Commercial Laundry Trends in Extended Care

Commercial Laundry Trends in Extended Care

Kline is actively conducting research with end users of laundry chemicals to assess their usage, perceptions, and perspectives on emerging trends. The extended care segment, including nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living facilities, are part of this research. The most commonly used laundry chemicals among extended care facilities are detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners although unscented softeners are preferred due to the fragile patient populations at these facilities. Extended care facilities are most concerned with sanitizing and disinfecting their laundry, resulting in a majority preferring to process laundry on the premises rather than sending it out. Other important laundry chemical attributes for this end-user group include chemical performance and stain removal. Continue reading

OTC Market Forces Impact Industry Growth

Internal and External OTC Market Forces Impact Industry Growth

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

Industrial and Institutional Air Care

Adding Ambience: Eye on the Commercial Air Care Market

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

Transparency and Nutritional Supplements

Transparency and Nutritional Supplements: Millennial Consumers Seek Clean Labels

There is growing interest in transparency on product labels from foods and beverages, to consumer goods, to personal care products, and now vitamin supplements. The Clean Label Project is an independent product testing organization that tests pet and baby foods and beverages for the presence of harmful ingredients. Clean labels are found on products that contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives, GMOs, antibiotics, or hard-to-pronounce, unrecognizable ingredients. Consumers are scrutinizing labels and ingredient lists, looking for short, easy-to-read, easy-to recognize ingredient lists. They are also attracted to products that claim to be “free of” artificial dyes, preservatives, GMOs, and other synthetic substances.Continue reading

The market for commercial laundry chemicals.

Commercial Laundry Chemicals: New Report from Kline Buttons Up the Latest Trends

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

Consumer Perceptions of Natural OTCs

Understanding Consumer Perceptions of Natural OTCs Important for Driving Traditional OTC Brand Gains

The U.S. market for OTCs has shown a compound annual growth rate of only 2.6% from 2011 through 2016. Most years during that five-year period the market have shown 3.0% or less year-over-year growth, with the exception of 2014 to 2015, when the market was up nearly 5.0%. This was largely driven by the return to market of previously recalled brands. By comparison, natural OTCs (which refers to non-drug, non-monograph, plant- or supplement-based, or homeopathic products that often make claims of support, prevention, maintenance, and/or treatment of minor conditions or ailments) have grown strongly by double digit gains over the same timeframe.Continue reading

Rapidly expanding channels of distribution

How much disruption have office supply stores and websites caused in the U.S. jan/san market?

Staples, Staples Advantage, Office Depot, Office Max, and others have become a rapidly expanding channel of distribution of janitorial cleaning chemicals to professionals in the away-from-home market. Office buildings and other small, independent commercial end users often take advantage of the convenience of getting their cleaning supplies along with paper products, coffee and break room supplies, and other office supply needs from such retailers. Kline has recently completed the latest edition of its venerable Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA study, which covers the market from 2015 to 2017 and is based on over 1,000 end user surveys. The findings are surprising.Continue reading

Chemicals for Unconventional Oil and Gas Fields

Three Reasons for Chemical Suppliers to Focus on Shale Oil and Gas

The rebounded prices for crude oil help the production of shale oil and gas to recover, after the all-time low in 2016. Manufacturing costs for shale oil and gas, specifically in the United States, have also fallen by almost 25-30% in the last few years, resulting in increased production from these sources. The United States and Canada are the leading suppliers of oil and gas from shale and tight resources, together accounting for more than 90% of the global market. In the long term, U.S. production of shale oil and shale gas is expected to double by 2035 and 2040, respectively. Canada will also double the production of shale gas by 2040. As a result, the consumption of chemical additives used in the development of these fields is set to grow.Continue reading

Emerging trends in the jansan cleaning chemicals market

Revealing important changes in the jansan cleaning industry

What are the key changes and emerging trends in the jansan cleaning chemicals market? Kline reveals important findings from its upcoming Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities research program.

Increased square footage of resilient hard surface flooring has reduced the need to strip/wax floors. Rubber flooring, solid vinyl tile, linoleum, and synthetic resin are becoming popular options for high-traffic commercial spaces, as they often offer lower maintenance requirements. As a result, the market for floor finishes and coatings shows a decrease compared to 2014 market data.Continue reading