Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market puts the e-commerce giant in closer competition than ever with Wal-Mart, which signaled with last year's purchase of Jet.com that it intends to remain a retail leader in the digital age. The deals further blur the lines between in-store and online retail.
Geneva-based fragrance and flavors company Firmenich has acquired New Jersey-based Agilex Fragrances. Agilex recently opened a manufacturing center in its home state that's expected to speed innovation and turnaround times.
Reforming the Food and Drug Administration and reining in burdensome regulations for antibacterial soap ingredients should be a top priority for Commissioner Scott Gottleib, writes former Watchdog.org Editor Johnny Kampis. "Gottleib has the opportunity to reverse course at the FDA and roll back rules that threaten to harm not only the regulated industries but also public health," he writes.
The American Cleaning Institute is "fully committed to reducing accidental access to these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day," said ACI. Responding to a Consumer Reports report on laundry packet risks to children and seniors with dementia, ACI added that it has compiled a list of safety tips for caregivers that includes locking up cleaning products.
The American Cleaning Institute and its member companies are improving sustainability throughout cleaning industry supply chains, according to ACI's fourth Sustainability Report. "Now more than ever, we call upon the industry to consider bold collective actions that can drive momentum toward sustainable development," said President and CEO Melissa Hockstad. "ACI and its members are building upon a legacy of leadership by evolving our sustainability strategy to reflect the critical issues identified through the first-ever materiality assessment for the industry," she said.
German chemical company BASF reports that 20 of its production sites around the world have received the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's Supply Chain Certificate. The RSPO accreditation means BASF is making progress toward using certified sustainable palm oil in its ingredients.
ACI: Highlighting the Trade Association's Role in Sustainability
Trade associations like the American Cleaning Institute are playing an important role in demonstrating how their industries are playing leading roles in demonstrating sustainability, according to discussions during a panel sponsored by human rights and legal groups in Washington, D.C. Citing the association's decade-long sustainability journey, ACI's Melissa Grande said that "we are building upon that legacy of leadership by evolving our sustainability strategy and taking our programs to the next level, because as an industry we acknowledge we have much further to go to meet our core sustainability principles." Grande pointed to ACI's Principles for Sustainability and the 2015 Materiality Assessment as frameworks helping prioritize key association sustainability initiatives for the next five year. ACI members are invited to get more engaged in our sustainability activities by contacting our Sustainability Office today.
Final chance to register for June 27 Webinar: Putting ACI's Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative to Good Use
Now is your last chance to register for a free webinar on how to use ACI's Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative (CPISI). This in-depth database features high-throughput screening-level human health risk assessments for the nearly 600 ingredients used across 36 different household cleaning product types manufactured by ACI members. The webinar will provide an overview of each component in the initiative: the ingredient inventory, hazard datasets, exposure assessments and screening-level risk assessments. The webinar takes place Tuesday, June 27, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Sign up today to reserve your access to the webinar.