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Food Safety and Environmental Concerns are Key Trends Among Commercial Foodservice Cleaning Professionals in Europe

When it comes to the professional cleaning of commercial kitchens, key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict sanitation regulations are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also push manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees.  Continue reading

Kline Kicks Off 10th Edition of Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products Study

We are pleased to announce that we’re starting research for our largest market study in the industrial and institutional cleaning products industry – Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA. This study incorporates detailed, structured research with over 1,000 end-use decision makers at building service contractors and in healthcare, hospitality, foodservice, education, government, commercial office buildings, industrial, retail, and transportation industries.  Continue reading

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Votes for MORE, Federally Deschedules Cannabis

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act passed in the House Judiciary Committee with a 24 to 10 vote on November 21, 2019. The MORE Act is historic because it:

• Removes or “deschedules” marijuana and cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act
• Allows states to enact their own cannabis regulations without federal interference
• Provides review and expungement of past cannabis convictions
• Provides reinvestments to communities adversely affected by the drug war Continue reading

Technology Front and Center at 2019 ISSA Show

This year’s ISSA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was well-attended and featured hundreds of booths displaying new products, with many showcasing how technology is being used to improve cleaning and efficiency. From augmented reality to robotics, many technologically advanced tools are being offered to cleaning professionals to help them clean more efficiently and educate cleaning staff. Optisolve showed a device that, when attached to a tablet, reveals in real time invisible surface contamination and can be used to benchmark and track improvements in cleaning thoroughness. Continue reading

Food safety and employee safety are crucial for foodservice cleaning product end users in Europe

Key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict regulations for sanitation are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products in western Europe. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also encourage manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees. Continue reading

Restless Americans Drive Double-Digit Gains in the Sleep Category

The number of consumers suffering from sleeping disorders continues to grow, and quality sleep is a major issue for many Americans. In fact 75.0% of surveyed consumers indicate they have trouble falling asleep. Many use OTC sleep aids, combination OTC pain relievers and sleep aids, natural and herbal remedies, or sleep devices, such as smart watches and sleep tracking apps which posted 50% sales growth to help them sleep. These market segments however, are growing at very different rates. For example, sales of OTC sleep aids like Unisom, ZzzQuil, and Simply Sleep expanded by 3.4%. In contrast, sales of natural and herbal sleep aids that contain melatonin or valerian rose 18.0%, and sleep devices grew over 50.0%, as per Kline’s Sleep Aids study. Continue reading

Commercial Cleaning Wipes Post Strong Gains in 2019

Kline’s second edition Industrial & Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities will be published this month. Results of the research reveal that wipes are indeed a rapidly growing segment of the commercial cleaning industry, driven by the need to reduce germs and minimize infections. Sales of these products grew over 5.0% in 2019 due to the strong performance of disinfectant and sanitizer wipes and general‐purpose cleaning wipes, which are used more often by end users for regular cleaning applications. Growth of disposable wipes can be attributed to the need for high standards of hygiene across industrial and institutional facilities and the superiority of wipes over other cleaning products regarding convenience and reduced risk of cross-contamination.Continue reading

Many questions about CBD use for health and wellness – Kline report provides insights on consumers’ perceptions of CBD

There is much hype surrounding consumer-use cannabidiol (CBD) for health and wellness. There are hundreds of companies marketing tons of products; however, there is little consumer education or advertising, along with very nebulous claims, if any, about what the products will do for those who take them. There is even less information on dosage recommendations or clear labeling to help consumers understand how much CBD is actually contained in oral drops, tinctures, gummies, and other popular forms. In short, there’s lot of buzz surrounding this ingredient but little substance.Continue reading