Editorial


  • Becoming Adept at Adapting

    The coronavirus pandemic has made for business unusual. Lockdowns in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa brought countries to a standstill, wreaked havoc with the global economy and pushed the world into recession. But COVID-19 has uncov…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.03.20

  • Black Lives Matter

    We may be at a turning point in America; but it took the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Rayshard Brooks and too many others, to wake up much of the US and the world to the injustice of racial inequality—in…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.01.20

  • Packaging | Skin Care

    Is It Time to Fly & Time to Buy?

    Lockdowns have been lifted in much of Asia, Europeans are heading outside again and in hard hit US states like New York and New Jersey, restrictions are easing. Heck, even the beaches are open down the Jersey Shore! Life in many parts of the world is…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 06.01.20

  • Actives | Disinfectants | Functional Ingredients | Household Cleaning | Personal Cleansers

    Wipes—Open for Business

    The global Coronavirus Pandemic, from which the entire world is reeling as I finish this issue (from home), is already having an impact on the disposable wipes market. In the run up to the March 11 declaration that the situation had reached pandemic…
    Karen McIntyre, Editor 04.17.20

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Pigments | Polymers | Preservatives | Surfactants

    Behold! The Power of Print!

    Coronavirus has waylaid the 2020 conference and exhibition season for the global household and personal products industry. March was marked by more show cancellations than the inaugural season of the CW network. As we go to press, show organizers wer…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.01.20

  • Actives | Functional Ingredients | Personal Cleansers | Surfactants | Testing

    Grooming 101 Tips for Guys Everywhere

    The political season is upon us and good-natured (for now) ribbing is the order of the day when the office staff discusses the viability of candidates for president of the United States. “Amy Klobuchar? How can you support someone who eats s…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.02.20

  • Hair Care | Pigments

    I Can’t Win For Dyeing

    The ride back from Citi Field was gloomy after the Mets’ bullpen blew yet another save. To silence the silence, I turned on the radio just as a commercial started for Combe’s Just for Men Control GX. “I’ve been meaning to t…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.03.20

  • Actives | Color Cosmetics | Functional Ingredients | Hair Care | Personal Cleansers | Skin Care

    Win Some, Lose Some in New York

    The household and personal products industry posted a big legal victory a few months ago when the New York State Supreme Court invalidated the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure program. The move came after the Household & Commerc…
    Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director 12.02.19

  • Serving More Than the Bottom Line

    Earlier this year, nearly 200 CEOs issued a mission statement proclaiming corporations should serve more than the bottom line, that shareholder value is no longer everything. Rather, CEOs from the Business Roundtable argued that companies must invest…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 10.01.19

  • Getting Personal

    Health is a personal experience that encompasses genetics, physical/mental/emotional well-being, a feeling of balance in life, and a connection to other people (and the planet). In the era of personalized product experiences, what constitutes &ldq…
    Sean Moloughney, Editor 09.12.19

  • Addition by Addition

    Happi may be 55 years old, but we’re experiencing somewhat of a growth spurt when it comes to editorial staff. It’s all part of continuing efforts to improve our overall coverage of the global household and personal products industry. For…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 09.02.19

  • The Best Man for the Job…

    Is a woman, according to one well-known investor. In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary noted that after taking stakes in 39 companies during the TV show’s run, he has received significantly bett…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 08.02.19

  • Oh, Those Boys of Summer!

    Summer’s here in the US! The weather is warming up, barbecues are heating up and Americans are drinking up! A lot of us have a habit of taking our most important, even most somber, national holidays and turning them into something entirely diff…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 07.01.19

  • Take Away Giveaways

    Procter & Gamble, Unilever, TerraCycle and other members of the Loop Group were on hand in New York City last month to tout the benefits of totes; you know, those reusable bags that Loop members hope will appear on doorsteps across the US and Eur…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 06.03.19

  • “Are You High?”

    That was the question everyone asked throughout high school and college whenever a classmate or co-worker suggested or did something outrageous. Flash forward a few decades and I’m scratching my head and asking the same question about the proli…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 05.01.19

  • Keep ‘Em Coming

    Fifteen years ago (give or take a few years) when the wipes market began its proliferation into new categories, touching more consumers lives than ever before, I figured at some point the ebb of new products hitting the market would slow down. Around…
    04.04.19

  • Fine Fragrance | Packaging | Personal Cleansers

    Beauty As a Change Agent

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join nearly a dozen beauty industry colleagues on a three-day trip to Portobelo, Panama to give women in the community a primer on cosmetic science and, hopefully, spark a cottage industry based on local ra…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 04.01.19

  • Actives | Sun Care

    Other Voices

    For more than 50 years, Happi has been the voice of the global household and personal products industry. During all this time, we’ve presented views from reputable raw material suppliers, small and large finished product formulators and, of cou…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 03.04.19

  • Is Your Company In the Loop?

    Cheers to collaboration that leads to innovation! While US businesses slog through 11 million meetings ever day, Procter & Gamble’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard assured CES attendees (see p. 44) that P&G doesn’t think about…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 02.01.19

  • Is This Chip Really Necessary?

    A New Year, a new resolution and probably, another futile attempt at personal development. This year, for sure, absolutely, I am determined to reduce my use of single-use plastic. Among other things, that means putting more leftovers in glass contain…
    Tom Branna, Editorial Director 01.01.19