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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 »
Published June 20, 2008
Study shows products fit a variety of uses Read More »
Published June 19, 2008
Technical details from the AOCS Read More »
Published June 2, 2008
P&G Patents Scented Cleaning Composition Read More »
By Harvey M. Fishman, Consultant
Published June 2, 2008
Last month’s column provided details on acne. More maladies are dermatitis and eczema. Dermatitis is any type of skin inflammation not caused by an infectious agent. Eczema is chronic dermatitis and may result from a family history of asthma, h… Read More »
Navigating the Naturals Market
Published May 30, 2008
Formulating and selling products with natural ingredients is easier today than ever before, or is it? Read More »
Published May 7, 2008
Net sales jumped 7.5% from last year Read More »
Published May 5, 2008
Patent No. US 7,351,683 B2 : Researchers from Procter & Gamble, Italy have patented a laundry detergent sachet containing a liquid composition (bleaching agent, colorant and non-liquid matrix) and a second liquid composition including a second c… Read More »
Published April 30, 2008
Unilever Patents Silky Feel Cosmetic Emulsion Chassis Read More »
Published April 3, 2008
Patent No. US 7,335,630 B2: An aqueous liquid laundry detergent composition suitable for cleaning and imparting fabric care benefits to fabrics laundered using such a composition has been patented by The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH.… Read More »
Published April 3, 2008
Seventy-seven percent of Americans say they regularly engage in spring cleaning, according to The Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) 2008 Spring Cleaning Survey conducted by International Communications Research (ICR). That number is up con… Read More »
Published April 3, 2008
At the 2008 Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) Annual Meeting and Industry Convention, Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Boca Raton, FL, Henkel’s laundry and home care business sector awarded prizes to two outstanding suppliers. The “Best Innovation… Read More »
Whitepaper: APG-A Green Success Story
Published April 3, 2008
Alkyl polyglucosides represent a solution for manufacturers to combine efficiency with ecological congeniality and human safety in the final product. Read More »
Published March 28, 2008
New Anti-Aging Treatment Read More »
A Green Clean
Published March 28, 2008
Led by marketers such as Method and Seventh Generation, the home cleaning sector is awash in innovation. Read More »
Scent Sales Slip Again
Published March 28, 2008
After another year of soft sales and an economic slowdown ahead in the U.S., can the next round of scents turn the tide for the fine fragrance business? Read More »
Published March 12, 2008
More than eight out of ten Americans recognize that the cleaning products they buy are safe when used as directed. Read More »
Published March 7, 2008
The most successful new consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands were recently revealed by Information Resources, Inc (IRI). Read More »
Published March 4, 2008
McIntyre of University Park, IL recently launched Mackam ASC, a low foam detergent and surface active agent especially designed for alkaline and acid systems such as brewery and dairy cleaners. According to the company, this new ingredient promote… Read More »