• Triclosan Comes Under Pressure

    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…

  • Lights, Camera Happi

    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…

  • Sunscreens In the News

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director July 7, 2011
    Sunscreens In the News


    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…

  • When Mrs.Clean Drops Mr.Clean

    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…

  • Under Pressure

    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…

  • Of Buyers Sellers

    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…

  • Same As It Ever Was

    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…

  • Montreux 2010Mumbai 2014?

    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…

  • Some Winners In a Recession

    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…

  • Looking Ahead to Better Days

    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…

  • What’s In A Niche?

    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…

  • All ThatFrom A Bag of Chips?

    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…

  • Chinas No. 1

    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…

  • Big Little

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director July 8, 2010
    Big & Little