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ACI 2014: Soapers stable, but innovation key to growth

7:21 AM MST | February 7, 2014 | —Vincent Valk, Rebecca Coons, and Robert Westervelt in Orlando

Cautious optimism was the phrase buzzing through the halls of the Grande Lakes Orlando in the final week of January at the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) annual meeting and conference. Soapers and home-care chemical makers mostly expect a solid, but slow-growing, 2014 as the global economy continues to tick upward gradually. On the flip side, innovative new products, such as unit-dose laundry detergents, are adding to growth, while raw material costs are expected to remain manageable. “We are preparing for similar economic growth as in...

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