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June 2, 2010

Charkit Acquires Assets of ISI

Charkit Chemical Corporation acquired the assets of International Sourcing Inc. (ISI) on April 28. A purchase price was not disclosed.

“Charkit’s entire organization is enthusiastic about this important acquisition,” said Charles Hinnant, president, Charkit. “We are confident that ISI’s outstanding reputation as a leader in specialty cosmetic ingredients further expands our substantial personal care capabilities.”

One of the primary reasons for the acquisition was ISI’s roster of exceptional marine products, according to Jay Lang, vice president, sales, Charkit. “This acquisition expands our product line to a collection of exotic seaweeds, salts and moods as well as body and facial masks that include some of the most sought-after ingredients.”

Lang specifically cited Dead Sea brine, mud and salt; European spa salt; exfoliating scrubs; ground seaweeds; Ormagel SH & XPU (seaweed complexes); Quiditat SR & SRC (marine AHA protectors); seaweed extracts, flakes and complexes; and liquid and powder sea water as an important part of a comprehensive range of ingredients that come from ISI.
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Chesapeake Bay Candle To Open New Facility

Pacific Trade International, the integrated global marketer of candles, home fragrance and home décor products and the company behind the Chesapeake Bay Candle brand, will establish its first domestic production and distribution facility in Glen Burnie, MD.

The Maryland facility—which represents the company’s fourth production site, and is the first in the U.S.—will provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly production base for Chesapeake Bay Candle brand growth, the company said.

Husband-and-wife-team Mei Xu and David Wang started the business in their home in Annapolis, MD in 1994.

Pacific Trade International and Chesapeake Bay Candle home fragrance products are available through leading retailers including Target, Kohl’s and Pier 1 Imports.

The new facility is expected to open in late 2010.

Henkel’s Shower Power mobile shower.
Henkel’s Mobile Shower Helps the Homeless

Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. has teamed with Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) to launch “Shower Power,” a mobile shower trailer that provides free showers to homeless. The Shower Power unit was unveiled on May 4 at Grace Community Church in Tempe.

Shower Power, a class project of Tempe Leadership Class XXV, will provide showers to homeless individuals who participate in the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), which provides overnight shelter to the working homeless. Henkel’s Dial brand sponsored the construction of the mobile shower trailer, and Henkel has donated Dial body wash, Right Guard and Soft & Dri deodorants, as well as Citre Shine shampoo for use in the showers, along with 100 towels and Purex laundry detergent for washing the towels.

“Henkel is proud to support this worthwhile project to make showers available to the working homeless,” said Ryan Gaspar, senior brand manager of Henkel. “When we were approached by TCAA about getting involved in Shower Power, it was a natural fit for our Dial body wash brand and our other personal care brands. We’re pleased that we’re playing a part in helping the homeless find and keep jobs.”

Glenn Corp. To Distribute For Burgundy Botanical Extracts

Glenn Corporation, a specialty chemical distributor based in White Bear Lake, MN, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Burgundy Botanical Extracts to serve as the sole distributor of the French company’s products in the Midwest, South, Southeast, Southwest and West Coast regions of the U.S.
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Givaudan’s Miriad 2.0 Wins 2010 FiFi Award

The Fragrance Foundation has named Givaudan’s Miriad 2.0 the FiFi Technological Breakthrough of the Year for Fragrance Creation & Formulation. According to Givaudan, the honor is an acknowledgement of its ability to bring the consumer voice to every phase of fragrance creation.

Miriad 2.0 supports fragrance creation for all product categories from fine fragrance to personal care to fabric and home care, bridging the communication gap between consumer and perfumer to facilitate brand success through a portfolio of tools that utilize the latest technology. Built on a web-based platform, this interactive portal into Givaudan’s portfolio of consumer understanding tools was rolled out in 2009.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Expands Bio-PDO Production

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC has announced plans increase production of bio-based 1,3 propanediol (Bio-PDO) 35% by expanding its facility in Loudon, TN. Construction is scheduled to start next month and will be finished by the second quarter of 2011.

Bio-PDO is used as an ingredient in materials in a variety of applications that have traditionally been based on petroleum—including cosmetics and personal care formulations as well as fluids and polymers.

J&J Awards $50K Grant to Univ. of California Professor

Johnson & Johnson Consumer
Companies, Inc. awarded Dr. R. Rivkah Isseroff, professor of dermatology at the University of California, its first Active Naturals Research Award—a $50,000 grant promoting research within the field of natural ingredients in dermatology. All applications were reviewed by the scientific committee and evaluated using the 9-point scale National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application scoring system. Isseroff, assisted by Dr. Raja Sivamani, a resident in dermatology, will study the efficacy of natural products on epidermal cell migration and compare the role of natural products on in vivo human epidermal barrier recovery.

In 2011, the Active Naturals Institute will offer two $30,000 grants.
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CPMA Annual Meeting Is June 14-15

The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) will hold its annual meeting at the University Club in Washington, D.C., June 14-15.

A 24-hour format has been designed to optimize CPMA’s board and committee meetings. The Rainbow Banquet will be held the evening of June 14 with the annual members’ meeting to be held in conjunction with breakfast on the morning on June 15, followed by the business program and committee meetings that afternoon.
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