Price of all groceries set to increase

Experts are warning that common grocery items like toilet paper and pet food are about to become more expensive amid a global shortage.

Price of all groceries set to increase

Every single thing you buy is at risk of becoming more expensive.

From toilet paper to pet food, mayonnaise to butter, a blowout in global commodity prices along with a severe container shortage and dramatically rising freight costs are putting suppliers under unprecedented pressure.

The cost of tin in Australian dollars per metric ton rose 93 per cent between September last year and August this year.

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That means every canned good from tuna to cat and dog food is costing suppliers a small fortune.

NextGen partner Neil Rechlin says suppliers have been making efficiencies to absorb the added costs but the price pressures are now too much.

"In the 30 years I've been in the grocery industry I've never seen these kinds of pressures coming through for suppliers," he told 9News.

"Suppliers have done a good job over the last 10 years of improving efficiency, of absorbing some of these cost movements… but when you're seeing increases of 20 to 30 per cent of the ingredients to make these products, there's no way suppliers can soak that up.

"We're certainly going to see those costs getting passed on through the retailers and ultimately unfortunately to shoppers' baskets."

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Container shortage supermarket prices rising

The cost of shipping a 40-foot container has skyrocketed by almost 400 per cent since last year, according to the Drewry World Container Index.

At the same time, reliability has plunged.

A global shortage of containers has driven up the cost along with higher landing fees, labour shortages and the increased volume of goods shipped this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sorbent Paper Co, which produces Sorbent toiler paper, facial tissues, Handee paper towel and Deeko napkins and tableware locally, brings in its pulp from overseas.

The cost of pulp, which is the base for paper, rose 40 per cent just in the first quarter this year and again spiked in July.

Factors contributing to the costs include high demand for fibre-based packaging due to environmental concerns, high demand from the building industry and the consolidation of global pulp producers.

But Angela Thorpe from Sorbent said increased pulp prices aren't as worrying as the price of freight.

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"That's the one that's really hurting us right now," she told 9News.

"Ocean freight increases are around 500 to 600 per cent which is unprecedented."

Toilet paper container shortages supermarket prices rising

Ms Thorpe said the lack of containers and the delays and congestion at ports amplified the issues for an industry like toiler paper which is so bulky.

"To give you an example, over 30 million rolls of toilet paper are bought in supermarkets each week but to support that you need containers coming in at two an hour to support that kind of volume."

Ms Thorpe said the company had made significant efficiencies and had absorbed the rising costs but that was now unsustainable.

"We're really facing challenging times and with this addition of the freight cost, it's not something we can continue to absorb. We're working closely with retailers but those costs will have to be passed on."

Supermarket products prices rising global container shortage

Earlier this month, various size packs of toilet paper were increased by around 50 cents.

But more increases are on the way.

"I expect you'll see a lot more to come in the next few months," Ms Thorpe said.

Mr Rechlin said commodity prices were rising across the board.

The plastic to make the lid of a mayonnaise tub has gone up, as has the oil inside the mayo.

Some prices began going up in September, there's more movement now with additional pain to come next month.

"By February, March, we'll see some quite significant increases across your general grocery basket and that might be as high as 20 to 30 per cent more than what we were paying earlier this year," Mr Rechlin said.

"If it's packaged in glass or plastic or paper, these costs are going up.

"If it's coming from overseas, the freight costs of these … is up.

"Dairy prices are up. The humble tin can for your dog food, that's going up significantly just in terms of the metal in the packaging."

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Missing Cleo's parents in emotional plea

The mother of missing Western Australian four-year-old Cleo Smith said the last four days have been "horrendous" as the search for her daughter continues.

Missing Cleo's parents in emotional plea

The mother of missing Western Australian four-year-old girl Cleo Smith says the last four days have been "horrendous" as the search for her daughter continues.

Ellie Smith today said she doesn't know what's happened to Cleo and she "wished" she did.

Cleo was last seen at 1.30am on Saturday in a tent she was sleeping in with her parents at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, north of Carnarvon.

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"She was gone, the tent was completely open, it was about 30 centimetres from being open," Ms Smith said.

"I turned around to (stepfather) Jake and I said, 'Cleo's gone.'

"We went looking, checking, making sure she wasn't around the tent then we got in the car driving around everywhere."

While the family has received support, all they want is their daughter home.

"We haven't really slept, we've had so much family help us and support us," Ms Smith said.

"Everyone asks us what we need and really all we need is our little girl home.

"She's beautiful, delicate, she has the biggest heart and she's so funny".

Interstate agencies joined the appeal today, as the hunt for the four-year-old went national.

"The reality is if we do explore the scenario that there is third party involvement and Cleo has been taken from this area by somebody, we are in day four, they could be anywhere," WA Police Inspector Jon Munday said.

Her biological father, who lives in Mandurah, was one of many people questioned by investigators who are determined to leave no stone unturned.

The search for Cleo resumed this afternoon after poor weather conditions put efforts on hold.

Conditions eased this afternoon after a storm struck the Gascoyne region as the search for the missing four-year-old girl stretches into its fourth day.

Yesterday, police called off the marine and sea-based search for Cleo, as fears grow that she was snatched and efforts instead turn to focus on nearby coastal shacks.

Mounted section officers joined helicopters, along with police and ADF drones deployed in the search.

Authorities have been patrolling the highway near the Blowholes campsite in Macleod.

Cleo Smith

Police hold "grave concerns" for the missing toddler and posted new images of her pyjamas and the sleeping bag that vanished along with her yesterday.

People at the campsite have been questioned, and every car leaving was thoroughly searched.

Inspector Munday said authorities were "throwing everything" at the search.

"We will continue until we can provide some answers into what has happened to Cleo," he said yesterday.

Police are "not ruling anything in or out", but say they are comfortable in assuming she will not be found in the ocean.

"In that marine environment we haven't found any sign of Cleo," Inspector Munday said.

"We're comfortable that they (the police) have done the best they can."

Cleo Smith was last seen at 1.30am on Saturday in a tent she was sleeping in with her parents at the Blowholes campsite in Macleod, Western Australia. Police are "not ruling anything in or out" as the desperate search for Cleo continues.

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WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson previously described it as "a very unusual situation where we don't know where Cleo is".

"We're keeping all avenues open," Commissioner Dawson said, adding that specialist police have been called upon, including forensic trained investigators from the homicide and major crimes division.

Cleo Smith

"We're conducting an extensive search of the area."

Commissioner Dawson added that police are working closely with the family and the immediate community in and around the blowholes and the broader area around Carnarvon.

"Look, it's a very tough environment there.

"We feel very desperately for the family and this very unusual situation where we don't know where Cleo is."

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan praised the volunteers and emergency services personnel involved in the search.

"Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Smith family," he said.

"Our thoughts are with Cleo's family during what is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time."

When was Cleo last seen?

Cleo was last seen wearing a pink/purple one-piece sleepsuit with a blue and yellow pattern.

Her mum, Ellie, said the little girl was in their shared tent at 1.30am on Saturday morning.

When the family woke at 6.30am she was gone, with her sleeping bag was also nowhere to be found.

The mum posted an update on Facebook at 1.45am on Sunday, pleading for help to find her daughter.

"If you hear or see anything at all please call the police!" she posted.

Cleo Smith

Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said on Saturday it was "a terrible feeling" but he implored "everyone to remain positive".

The family are from Carnarvon and often go to the area to camp.

Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately on 131 444. Callers are asked to provide the reference number CAD 781784.

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