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Tom Branna, Editorial Director
February 7, 2014
No sooner had our January issue been published, a reader took me to task for not addressing a key issue facing product perfumers—the increasing ban on use of fragrance from retailers. She noted that it has become a problem for product developer…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
January 1, 2014
“Mundane.” “Awful.” “Dreadful.” These are just some of the words experts use to describe the laundry process…and it breaks my heart. Want to know my dirty little secret? Well, one that I can share in a famil…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
December 3, 2013
Wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are big business for marketers and their suppliers. No one knows that better than the attendees at our recent Anti-Aging Conference & Tabletop Exhibition (see our coverage on p. 54 in this issue). There were ple…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 4, 2013
The fiasco that is Washington DC extends well beyond US borders. Surging debt and a Federal Government shutdown have some of the biggest US creditors wondering if there is a better, more stable place to stash their currencies. Most countries currentl…  Read More »
Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Associate Editor
September 27, 2013
This summer the disposable wipes market received two major coups that will help it grow in two important, and potentially profitable categories. The first, of course, is the long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (better known as the &l…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 27, 2013
That plastic wrap keeping your sandwich fresh wasn’t designed to protect bologna. After Ralph Wiley, a Dow Chemical chemist, accidentally discovered polyvinylidene in 1933, the military sprayed it on fighter planes to guard against corrosion an…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 4, 2013
Forget ballerina or fireman, some of today’s most tech-savvy and opinionated kids (and young adults, too) are making a living by telling people what they think—about your products. Whether it’s a lipstick, anti-aging cream, dish det…  Read More »
Sean Moloughney, Editor, Nutraceuticals World
September 4, 2013
It’s rare when the U.S. is considered an emerging market, but that seems to be the case with nutricosmetics. Well-established in Asia, these ingestible supplements are designed to promote beauty from within, and continue to gain traction in Nor…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 2, 2013
The US economy took a big leap forward on July 31. No, Detroit didn’t start turning out more cars (in fact, the city is broke). And no, Silicon Valley hasn’t released another superchip on the market (how many devices do we really need any…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 10, 2013
I’ve sat through dozens of presentations regarding anti-aging products and often asked myself, “if everybody is really using all these creams, lotions and serums, why do most of us middle-aged folks still look like hell?” Turns out,…  Read More »
Tom Branna
June 6, 2013
Who says Congress is broken? Late last month, US Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) announced that they have a groundbreaking, bipartisan agreement to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act. For some of the bill&rsqu…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
May 3, 2013
Happi.com debuted in 1996 and we’ve been attracting visitors—now more than 50,000 each month—ever since. A few years ago, management decided to take the plunge and spend millions, okay thousands, to hire an online media consultant t…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
April 3, 2013
Efficacy, product claims, testing, active ingredients, FDA Warning Letters…keeping up with all the issues surrounding the fast-growing anti-aging category will age anyone. Luckily, you’ll get answers to all your questions in one spot w…  Read More »
Tom Branna , Editorial Director
March 13, 2013
Few subjects in the household and personal products industry stir up more controversy than product safety testing on animals. For decades, the industry has faced opposition from animal rights groups who abhor the use of mice, rats and rabbits and o…  Read More »
February 12, 2013
With all the talk about Social Security going belly up sometime before 2040, my profit sharing plan going kaput and my 401k account gyrating along with every word out of Washington, these days I’ve been more concerned about my finances in ret…  Read More »