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Soaps & Detergents

11:10 AM MST | January 28, 2008 | Kate Phillips and Rebecca Coons with Alex Scott and Kerri Walsh

Pricing pressures, caused mainly by steep rises in costs of energy, transportation, and raw materials, continue to plague the soaps and detergents industry, prompting raw material suppliers to work more closely with customers to improve efficiencies and achieve cost savings, suppliers say. Many suppliers say they have launched products and business units recently in response to the feedstock and market challenges. Soapers, meanwhile, are under pressure to satisfy consumer demands for “greener,” more environmentally friendly products. “One of the...

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