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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 »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 7, 2010
You can learn a lot from a bag of chips, apparently. Frito-Lay executives must have thought that they were on to something big when they began packaging their Sun Chips snacks in biodegradable plant material (poly lactic acid) instead of plastic. Aft…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 3, 2010
No, no, no. Not in the size of its global economy, nor its personal care and household product sales. Nope, China is now the largest consumer of energy, powering its way ahead of the U.S., according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency. Mor…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 8, 2010
Big & Little  Read More »
June 2, 2010
Open Here?  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing Corp., 201.825.2552, ext. 323
April 29, 2010
First off, In-Cosmetics 2010 was a rousing success. No, I don’t know how many kilos of raw materials were exchanged nor do I know how many new ideas were generated on the show floor during our week in Paris last month. No, the reason why In-C…  Read More »
Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Editor
April 14, 2010
Ten years ago, the wipes market began a period of remarkable growth in terms of both size and diversity. Consumer product companies began launching products throughout a number of segments ranging from personal care to household care to pet care to…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
March 30, 2010
During a conference session on social networking, I realized that with all the talk about Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and the like, the opportunities to sit down and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere are few and far between these days. For all…  Read More »
Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing Corp.
March 9, 2010
He will be remembered as the Father of Retin-A and the mischievous genius who gave the world such terms as “cosmeceutical” and “photoaging.” But for me, Albert Kligman will always be remembered for bringing two worlds—…  Read More »
Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing
February 4, 2010
Much has been written in the past two months or so about the birth of a new kind of consumer, one who realizes the value of things doesn’t really have anything to do with things. People and relationships are what matters. It’s not what k…  Read More »