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ACI 2013: Emphasis returns to innovation

5:20 PM MST | January 31, 2013 | Robert Westervelt, Vincent Valk, and Rebecca Coons in Orlando

Innovation and sustainability were top concerns at ACI's annual conference in Orlando this week, as raw materials price volatility eased up and soap and detergent manufacturers look forward to new growth opportunities. "I think most people are cautiously optimistic" about 2013, says Kevin Gallagher, president of Croda, Inc. "I think the year is starting strong for many companies. Maybe not as strong as everyone would like, but better than last year." Price volatility has gone down, and the focus has shifted towards innovation, says Ecolab CEO...

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