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Best of PC and HI&I 2021

Ingredients in Personal Care and HI&I Cleaning Markets: Top 5 Picks for 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic took a bite out of the Ingredients in Personal Care and HI&I Cleaning markets, including shutting down manufacturing operations and disrupting supply chains around the world, it also brought about some positive developments. For example, the increasing consumer focus on healthier personal care ingredients and cleaning chemicals is expected to fuel substantial growth going forward.
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Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Industry: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Industrial & Institutional Cleaning: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Growing awareness about the crucial and potentially life-saving importance of cleanliness and the professional cleaning industry was fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, with related hygiene and safety protocols put into effect throughout most of 2021. Looking back on the powerful concepts that defined the industry during the year, we found that cleaning for health rather than appearance, the increased frequency of cleaning, and a focus on hand hygiene were at the top of the list in terms of priorities. 
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Food Industry 2021

Food & Nutrition: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Consumers’ growing interest in improving their diets with nutritious food products continued to drive the global plant-based meat industry in 2021. They also focused on sustainability issues within the industry — a call to action that brands heard loud and clear. As a result, the food industry’s commitment to mitigating its impact on climate change has created new opportunities in the market  even while some eyebrows were raised when it came to the subject of cultured meat.   
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Beauty & Personal Care Segment

Beauty & Personal Care: Top 10 Picks for 2021

Despite having taken some hard hits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beauty & Personal Care segment continues to not only thrive but remains one of the fastest-growing consumer markets. Increases are being fueled not only by young consumers entering the market but by the aging population, with both ends of the spectrum equally as focused on taking care of themselves and looking their best. The gradual consumer shift toward premium and luxury cosmetics brands has also boosted the market.
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Biopesticides Are Going to Pot — But That’s Good News for the Market

Many analysts predict that the global market for biopesticides will double over the next five years — but much of this growth won’t come from traditional markets.  

“Medical marijuana,” says Dennis Fugate, Industry Manager for our Agriculture and Specialty Pesticide practice, “is one of the more unusual markets fueling the increased demand for biopesticides.” Because the compounds that are used in biopesticides have very specific modes of action, they don’t affect non-targeted organisms, making them very appealing to growers of medical marijuana. And, because biopesticides don’t leave behind dangerous residues, they’ve become equally as appealing to users of medical marijuana.

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Wipes Remain Key to Keeping Facilities Safe from COVID

Demand for cleaning wipes is increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and a new variant of the virus penetrates the United States.  

“With the increased cleaning frequency across the board at industrial and institutional facilities, disposable wipes have proven to not only be an effective tool for cleaning professionals, but a convenient one,” says Laura Mahecha, Industry Manager of I&I Cleaning at Kline & Company. “We have also seen increased usage of wipes at public-facing facilities, such as retailers, where consumers use wipes to clean shopping cart handles; restaurants, where patrons clean tabletops before use; and schools, where students wipe their desks. Wipes help reassure consumers that facilities are clean and allow them to be active participants in keeping facilities clean.”  

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How Beauty and Personal Care’s Heavy Hitters Are Prioritizing Sustainability

Corporations are increasingly building sustainability into their strategies as a core tenet of their identities and how they conduct their businesses. Further, many governments, citizens, and other stakeholders want to see corporations demonstrate concern for their communities, with ethical, social, environmental, cultural, and economic sustainability all being pressing concerns.

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U.S. beauty device market

5 of the Brightest Lights in the U.S. Beauty Device Market

It’s not just holiday lights that are twinkling throughout the land right now — LEDs of all different wavelengths and hues are glowing in at-home beauty devices like never before.

“With LED therapy being viewed as a must-have in skin care by brands and consumers alike, it’s not surprising that this technology continues to gain traction in the beauty device industry,” says Karen Doskow, Director of our Beauty & Personal Care practice. “LEDs are being used to address a wide range of skin concerns, across various different product formats such as masks, brushes, and wands.”Continue reading


7 Reasons Why Fruit and Vegetable Growers Are Embracing Biostimulants

Demand for biostimulants is growing rapidly, fueled in part by consumer trends toward wellness and organic produce, along with rising environmental concerns. Biostimulants contain organic substances such as humic acid, vitamins, hormones, and microorganisms that stimulate natural processes to enhance crop quality. When applied to plants or rhizosphere, biostimulants boost nutrient efficiency, resulting in increased root growth, greater water-holding capacity, and increased microbial activity.

“Population growth is another factor that is shifting attention to biostimulants,” says Dennis Fugate, Industry Manager for our Agriculture and Specialty Pesticide practice. The population is expected to increase from 7.3 billion in 2015 to 9.7 billion in 2050 — with global food demand projected to rise 59%-89% by 2050. “Biostimulants are expected to play a key role in significantly and sustainably increasing the yield of agricultural crops.”

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