About Us

Women's hands grabbing muffins from a Chinet Classic plate

We’ve been here for a good time
for a long time.

Since the 1930s, Chinet® products have been a household staple for gathering with family and friends. Our trusted quality and timeless design are why hosts have been bringing us to the table for generations.

  • 1903

    Paper is officially plated.

    Inspired by seeing his fellow mill workers enjoy their lunch off large chips of maple veneer, Martin Keyes came up with the idea of disposable paper plates. A year later, the first order of Savaday® plates was made in a small plant in Maine on June 24, 1904.

  • 1930

    Huhtamaki joins the party.

    In the 1930s, Huhtamaki entered the disposable plate space when it acquired the rights to market molded fiber products in Europe. Decades later, the company also bought the Keyes Fibre Company. Keyes’ factory, which was built in 1908, still operates today in Waterville, ME as part of Huhtamaki, Inc. It is also the original factory for producing the Chinet® line of single-use tableware.

  • 1980

    We love a clean plate.

    And we’re not just talking about that feeling when our family finishes every last bite. Since the 1980s, we’ve put an emphasis on sustainability with our Chinet Classic® molded fiber products, which are made with at least 50% recycled materials and can be composted.

  • 2008

    …Although we do appreciate a good design.

    We made a splash in 2008 when we introduced Chinet Comfort® cup, our disposable coffee cup made to keep up with the busiest of days – and add a little pep in your step with fun, whimsical prints. Take a look at some of our designs throughout the years.

  • Chinet Crystal collection


    We make getting together easier than ever.

    A big part of that is our Chinet Crystal® collection of products. In 2008, we introduced the first fully coordinated line of plates, cups and cutlery that has all the pieces you need to wine and dine with zero fuss.

  • 2019

    Continuing to make our product go-proof.

    Throughout the years, we’ve introduced new features to Chinet Comfort® cup to ensure it’s truly the cup that can keep up. We’ve re-engineered the cup to be as strong and dependable as you. Whether it’s a built-in sleeve or a snap-on lid, we’ll continue to make sure it’s the cup that never lets you down.

  • 2020

    Durability is our biggest strength.

    The Chinet® brand is known for being tough enough to handle the messiest meals. In 2020, we doubled down on strength by debuting a 2X stronger Chinet Crystal® plate.

  • 2021

    Appearances AND Experiences

    At the Chinet® brand, we love the party appearance, but the party experience is our soulmate. And while we want our tables to look delectable when guests arrive, we know that the best sign of a good time is a party that ends with a messy table and timeless memories. Let us join your next get-together and all the magical moments it is sure to make.

  • Chinet Classic® Recycled Clear Cup and Straw


    Here’s to caring for others and the world around us

    Two new products were added to the Chinet Classic® line—Chinet Classic® Compostable Straw and Chinet Classic® Recycled Clear Cup. In addition, half of our energy usage came from renewable sources.

  • Zero Carbon Footprint Carbon-Neutral Production


    Eye on the carbon-neutral

    As part of the Huhtamaki brand family, Chinet® brand joins the mission to have carbon-neutral production and have 100% of products designed to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

    Read about Huhtamaki’s sustainability ambitions.