A recent American Cleaning Institute-commissioned report found that the cleaning industry contributed $59.1 billion to the US economy in 2016, with more than half of cleaning purchases being made by other industries. This year's ACI convention attracted 1,000-plus attendees representing 180 companies from 27 countries, and after 93 years, the organization continues "to build on the foundation of its past to support the future growth and innovation," writes Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications, outreach and membership.
Xbox players can stay fresh during and between competitive action with a new branded line of personal hygiene products. Sporting the words "lift your game" on the packaging, the Xbox Lynx body wash, antiperspirant and body spray from Unilver are due to be released in New Zealand and Australia.
Laxman Narasimhan has been named the new CEO of Reckitt Benckiser Group, producer of Dettol cleaning products and other consumer goods brands. Narasimhan, 52, has served in multiple roles for PepsiCo, and he will succeed retiring Reckitt CEO Rakesh Kapoor on Sept. 1.
International Flavors & Fragrances' Uncommon Sense brand reflects the company's purpose to "reach higher for the good of people and our planet," says CEO Andreas Fibig. "We have become a leader in sustainability -- responsible for many industry firsts -- and galvanized our employees to embrace their role in making the world a better place."
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is hopeful that Democrats and the Trump administration will reach an agreement within 30 days that clears the way for approval of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Democrats want stronger enforcement mechanisms for environmental, labor and pharmaceutical provisions.
After consulting with hundreds of mothers about their preferred product features, Dettol has rolled out soaps and hand wash under the banner Dettol Co-Created With Moms. The company claims that the products, which are available in tulsi and jasmine scents, have fewer chemicals and contain no dyes, talc or parabens.
Although a University of Melbourne report claims frequent alcohol-based sanitizer usage in hospitals will result in bacteria that's "more tolerant" in its given environment, the general public should not shy away from those products, says Columbia Mailman School of Public Health epidemiology professor Elaine Larson. "Alcohol sanitizers, natural or not natural, are safe, or safer than anything else to clean your hands with," she says.
An Accenture survey of consumers in 11 countries finds that more than 50% of participants would pay a higher price for products that can be recycled or reused. In addition, 72% already purchase more environmentally friendly goods than they did in 2014.
ACI Highlights Ingredient Transparency Leadership at "Cleaner Future" Event
At the Cleaner Products Cleaner Future Summit in New York -- presented by Procter & Gamble Home Care -- ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad (pictured, at right) led a session on safer chemicals and ingredient transparency. "Ingredient communication with our consumers and customers is an industry imperative. That has been a strategic priority for ACI and our member companies for years," said Hockstad.
ACI Members: Tune in to the State of the Association
ACI members, whether you're joining us in person or via Skype, ACI invites you to the Welcome Luncheon and State of the Association where President and CEO Melissa Hockstad will present a concise update on the key initiatives that matter most to ACI member companies. This session will take place on Monday, June 17th at 12:30 PM EDT; registration is required (either in-person or Skype participation). Simply log in to your Members Only Website (MOW) account to begin.