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Navigating How U.S. Consumers Perceive “Clean” in Food and Beverages

As consumers pay an increasing amount of attention to health and well-being, they also focus on clean or green labels. The specific definition of “clean” is still open to various interpretations from consumersAlthough regardless of how they describe the term, food and beverage brands take notice and label products with specific claims to appeal to consumers.

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Global Brightstock Market Recovery After the Shock of 2020

Will the Global Brightstock Market Recover After the Shock of 2020?  

The global basestock market felt a colossal impact on demand and supply as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and brightstocks were no different. Per Kline’s analysis, the brightstock demand declined by approximately 7.5% in 2020 compared to the demand registered in 2019. While the global market was impacted by demand shock during the initial period of COVID-19, the latter phase witnessed supply shock as well, since brightstock supply was in deficit. This was a result of low basestock production, especially for Group I (including brightstocks), because of unfavorable refinery economics. Due to low fuel demand caused by pandemic-related restrictions, margins for fuel have declined considerably. As a result, refiners are not able to cash in on the current high margin regime for brightstocks, as their run rates are impacted due to constraints on the fuel side of operations. 

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Beauty Market Displays Amazing Resiliency in an Unprecedented Year

What could have been a dismal year for the U.S. beauty market in 2020 turned out just as we predicted. After analyzing 20 different product categories, five trade classes, and the performance of hundreds of brands, we have found that the overall beauty market declined by a mere 0.2% in 2020 to $77.8 billion, essentially flat with 2019 sales.  Continue reading

new strategies to mitigate weed resistance

What Are the New Strategies to Mitigate Weed Resistance to Herbicides?

Weed resistance to herbicides is nothing new, but in the past 30 years, the number and spectrum of herbicide resistance have exploded and caused economic concern In 1991, 120 weed biotypes resistant to triazine herbicides and 15 other herbicide families were documented throughout the world. Since then, nearly 500 unique cases of herbicide resistance have been reported. Some of the early herbicide resistance issues were mitigated through the development of corn and soybean crops resistant to the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate. However, repeated use of glyphosate over many years has led to widespread resistance of critical weeds to glyphosate. This has created a situation where farmers are concerned, and even panicked, by their inability to control weeds.   

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Regulations and COVID-19 Reshape the Biocides Market Outlook

Regulations and COVID-19 Reshape the Biocides Market Outlook

Regulations (mainly REACH, CLP, and BPR) have been changing the face of biocides in Europe over the last two decades and will continue shaping the market in the coming years. Some substances, such as OBPA (oxybishpenoxarsine), have been completely banned for years, while otherssuch as formaldehyde releasers, isothiazolinones, zinc pyrithione, zineb, and propiconazole, are currently facing regulatory pressure and uncertaintyAll substances that are under close watch could see the appearance of a concentration limit, leading to a de facto phaseout, or it could be simply banned for use in all or several given applications.  

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