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October 6, 2009

Pilot Earns SOCMA ChemStewards Status

Pilot Chemical has received certification and compliance with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) ChemStewards program,SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program.It is a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of synthetic and organic chemicals.

Pilot Chemical is being recognized for its successful efforts to go above and beyond the minimum for federal EHS&S compliance, build customer confidence and community trust, and strengthen product stewardship.

“ChemStewards has moved the overall Pilot Chemical EHS&S program forward by creating a focus on EHS&S excellence and continuous improvement through policy, procedure, measurement and audit functions,” said Susan Leslie, Pilot’s vice president of operations. “We are proud of each of our plant’s achievement for their certification under the Chem-Stewards program.”

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Estée Lauder To Eliminate Prescriptives

Estée Lauder will stop marketing its Prescriptives brand by Jan. 31, 2010. The brand plans to continue to sell online for U.S. shipping at to help service consumers for replenishment of key products, while inventory lasts. Prescriptives products are currently sold in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

The company said it is committed to placing as many impacted employees as possible in open positions within the company.

“We believe that the difficult decision relating to Prescriptives will allow us to redirect our resources to key strategic imperatives where we see the highest growth potential,” said Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer, The Estée Lauder Companies. “Ultimately this action allows us to focus on those areas which we expect to benefit the company, our shareholders and business partners. We intend to work closely with our retail partners and continue to communicate with our consumers to ensure a seamless transition.”

LMS Fragrances Honored by Business Publication

LMS Fragrances, Inc., a direct seller of luxury perfume in the U.S., was recently honored as a 2009 Company of the Year on the Pacific Coast Business Times “Top 10 Companies to Watch” list. The distinction is part of the publication’s annual special report that ranks the top companies in Southern California’s Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Susan and Robert Suh, founders ofLMS Fragrances.
“It is a privilege to be given this award by the Pacific Coast Bus-iness Times,” said Susan Suh, foun-der and president of LMS Fra-grances, which offers its collection under the d’essense brand.”According to Ms. Suh, the award recognizes the dedication and entrepreneurial efforts of the 2,500 direct consultants selling d’essense products nationwide and “doing it the right way.”

Ms. Suh and her husband Robert founded LMS Fragrances in 2004 with the goal to create a new model of business in the direct selling industry.

BayerHealth Care Unit Buys Two Derm Lines

Intendis GmbH, part of Bayer HealthCare, has inked an agreement to acquire two prescription dermatology product lines, Desonate and NeoBenz Micro, from SkinMedica, Inc. of Carlsbad, CA.

“We are currently seeing solid growth of our existing portfolio of prescription dermatologicals in the U.S. With the addition of these two high-quality product lines we expect to build on this dynamic and to substantially strengthen our presence in this key strategic business,” stated Marc Lafeuille, president and chief executive officer of the Intendis Group.

Desonate is a low-potency topical corticosteroid for the treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. NeoBenz Micro is a benzoyl peroxide medication for the treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris.

“We are pleased that this agreement with Intendis will allow us to devote investments to continued growth of our remaining dermatology business,” said Mary Fisher, president and chief executive of SkinMedica. “We look forward to expanding our pipeline of innovative products for the improvement of skin appearance and the treatment of dermatologic conditions.”

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Universal Packaging Systems Is Diversapack of California

Contact manufacturer Universal Packaging Systems Inc. of Chino, CA is now doing business as Diversapack of California. The change was effective Aug. 10, 2009, according to the firm, which is a member of the Diversapack family of companies.

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Diversapack has offices in Commack, NY with manufacturing facilities in Batavia, OH; Chino, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Marengo, IL; Monroe, OH; Orland, IN; Romeoville, IL; Sanford, NC; and Tyrone, PA.

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Fountain Healthy Aging Acquires Natural Planet USA

Fountain Healthy Aging Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire the entire issued stock of Natural Planet USA Inc, a California-based developer and distributor of a range of nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products both in the U.S and across a range of international markets. Fountain has had a relationship with Natural Planet for some months, and has sourced a number of its key products from the Natural Planet product pipeline, as well as engaging Natural Planet as a non exclusive distributor of its flagship product, Vitalife, in the U.S.

Fountain chief executive officer Paul Hunston said that “this acquisition not only secures an extensive and highly synergistic pipeline of unique products for Fountain, but also brings a number of important distribution relationships which Natural Planet has established around the world which will enhance Fountain’s own distribution capabilities significantly.”

CPL Builds U.S. Activitieswith New Site, Technologies

Following the successful acquisition of the Hagelin fragrance business, CPL Aromas has made additional investments in the U.S. aimed to further strengthen its position within the region.

For starters, CPL Aromas Inc. is located at a new site in Somerset, NJ. The new space boasts fully equipped and full service fragrance manufacturing offering quick turnaround production and deliveries for all CPL’s customers throughout North America. This larger site provides additional space in which to house core functions such as an expanded creative perfumery and applications laboratory, according to the company. In addition the new facility incorporates product performance and evaluation functions such as assessment booths that will extend the scope of CPL’s knowledge and local expertise.

The new and expanded team will be headed by the division’s new general manager, German Ronderos, who joins CPL Aromas USA after a highly successful period as general manager at the company’s Latin America operation.

In addition, Wendy Pickthall has been tapped to head up the expanded sales and marketing team as vice president, sales and marketing, U.S. Her team of account managers includes Cheryl Hendershot, who joins from Hagelin; Cyndi Keating, and Lori Eckhart In addition, Cecilia Vetralla has joined the team as marketing manager.

Nick Pickthall will have overall responsibility for the U.S. division as managing director CPL Aromas Americas, according to the company.

In addition to the investments made in new staff and the new facilities, CPL is also highlighting new technologies being rolled out the U.S. Among them is EcoBoost, its method of developing fragrances for various applications that vastly reduce the need for on pack labelling. EcoBoost fragrance technology will be of interest to companies who purchase fragrance compounds and are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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NMI To Expand LOHAS Database in 2010

Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) is expanding its LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) Consumer Trends Database (LCTD) to provide clients with global insight and strategy. NMI pioneered the study of the LOHAS marketplace in 2002 with the advent of the U.S. LCTD, which now contains eight years of trended data.Because sustainability is truly a global issue that necessitates a coordinated global response and to further enhance its LOHAS insights to clients, NMI said it has designed a more comprehensive global research project aimed at providing deep insight into consumer and cultural attitudes and behaviors.

The research, slated to begin in January 2010, will consist of market primers (an overview of country-specific sustainability activities); ethnographic research (sessions with consumers to explore how they live, and if/when/how they are healthy and sustainable); quantitative research; and cultural exchange (a week-long trip to immerse clients into a culture and meet leaders of key local organizations engaged in sustainability).

Eighteen countries will be covered in the expanded report, including Mexico, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. Data will be available on a rolling basis as the project progresses, according to NMI.

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Zep To Market Commercial Product at Advanced Auto Parts

Zep Inc. has inked an accord with Advance Auto Parts, Inc. in which it offer a line of Zep Commercial Auto Aftermarket products through its commercial sales program. Advance Auto Parts Commercial Sales will initially carry a trio of products—Zep Commer-cial Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner, Zep Commercial Concentrated Cherry Hand Cleaner and Zep Commercial Instant Hand Sanitizer.

Based in Roanoke, VA, Advance Auto Parts has more than 3,400 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

“While Zep has historically supplied a broad array of recognized and trusted automotive maintenance products to auto dealers, auto fleets, service companies and other larger-scale customers, this agreement allows Zep to deliver similar, professional-grade products to smaller businesses and individual consumers,” said Lisa Malloy, president of Zep Retail. “This also provides an option for independent mechanics, small auto repair shops and quick lube operators that prefer to purchase products at retail stores and need the larger-volume sizes and professional-strength performance products typically found in products sold through wholesalers, professional distributors or a commercial sales force.”

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Henkel Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Henkel has been selected as a leader in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The Index lists corporations that follow the principles of sustainable development in their business operations.

“We are delighted to receive this international recognition for our sustainability strategy,” said Kasper Rorsted, chairman of the Henkel management board. “In difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to recognize sustainable development for the opportunities that it brings. We see enormous potential for innovations that combine performance and quality with responsibility toward people and the environment. It is our objective to position Henkel as a leading sustainability partner for our industrial customers, the retail trade and consumers alike.”

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Nu Skin Wins International Business Award

Nu Skin Enterprises has been recognized in seven major categories at the International Business Awards. Founder and chairman of the board Blake M. Roney was named the 2009 Chairman of the Year and Nu Skin Korea was honored as the Most Innovative Company in Asia.

Nu Skin Enterprises is one of only two direct selling companies to ever receive an International Business Award and the only direct selling company to win more than one. This accolade comes during a year of celebration for Nu Skin as the company commemorates 25 years of business success.

Nu Skin Korea, under the direction of Luke Yoo, has continued to be a significant contributor to Nu Skin’s growth and its innovative sales initiatives have served as a catalyst for growth throughout the organization. The win marks the second for Nu Skin’s Korean operations; it was named Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program in Asia by the International Business Awards in 2008.

Nicknamed the Stevie for the Greek word “crowned,” the Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.

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Interactive Consulting Celebrates 17th Anniversary

East Norwich, NY-based Interactive Consulting, Inc. is celebrating its 17th year of service to the personal care, cosmetics and specialty chemical market. The company, founded by Meyer R. Rosen, is
Meyer Rosen
a technology-based, management consulting firm committed to creating and facilitating breakthroughs in technical marketing and product evolution for companies reaching beyond their core markets and technologies.

As Specialists in the capture and presentation of complex information, results of ideation sessions are significantly enhanced by Interactive’s use of sophisticated mind mapping technology. Interactive Consulting also provides technology and development services in applications employing: polymers and surfactants, surface and interfacial chemistry, delivery systems, rheology modifiers, water soluble polymers, poly(ethylene oxide), poly (acrylamide), organosilicones, films, flocculants, coagulants, clays, binders, detergents, lubricants, gels, foams and emulsions.

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