• Thats Incredible...And Sad, Too

    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…

  • A Fiscal Cliff?

    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…

  • All Eyes on China

    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…

  • Ask the Experts

    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…

  • JJ Will Reformulate; Now, Whos Next?

    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…

  • Thanks for the Support

    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…

  • Overheard And under Appreciated

    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…

  • UVA Protection on your pizza?

    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…

  • Anti-Aging Answers

    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 &…

  • Innovators Wanted

    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…

  • Golden Tickets And Pink Slips

    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…

  • Mall Madness

    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…

  • Waiting For Godot?

    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…

  • A Way to Gauge Industry Health?

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director November 30, 2011
    A Way to Gauge Industry Health?

  • Cautiously Optimistic

    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…

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