• Sun Care

    A Big Season for Sun Care

    Believe it or not, the 2009 sun care season is upon us here in the U.S., and marketers are rolling out an array of products that boast high levels of UVA and UVB protection. But perhaps most importantly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it…

  • Color Cosmetics | Hair Care | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    The Mean Season

    For the past several years, the period from late January to early March has been a time of much back-slapping in household and personal products industry boardrooms, as marketers and suppliers alike not only made their fourth quarter and year-end num…

  • Laundry Care

    Growth Opportunities?

    I’ve been covering this industry for more than 20 years now and writing this column for eight of ’em. And in all that time, I’ve never seen so many glum expressions and dour projections as I have in the past month or so. In early…

  • Packaging

    Trends to Watch in the New Year

    As Happi goes to press, everyone, it seems, is gripped with fear that the holiday selling season is going to be a disaster and that 2009 could be one of the worst years for retail sales in decades. But even in tough times, there are trends worth watc…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 12.01.08

  • Skin Care

    Extraordinary Uncertainty?

    Six months ago, crystal ball gazers were insisting that we’d never see oil below $75 a barrel again. China, they reasoned, was soaking up crude at such an astronomical rate there just wasn’t enough oil in the ground to satiate that coun…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 11.07.08

  • Color Cosmetics | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care

    Kids Cosmetics

    Will shoddy science trump solid research? You bet, if the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has any say in the matter. Late last month, the newswires were filled with articles about how teenage girls are apparently chock-full of dangerous chemicals&m…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 10.01.08

  • Wal-Mart & Wellness, Perfect Together?

    Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, initiated a fundamental shift in its image last year. Instead of being known solely for low prices, its new goal is to become THE place for wellness too. Along with that, the company has instituted a…
    Rebecca Wright, Editor, rwright@rodpub.com 09.15.08

  • Skin Care

    West Looks East for Growth

    Estée Lauder’s recent purchase of a minority stake in Forest Essentials, underscores the household and personal product industry’s growing interest in India, especially their interest in the benefits of Ayurveda—something t…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.04.08

  • Hair Care | Household Cleaning | Laundry Care | Personal Cleansers

    Wal-Mart Gains as Economy Slips

    Well, at least one company is having a good year. As economies around the world sputter, Wal-Mart announced that its June sales jumped more than 11% from a year ago—its best monthly sales gain in four years. Wal-Mart’s gain underscores…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 08.05.08

  • Skin Care

    Are We There Yet?

    This isn’t some diatribe about summer family vacations. Nope, now that we’re past the halfway point for 2008, I’m just wondering if your company has experienced a slowdown during the first six months of the year. After all, consum…

  • Packaging

    Is Good for You Good for All?

    Getting stuck in traffic is nothing new when you live and work in northern New Jersey. But a few weeks ago, when I got stuck behind a bottled water delivery truck, it gave me plenty of time to reflect. As we inched along a county road (presumably t…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 06.02.08

  • OTC/Medicated | Skin Care

    Want Some New Skin Care Ideas?

    If it’s May, then it’s time for our annual look at the skin care market, which is always a popular feature with our readers. And why not? The segment continues to make gains year after year, no matter what the economy is doing. Things are…

  • Household Cleaning | Skin Care

    Active and Green

    Active & Green: Best to be Both

  • Sun Care

    Editor's Page

    What’s Hotter Than Sun Care?

  • Household Cleaning

    Right Here, Right Now

    Rudy Giuliani might have been a great president. We’ll never know for sure, because the former mayor of New York never really got his candidacy going. Unfortunately for Mayor Giuliani, he listened to his advisors and stayed away from key prim…

  • Color Cosmetics | Laundry Care | Skin Care

    Is Stagflation on Tap for 2008?

    Stagflation. All you 20- and 30-somethings in the industry probably don’t remember the combination of no growth and high inflation that crippled economies around the world back in 1973. Thirty-five years may seem like ancient history for some,…

  • OTC/Medicated | Skin Care

    Cosmeceuticals: The Line Blurs

    For the past several years, we’ve devoted considerable coverage to the concept of cosmeceuticals—heck, we even have a column called Cosmeceutical Corner, written by industry veteran Navin Geria and published every other month in Happi. Ob…

  • Disinfectants | Household Cleaning | I&I Marketplace

    A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away

    A Quat a Day Keeps Germs Away

  • Sun Care

    Final Monograph is Finally Here

    Summer’s long gone, but the sun care industry is hotter than ever! That’s because the Food and Drug Administration has finally issued a Final Monograph on sunscreens. The FM is far from perfect, but it does address several issues that con…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 10.02.07

  • When Worlds Collide

    The consumer finally gets it. Women and a growing number of men understand that food and nutritional supplements are just as important to outer appearance as any skin cream or lotion. Today’s functional foods do more than improve internal hea…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 09.15.07