Nematodes are classified into its own phylum which encompasses thousands of differing species. Microscopic in size, the majority of these soil-dwelling wormlike species are parasitic to plants and one of the main causes for crop damages. As a result, nematicides are a niche but relevant part of the crop protection industry. The 2016 crop year alone saw global sales of nematicide products reaching almost a billion dollars, according to the Global Nematicides report from Kline. Profiling 13 key countries, this report offers in-depth analysis into the main parasitic nematodes, the crops affected, and the products used for the control of these species.Continue reading
The U.S. OTC market overall experienced 2.0% growth in 2017 with upper respiratory and topical products classes posting higher than average gains, according to Kline’s Nonprescription Drugs USA 2017 annual market study. “A strong cold and flu season in both Q1 and Q4 of 2017 drove the OTC cold and sinus market up 4.5% from 2016 levels,” says Laura Mahecha, Industry Manager for Kline’s Healthcare Practice. The topical products class posted 3.6% growth in 2017, driven by strong gains for OTC topical analgesics.Continue reading
Many OTC marketers struggle with staying abreast of what is happening with their competitors’ brands online. There are rapidly changing conditions online, including new brands and competitors that may or may not be sold on shelves in brick-and-mortar retail stores. These independent brands may not always be on the radar as many are sold exclusively online. They change as often as their prices and promotional offers online. Understanding OTC brands sold online and adjacent brands that can impact an OTC category is critical for success so that marketers can protect their market share and deliver sales growth for their OTC brands.Continue reading
Kline & Company has the air care market well covered. Kline’s venerable Home Fragrances study covers the dynamic market of products that provide the home with scent and ambiance. Recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 2.0% in the last five years, the market rises to $4.2 billion in 2017 as luxury brands remain market-movers and the candles category shines bright, driven by new product formats, ever-evolving artistic vessel designs, and wellness-inspired offerings. Double-digit gains are seen among brands like Voluspa, Chesapeake Bay Candle, Nest, Diptyque, WoodWick, Illume, and Paddywax, while HomeWorx, a new entrant created by home fragrance guru Harry Slatkin, finds success by connecting directly with consumers through the home shopping network QVC.Continue reading
While a lot of events are being held around the world for cosmetic ingredients suppliers, it is in-cosmetics global that everybody is looking at as an industry compass. This trade show is a popular place for suppliers to introduce their newest products and technologies, and based on the industry’s reaction and interest, we can define where the market will be headed in the next year.
Looking into the list of award winners, the industry is still to be driven by green, skin protection, and skin microbiome-related ingredients. Most of these areas are not new; for example, the green mega trend has been driving the industry for over two decades, but is still a focal point for ingredients development in 2018.Continue reading
Preliminary results from Kline’s Laundry Chemical Products USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities research uncover trends impacting the market. Kline is in the process of conducting hundreds of structured interviews with end users of laundry chemicals, as well as in-depth interviews with suppliers, distributors, and others knowledgeable about the market for commercial laundry chemicals. The research for the report due to be published this summer has uncovered some interesting trends. For example, long-term care and assisted living facilities rather than hospitals are driving sales growth of laundry chemicals for healthcare. Growth in hospitality laundry is being restrained by the increasing popularity of AirBnB and other short-term rental options. Laundry from some of these properties is done on site in a home-style machine.Continue reading
The market for digestive health products has undergone massive changes over the past several years. Once only known for the benefits of digestive health, these products now claim benefits of immune support, women’s health benefits (Ph benefits and vaginal health), nutrient absorption improvement, and even products that help with brain and cardiovascular health. Moreover, there is a wide variety of probiotic supplement forms available, such as drinks, sodas, chews, cubes, gummies, and prefilled straws. Continue reading
Industrial and institutional odor control products consistently demonstrate strong growth compared with other professional cleaning segments. Products like odor control, air and fabric refreshers, air fresheners, and odor eliminators are widely used by cleaning professionals to improve the cleanliness and appearance of facilities.
The professional air care market has posted a compound average annual growth of 3.0% from 2013 to 2017, according to Kline’s Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products and Foodservice Cleaning Products studies, published in 2017. These products contributed over $400 million to the industrial and institutional cleaning industry in 2017. Continue reading
Laundry requires specialized knowledge and service. Chemical suppliers often serve as trusted business partners for commercial end users because they provide expert service, especially for large accounts in the healthcare, hospitality, and commercial laundry segments. Kline’s research for our Laundry Chemicals study is underway and, so far, these three end-use segments appear to be contributing to market gains.
Green cleaning trends impacting professional laundry include water recycling/reuse systems, effluent management systems, ozone or electrolyzed water systems, and cold water washing. Water recycling and effluent management systems are expensive and difficult to engineer so only cleaning operations who want to promote a “sustainability/corporate responsibility” image or adhere to government regulations are likely to implement. Ozone water systems have been on the market for 20+ years, and some end users use them as part of their green cleaning initiatives while others are not sold on the usefulness of such systems. Cold water washing, where water temperatures are anywhere from 90-120 °F, use less energy than hot water washing; however, some end users that are particularly concerned with eliminating bacteria, viruses, and other germs from laundry, such as hospitals and long-term care facilities, may not be willing to use cold water washing systems. Continue reading
Understanding the needs of professional end users, such as commercial laundry processors, hospitals, lodging establishments, restaurants, extended care facilities, prisons/jails, and other on-premise laundries, are key for laundry chemical suppliers. Trends in product usage, channels of distribution, penetration of textile rental firms, the role of machinery/equipment, such as extractors, continuous batch washers or tunnels, and dispensing systems, and cost structures for processing laundry are key variables that have a direct impact on the demand for laundry chemicals.Continue reading