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Supplier-Speak
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published March 4, 2015
There are plenty of pitfalls to be avoided in the global economy, but suppliers insist that they have systems in place to handle whatever issues crop up in regions and markets around the world. Read More »
Down to Business
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published March 4, 2015
More than 900 industry executives attended the American Cleaning Institute’s annual meeting and convention, which was held last month in Orlando, FL. Read More »
Is Laundry Detergent Pod Legislation Imminent?
Published February 26, 2015
New proposals to Congress are stirring up the industry. Read More »
Hygiene Hypothesis and Dish Detergent
Published February 23, 2015
See what researchers are saying about auto dishwashing and allergies in children. Read More »
Personal from the Start
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published February 23, 2015
Backgrounds in e-comm and CPG help when building a new business, but for Puracy’s founders, the launch of their household and personal care brand was driven by personal need. Read More »
TNS Product of The Year Winners Unveiled
Published February 11, 2015
Dial, Carmex, Hada Labo Tokyo and Tide make the list. Read More »
A New Dawn for Bounty
Published February 10, 2015
Paper towel teams up with dishwashing liquid. Read More »
Wash and Wear
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published February 10, 2015
P&G showcases the company’s leadership position in laundry care at its second Future Fabrics event in New York City. Read More »
Published February 6, 2015
Simply SoapBerry has been named a 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold winner. The brand was also named by Natural Child World Magazine as winner of the 2014 Eco Excellence Awards in the Cleaning Product category as “Best Ki… Read More »
Published February 6, 2015
US Patent No. 8,901,065 B2; The Procter & Gamble Company has patented a process for preparing a spray-dried detergent powder. The process entails detersive surfactant and other detergent ingredients. Steps include: forming an aqueous detergent sl… Read More »
Published February 6, 2015
US Patent No. 8,901,064 B2; Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf, has patented a washing or cleaning agent. It is comprised of at least one component selected from the group consisting of surfactants and builders; and microcapsules having capsul… Read More »
Unilever and P&G on Top
Published February 3, 2015
BH&G unveils best new products of the year. Read More »
Unilever Starts Omo Production in China
Published January 30, 2015
Completes phase I of Unilever Project West manufacturing base in Sichuan. Read More »
Published January 6, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation has signed an agreement to purchase Warwick Chemicals, a supplier of stain removal technology with hygiene benefits. The transaction includes all intellectual property, trademarks and customer lists of Warwick Chemicals. … Read More »
Published January 6, 2015
US Patent No. 8,905,049 B2; L’Oréal, Paris, has patented a treatment process for treating keratin fibers. It entails applying a non-detergent cosmetic composition that is comprised of water-soluble inorganic calcium salt; a fatty substan… Read More »
Published January 6, 2015
US Patent No. 8,901,058 B2; The Procter & Gamble Company has patented a liquid hand dishwashing detergent. The composition is comprised of a chelant selected from the group consisting of glutamic acid, diethylenetriamine penta methylphosphonic ac… Read More »
A Dose of Reality?
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published January 6, 2015
Unit dose formats have provided a shot in the arm for the laundry detergent industry, but issues remain. Read More »
A Nod To The Nose
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published January 6, 2015
The right scent enhances the experience and adds some excitement in the workhorse household products sector. Read More »
Taking Cleaners to the Cleaners
Published January 2, 2015
LG revamps its Styler steam cleaning clothing machine. Read More »
How Unilever drives sustainability from Singapore
Published December 22, 2014
The Singapore – Unilever partnership goes back more than 50 years when Unilever was selling detergent and edible fats in Singapore. It has progressively built its presence here, and today, Singapore is one of Unilever’s global operations hubs and regional business headquarters for Southeast Asia and for Australasia. Read More »
P&G To Shutter Detergent Plant
Published December 9, 2014
North American manufacturing consolidation hits Augusta, GA. Read More »
Published December 5, 2014
One of the shining stars of the laundry care category is the focus of a recent study by Pediatrics. The journal revealed that 17,230 children under the age of six were exposed to laundry detergent capsules in 2012-2013, and most ingested a portion of… Read More »
Published December 5, 2014
US Patent No. 8,845,818 B2; Henkel AG has been awarded patent coverage for an apparatus to dispense one or more cleaning substances in a household appliance. The apparatus is comprised of a dispensing unit having means to control dispensing of the su… Read More »
The Search for Sustainability
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published December 5, 2014
The global detergent industry continues to make inroads on creating a more sustainable future. Its past efforts, present problems and future concerns were front and center during the AOCS World Detergent Conference. Read More »
Less Means More
By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor
Published December 4, 2014
Companies throughout the household and personal care industry continue to make their products and practices more sustainable. Read More »
Get and Stay Connected
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published December 1, 2014
Keeping close to consumers is key for companies. Read More »
Unit Dose Accidents Highlighted in Pediatrics Report
Published November 11, 2014
How will this new data impact the detergent market? Read More »
Limiting Laundry Liability
Published November 4, 2014
ACI study finds education is needed on liquid packs. Read More »
Published November 3, 2014
Through a partnership with DuPont, Procter & Gamble will use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide laundry detergent, making Tide Cold Water the first brand in the world to blend cellulosic ethanol in a scalable and commercial way. Although… Read More »
Published November 3, 2014
Vertellus is growing in fabric and home care. Effective Oct. 1, Vertellus ended its relationship with Ashland, which formerly served as the exclusive distributor of Vertellus’ patented PVNO dye transfer inhibitor technology sold under the… Read More »
Published November 3, 2014
US Patent No. 8,822,403 B2; Ecolab USA, St. Paul, MN, has patented a solid detergent composition comprising a first alkalinity source consisting essentially of at least one alkali metal silicate; at least one saccharide comprising sucrose, fructose,… Read More »
Published November 3, 2014
US Patent No. 8,822,398 B2; Jonathan D. Charles of Melrose, MA has patented a detergent composition for use in dishwashing machines and clothes washing machines. It is comprised of an anionic surfactant; a nonionic surfactant; and a foam control agen… Read More »
Published November 3, 2014
US Patent No. 8,846,591 B2; Procter & Gamble has patented a liquid cleaning and disinfecting hand dishwashing detergent. It is comprised of at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of anionic, nonionic, cationic, zwitterionic, a… Read More »
Find Your Niche
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published November 3, 2014
Yes, the US household cleaning category is dominated by multinationals, but there’s still room for smaller, agile companies. Read More »
Hi-Efficiency Machines Crimp US Detergent Sales
Published October 15, 2014
US laundry detergent sales have slipped as high-efficiency washers call for less detergent. Read More »
Oct. 10: Historical Day for Detergents
Published October 10, 2014
Find out why. Read More »
P&G To Use Cellulosic Ethanol in Tide Coldwater
Published October 10, 2014
Pilot in North America makes brand the first to blend cellulosic ethanol in "scalable and commercial" way. Read More »
Tide Launches Coldwater System
Published October 7, 2014
New energy-saving process from P&G Professional. Read More »
Published October 2, 2014
Clariant offers new opportunities to enhance the look, feel and pour of home care products, with new viscosity boosters—Hostagel CL for chlorine bleach gel formulations and Hostagel LT for hard-to-thicken detergent formulations—which were… Read More »
Published October 2, 2014
JAPAN:  Procter & Gamble’s Ariel detergent has launched a web exclusive video called “Beautiful Life - Life and Dirt,” which highlights various stains through a special “sudden stain machine.” The video is direc… Read More »
Published October 2, 2014
US Patent No. 8,759,271 B2; P&G has patented a liquid detergent for improved shine. It is comprised of alkoxylated polyethyleneimine polymer comprising a polyethyleneimine backbone, a polyoxyethylene chain having an average of from 50 to about 90… Read More »
By Tom Branna, Editorial Director
Published October 2, 2014
Procter & Gamble’s plan to put more than half of its brands on the auction block could have a big impact on contract manufacturing in the household and personal products space. Chairman AG Lafley explained that P&G will target brands th… Read More »
Vertellus Introduces Reilline Resins to Global Laundry Market
Published October 1, 2014
DTI Product name change underlies expanding footprint in industry. Read More »
By Dan Beio
Published September 3, 2014
The term “sulfate free shampoo” is not new; it has been used for many years by a few rogue companies. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when all shampoo formulations were sulfate-based, clever cosmetic chemists were always looking for new and… Read More »
Published September 3, 2014
Agaia’s industrial laundry detergent, Evolve Laundry Complete 203L, has been certified by Green Seal as the first detergent to meet its recently published GS-51 guidelines for Laundry Care Products for industrial and institutional use. Five Ev… Read More »
Sun Products Teams with Magisto on All Campaign
Published September 3, 2014
Sun Products’ All laundry detergent “Summer Play” campaign was rolled out with online movie creation company Magisto. The campaign, which is the first of its kind in the category, enables parents to document, preserve and share thei… Read More »
Published September 3, 2014
A comprehensive review of five decades’ worth of research shows that high volume use of major detergent ingredients have had no adverse environmental impacts to waterways and river sediments, according to a paper co-authored by the American Cle… Read More »
Published September 3, 2014
US Patent No. 8,759,273 B2; Reckitt Benckiser N.V. has been awarded a patent for a liquid laundry detergent composition having a thickening system comprising a carboxylic acid/carboxylate polymer and a copolymer of polydimethyldiallylammoniumchloride… Read More »
Solutions & Surfactants
By Tom Branna , Editorial Director
Published September 3, 2014
These materials play an important role in the formulation of household and personal care products. Read More »