Kellogg, Mondelez and Unilever are among the firms working to ensure that inventory and supply chains are in place to offset any potential effects from Brexit. "We're making plans and spending real money to mitigate impact," Kellogg CEO Steve Cahillane said.
Reckitt Benckiser will promote such cleaning products as Finish dishwasher detergent and Vanish stain remover primarily via a direct-to-consumer model in India, China and other emerging markets, says Hygiene Home division President Rob de Groot. "[I]n the past, it was about putting big sales forces together and going to the stores; now the digital technology, both at the consumer communication part as well as the transaction part from a channel perspective, opens up completely new opportunities," he says.
Cottonelle's new spot, "DownThereCare: Meet His Parents," achieved an attention score of nearly 95 after first airing Monday. The ad, which highlights the power of being clean, had 24% fewer interruptions than the industry average.
Molson Coors' net sales dropped 2.1% last year, down to $10.8 billion from more than $11 billion in 2017. To reverse the trend in 2019, the company "must accelerate the pace of premiumization" in its portfolio, Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter says.
The Distilled Spirits Council is urging the US to end its trade disputes with other nations after whiskey exports to Europe fell 8.7% from July through November of 2018, compared to the same period the previous year. "For the first time, data can demonstrate the negative impact of retaliatory tariffs on what had been a booming export growth story," says DSC's Christine LoCascio.
The UK is creating the framework for a plastic packaging tax on items with less than 30% recycled content, which it plans to introduce in April 2022. The government says it "wants to encourage all liable manufacturers who could use more recycled material to do so, in order to reduce the use of new materials and so maximize the environmental benefit."
Production of glass packaging in Europe grew by 1% over the first half of 2018, the European Container Glass Federation reports. "We are encouraged by this positive trend, which confirms our belief that brands and consumers are switching to glass for environmental reasons," says FEVE Secretary General Adeline Farrely.
Legislators in Washington and Indiana are evaluating bills to make product manufacturers responsible for managing discarded packaging. While the Indiana legislature has not yet held a hearing on its bill, the Washington Senate Environment, Energy and Technology committee has, with advocates touting better recycling and opponents arguing the bill would lead to higher consumer costs.
Many consumers are working to eliminate plastics from their daily lives, which can require preplanning so they aren't forced to use disposable plastic bags, utensils or cups when away from home, Steven Kurutz writes. Items like glass baby bottles and jam jars help consumers maintain a normal quality of life while eschewing plastic, he writes.
Officials in Butler, Pa., are encouraging residents to keep recycling glass after a brochure distributed by Waste Management omitted glass from its list of accepted materials. Not accepting glass would be a breach of the contract the city negotiated with Waste Management, solicitor Tom Breth says.