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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 »
January 24, 2013
If it’s 2013, that means Happi is turning 50 years old. Vol. 1, No. 1 rolled off the presses in June, 1964. In that inaugural issue, then-publisher Ralph E. Dorland noted: “Our goal is to keep the industry abreast of all the new developm…  Read More »
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 »