Croda Dedicates Solar Energy System in Edison
• Croda Inc recently dedicated a new 305-kilowatt solar energy system, marking its latest commitment to sustainable energy sources. With the dedication of the technology at its Edison, NJ site, more than 50% of the facility’s power now comes from the sun, according to the company.
According to Croda’s calculations, its photovoltaic technology system provides the environmental equivalent of planting 52 acres of trees; powering 42 homes; turning off 1,946 60-watt light bulbs for eight hours a day each year; removing 47 cars from service; and saving more than 27,500 gallons of gasoline.
The move is just the latest sustainable initiative from Croda. For example at the company’s manufacturing facility in Hull, UK, a wind turbine provides power.
“Croda is committed to being a responsible and ethical organization, and we have a global goal of obtaining 25% of our energy from non-fossil sources by the end of 2015,” commented Kevin Gallagher, president, Croda Inc. “Another important quality that most of our customers associate with Croda is innovation. In many ways, this solar power generation project combines our commitment to sustainability with our commitment to innovation and shows that innovation goes beyond product innovation alone. Our customers need ingredient suppliers who share their values and their commitment to sustainability and innovation in all its forms.”
Intelligent Nutrients Gets High Marks from Organic Monitor
• Intelligent Nutrients—the certified organic health and beauty brand created by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher—recently received high marks in a brand assessment by Organic Monitor.
Organic Monitor assessed more than 50 international brands of natural cosmetic products and ranked them in terms of their naturalness.
Intelligent Nutrients scored the highest rating—9.5 out of a maximum 10, according to Judi Beerling, technical research manager at Organic Monitor.“The brand was close to maximum rating because its products use a high level of certified organic (mostly food grade) ingredients, and most are certified by recognized agencies,” she said.
The brand assessment study, billed as the first of its kind by Organic Monitor, involved a chartered chemist examining the ingredient composition of cosmetic products and classifying formulations according to their ‘level of naturalness.’ Certified organic cosmetics received the highest rating (9-10), pure natural cosmetics were given 5-7 ratings, naturally inspired cosmetics were given a 2 rating, while conventional cosmetics got a 1 rating.
“This recognition from Organic Monitor is tremendous,” said Rechelbacher. “Not only does it reinforce the need for transparency in the organic beauty industry but it also affirms what we are trying to do as a brand, which is educate the consumer that everything we put in and on our bodies must be nutritious and safe.”
Other brands that received high naturalness were Green People and Living Nature.
New brands launched by large multinationals also scored high in terms of their natural and organic formulations—Garnier Bio Active (L’Oréal), Diadermine Bio Expertise (Henkel) and Johnson’s Natural (Johnson & Johnson).
Takasago Invests in NewSingapore Facility
• Takasago International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., the regional subsidiary of publicly listed Takasago International Corp., is making a significant investment in a new Singapore facility as part of its regional expansion strategy. This investment will result in a 35% increase in research and technology headcount in its core flavors and fragrance business while almost tripling the company’s manufacturing and R&D space.
The goal is to promote the Singapore operation into a key creation, application, sensory, R&D and manufacturing location for the region.
The facility, which will start operations in the first half of 2013, will scale up the value chain by developing new flavor and fragrance products as well as applications for the Asian giant’s emerging markets.
The new location, with a total floor area of 22,000 square meters, is double the space compared to the current combined sites at Pandan Loop and Penjuru Close. The floor space for the new R&D facility will increase by three times to house the new hires as well as cover the expanded responsibilities being undertaken in Singapore.
Kemin Expands Distribution With Essential Ingredients
• Kemin has selected Essential Ingredients to sell and distribute its natural personal care ingredients in the Midwestern and Eastern regions of the US.
“Our decision was based on our joint commitment to provide innovative products with superior customer service and common value of integrity,” said Kerty Levy, president of Kemin’s personal care division. “We are committed to understanding how our products work at the molecular level and are confident the Essential Ingredients team has the experience and technical expertise to understand our technology and convey to their customers how Kemin ingredients will work in their products.”
The expanded distribution will make Kemin ingredients more accessible to personal care product manufacturers looking for natural ingredients, according to the company. Essential Ingredients, a well-known distributor in the personal care industry, has sales representatives throughout the Midwestern and Eastern US that will support the distribution of Kemin’s FloraGLO Lutein Topical, Rosamox and Lysofix products.
Chris Gerlach, director of business development, Essential Ingredients, said, “This is a unique opportunity for us to expand our library of natural product offerings. We were particularly impressed with the technology involved in Kemin’s product development process and their understanding of how each product works in various applications. All of us at Essential Ingredients are excited about representing Kemin’s natural, plant-based ingredients in the personal care industry.”
More info: www.kemin.com/personalcare, www.essentialingredients.com
WFFC To Honor Coke ExecAt Sept. 22 Open Dinner
• Mary M.G. Riddle, vice president, The Coca-Cola Company, will be honored at the 29th WFFC Open Dinner on September 22, 2011, at the Westmount Country Club in West Paterson, NJ.
As director, flavor ingredient supply for The Coca-Cola Company, Riddle manages the supply chain of ingredients used in the production of Coca-Cola products worldwide. She joined the company in 1970 shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rising through the ranks, she was appointed to assistant vice president in 1992. In 1998, she was elected vice president by the board.
More info: www.wffc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 25,000 AttendCosmoprof North America
• What happens in Vegas just might have a big impact on the US personal care industry. Cosmoprof North America, which was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, enabled nearly 25,000 attendees to connect, experience new products and conduct significant business meetings with more than 760 exhibitors.
As in years past, Cosmoprof North America attracted many new and innovative brands in addition to industry leaders such as Ahava, Conair, CND, Essie/L’Oréal Professional, Maletti, Moroccan Oil, OPI Nail, Orly, Rusk, Sportarredo, TIGI and Zotos International.
Four students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) 2011 B.S. graduating class participated in this year’s Trend Scout Program. Granted unrestricted access to the show floor, the Trend Scouts toured the show and spoke with exhibitors to discover new product launches. They reported their findings via Twitter and Facebook posts in real-time at the main entrance of the show floor, helping attendees identify the current trends.
Staying connected during Cosmoprof was made easier by utilizing Foursquare. Prior to and during the event, attendees and exhibitors shared where they were on the show floor and took advantage of show specials, which were only available to users by “checking in” on their phones or hand-held devices. In addition, One-2-One Beauty Matchmaking software facilitated one-on-one introductions between manufacturers and distributors; more than 900 appointments were generated and accepted as requested by buyers.
Cosmoprof North America Country Pavilions allowed small- and medium-sized companies from select markets to participate in the event with the objective of obtaining direct “face time” with distributors and retailers to secure U.S. distribution. Featured countries at the 2011 show included Argentina, Brazil, China, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan.
The International Buyer Program, sponsored once again by UNIPRO, continued to unite buyers and sellers around the world with the resources, contacts, and data to build business partnerships. Returning to the show for the ninth year, beauty and cosmetic companies showcased their products and were offered the opportunity to have pre-scheduled appointments with a group of selected importers and distributors. Overall, 560 meetings were held as part of the International Buyer Program involving more than 200 exhibiting companies and 134 qualified international buyers. The international buyers were invited from Argentina, Australia, Benin, Canada, Congo, Guinea, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, Senegal Uganda and Uruguay.
Discover Beauty assists emerging brands in finding the proper market and highlights the newest trends. The one-on-one meetings between prestigious retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, C.O. Bigelow, Cosbar, Duane Reade, Henri Bendel, HSN, Nordstrom, Skins 6|2 and Zappos, aimed to give Discover Beauty brands critiques and feedback.
Snowberry from New Zealand edged out 16 brands to win the 2011 Discover Beauty Award. The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), was also held in conjunction with Cosmoprof North America. Taking place on July 31, it was attended by a record number of 2,800 guests.
Special education seminars were filled to capacity with more than 1,100 attendees.
Cosmoprof North America 2012 will take place July 22-24 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
More info: www.cosmoprofnorthamerica.com
Unipex AcquiresLucas Meyer Cosmetics
• Unipex, a supplier of active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, has acquired Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, a supplier of natural cosmetic functional ingredients, delivery systems and active ingredients. This acquisition will expand the strategic portfolio of Unipex’s product line, and aligns perfectly with its corporate vision that focuses on innovations and client satisfaction, according to the company.
Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, headquartered in the Paris region, employs 20 people and is recognized as a leading reference for phospholipids.
More info: www.unipex.com
Atlantic Coast MediaGroup Acquires MiracleSkin Transformer
• Atlantic Coast Media Group (ACMG), the company behind Hydroxatone, has acquired Sarah McNamara’s Miracle Skin Transformer. Miracle Skin Transformer joins the beauty firm’s established brands which also includes Keranique, Luminique and DNA.
Sarah McNamara will operate as a new division at ACMG that will house the Miracle Skin Transformer line, launching into Sephora next month.
ACMG is one of the largest television and radio advertisers in the US with annual revenue of $200 million. Its flagship skin care brand, Hydroxatone, launched in Macy’s stores earlier this month.
Surfactant ConferencesAnd Seminars Planned
• Reed Business Information Ltd. (RBI) and Neil A. Burns LLC have entered into a long-term agreement to co-produce conferences and seminars devoted to surfactants.
The conferences and seminars will be held globally in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The first event as part of this agreement will be the First ICIS Asian Surfactant Conference to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Singapore on Nov. 10 and 11, 2011. Further information and registration is available at www.icis.com/asiansurfactants.
The agreement follows the two companies’ successful collaboration on the First ICIS World Surfactant Conference in New York in May 2011. The conference attracted over 150 senior managers from the surfactant industry with attendees and speakers representing companies such as Akzo, BASF, Church & Dwight, Colgate, Croda, Dow, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson, Kao, LG, PQ, P&G, Reckitt Benckiser, Rhodia, SC Johnson, Stepan and many others.
RBI, via its ICIS subsidiary, organizes conferences and training courses globally in many chemical areas including petrochemicals, oleochemicals, and base-oils. The company notes that the agreement with Neil A. Burns LLC enables it to expand conference activities into a new key market with significant global potential.
Neil Burns, whose company Neil A Burns LLC has an existing business providing advisory and investment services in specialty chemicals with a particular focus on the surfactant value chain, will play a key role at the surfactant events as chair and/or speaker. Regarding the upcoming Asian conference, he said, “Due to the success of the first ICIS World Surfactant Conference in New York, earlier this year, we have been asked by many industry players to bring the conference to Asia. We are excited to be holding this event in the middle of the fastest growing, most dynamic surfactant market in the world today.”
More info: www.neilaburns.com
Desert King is ISO9001:2008 Certified
• Desert King International, San Diego, CA, is now ISO 9001:2008 certified. To earn the certification, Desert King International underwent a six-month evaluation process that included a quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audits, and an initial assessment, all of which help to identify non-conformances and elaborate appropriate corrective actions in order to meet the quality management standard.
“We believe that our decision to become ISO 9001 certified is a proactive one that not only anticipates the demands of our clients, but also demonstrates our commitment to providing quality services to all whom we serve,” the company said in a press statement.
More info: www.desertking.com
Bio-Polymer Alcoguard H 5240 Earns DfE Certification
• AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry’s Alcoguard H 5240 hybrid water-soluble bio-polymer has been granted Design for Environment (DfE) certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was reviewed against the DfE Master Criteria for Safer Ingredients as a polymeric scale control agent for use in automatic dishwasher (ADW) and laundry detergents, and is recommended for use in products recognized by the U.S. EPA DfE Formulator Program.
Alcoguard H 5240 is produced using hybrid technology developed by AkzoNobel that combines natural (plant-based) materials—selected polysaccharides—with petrochemical materials—synthetic monomers— and is based on over 60% renewable resources. The full and rapid biodegradability of the polysaccharides contained in Alcoguard H 5240 makes it an environmentally friendly alternative (with a significantly lower carbon footprint) to traditional synthetic polymers. In addition, its proprietary hybrid technology was nominated by the U.S. EPA for “P2” (pollution prevention) recognition.
Alcoguard H 5240 hybrid bio-polymer is designed to prevent scale formation in ADW and laundry detergents and other applications where synthetic polymers (polyacrylates) are typically used. Its filming/spotting reduction capability has been demonstrated through performance testing conducted by AkzoNobel to be equal or superior to that of polyacrylates typically used in ADW applications.
AkzoNobel’s hybrid bio-polymer is particularly effective at minimizing filming and spotting in zero-phosphate dishwashing detergent formulations. In addition, when tested against polyacrylates currently used in laundry detergent applications, Alcoguard H 5240 has been found to provide equal anti-redeposition, dispersancy, anti-encrustation and detergency, according to the company.
More info: CSRUSA@akzonobel.com.
Fragrance Foundation Forms Indie Committee
• The Fragrance Foundation has formed a specialized committee dedicated to developing the recognition, understanding and appreciation of independent fragrance brands and their creators. The “Indie” Fragrance Committee mission statement and purpose is to support the excellence, talent and artistry of indie perfumes, celebrate their individuality and craftsmanship, give a voice to the indie brands, and address any issues and concerns that are important to the group as a whole.
“While niche fragrances have always been recognized at the annual FiFi Awards,” explains Rochelle Bloom, president of The Fragrance Foundation, “we are keen to find a way to encourage more niche/independent submissions, reaching out to the smaller, successful, entrepreneurial brands not supported by a large company. “
An indie brand is defined by the Fragrance Foundation as a brand that has been on the market for at least two years and is distributed in one to 25 doors.
The indie committee members are Mandy Aftel (Aftelier Perfumes), Arnaud Adrian (Robertet), Bloom (The Fragrance Foundation), Frederick Bouchardy (Joya Studio), Karl Bradl (Aedes de Venustas), Virginia Bonofiglio (Fashion Institute of Technology), Denise Capozzalo (Barneys), Victoria Frilova (Bois de Jasmin), Mary Ellen Lapsansky (The Fragrance Foundation), Carrie Meredith (Eyeliner on a Cat) and Ralf Sweiger (Mane).
More info: www.fragrance.org
Dow Microbial Control Relaunches Website
• Dow Microbial Control has launched a newly redesigned website, dowmicrobialcontrol.com, which provides advanced functionality across a global scale and highlights local resources. Granting site visitors convenient and quick access to products, experts and facilities specific to their needs enables the second-generation site to deliver comprehensive information and local expertise to users based on their interests and geographic location, according to the company.
The site is also available in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese, while local support from Customer Application Centers across the globe is easily accessible on the home page.
More info: dowmicrobialcontrol.com
Method, The Book
• “The Method Method: Seven Obsessions That Helped Our Scrappy Start-Up Turn an Industry Upside-Down” is a new book that chronicles the company’s rise from its humble beginnings.
NARB Allows Appeal of NAD Decision in Transfair,Avon Cases
• The National Advertising Review Board has agreed to allow Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps to appeal a recent decision of the National Advertising Division (NAD) in a case related to fair-trade certifications.
NARB, the appellate unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation, is an advertising industry peer group from which ad-hoc panels are selected to adjudicate NAD cases that are not resolved at the NAD level.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps had challenged the truthfulness and accuracy of TransFair USA’s licensed use of its “Fair Trade Certified,” “Fair Trade Certified Ingredients.” Dr. Bronner’s also challenged the “Fair Trade Certified Ingredient-Specific” seal for Avon Products, Inc.’ s Mark product line.
The issue before NAD was the message conveyed by the use of the “Fair Trade Certified Ingredients” and “Fair Trade Certified Ingredient-Specific” seals on cosmetic and personal care products.
NAD recommended in June that TransFair not only explain the plain meaning of fair trade, but inform consumers that the personal care industry is subject to a separate TransFair policy, which only requires 2-5% fair trade ingredients in order to display one of the two composite product seals.
Separately, NAD recommended that Avon modify advertising to assure that images used in connection with a fair-trade seal do not overstate the benefits associated with purchasing Avon Mark personal care products that contain certified fair-trade ingredients.
Under NARB rules, an advertiser has the automatic right to appeal an NAD decision, but a challenger may appeal NAD finding only if the appeal is approved by the NARB chairman.
SC Johnson LaudedBy Working Mother
• SC Johnson has been named to the first-ever Working Mother “Best Companies for Kids” list. The evaluation considered more than 225 selected questions from the 2010 Working Mother “100 Best Companies” application and ultimately chose 10 companies that believe in offering a wide array of family-friendly programs such as child care and scholarships.
“For 125 years, SC Johnson has been proud to call ourselves a family company. That means we care about the families who use our products as well as the families who are a part of making them,” said Pascale Meyran, SVP, global human resources, SC Johnson. “As part of that commitment, we provide people—including working moms and dads— with the support that we believe is essential to enabling them to excel both at home and at work.”
The evaluation measured and scored seven areas: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company culture. It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.