Edible Cutlery Market
Edible Cutlery Market Analysis by Product Type (Fork, Knife, Spork), by Material Type (Wheat Bran, Rice, Bran, Sorghum, Corn, Millet), by Flavor (Plain, Sweet, Spicy), by End-use (Food Service Outlets, Hotels, Restaurants), by Sales Channel & by Region - Global Insights 2022-2032
Analysis of Edible Cutlery market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more
Edible Cutlery Market Outlook (2022-2032)
One significant problem with the use of plastic is that it often takes hundreds of years to break down once discarded, leading to huge problems in waste management while posing a danger to wildlife and the environment. In contrast, biodegradable products use alternate materials and specific chemical reactions to break down once exposed to the environment. But being biodegradable does not mean they are safe for the environment in all aspects.
Edible cutlery plays a key role in minimizing packaging material wastage from a sustainable materials perspective. Furthermore, several materials like wheat bran, rice bran, sorghum, corn, etc. are being used for manufacturing edible cutlery. Manufacturers of edible cutlery can take seek this as an opportunity to invest in the edible cutlery market.
The market for edible cutlery globally accounts for USD 37,850 Million in 2022. Moreover, this market is estimated to grow and reach up to USD 108,444.24 Million by end of the forecast period which is by end of 2032. The growth rate of this market is anticipated to be a CAGR of 11.1% in the forecast duration i.e 2022-2032.
Vendors are emphasizing solutions, such as edible cutlery, that can eliminate waste. This edible cutlery is manufactured from various grains, rice, wheat and flavors, and other edible condiments so that consumers can directly consume them. Therefore, edible cutlery creates 0% waste and since no waste is generated, the issue of waste disposal is entirely eliminated. This is a prominent factor fuelling the demand for edible cutlery globally. Edible cutlery can be either eaten or decomposed. The advantage of using edible cutlery is that even if it is disposed of in a pit, it decomposes in a week or less.
Market size (2022 A)
USD 37,850 Million
Base Year for Estimation
Forecast duration for this research
Forecasted Market value (2032 F)
USD 108,444.24 Million
Global Market Growth rate (2022-2032 E)
CAGR of 11.1%
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What are the key impulses behind the demand for edible cutlery?
“Replacement for plastic, rising sustainability concerns impelling the demand for edible cutlery as plastic”
Packaging manufacturers are looking to develop alternatives that can reduce the carbon footprint. Edible cutlery goes well with the current consumer trend for solutions with an appealing appearance. Edible cutlery is manufactured in a variety of colors and flavors, which has been driving the edible cutlery market.
Growing end-user preference for edible cutlery over conventional formats is driving the demand for this product. In addition, the increasing number of government initiatives and efforts for sustainability is also expected to boost the demand for edible cutlery in the coming years.
Despite having a positive outlook, the global edible cutlery market might face several hurdles in terms of transportation and handling. The cost associated with edible cutlery may also restrain the growth of the edible cutlery market.
There is often a concern with plastic cutleries regarding toxins and the number of carcinogens that can leach into the food ecosystem. The further plastic ecosystem is intended to occupy landfills which is harmful to the environment. The need for the replacement of plastic is the major reason why manufacturers are looking for edible cutlery products. These can be biodegradable which can be converted to compost and considered as sustainable for the environment.
What are the restraints faced by edible cutlery Manufacturers?
“Improper Positioning and strategies problems deterring penetration of edible cutleries”
The major hurdle faced by the manufacturers is conservationism in products. These products often seem not to stand on consumer preferences despite being environmentally suitable. The lack of appealing marketing strategies is hindering manufacturers to gain large attention in the market. There is a positioning problem around these cutlery products owing to which users are not attracted to these products. Vendors find it complex to maintain low prices and ensure high marginal profit which further erodes the market growth for edible cutleries.
Consumer behavior will take some time to turn in the favour of edible cutlery adoption. Eating the spoon itself will take time for the consumer to shape their changes which is anticipated to take time in the forecast period. Manufacturers in edible cutleries are likely to focus on the marketing and positioning of products to maintain market position and gain a competitive advantage over others.
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What are lucrative Opportunities in edible cutlery production?
With the intention to produce zero waste environmentally sustainable cutlery options, there are many opportunities opening for start-up firms in the production of edible cutlery. Companies have the opportunity to ensure they produce a variety of spoons, knives, forks, and bowls that are directly eatable without cooking. These products should be sturdy to last longer and hence vendors should research the shelf life of these cutleries. Taste size and the portion of cutlery are decisive features for improving sales of edible cutleries in the forecast period.
- Mede Cutlery Company manufactures edible cutlery in attractive colors with new flavors of purple potato, sesame, and corn.
Segment wise analysis
“Chocolate Flavored edible cutleries to dominate the market”
Chocolate edible cutleries including spoons and bowls are dominating the market owing to their preference by all age people. Further, there is already sufficient acceptance for the chocolate wafers cones which are eatable along with ice-creams. This has raised the acceptance of chocolate cutleries in the market and is anticipated to see a rise in the forecast period.
“Edible spoons amount to more than 35% share of total edible cutleries in 2019”
The edible spoons are likely to gain the fastest share in value under the edible cutlery arcade. There is wide acceptance for edible spoons in soups which are seen as replacements for normal soup crackers and these spoons won’t get soggy while consumed. The major acceptance of spoons is owing to their familiarity with almost all parts of the globe when compared with forks and knives. Edible spoons are widely accepted across countries like India, Bhutan, and Myanmar where eating with bare hands is conventionally considered good. These factors are projected to increase growth in the edible cutlery segment.
North America seems to be the largest market for an edible range of cutleries in the forecast period with more than 38% of the market share in global revenue. The working population in the countries like the US and Canada is increasing which is anticipated to foster food spending by people in the forecast period. These regions see growth in demand for corn-based cutleries.
The Asia Pacific region is growing faster with a CAGR of 9% in the forecast period. This projection is expected to drive the growth of this regional segment in the future. Countries like India and Myanmar where food traditionally being eaten with bare hands have started to openly accept edible spoons.
An environmental activist in these regions is keen to shift the approach of people toward pollution and sustainable living. The vendors of edible cutleries in the region are expected to regularise their spending on strategic business initiatives for maintaining a competitive edge.
Global Edible Cutlery Market: Segmentation
By Product Type :
By Material Type :
- Wheat Bran
- Rice Bran
By Flavor :
By End-use :
- Food Service Outlets
- Restaurants & Cafes
- Quick Service Restaurants
- Institutional Food Service
- Airline & Railway Catering
- Schools and Offices
- Household Use
By Sales Channel :
- Manufacturers (Direct Sales)
- Convenience Stores
- Speciality Stores
By Regional Analysis
- North America
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- CIS and Russia
- South Korea
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- North America
- FAQs -
The market for edible cutlery accounts for USD 37,850 Million in 2022, globally. Moreover, this market is estimated to grow and reach up to USD 108,444.24 Million by end of 2032.
The growth rate of this market is anticipated to be a CAGR of 11.1% in the forecast duration i.e 2022-2032.
Chocolate edible cutleries are widely accepted across all age groups.
North America dominates sales of edible cutleries owing to rising incomes of people and improved outdoor food spending.
The key companies operating in edible cutleries manufacturing are- • Bakeys • Biotrem • Eco Design Thinking • Mede Cutlery Company • Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company (KDDC) India • Tate & Lyle Plc • Eclery Foods LLP