• Color Cosmetics | Fine Fragrance | Skin Care

    Chinas No. 1

    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…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.03.10

  • Skin Care | Sun Care

    Big Little

    Big & Little
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.08.10

  • Packaging

    Open Here?

    Open Here?

  • Color Cosmetics

    Optimism Aplenty Before the Stall

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing Corp., 201.825.2552, ext. 323 04.29.10

  • Growing Pains

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Editor 04.14.10

  • Skin Care

    Learn & Network at our Seminar on Anti-Aging

    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…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.30.10

  • OTC/Medicated | Skin Care
    Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap

    Albert Kligman Bridged the Gap

    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—…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing Corp. 03.09.10

  • Skin Care

    In a Buying Mood Again?

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, Happi/Rodman Publishing 02.04.10

  • Packaging

    I’m No Expert…

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 01.04.10

  • Household Cleaning

    Pouring Milk in a Fishbowl

    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…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 11.25.09

  • Fine Fragrance | Household Cleaning | Sun Care

    The Worst Is Over

    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…

  • Household Cleaning | Skin Care

    Do-It-Yourself or Farm It Out?

    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

    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…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 09.15.09

  • Plenty of Growth Opportunities

    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…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director, tomb@rodpub.com 09.15.09

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Disinfectants | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care

    So Much for Belt-Tightening

    Last month Olivier Blanchard, the top economist for the International Monetary Fund, declared the recession over. But he warned that the 18-month downturn will leave plenty of scars on the global economy. The very next day, data from NPD Group show…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 09.03.09

  • Packaging

    Social Butterfly Emerging

    I’m not the most social of people. Ask around the office and I might even be voted the surliest—which means something when nearly half of the company is made up of editors! So when Paul Simansky, our online director, told the Happi staf…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 08.04.09

  • Air Care/Environmental Fragrance | Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    Performance Reviews

    Maybe it’s because that long-awaited vacation is only weeks away or maybe it’s because I just like lists that track the best and the brighest. But whatever the reason, I’ve always enjoyed putting togetherThe Top 50, our annual loo…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 07.08.09

  • Color Cosmetics | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    A Tale of Two Companies

    With apologies to Charles Dickens, many business leaders consider the current economic conditions to be the worst of times. So how do companies go about surviving, let alone thriving these days? Last month, ironically within the span of only a few…

  • Skin Care

    Pick Up the *@&! Phone, Alan!

    About a year out of college, I left the daily newspaper I had worked at since high school to join a small, family-owned magazine publisher. No, no, no, not this one—it was another trade magazine group in central New Jersey that has been bought…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.01.09

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Packaging | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care

    Going Beyond Greenwashing

    There are plenty of companies competing in the global household and personal products industry that take greenwashing to new heights. In fact, executives at companies such as Aveda admit that it is often difficult to figure out exactly what their c…
    Tom Branna 03.31.09