Industry News

  • Charkit Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 6, 2007
    Charkit Chemical Corporation of Darien, CT is marking its 25th year of successful growth and strengthening its position as an important resource in the chemical industry. Through strategic domestic and worldwide supplier relationships, Charkit now…


  • ISP Acquires Skin Care Ingredient Supplier

    February 16, 2007
    International Specialty Products last month acquired Vincience, a supplier of active ingredients for skin care products. A purchase price was not disclosed. Vincience, located in Sophia Antipolis, France, produces a diverse range of proprietary ma…


  • Mintel and IRI Launch Product Development Tool

    February 16, 2007
    Market researcher Mintel has collaborated with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) to launch a unique tool that is positioned to reduce the cost of new product development, according to the companies. Mintel’s GNPD IRIS, a product that works in c…


  • Micro Powders Celebrates 35th-Year Anniversary

    February 16, 2007
    Micro Powders, Inc. (MPI), a leading manufacturer of high-performance wax additives, is celebrating its 35th year in business this year. MPI began operations in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1971, and then relocated to Scarsdale, N.Y. In 1989, the company moved…


  • Wellspring Capital Management Invests in Chemaid

    February 16, 2007
    Wellspring Capital Management, a leading private equity firm, has completed an equity recapitalization investment in Chemaid Laboratories, Inc., as part of a staged plan for chartered future growth, a transaction that will provide Chemaid Laboratorie…


  • Langer Acquires Twincraft

    February 16, 2007
    Langer, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Twincraft Inc., a leading private label manufacturer of specialty bar soap focused on the health and beauty, amenities, mass and direct marketing channels. Langer’s acquisition is a step…


  • Degussa Pools Household Care Activities

    February 16, 2007
    Degussa’s Care & Surface Specialties Business Unit has pooled the activities of the Home Care and Textile Care product lines into a new Household Care Business Line, offering its customers more rapid and cost-efficient solutions. This pooli…


  • VVF Enters Antiperspirant Market with Teo Acquisition

    February 16, 2007
    VVF Ltd., an Indian manufacturer of soaps, oleochemicals, personal and homecare products, has acquired the manufacturing plant site and assets of the former Teo Corp., which provides VVF with manufacturing capability for a range of underarm deodorant…


  • Lyondell Enters Marketing Alliance for Cooling Agents

    February 16, 2007
    Lyondell Chemical Company’s Millennium Specialty Chemicals business has entered into a marketing alliance with Salvona Technologies to promote the use of Millennium’s cooling agents with Salvona’s delivery systems. With this com…


  • Whole Foods Tests Spa In Grocery Store

    February 16, 2007
    While spas and grocery stores may seem like an unlikely pair, Whole Foods Market combined the two concepts and opened its first spa within a grocery store in December. Refresh – The Everyday Spa is 4,500 sq. ft. with a 1,200 sq. ft. shop of tre…


  • VNU Changes Name to The Nielsen Company

    February 16, 2007
    VNU is changing its name to The Nielsen Company. Immediate steps to launch the new branding for the company include the introduction of a new corporate web site, www.nielsen.com and graphic identity. The new identity will be rolled out progressively…


  • Scienceuticals Expands Charleston Area Operations

    February 16, 2007
    Scienceuticals, Inc. has expanded its Charleston area operations to a 54,000-square-foot facility in Dorchester County’s Eastport Industrial Park that will house the company’s research, development, manufacturing and distribution operatio…


  • FIT Draws Beauty Industry Leaders to Conference

    January 10, 2007
    In November leaders from the beauty, fashion, retailing, design, hospitality and publishing worlds came together at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Building an Innovative Business: The Future of Beauty, hosted by FIT’s Master’…


  • Dermazone Launches Contract Manufacturing Division

    January 10, 2007
    Dermazone Solutions recently launched the dermaCM contract manufacturing division, which operates out of a new pharmaceutical standard facility in St. Petersburg, FL. The FDA registered facility specializes in OTC products such as SPF and acne produc…


  • Alberto-Culver Arkansas Plant to Employ 400

    January 10, 2007
    Hair and skin products company Alberto-Culver will open a plant in Jonesboro that will employ 400 people. Alberto-Culver Co., based in Melrose Park, said it will spend $60 million to construct the new factory and expects to break ground within the ne…