Kimberly-Clark says Cottonelle, Scott toilet paper price hikes coming

The cost of toilet paper and other baby products are on the rise and consumers should brace for higher prices.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the maker of Scott, Cottonelle and Viva, announced its plan Wednesday to increase prices "across a majority of its North America consumer products business."

"The increases will be implemented almost entirely through changes in list prices and are necessary to help offset significant commodity cost inflation," the company said in a statement.

The percentage increases will be in the "mid-to-high single digits" and will come by late June, according to the company. Baby and child care, adult care and Scott bathroom tissue will also be impacted by the increase.

Last week, reports began circulating that products including toilet paper could face shortages due to the colossal container ship, the Ever Given, getting stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal.

This caused a logjam with hundreds of vessels, holding billions in goods, backed up threatening shortages for U.S. consumers.

The ship was freed Monday after disrupting global trade for nearly a week but shortages may persist.

Toilet paper, in particular, already faced a shortage early on in the pandemic after virus-wary consumers stockpiled the product ahead of lockdown orders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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