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A New Spin on Soap Demand

12:12 PM MST | January 23, 2009 | REBECCA COONS with LINDSEY BEWLEY

The slowing economy threatens to pull the plug on growth in the soap and detergent market and move consumer buying patterns toward less costly products. Suppliers say a combination of careful cost-control and increased collaboration with formulators will be their best defense through the global downturn. Soap and detergent makers remember 2008 as a year of considerable uncertainty as upstream costs left margins in disarray up and down the supply chain. Formulators and suppliers are no more certain about this year. Most suppliers expect their sales to be flat or...

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