Crown Food UK and Ireland, a leading packaging supplier to the canning industry, said it had been left with no choice but to increase prices by 5% across its entire range.
It said the move had been forced following above-inflation tinplate price rises by the major
European steel suppliers Corus, Rasselstein and Arcelor at the end of last year.
Glen Andrews, commercial director with Crown Food, said: “As a leading supplier of metal food packaging, we are constantly striving to remain competitive on price. In 2003 we embarked on a number of major cost reduction projects, which included plant rationalisation and a plant closure.
“However, in spite of all our best efforts, with tinplate still accounting for 65% of total can costs and increased insurance and energy costs, we have been left with no choice but to effect our own price increases.
“By protecting our margins and return on investment, we are ensuring that Crown will continue to remain at the forefront of innovation and design in the metal packaging sector, delivering the performance that our customers have now come to expect.”