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November 21, 2012
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News and information on the cleaning products industry

  Business Update 
  • The 4 biggest challenges facing P&G
    Procter & Gamble is a massive, long-successful company, but it faces four key challenges: continuous pressure to innovate, decisions about which brands to retain, customer satisfaction and keeping an eye on costs. "We're not going to be able to just use productivity to get to the top tier," said CEO Bob McDonald. "The greatest leaders are those who can balance what appears to be a dilemma to other people." USA Today (11/19), Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fragrance industry sales increase in 2012
    The fragrance sector is rebounding from the economic dip, with sales at U.S. department stores up 7% in the first three quarters of 2012. "Since fragrance is an emotional purchase, having a great story about the inspiration behind the scent will help connect a consumer to that fragrance," said Virginia Lee, a senior research analyst for Euromonitor. HAPPI magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Soap sales increase, but hand sanitizer sales fall
    Sales of personal-cleaning products increased by more than 1% during the yearlong period ended Sept. 9, but hand sanitizers declined by 11.3%, according to market-research firm SymphonyIRI Group. "Consumers are making more informed purchases, but given the relatively low price of soap and shower products, many are able to stick with their favorite brands," said Amy Ziegler, a global personal-care analyst at Mintel. HAPPI magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Science and Policy 
  • ACI chief: EPA ruling overlooks U.S. oleochemical industry
    Soap and detergent manufacturers are facing a supply crunch of tallow with the Environmental Protection Agency's pending increase in the amount of biomass-based diesel production. "We regret that once again, EPA has dismissed the concerns of the domestic oleochemical industry relating to the Renewable Fuel Standard's impact on the price and availability of animal fats," said Ernie Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute. Chemical & Engineering News (subscription required) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In some states, chemical regulation stays close to home
    California, Maine and Washington are leading an increasingly state-level effort in the U.S. to force companies to disclose information on ingredients or use alternative ingredients. States are acting in the absence of federal action by Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency, write Peter R. Duchesneau and James G. Votaw Environmental Leader (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • The social skills needed to work in sustainability
    Sustainability leaders say that subject-specific expertise is less important that interpersonal skills when it comes to identifying future CSR professionals. "Sustainability professionals are like pioneers, forging new frontiers," says green-recruitment exec Ellen Weinreb. "Their job is to convince people who are used to doing things the traditional way to look at things differently." (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • ACI webinar: Better laundry practices -- just in time for the holidays
    ACI is hosting a free webinar Dec. 5 to share practical information about better laundry practices. ACI wants to ensure consumers keep an eye on safe use and storage of laundry products during the holiday season. For more information, contact Nancy Bock. Read more from ACI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI Convention session -- "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Staying Both Compliant and Competitive"
    ACI's 2013 Convention has added a special session of interest to all ACI member companies: "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Staying Both Compliant and Competitive." On Jan. 30, attorney Jacqueline C. Wolff will discuss the current enforcement climate and the key elements of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Make sure you register today for ACI's 2013 Convention, Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, at the Grande Lakes Orlando. For more information, contact ACI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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