Rising demand and higher input costs have led to a rise in kraftliner prices. Demand for wood pulp, its main feedstock, rose during the Chinese New Year due to an increase in packaging production. The rise in coal and transportation costs has also hiked prices.
European durum wheat prices have risen due to poor weather. The planted area for EU durum is expected to fall 6% in the 2017/18 season.
A poor-quality crop in the Ivory Coast and low supplies on the global market have resulted in rising cocoa prices.Aluminium prices have also risen due to potential production cuts in China.
Gas prices have fallen almost 20% month on month due to plentiful supplies alongside falling seasonal demand. Electricity and power prices have also fallen due to this.