• Brands for the Taking; Who’ll Do the Making?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director October 2, 2014
    || Procter & Gamble’s plan to put more than half of its brands on the auction block could have a big impact on contract manufacturing in the household and personal products space. Chairman AG Lafley explained that P&G will target brands th…

  • Approaching Wellness

    Sean Moloughney, Editor September 22, 2014
    || What’s in store for the future anti-aging market?

  • When Illness Goes Viral

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director September 3, 2014
    || Some marketing programs really make a splash. Everyone and anyone with a Facebook account is dumping ice water on their heads to bring attention to and raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the progressive neurodegenerative disease tha…

  • Wanted: New Tools For a New Economy

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director August 1, 2014
    || It could have been worse—he could have been president. Remember when Steve “Flat Tax” Forbes wanted to be President of the United States? He couldn’t buy the nomination then and now, it turns out, he can’t hold on to the…

  • Supply & Demand

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director July 2, 2014
    || The US chemical industry never had a great track record when it came to finding the sweet spot. You know, making just the right amount of stuff to keep the plant humming without sending prices crashing through the floor. Too often, when business was…

  • Beauty at Any Age

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director June 2, 2014
    || While searching for a ballgame on my AM dial, I tuned in to one of those radio call-in shows just in time to hear an 85-year-old gentlemen ask the expert host about liver spots and what could he do to get rid of them. I forgot about my Mets for a mom…

  • Putting All That Data To Work…For You

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director May 2, 2014
    || We live in the Era of Big Data (Happi, April 2014, p. 54). It enables suppliers to run thousands, no millions, of tests in search of new materials; helps marketers reach critical “go-don’t go” decisions on new product launches and m…

  • Looking Younger Never Grows Old

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director April 1, 2014
    || Global anti-aging product sales topped $122 billion in 2013 and are growing nearly 8% a year. The the market is dynamic, but full of questions; luckily, you’ll get all the answers when you attend Happi’s Anti-Aging Conference & Tablet…

  • Say Sayonara to Siestas

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director March 5, 2014
    || After nearly defaulting on its debt, struggling through a deep recession, grappling with high unemployment and being a general drain on the EU economy for years, Spaniards are finally waking up to the fact that those siestas are going the way of bull…

  • Perfumers’ Palettes

    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…

  • I Love Laundry!

    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…

  • The End of Aging As We Know It?

    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…

  • Dollars & No Sense

    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…

  • Wipes Market Poised for Growth

    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…

  • Where Great Ideas Come From…

    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…

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