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July 9, 2007
When the U.S. sneezes, the world catches a cold. Not long ago, that axiom dominated debate on the global economy. But in recent years, the growing global influence of the European Union, the rise of China and India, along with the dollar’s weak…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
May 29, 2007
With apologies to Kermit the Frog, introducing a green product or process isn’t easy or always the slamdunk you’d expect. This month, we report on the fast-growing market for natural personal care products, but the environmentally-friendl…  Read More »
April 27, 2007
Those Profitable Niche Markets  Read More »
April 3, 2007
Demand for “green” products has been having an impact on the personal care market for years; now the concept is re-shaping the household cleaning category, too. A growing segment of the population seeks products that are associated with t…  Read More »
March 5, 2007
There’s no doubt that cosmetic chemistry is more advanced than ever before. Today’s formulators are incorporating botanical extracts, exfoliating acids and peptides into a range of skin care creams, lotions and serums. Sure, it’s al…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
February 6, 2007
Procter & Gamble’s acquisition of HDS Cosmetics Lab Inc. may signal a new chapter in the anti-aging category. While a purchase price was not disclosed, sources say P&G paid as much as $90 million for the company, which markets DDF skin…  Read More »
January 10, 2007
We’re only in January, but 2007 is already shaping up to be a watershed year for the global household and personal products industry. On the top of everyone’s list, of course, is REACH, the new European regulation for chemicals which has…  Read More »
October 3, 2006
Some time in the next week or so, the U.S. population will top 300 million. At a time when other industrial powers such as Japan, Russia and much of Europe are losing population, the fact that the U.S. continues to motor along adding citizens is quit…  Read More »
September 6, 2006
How many new products make their debut in HBA aisles and cosmetic counters every year? More importantly, how many are still on store shelves three years down the road? The failure rate of new product introductions approaches 90% and, as every sports…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 11, 2006
Going global isn’t a suggestion, it’s a mandate. Every company, regardless of its size, must look beyond its borders to find growth in this increasingly complex world. For 17 years, we’ve brought you The International Top 30, a look…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 7, 2006
What will beauty look like in 2025? Will women foresake their vast cosmetics collections in favor of monochromatic colors or worse yet, choose to wear no makeup at all? It’s not such a far-fetched prediction...after all, only a couple of years…  Read More »
June 6, 2006
While some segments in the household and personal products industry are rather sickly these days due to rising feedstock prices, there’s no denying that the wellness segment is thriving. What exactly is wellness? Well, industry observers define…  Read More »
May 16, 2006
Want to make a marketer smile? Talk about skin care—the one personal care category that seems to keep getting bigger no matter what the economy is doing. In recent years, prestige and mass market companies have rolled out an array of skin care…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
April 11, 2006
What is a natural? Household and personal product formulators have been contemplating that question for decades without reaching a definitive answer. While chemists scratch their heads, CFOs at multinational corporations have been sharpening their pe…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editor
February 14, 2006
Prior to 2005, most household and personal product marketers probably didn’t ask their suppliers about their contingency plans in the face of a natural disaster. But hurricanes Katrina and Rita left so much devastation in their wakes that…  Read More »