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October 11, 2012
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  Business Update 
  • Incremental innovation helps P&G investors sleep at night
    Recent innovations from Procter & Gamble have been incremental, including ZZZQuil, a nighttime sleep aid that is made with NyQuil ingredients, minus the cold medicine. "People have made a fetish of what you might call innovation with a capital 'I,'" said Patrick Barwise, co-author of "Beyond the Familiar," about marketing and innovation. "The reality is when you look at companies that produce long-term organic profit growth, a huge amount of what they do is incremental innovation." The Wall Street Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Household-product providers look for quick, effective tests
    To bring products to the market quicker and meet quality standards, household-products firms are looking to testing companies to validate product claims. Testing outfits also are evaluating products for specific markets, as is the case for marketing items in Asia. "Whether it is a current customer or prospective customer, all are under intense pressure to release products faster," said Christine Kreitzer, director of home and beauty at Celsis. HAPPI magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • Hygiene isn't linked to more allergies, study says
    Cleanliness should not be linked to increased allergies or risk of illnesses, says a study by British researchers. "The continued reference to 'hygiene' as a possible cause of allergy or other disease is confusing and potentially dangerous, if it makes people ignore the consequences of poor food hygiene, lack of hand washing and cleaning to remove possible pathogens from our homes and other environments," the authors write. (10/3), The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read the report by the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene
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  • Soap, detergent makers may lose key ingredient after EPA biofuel move
    Soap and detergent manufacturers are worried that heightened biodiesel production will drive up the cost of animal fats. The American Cleaning Institute warned that soap makers could look overseas for cheaper alternatives. "The natural progression will be if we lose the tallow for either price or availability, then palm oil will substitute," said Dennis Griesing, an ACI consultant. Dale Steichen of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry said biodiesel incentives have "the best intentions" but carry unintended consequences for the oleochemical industry. (subscription required) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read more from ACI on how the U.S. oleochemical industry will continue to be hard hit by EPA's policymaking on the Renewable Fuel Standard   LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Chemical producers see intersection of transparency, sustainability
    The concept of sustainability in the chemical industry has evolved from a compliance-based model into that of a central platform that promotes strategic innovations, according to this analysis. "It is driving a lot of other changes within the corporations as well, such as standardization of business practices and information management in core operations," said Jeff Ladner, a senior director at IHS. Chemical majors DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical, for example, have sustainability programs that are closely tied to their corporate social responsibility agendas. Chemical Week (subscription required) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • Register today -- 2013 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention
    Why wait? ACI members can now register for the cleaning product supply chain's top business-to-business event: ACI's 87th Annual Meeting & Industry Convention, Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, 2013, at Grande Lakes Orlando in Florida. High level speaker sessions, in-depth policy briefings and networking events take place throughout Convention Week. Register today and prepare to do business. For more information, e-mail ACI's Meetings Department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sign up for ACI webinars: Sustainability Metrics 101 (Oct. 18), Graywater Reuse Study (Oct. 17)
    Trying to get your sustainability metrics program off the ground? ACI member companies can gain insights on how to begin or enhance metrics reporting programs during a free ACI members-only webinar on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. Eastern. The 90-minute webcast will feature sustainability reporting case studies from ACI member companies. Contact Brian Sansoni to sign up today. On Oct. 17, get more details on new research from ACI and the Water Environment Research Foundation that finds how many plants around the home do well under long-term graywater irrigation. Hear from the researchers behind the ACI/WERF graywater reuse study. Sign up today online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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