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Sonoco increases costs for rigid paper products in North America
HARTSVILLE, S.C. (News release) -- Sonoco announced it is increasing prices for all rigid paper containers and closures sold in North America by a minimum of 5.5 percent, effective with shipments on, and after, June 8, 2020.

According to Ernest Haynes, Division Vice President and General Manager, Rigid Paper and Closures, North America, this price increase is necessary to recover rapidly rising costs for recycled paperboard, which is a primary raw material used to produce rigid paper containers.

"Due to swift and dramatic increases in the cost of recovered paper, we are experiencing input cost pressures that we are simply unable to absorb," Haynes said. "Our input and operational cost increases have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic as it also impacts labor, the build-up of inventory and the associated carrying costs, all connected with ensuring continuity of supply for our customers. As an essential supplier during these unprecedented times, our primary focus, as is always the case, entails doing everything we can to make sure our customers have what they need to support their customers. We take our responsibility seriously and have embraced extraordinary measures to ensure we are in a position to maintain continuity of supply to meet our customers' critical needs."

Sonoco is one of the largest producers of rigid paper containers and closures in North America. For more information about Sonoco's portfolio of rigid paper containers and closures, or to learn more about current pricing, please visit the Company's website at www.sonoco.com, or contact the Company at 1-800-377-2692.

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