Rising Demand for Natural Colors Galvanizes R&D Efforts

Rising Demand for Natural Colors Galvanizes R&D Efforts

As consumers grow more selective about their diets, demand for natural colors over traditional artificial pigments in food and beverage products has rapidly increased. However, issues with chemical stability and color intensity have historically limited the widespread use of these additives. Find out how manufacturers are working to improve natural colors, and which products they've already introduced to meet the increased demand.

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4 Acquisitions Impacting the Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market

4 Acquisitions Impacting the Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market

Major acquisitions have impacted many aspects of the global water treatment chemicals market in recent years, including those by ChemTreat, Kurita, LANXESS, and SUEZ. Find out what these shifts mean for the industry.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Water Treatment    

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Lighter, Stronger, Greener: 3 Trends in Silicones

Global trends toward energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and customization of personal devices are driving the future of the global silicones demand as these materials find a place in new markets and unconventional applications. Nevertheless, traditional markets still account for a large share of silicones use worldwide.

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Reducing Plastic Waste With Edible Water Packaging

Reducing Plastic Waste With Edible Water Packaging

Hydrocolloids are used in a wide variety of applications in the food and beverage industry, primarily as thickening or gelling agents. But many new applications for hydrocolloids are still being developed, including one that could alleviate the environmental impact of single-use bottle packaging.

  Chemicals      Industry Studies      Packaging    

In DIY Wood Coatings, Simplicity Wins Out with Multifunctional Products

In DIY Wood Coatings, Simplicity Wins Out with Multifunctional Products

If there’s one thing that DIY wood coaters value above all else, it’s simplicity. For this reason, products that combine two functions, like stain-and-sealer and self-priming paints, will gain further popularity. Find out how these trends will influence the wood coating market in the US.

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Pesticide Adjuvant Producers are Going Green: 3 Companies to Watch

Pesticide Adjuvant Producers are Going Green: 3 Companies to Watch

Several major pesticide adjuvant producers are using technological innovations to make their products more environmentally friendly. Find out about innovations at Huntsman, Clariant International, and Croda International.

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Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

Sherwin Williams & Valspar: Creating a US Paint Powerhouse

As competitors in the architectural paint market lost ground during the Great Recession, Valspar boldly revamped its branding, making it one of the most popular DIY paint brands in just a few years. However, sinking sales in 2015 and 2016 led market leader Sherwin-Williams to acquire the company. A Freedonia analyst explains what this means for the overall market.

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Sweet Dreams: Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

Sweet Dreams:  Reducing Extra Sugar in the Average American Diet

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, including specific information on “added sugars.” In response to this change, as well as growing consumer concern, food and beverage producers have instituted sweeping programs to reduce sugar in their products, with rippling impacts in the alternative sweetener industry.

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Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Tough times for bromine flame retardants means mergers (almost) all around

Weak demand for bromine-based flame retardants is generating new merger and acquisition activity. Concerns about the environmental risk associated with bromide flame retardant compounds have triggered regulatory and consumer backlash, while the ever-shrinking size of consumer electronics -- the leading outlet for brominated retardants -- limits volume demand growth. What do these shifts mean for the market?

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Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Innovation and Growth in the Biopesticides Market: 4 New Products

Although biopesticides account for just a fraction of the massive agricultural pesticide market, human health and environmental protection interests have boosted their use and encouraged new product innovations. Learn more about why biopesticides are used and how several new products fit into the overall market.

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