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November 21, 2012
One of the perks that come with this job is the international travel. I may complain about 20 hour flights, but they’re worth it when you get to come face to face with lions, as I did in October during the IFSCC Congress in South Africa or, onl…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 6, 2012
 If you’re reading this, the US Presidential Election has come and gone. Regardless of who won, you can bet that federal government gridlock will be worse than ever. Unfortunately, the hard feelings come at a time when real leadership, in…  Read More »
September 28, 2012
The Chinese economy may not be posting double-digit gains as it has in recent years, but that’s not keeping companies throughout the world from investing in this dynamic market. Estée Lauder for example, is rolling out Osiao (pronounced…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
September 14, 2012
When you’ve got questions and you want answers, you turn to experts. We did just that in this edition of Beauty I&O, with insight from some of the leading medical and regulatory authorities in the industry. Inside, you’ll find article…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 31, 2012
Last month Johnson & Johnson announced its move to reduce or eliminate a range of dubious ingredients from its product line by the end of 2015. The maker of Aveeno, Neutrogena and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo told the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 1, 2012
Someday, believe it or not, we all may look back warmly on The Great Recession of 2007-2009. Of course, there are a lot of consumers out there who are convinced that the recession never really ended. Well, buckle your seat belts, more trouble, a lot…  Read More »
June 29, 2012
I really enjoy some assignments, and one of them is serving as a judge on the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Salute to Excellence Awards, which honors the best private label products in a range of categories from cookies to household…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
June 4, 2012
Marketer hype surrounding their latest anti-aging products is to be expected; it’s been going on for years. But I did a double take while reading an article in The Sun in which a UK dermatologist suggested that eating a thin-crust pizza loaded…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
April 30, 2012
You asked for it and Happi’s got it. When we held an anti-aging breakfast seminar a while back, attendees told us they wanted more of these kinds of events. We listened, and I’m proud to announce that Happi’s Anti-Aging Conference &…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
April 2, 2012
The internet has plenty of detractors, but at least you can accurately measure the audience. Our IT staff recently told us that within a few hours of posting, a news article about Unilever seeking input on new product development (NPD) received more…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
March 2, 2012
The email subject line read, “Exclusive Invitation.” But after 23 years in this industry, I’ve been to enough “exclusive” events to know that these invites usually mean getting jammed into some cramped New York City loft…  Read More »
February 10, 2012
For nearly 50 years, I’ve lived within 10 miles of Paramus, NJ, arguably the Mall Capital of the World. But during the past 15 years, I’ve shopped in Paramus, 12 maybe 15 times. Why so few visits? Let me count the ways: Parking is abysmal…  Read More »
January 10, 2012
They’ve been in the news for months, but Tide Pods have yet to appear on retail shelves. There’s nothing wrong with making sure you get things right, but the longer Procter & Gamble waits to introduce the novel detergent form, the h…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 30, 2011
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Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 8, 2011
The lunatic fringe, be it Tea Partier or Occupy Wall Streeter, holds sway in the US these days. While neither side can offer a reasonable solution to debt crisis or class warfare, both sides have managed to grab media attention (“journalists&rd…  Read More »