• 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…

  • When I Grow Up…I Wanna Blog

    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…

  • The Future of Aging

    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…

  • Putting a Value on R&D

    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…

  • It’s Not You, It’s Them…

    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,…

  • Getting Closer on TSCA Reform

    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…

  • Finally, a Site For Sore Eyes

    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…

  • Anti-Aging Conference is Oct. 29 & 30

    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…

  • Those Were The Draize…

    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…

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