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Published September 11, 2008
Industry professionals will gather in academic environment to learn more about the latest technologies and discuss the challenges of emerging issues in household cleaning at the The New Horizons Conference, which will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Invern… Read More »
Published September 11, 2008
Pink Grapefruit and Go Naked are the scent variants available in new Smarty Dish, Method’s new non-toxic dishwasher detergent. Sold in pre-measured doses formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients and without phosphates or ble… Read More »
Published September 11, 2008
JAPAN: Leading detergent makers are embarking on changes that effectively raise prices of their powder detergent products. According to reports, Procter & Gamble Japan KK will maintain the price of its Bold detergent but will cut it by 100g… Read More »
Published September 11, 2008
Educational and media outreach efforts by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) have been honored with a 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence. The honor is given annually by the American Society of Association Executives to associ… Read More »
Published September 9, 2008
Vestar Capital Partners purchases U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico locales Read More »
Published September 5, 2008
Protecting Future Generations is the theme Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
Sea-Land To Distribute Bioaugmentation Products Sea-Land Chemical Company has been named a distributor of Bio-Systems International’s BioBugs product lines for bioaugmentation, strengthening Sea-Land’s portfolio of natural and biodegra… Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
Unilever To Sell North American Laundry Unit Unilever has signed a definitive agreement to sell its North American laundry business in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to Vestar Capital Partners. The global private equity firm will merge the business… Read More »
Marketing News
Published September 4, 2008
Revlon Taps Actress Jennifer Connelly as Spokesperson Revlon, Inc. has signed Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly to represent the Revlon brand. Ms. Connelly joins the brand’s current roster of celebrity spokesmodels that include… Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
SDA, CSPA Blast Findings on Fabric Care, Fresheners Research challenging the safety of ingredients in fabric care and air freshener products is deceptive and raises false fears about products that have a long record of safety and effectiveness, ac… Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
J&J Acquires China’s Dabao Cosmetics Co. Ltd. CHINA:  Johnson & Johnson (China) Investment Co., Ltd. has acquired Beijing Dabao Cosmetics Co., Ltd., which touts a wide range of personal care brands in the country, including… Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
New Horizons Conference Is Oct. 19-22 in Colorado Read More »
Published September 4, 2008
Deodorizing Composition Patented by S.C. Johnson Patent No. US 7,407,922 B2 S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. has patented a solid deodorizing composition. It consists, by weight, of 0.5-2.5% of a malodor counteractant selected from amyl cinnamal… Read More »
The Surfactant Market
Published September 3, 2008
Faced with rising costs, a growing emphasis on sustainability and greater demand for multifunctionality, industry suppliers offer a range of solutions for household, personal care and industrial and institutional product formulators. Read More »
Mothers of Invention
Published September 3, 2008
Dana Rubenstein and Tamar Rosenthal, co-founders of Dapple dish detergents, are ready to launch a new toy cleaner that�s good for baby and the environment. Read More »
Published August 6, 2008
Like a fine wine, Lutensol M from BASF utilizes a sophisticated combination of ingredients to offer excellent wetting and superior sustainable performance, according to the company. Additionally, as a cost-effective alternative to standard alcohol… Read More »
Published August 6, 2008
Like a fine wine, Lutensol M from BASF utilizes a sophisticated combination of ingredients to offer excellent wetting and superior sustainable performance, according to the company. Additionally, as a cost-effective alternative to standard alcohol… Read More »
Published August 6, 2008
Patent No. US 7,393,821 B2. Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., Osaka-shi, Japan, has been awarded a patent covering a detergent composition comprised of usual detergent additives, a surfactant and a detergent builder. The detergent builder is comprised of a… Read More »
Published August 6, 2008
Patent No. US 7,393,821 B2. Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., Osaka-shi, Japan, has been awarded a patent covering a detergent composition comprised of usual detergent additives, a surfactant and a detergent builder. The detergent builder is comprised of a… Read More »
Published August 5, 2008
Inolex Launches Spectrastat System Inolex has introduced Spectrastat, a high-performance biostatic system for preservative-free cosmetics. According to the company, Spectrastat is the first system on the market to contain CHA, a novel patented org… Read More »
Published August 5, 2008
Sebastian Patents Hair Thickening Composition Patent No. US 7,390,478 B2. Sebastian International has patented a method of treating hair to increase its thickness.  The method entails pre-treating the hair by applying a high pH composition… Read More »
Published August 5, 2008
Ten percent net sales boost for quarter, 9% for year Read More »
By Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director
Published August 5, 2008
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… Read More »
Troubling Times
Published August 4, 2008
Surfactant industry executives from around the world gathered in Paris in June to discuss a wide range of topics including sustainability, new product development and slow growth in mature markets. Read More »
18. LG Household & Healthcare
Published August 4, 2008
Korea www.lgcare.com Sales: $1.26 billion Sales:  $1.26 billion Key Personnel: Suk Cha, chief executive officer. Major Products: Household—laundry and dishwasher detergent, fabric softener, kitchen cleaners. Personal care&m… Read More »
9. Lion
Published August 4, 2008
Japan www.lion.co.jp Sales: $2.65 billion Sales: $2.65 billion for household and personal care products. Corporate sales: $2.9 billion. Key Personnel: Sadayoshi Fujishige, president and chief executive officer; Kazuo Obayashi, senior execu… Read More »
4. Kao
Published August 4, 2008
Japan www.kao.co.jp Sales: $9.6 billion Sales: $9.6 billion for personal care, household care and cosmetics. Corporate sales:  $11.6 billion for the year ended March 31, 2008. Key Personnel: Motoki Ozaki, president and chief executiv… Read More »
3. Henkel
Published August 4, 2008
Germany www.henkel.com Sales: $9.75 billion Sales:  $9.75 billion for household and personal care products. Corporate sales: $17.9 billion.   Key Personnel: Kasper Rorsted, chief executive officer; Dr. Lothar Steinebach, chief fi… Read More »
1. Unilever
Published August 4, 2008
United Kingdom www.unilever.com Sales: $25.48 billion Sales: $25.48 billion for home and personal care products. Corporate sales: $55.1 billion. Key Personnel: Michael Treschow, chairman; Patrick Cescau, group chief executive; James A. Law… Read More »
The International Top 30 Report
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published August 4, 2008
Strong Brands Equal Success Read More »
Published July 28, 2008
Vestar Capital Partners will merge Huish to form new company Read More »
Published July 14, 2008
Environmentally sustainable products and manufacturing processes are making big gains in the industrial and institutional cleaning products industry, but there are still substantial opportunities for companies to garner larger shares, according to re… Read More »
Published July 14, 2008
The U.S.’s largest discount retailer has gone small in the detergent aisle. In late May, Wal-Mart achieved its goal to offer only concentrated liquid laundry detergent in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores. The retailer began the effort in Sep… Read More »
Published July 14, 2008
CHINA: On June 18, fragrance and flavor manufacturer Symrise opened its new creative center in Shanghai. The new facility will house all functions and creative resources of the scent and care division for the Chinese market and will serve as the newl… Read More »
Published July 14, 2008
SWEDEN: Alberto-Culver has sold Cederroth International AB, its wholly owned subsidiary, to CapMan, a Nordic private equity firm. Cederroth, based in Stockholm, manufactures a diversified group of consumer products in the Nordic region and parts of E… Read More »
Published July 3, 2008
Ascendia Brands Hamilton, NJ 609-219-0930 www.ascendiabrands.com Sales: $99.6 million Sales: $99.6 million for the year ended Feb. 28, 2008. Key Personnel: Steven R. Scheyer, chief executive officer; Keith S. Daniels, vice president an… Read More »
36. Phoenix Brands
Published July 3, 2008
Stamford, CT 203.975.0351 www.phoenixbrands.com Sales: $300 million Sales: $300 million (estimated). Key Personnel: Mark Landry, president. Major Products: Household care and laundry brands including Sun Light machine and hand dish de… Read More »
20. Huish
Published July 2, 2008
Salt Lake City, UT 801.975.3100 www.huish.com Sales: $1 billion Sales: $1 billion (estimated). Key Personnel: Dan Huish, chief executive officer. Major Products: Laundry, automatic dishwasher and liquid dishwashing detergents manufactu… Read More »
15. Church & Dwight Co.
Published July 2, 2008
Princeton, NJ 609.683.5900 www.churchdwight.com Sales: $1.8 billion Sales: $1.8 billion for household and personal care products. Corporate sales: $2.2 billion. Net income: $169 million. Key Personnel: James R. Craigie, chairman and chief… Read More »
8. Ecolab
Published July 2, 2008
St. Paul, MN 651.293.2233 www.ecolab.com Sales: $5.4 billion Sales: $5.4 billion. Net income: $427 million. Key Personnel: Douglas M. Baker Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer; Christophe Beck, senior vice president and ge… Read More »
7. Access Business Group
Published July 2, 2008
Ada, MI 616.787.6000 www.accessbusinessgroup.com Sales: $5.6 billion Sales: $5.6 billion (estimated) household, personal care and nutritional products. Corporate sales: $7.1 billion. Key Personnel: Al Koop, chief operating officer. Chi… Read More »
1. Procter & Gamble
Published July 2, 2008
Cincinnati, OH 513.983.1100 www.pg.com Sales: $55.7 billion Sales: $55.7 billion for household, personal care and oral care products. Corporate sales: $76.4 billion. Net income: $10.3 billion for the year ended June 30, 2007. Key Personnel… Read More »
The Top 50 Report
By Tom Branna and Melissa Meisel
Published July 1, 2008
Greener than Ever! Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
Patent No. US 7,368,419 B2. A patent for a dishwashing detergent containing glycerol hydroxyalkyl ethers has been awarded to Cognis IP Management GmbH, Dusseldorf, Germany.… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
Patent No US 7,375,068 B2. Johnson Diversey, Inc. Sturtevant, WI, has patented an anti-soiling hard surface detergent composition that is comprised of a polyetheramide-modified organopolysiloxane, a surfactant, a metal chelating agent, water, a thic… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
Is your neighbor always smiling? She probably just looked at her toilet. According to The Soap and Detergent Association’s first National Clean Surface Satisfaction survey, shiny floors, a tidy toilet and clean countertops make consumers most h… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
You might be tracking in more than mud on those shoes. A study released by Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona, and The Rockport Company found large numbers of bacteria on the bottom and inside of shoes.… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
P&G continues to cross-market its leading brands. This summer the firm unveils Tide with Dawn StainScrubbers, a new detergent that helps remove tough stains. Scent variants include Original and Whitewater Clean. More info:www.pg.com… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
According to Wal-Mart’s Live Better Index, there has been growing consumer demand for green products at the nation’s largest discount retailer. Products in the index are selected products because consumers can make a conscious decision to… Read More »
Published June 23, 2008
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been awarded the 2008 Glycerine Innovation Award, sponsored by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the National Biodiesel Board. The award was presented to Richard Ashby, Daniel… Read More »