Sales: $753 million
Hiroo Kaneda, chairman
Oral care products sold under the Gum and Butler brand names; beauty care products, including hair spray and cosmetics
Gum Soft Picks, Gum Dolphin 250 Advanced Flosser, Gum Perio Balance, Gum On the Go Travel Toothbrush
Sunstar offers products and services to customers in more than 90 countries around the world. According to the company website, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, sales were $1.1 billion, with mouth and body care representing 54% of sales, and health and beauty accounting for 12% of sales.
The company was originally founded in 1932, starting with the manufacturing and selling of toothpaste in 1946. Its corporate motto is, “strive always to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere.”
In March, the Sunstar Foundation for Oral Health Promotion—along with collaborating sponsors the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) and the International Journal of Dental Hygiene—announced the winners of the second Sunstar World Dental Hygienists Award. Winners, chosen from papers submitted to the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, included Sherry L. Priebe of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Annamaria Genovesi and Olivia Marchisio of Istituto Stomatologico Tirreno – Versilia General Hospital, Italy; and student Maria Fjellstro of the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The award, along with the prize money of $5000, $3000 and $2000, respectively, was presented July 2 at the IFDH Gala Dinner in Glasgow, Scotland.