• 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

  • Open Here?

    June 2, 2010
    Open Here?

  • Optimism Aplenty Before the Stall

    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…

  • Growing Pains

    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…

  • Learn & Network at our Seminar on Anti-Aging

    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…

  • Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap

    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—…

  • In a Buying Mood Again?

    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…

  • I’m No Expert…

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director January 4, 2010
    but I know where you can find one. Every day the editorial department gets dozens of calls from readers, other members of the press and financial types who are looking for some sort of information that may or may not have appeared in Happi. If we&r…

  • Pouring Milk in a Fishbowl

    Tom Branna, Editorial Director November 25, 2009
    If we can all agree that the recession is over, then the next point to ponder is, “How do we get growing again?” Two answers come quickly to mind: the anti-aging category and environmentally-friendly products. Both subjects are covered…

  • The Worst Is Over

    November 9, 2009
    Third quarter statistics confirm what we suspected for some time now—the economy is up and growing again in the U.S. and probably around the world as well. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, gross domestic product expand…

  • Do-It-Yourself or Farm It Out?

    October 5, 2009
    Every time there’s a downturn in the economy, the focus shifts to private label. And with good reason. According to the Private Label Manfacturers Association, sales of store brands in the major U.S. retail channels surged by more than 10% in 2…

  • The Fabric of Our Lives

    Karen McIntyre, Editor September 15, 2009
    These days, it seems, the state of the wipes market depends on who you ask. Some will say that growth has slowed, innovation is stagnant and pricing levels are depressing; while others will describe a market ripe with new product introductions and…

  • Plenty of Growth Opportunities

    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, tomb@rodpub.com September 15, 2009
    The recession could be over by the fourth quarter, but many industries will be left to dig out from the wreckage of the economic downturn—not so, in the wellness market. Industry experts insist that this segment, which we’ve dubbed b…