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January 10, 2013
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  Business Update 
  • Tide's brand loyalty brings rewards, unique challenges
    Tide detergent has built a following so dedicated that it can outsell competitors while selling at a higher price point. "In a 2009 survey, Tide ranked in the top three brand names that consumers at all income levels were least likely to give up regardless of the recession," writes Ben Paynter. That brand stickiness, however, has made it a popular target of organized criminal theft, disrupting retailers' supply chains and forcing them to buy back potentially stolen bottles from middlemen to keep their shelves stocked. New York magazine (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Detergent-makers play role in global change, says Unilever CEO
    Detergent manufacturers can help alleviate and overcome some of the biggest challenges facing Earth, says Unilever CEO Paul Polman. Advocating for handwashing, sourcing sustainable materials and product innovation can all help, he said. Understanding local markets is key, according to Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald. "Understanding the consumer and understanding her tension creates deep empathy that leads to insights to big ideas that can grow an industry. You have to know the consumer's culture and his language," he said. HAPPI magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • Watch for news on these CPSC issues in 2013
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will likely focus in 2013 on monitoring companies on their compliance, as well as on balancing the public release of information from testing and certification rules, according to this analysis. Internal rules and studies are also expected to gain renewed attention at the CPSC. Product Safety Letter (free content) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • R&D, sustainability and consumer satisfaction are industry priorities
    The detergent industry is getting "smaller" in the sense that its products are more concentrated and use less packaging, says Brian Sansoni, a vice president at the American Cleaning Institute. That approach is aimed at meeting customer needs while maintaining safety, quality and sustainability. "Our industry dedicates an enormous amount of resources to ensure the safety of the products, including many millions of dollars in research, development and testing before the products ever hit the shelves ... trying to predict and ensure that there is consumer acceptance of the new product formats, such as the current unit-dose detergents," Sansoni says. Planet Laundry magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biocatalytic technology drives cosmetics sustainability
    Biocatalytic processing is reducing the energy and solvent demands of cosmetics production, writes Gregory Nelson, chief technology officer at Eastman Chemical. The technology, however, still faces cost disadvantages. "While biocatalysts for the production of green and natural ingredients is still in its infancy, it holds great potential for the continued 'greening' of the cosmetics industry worldwide," Nelson writes. Environmental Leader (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • Help "Clean the World" at the 2013 ACI Convention
    In between meetings at the cleaning product industry's top business event, registrants at the 2013 ACI Convention (Jan. 28 to Feb. 2) can help "Clean the World" -- literally. On Thursday and Friday of Convention Week, attendees can spend a few minutes helping to assemble hygiene kits that the nonprofit group Clean the World will distribute to an Orlando-area charity. Check the convention schedule for more details and ACI's website for other convention updates. For more information, contact ACI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 1,700+ pairs of gloves, mittens collected for Superstorm Sandy relief effort
    More than 1,700 pairs of gloves and mittens were collected for families affected by Superstorm Sandy, part of the "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" project organized by ACI and the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. The donations -- along with hand soap from ACI -- are being sent to families in New Jersey, one of the hardest-hit areas. For more information, visit ACI's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A new year, a new (tidier) you
    Want a New Year's resolution you can stick to? ACI has tips for quick and easy housekeeping -- little things you can do each day, without much effort, that add up to a neater home and, more importantly, a happier you. ACI Cleaning Matters (Jan.-Feb. 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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