Breaking News

Carrubba Has New Enhanced Website

November 6, 2012

• Carrubba Inc., the Milford, CT manufacturer of custom fragrances, flavors, and botanical extracts, has recently relaunched its website, The new site includes information for more than 500 botanical extracts, as well as updated standardized extract offerings, and covers the uses, benefits, and properties of botanicals popular in personal care products. Technical information is also presented about the types of extracts, compositions, and options that are available for the formulating chemist and product developer. Included on the website are the firms’ new standardized extracts.

More info:

Changes for Home Fragrance Firms MVP Group and Nest

MVP Group, owner of Colonial Candle, has sold off other business to Ganz.
• There’s been some recent changes at two well-known home fragrance firms, as Toronto-based gift company Ganz has purchased Midwest-CBK from MVP Group International and luxury candle maker Nest found a new investor.

In the MVP-Ganz deal, the acquisition includes the Midwest-CBK brand name holiday, gift, and home and outdoor decor business, however MVP Group has retained the Colonial Candle and Everybody’s Ayurveda brands along with some other units, as well as its Union City, TN distribution facility and staff.

The Midwest-CBK product line and the MVP Group International brands of Colonial Candle, Everybody’s Ayurveda, Genuine Monkeez, Monkeez Makes a Difference and Goofballz, will continue to be available through the Midwest-CBK sales team, the company announced.

MVP Group International is a large manufacturer and distributor of candles. Brands include Colonial Candle premium home fragrance products and Everybody’s Ayurveda natural and Ayurvedic products, along with popular private label brands. With corporate headquarters based in Charleston, SC and plans to expand internationally, MVP Group has offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide including Elkin, NC; Union City, TN.; Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, according to the firm.

In other home fragrance and candle news, Tengram Capital Partners (TCP), a Connecticut-based private equity firm, has acquired a “significant stake” in home scenting firm Nest Fragrances.

Laura Slatkin, founder, will continue to lead the company as CEO and form an executive leadership team. Terms of the deal were not released.

“We see enormous growth potential for Nest Fragrances and we are very excited about this new partnership,” said Matthew Eby, co-founder and managing partner of TCP. “In addition to her long-standing reputation in the industry, we have tremendous respect for what Laura has been able to accomplish with the Nest brand in a relatively short period of time; we are very much looking forward to working with her and her talented team to drive the brand’s continued expansion into new product categories and international markets.”

Slatkin founded Nest in 2005 after Slatkin & Co., the home fragrance company she co-founded and helped build into a premier luxury brand with her husband, Harry Slatkin, was acquired by Limited Brands, Inc. The firm initially focused on private-label projects and licenses for some of the world’s most prestigious beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands before launching the Nest Fragrances home collection in 2008 at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

Nest is more than candles these days. In July, Nest launched a new line of personal care products, including body wash and body cream. This month, Slatkin is taking Nest into fine fragrance with a collection of three fine fragrances in eau de parfum and body cream.

“I am delighted that TCP shares our vision to grow and evolve Nest Fragrances into a world-class luxury lifestyle beauty brand,” said Slatkin. “TCP has a proven track record of investing in strong, iconic consumer brands to unlock their true potential and their partnership will be instrumental as we expand our product portfolio and bring our exceptional luxury products to more consumers in the United States and abroad.”

Morre-Tec Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Len Glass, founder, Morre-Tec
• From a one-man operation founded in 1987 by Len Glass, Morre-Tec Industries, Union, NJ has grown into a multimillion-dollar business offering a variety of products and services including specialty chemicals, repackaging services and adhesives.

Before founding Morre-Tec, Glass held various technical and sales positions, including chief chemist and VP-sales, at several major domestic chemical companies.

From that one-man operation founded 25 years ago, the company has grown to include more than 25 employees—all united to getting the job done on time, on specifications and earning our customers’ satisfaction and continued patronage. FDA registered and cGMP compliant, according to Morretec.

In 1998, Glass created the Extracts & Ingredients division, which is devoted to new natural materials for the personal care and nutritional industries. Extracts & Ingredients represents several eco-friendly suppliers of fragrances, surfactants and emulsifiers to a growing number of personal care and nutritional companies.

The company is an ISO-9001-2008 registered manufacturer and distributor of bromine compounds, specialty chemicals, and unique products for the biotech industry, as well as the personal care and nutritional industries as well as specialty adhesives for distinctive applications.

Additional capabilities include contract and custom micronizing, blending, grinding and repackaging at Morre-Tec’s 25,000 sq. ft. facility located in Union, NJ.

Today, Glass and his team continue to evaluate new products and opportunities. For example, in recent years, the company added the Olivoil line of emulsifiers from Kalichem Italia srl.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, Morre-Tec invited dozens of friends and customers to a luncheon celebration and a plant tour of its Union, NJ facility.