The ever increasing food and beverages industry and the safety associated concerns to the products during their transport are the factors expected to bolster the growth of double wall paper cups. The growth of these packaging systems is driven by the growing demands from food and beverages industries, as well as ease of use for end users. Due to the durability and hygiene of double wall paper cups, they are preferred by end-users, resulting into steady demand. The base paper for these cups is called “cup board” and they are manufactured on special multilayered ply paper machines and this paper has a waterproof barrier coating. The paper used for manufacturing paper cups needs to be highly stiff and should have a strong wet sizing. The paper cup manufacturing processes have a special-grade cup board. It should have good elongation properties and also plastic coating for a good mouth roll formation. With these properties, a well formed mouth roll will give a better stiffness and good handling properties to the cup.
Originally, the paper cups used for hot beverages were pasted together and were made water resistant by dropping some clay at the bottom of the cup and then spinning it at a high speed so that the clay spreads to the walls of the cup, making the cup water proof. But this made the beverage smell and taste like cardboard. Then the cups were manufactured by spraying wax on both sides of the cup making it water resistant. Clay and wax coated cups disappeared with the invention of polyethylene coated cups. The paper cups are segmented into single wall paper cups and double walled paper cups. Typically for cold drinks a single wall cup will do. For hot beverages, double walled paper cups are used as it offers greater insulation against the heat released by the beverage. Generally, single walled paper cups used for hot beverages as take out coffee containers are available in sizes from 4oz to 20oz. They are manufactured from high quality food grade paper. Some of the big coffee houses started using these paper cups in place of plastic foam cups. Single walled paper cups are generally used in Europe and United states whereas in Australia, for example, many of the coffee retailers use double walled paper cups. Double walled paper cups is the best option for mobile drinks or take home drinks.
These double walled paper cups are manufactured with an air barrier between the inner and outer wall that creates an insulated air pocket which will keep the drink warmer for a longer time and will protect the consumer from scalding in case the beverage is very hot. This will also offer stability facilitating movement with the drink. Double walled paper cups can be differentiated from single walled paper cups by indentation. The former has indentations at the bottom. To maintain the hygiene and meet various standards, paper cups are made from virgin materials which are not recycled.
Carrying beverages in double walled paper cups is not just easy but also a convenient option. With increasing consumer demands for healthy and hygienic beverages, there is likely to be major opportunities for the manufacturers prevalent in the double wall paper cup industry. As not all double walled cups are biodegradable or recycled, a higher manufacturing cost could restrain this market. The end users in this industry are the food and beverage industries on a whole, where they can be used by beverage outlets, restaurants, fast food outlets, food delivery services and for individual home use. The most prominent market for the double wall paper cups is North America, followed by China, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe and then Middle East and Africa. Some of the leading players in the double wall paper cup market are Anchor Packaging, Bemis Company, Inc., Seda International Packaging group among many others.
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