 6.3.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 6.3.3 South Africa

      4. 6.3.4 Nigeria

      5. 6.3.5 Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Enpi Group

      2. 7.1.2 Huhtamaki Group

      3. 7.1.3 Gulf East Paper & Plastic Group

      4. 7.1.4 Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing LLC

      5. 7.1.5 MAIMOON Papers Industry LLC

      6. 7.1.6 Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC

      7. 7.1.7 Graphic Packaging International

      8. 7.1.8 Saqr Pack

      9. 7.1.9 Arkan Mfg Paper Cup Company

      10. 7.1.10 Saham Group

      11. 7.1.11 Ultracare LLC

      12. 7.1.12 Bony Packaging

      13. 7.1.13 Pack- Zone

      14. 7.1.14 Detpak South Africa (Pty) Ltd

      15. 7.1.15 Alfa Pack

      16. 7.1.16 Falcon Pack

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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MEA Paper Cups Industry Segmentation

A paper cup is a disposable cup lined or coated with synthetic or bioplastic polymers to prevent liquid from soaking through the paper. The study tracks the demand for paper-based cups in terms of sales offered by various vendors operating in the Middle East & Africa region. The scope of the study is limited to paper cups only. The impact of COVID-19 has also been considered for current market estimation and future growth projections. The study on the MEA paper cups market tracks the demand for paper cups and tracks the market size in terms of revenue for the respective end-user industry verticals in the respective countries from the listed product types.

Middle-East and Africa paper cups market is segmented by cup type (hot paper cups and cold paper cups), application (quick service restaurants, institutional, and other applications), and geography (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Nigeria, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)(Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Nigeria, and Rest of Middle East & Africa).

The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Cup Type
Hot Paper Cup
Cold Paper Cup
By Application
Quick Service Restaurants
Other Applications
By Country
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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MEA Paper Cups Market Research FAQs

The Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market size is expected to reach USD 700.40 million in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.81% to reach USD 885.85 million by 2029.

In 2024, the Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market size is expected to reach USD 700.40 million.

Enpi Group, Huhtamaki Group, Gulf East Paper & Plastic Group, Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing LLC and MAIMOON Papers Industry LLC are the major companies operating in the Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market.

In 2023, the Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market size was estimated at USD 668.26 million. The report covers the Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Industry Report

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Middle-East and Africa Paper Cups Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)