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Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
October 5, 2011
The New York metropolitan area was battered by Hurricane Irene in August. The storm dumped 13 inches of rain in our region, making for severe flooding in northern New Jersey. Just over the border, in New York State, my relatives were hit hard by the…  Read More »
Rebecca Wright, Editor
September 15, 2011
Consumers are putting themselves first these days. They’ve simply had enough of people telling them what to do and making decisions for them, whether it comes to their money and investments or health and beauty needs. In terms of the la…  Read More »
September 15, 2011
I don’t know about you but I am still in shock that Ahlstrom is leaving the wipes market. For years, Ahlstrom seemed intent on gobbling up every small- to mid-sized wipes producer on the planet, a strategy that made it the world’s large…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 29, 2011
Just as one issue gets resolved, another emerges. Less than two months after the US Food and Drug Administration issued testing and labeling requirements for sunscreens (see p. 50 in this issue), an Aug. 19 article in The New York Times reported th…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 11, 2011
It’s been said that I’ve got a face that’s made for radio. Unfortunately, my voice isn’t any better, so it’s no wonder why, 30 years ago, print became my medium of choice. Still, there’s no denying that how peopl…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 7, 2011
Sunscreens In the News  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
June 17, 2011
Editors Page JUNE IS ALL ABOUT FINISHING one chapter and starting another—you know, the graduation thing. This time of year always reminds me of those lazy senior days in high school when sports were over, extracurricular activities were fini…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
April 5, 2011
Back in the 1970s, after a tough day in the third grade (if you had Mrs. Swillinger you’d know what I mean) I would come home to the familiar scene of my mother doing laundry, ironing clothes, washing the floor—her list of chores was endl…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
March 11, 2011
The recent announcement by Procter & Gamble (P&G) that it was raising prices on many of its consumer products should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the rise in commodity costs during the past year. Speaking at a Co…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
February 17, 2011
The Q4 results are rolling in and it’s mostly good news for suppliers and marketers alike. Suppliers report strong demand for innovative solutions to complex formulation problems in the household and personal care industry, while marketers sa…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 23, 2010
Every day, my local newspaper—you remember newspapers, don’t you?—publishes a photo from its archives; one of those “a look back” sort ofthings. Recently, there was a 1950s photo taken on Black Friday, the big selling da…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 5, 2010
The Seventh World Conference on Detergents (see p. 94 in this issue) was a huge success—every presentation was insightful and entertaining. I’ve been attending conferences, seminars and congresses around the world for more than 20 years a…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
October 1, 2010
Believe it or not, there are some winners when the economy turns south. Some of those winners are store brands. According to the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), private label products grabbed an even bigger slice of the consumer&rsquo…  Read More »
Rebecca Wright, Editor
September 15, 2010
The beauty-from-within market, or what we call Beauty I&O, held steady during the recession, along with the other segments that filter into the category, such as organic and natural ingredients. While growth has not been stellar, and there h…  Read More »
September 14, 2010
There’s no doubt about it. There are a lot of wipes out there. Everyone knows about the gold standards—baby wipes, floor cleaning wipes, disinfectant wipes—but did you know there is a wipe out there to grease a frying pan before c…  Read More »