Fast-moving consumer goods

Your guide to commodity market trends and pricing dynamics for pulp, paper, packaging and agricultural commodities

Helping manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods to overcome the business risks associated with volatile raw materials markets

Fastmarkets’ FMCG suite brings together the vital commercial insights, data and analytics that you need to help you make accurate forecasts, manage inventories and price risk, benchmark costs against your peers’ and balance the costs and benefits of sustainability.

Our FMCG customers get access to in-depth price data and short- and long-term forecasting and analysis for the following raw materials: 

  • Agriculture: Animal fats, oils and proteins, grains and oilseeds, vegetable oils
  • Forest products: Graphic paper, paper packaging, pallets, pulp, recovered paper, timber, tissue
  • Metals and mining: Base metals, steel

We continue to expand our coverage as the global CPG market and the needs of the consumer evolve. 

How Fastmarkets helps FMCG manufacturers
Fastmarkets’ FMCG suite is designed to address common challenges faced by manufacturers in the procurement and management of raw materials.

Rising costs, volatile prices

Price volatility is nothing new for procurement professionals familiar with the vagaries of global commodity markets. And yet, recent price volatility is straining material management processes and squeezing margins to an unprecedented degree. Procurement professionals must strike a delicate balance between profitability and affordability (for their customers).

Fastmarkets arms procurement teams with insights to help them anticipate and hedge against price risk, understand and anticipate changing costs, and better manage supplier relationships.

The cost of sustainability

While sustainability is increasingly important, it often comes with higher costs. Buyers face the challenge of substituting more sustainable materials while keeping costs in check. Procurement teams are asked to assess suppliers not just on cost and reliability, but on emissions and other ESG factors, too.

Fastmarkets’ rich industry data sets, reporting of packaging and sustainability trends and analytical tools help FMCG manufacturers to identify suppliers that meet their criteria, including carbon emissions profiles at the producer and plant level.

Supply chain disruption 

Every link of the consumer goods supply chain has been tested to its limits recently. When the business turns to the planning and strategy team to predict the market’s next move, that team turns to Fastmarkets.

Fastmarkets equips FMCG manufacturers with up-to-date market analysis, coverage of the latest news and trends moving the market and access to experts. Our in-depth analysis of the FMCG value chain includes cost differentials as well as prices, forecasts and the impact of policy and regulation for Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.

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Learn more about the products and services that make up Fastmarkets’ FMCG suite:

Breaking news and market-reflective commodity prices, even when markets are at their most volatile.

Commodities covered: Softwood, hardwood, paper packaging, pallets, recovered paper, tissue, nonwovens, pulp, base metals, steel

Analysis of the forces moving your markets and how they’ll play out over the next 1-2 years.

Commodities covered: Paper packaging, recovered paper, pulp, nonwovens, wood products, base metals, steel and steel raw materials

5- and 15-year forecasts underpinned by deep industry expertise, macroeconomic analysis and 50 years of historical data.

Commodities covered: Paper packaging, pulp, wood products

With consultants who are embedded in the markets we serve, you’ll get insights and a clear understanding of the competitive landscape.

Commodity markets move fast – our consulting gets you a head start in the race to keep up.

Learn more about the 5,500+ prices we assess
Recovered paper, cartonboard and aluminium are some of the most popular prices with our subscribers from the FMCG sector. We assess the prices you see below and hundreds more prices on a daily or weekly basis depending on their liquidity. We also provide short-term price forecasts for many key raw materials, including pulp and aluminium. We continue to expand our coverage to help you keep up with the changing needs of the consumer. We’ve recently launched green steel, green aluminium and African wheat prices and added them to our FMCG suite. 

Looking for a specific price? Search our database for one of our 5,500+ prices

Why Fastmarkets

FCMG manufacturers have long relied on Fastmarkets’ price data, news and analysis to inform their procurement strategies, achieve win-win outcomes in negotiations with suppliers and manage price risk. 

  • Fastmarkets has more than 100 years’ experience in analyzing and pricing commodity markets.
  • We hold benchmark prices in aluminium, pulp, recovered paper and many other key materials.
  • We’ve got more than 500 team members worldwide, with price reporters on the ground in key markets, as well as analysts and editorial teams who are researching and reporting on shifting market dynamics. 

Fastmarkets’ toolkit for FMCG manufacturers to get ahead of volatility including checklists for those working as procurement professionals in various sectors.

Latest FMCG supply chain news

Our team of commodity market experts and price reporters provide weekly prices and market analysis for the fast-moving consumer goods industry.

Despite a $30 per tonne price increase for containerboard exports from the US to Mexico this year, the domestic market for the product still has not shown any reaction in terms of demand and prices, sources told Fastmarkets during a visit to the country in the week beginning on May 13. The overall sentiment is […]

A surge in recycling capacity in the US aluminium industry is coming in the next few years while for now it continues to meet most of its primary aluminium needs from Canada.

A big question mark for Brazilian containerboard market participants right now is the impact the Rio Grande do Sul floods will have on demand in the country. Although hard to estimate, especially amid reduced gross domestic product (GDP) forecasts, we still believe that the floods will have a somewhat limited impact on the demand for […]

US President Joe Biden will increase tariffs on Chinese imports including steel and aluminium, electric vehicles, semiconductors and advanced batteries, to counteract China’s “unfair” trading practices, he announced on Tuesday May 14

A survey of consumers in the UK and Germany shows that the majority of shoppers are happy to purchase a variety of home and personal care products in cartons made from paperboard, including laundry detergent, fabric softener, and hand soap. According to research commissioned by Elopak and conducted by Absolute Research, 65% of respondents said […]

Soybean front-month July futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) rebounded on Friday May 10 with support from soybean oil and despite estimates of ample offer and ending stocks for the 2024/25 crop in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

Prices for locally produced containerboard moved north again in April in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as manufacturers pushed for price hikes for the month or the second quarter. Contacts on the supply side motivated these moves with higher costs for raw materials and logistics, price increases in other regions such as Europe and […]

The new tariffs on aluminium imports imposed by Mexico are affecting the light metal’s supply chain, trade flows and premiums, sources told Fastmarkets during the week to Friday May 3.

The Mexican government’s decree, which updated and, in some cases, introduced new import tariffs ranging from 15% to 35% on 21 packaging and paper products, went into effect on Tuesday April 23. According to the decree, the measure, which is valid for all countries, is set to last two years from April 23, therefore, until […]

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