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January 17, 2013
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  Business Update 
  • Amway eyes global growth with distributor network, social media
    Forbes interviewed Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews to discuss how the company's distributor networks are similar to social media influencer networks. She says understanding local cultures is important and that social media has helped to eradicate borders. Forbes (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A Method for profitability
    Method sold itself to Ecover in part, co-founder Eric Ryan says, to help pay for grocery-store slotting fees. Another reason is that it helped boost production, then profitability. "We needed capital to accelerate growth, to get our volume to a place where the business would be profitable," Ryan said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Novozymes gets federal aid to produce better enzymes
    A $2.5 million award from the Department of Energy will help Novozymes team up with MBI International to pinpoint efficient enzymes that will be used to generate biofuels and chemicals from corn stover. Novozymes will use MBI's Ammonia Fiber Expansion pretreatment technology. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • It's time for companies to embrace EPR, advocate says
    Policymakers are paying more attention to the idea of extended producer responsibility, and companies that haven't yet should start getting involved, said Scott Cassel, CEO of the Product Stewardship Institute. Awareness is key to company adoption, he said. Some companies "don't understand it that well. They are assessing their business risks. They, perhaps, feel they're not ready for it, and there's more resistance. We're seeing more of that from certain manufacturers to this concept, and they're wondering how this will impact them," Cassel said. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News 
  • ACI Convention: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to speak at policy session
    Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the former governor of Pennsylvania, will speak at the 2013 ACI Convention. Ridge joins former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at a special Public Policy Forum on Feb. 1, moderated by former White House press secretary Dana Perino. Check for convention updates on ACI's website. For more information, contact ACI. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When it comes to germs, what you can't see can hurt you
    Keeping your hands clean is even more important in the winter months when germs abound, especially during cold and flu season. Check out ACI's tips on when to wash your hands. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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