Dinnerware market is the part of a much broader tableware market and includes such items as plates,
bowls, cups, saucers and mugs. In the past two years, the consumer market for tableware and tabletop
items grew 6.4% in 2007 as compared to the year 2006 and then declined by 4.2 % in 2008. As far as the
total market for dinnerware is concerned, it declined by 14% in 2008 as compared to 2006. The sales of
glass tableware declined by 10 %. Only crystal in the glassware category increased by 7 % in terms of sales.
When talking about the trends of dinnerware market, it not only includes the sales statistics but also
the purchasing behavior and preferences of the consumers. Nowadays, consumers are more interested in
dinnerware that enhances the appearance of their dinner table. As such, they are attracted by the decorative
pieces of tableware, for example a decorative bowl
that can also act as a centerpiece of dinner table is liked by them.
Apart from their decorative value, dinnerware that are vibrant in colors such as bright oranges,
yellows, gold metallics etc. are mostly liked these days. Patterns too are important and the present
trend is towards ethnic prints like Native American patterns, African motifs and Asian batiks etc.
One more trend that is taking momentum is that of eco-dinnerware or the recycled dinnerware which is
fast making place onto the dinner tables every where. Also fancy graphics and dinnerware having
irregular shapes like star, squares, geometric shapes, organic shapes are being seen not only in
home kitchens and on dinner tables but also in hotels and restaurants.