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Soapers Awash in Green Issues and Feedstock Concerns

10:09 AM MST | February 19, 2008 | Rebecca Coons and Kate Phillips in Boca Raton

Rising raw material costs, regulatory issues, and the drive toward “green” products are key issues in the soaps and detergents sector, said speakers at the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA; Washington) convention, held last month at Boca Raton, FL. Several major firms tell CW they are cutting costs and introducing renewable products in response. “We’ve seen [commodity] spikes before, and we’ve always had the expectation that things would go back to normal,” Norm Ellard, director/global sales at P&G Chemicals, tells CW...

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