Stability Testing Guidance for Product Safety and Shelf-life Insight (Cosmetics & Toiletries)

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Knowde Take: Formulators will appreciate this important reminder about formulation stability guidelines. They may not be as exciting as the latest trends, but they are critical to maintaining a strong brand reputation because nothing says “dodgy” like unstable shelf products :).

While it is generally good manufacturing practice, neither the U. S. Food and Drug Administ­ration (FDA) nor the European Commission require cosmetic manufacturers to conduct stability testing on products before commercially marketing them. Regardless, routine stability testing can provide cosmetic manufacturers critical data about their product’s safety and shelf life.

Such information can prove useful to companies both externally and internally; externally in terms of creating successful products, and internally in terms of product development, material procurement and management, and lifecycle management. This paper provides an overview of the basics manufacturers should consider when developing a stability testing protocol for cosmetic products.

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How The CPG Industry Can Capitalize On Consumer Trends (Forbes)

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Take a closer look at what CPGs have to consider to remain leaders among the many changes in consumer trends. Consumers are shifting where they place their dollars and are trending to go premium but aren’t opposed to trying something new. See what Micheal Mapes, CEO of EXAL Corporation, the largest aluminum container manufacturer in the Americas has to stay about the matter.

Markets across the board have had to evolve to meet the needs of the modern consumer, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) is no exception. Consumers want quality products that  don’t harm the environment and they want it quickly. I spoke with Michael Mapes, the CEO of EXAL Corporation, the largest manufacturer of aluminum containers in the Americas, to learn what they are doing to keep up with the changing times.

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Kenya has potential to become personal care industry hub (Business Daily)

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Is Kenya the personal care industry’s next hub?  Find out how a strong focus on innovation and a growing youth market could put Kenya on the personal care industry’s map.

Since the Austrian scholar Joseph Schumpeter identified innovation as a disruptive economic force over six decades ago, the concept has acquired great significance in business.

Firms globally have since embraced innovation as the cornerstone of their competition strategy. With consumers becoming more demanding and sophisticated, innovation has truly become the paramount differentiator between businesses. Innovation can be simply defined as new ideas or creative ways of doing things and conducting business. Talking innovation is however the easy part; leveraging its influence to keep up with ever-changing consumer demands and expectations requires hard work. Innovation has emerged as a key parameter in the personal care and beauty industry where consumer expectations are in constant flux.

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