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February 02, 2022

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Patents

US Patent Issued to Colgate-Palmolive for toothbrush with fluid delivery: USPTO 11,229,283
U.S. Fed News (02/01)

USPTO awards US Patent to L'Oreal for method for managing a skin care system that includes circuitry to receive skin information from a user: Application No. 16/991,232
Beauty & Fashion Patent News (02/01)

WestRock Packaging Systems submits US patent application for packaging system adaptable to various container perimeters: Application No. 17/385537
Packaging & Containers Patent News (02/01)

Medline Industries seeks US Patent for Sensor for Absorbent Article: Application No. 17/497691
Electronics Patent News (02/01)

Sandler seeks US Patent for Absorbent Core Cover for Super-Absorbing Absorbent Cores of Sanitary Products: Application No. 17/369181
Sanitation Patent News (02/01)

Amorepacific receives US Patent for Surfactant-Free Cosmetic Composition: Application No. 16/901,233
Beauty & Fashion Patent News (02/01)

USPTO publishes P&G patent application for Disposable Absorbent Article: Application No. 17/492725
Sanitation Patent News (02/01)

Research and Development

Stora Enso, Netherlands-based engineering company Paques file Chinese patent for process for controlling sodium and sulfur balance in pulp mill; process utilizes bacteria to oxidize sulfide into sulfur: Patent Application Number CN20198048086 20190716
Tools and Machinery Patent News (02/01)

Pfizer and BioNTech launch rolling submission for FDA Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 vaccine in children aged six months to four years of age
Pfizer Inc. (02/01)

Foam can be generated from renewable lignocellulose for making thermal insulation without using polystyrene; bleached pulp foam produces highest foam volume, stability, thermal insulation, while lignin foam only improves stability: study
Chemicals & Chemistry Daily (02/01)

Biopharmaceutical company TFF Pharmaceuticals completes enrollment in phase 1 study evaluating inhaled formulation of Niclosamide to treat COVID-19; trial consists of single inhalation doses of 0.5 mg, 2.0 mg and 6.0 mg
Contify Life Science News (02/01)

USPTO issues patent to FPInnovations for producing anionic lignin copolymer under aqueous acidic conditions; copolymerization of kraft lignin usually requires toxic solvents, but this process uses only water and acrylic acid: Patent Number 11220446
Chemicals & Chemistry Business Daily (02/01)

Suzano, Federal University of Sao Carlos submit US patent for biodegradable and compostable thermoplastic composition made with lignin, polymers for producing rigid parts; product made from material is also disclosed: Patent Application Number 17/311152
Plastics Patent News (02/01)

Indian applicants file patent for new technique to produce paper from pineapple leaves and ramie fiber; cost-effective process produces high-quality paper that meets all required parameters: Patent Application Number 202141032354 A
Indian Patents News (02/01)

New Market/Market Expansion

Dollar General's first Popshelf store in Texas to open this spring; Popshelf offers products such as home decor, health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, paper products at US$5 or less, putting it in competition with Five Below
Austin American-Statesman (02/01)

Executive Perspective: Molson Coors 'no longer just a brewing company,' CMO says, 'now in the beverage business'; pandemic pushed company to reinvent itself, enter new spaces, including hard seltzers, non-alcohol segment with energy, coffee drinks
Molson Coors Brewing Co. (02/01)

Texas Roadhouse set to enter Puerto Rico via deal with Loro Group; company plans to open three to four restaurants in next three to four years, the first being a 7,200-sq-ft location that will open before end of this year
CE Noticias Financieras (02/01)

Indie, clean skin-care brand Versed launches at Walmart, available now on Walmart.com, in over 3,000 stores Feb. 26; available products will include 11 of Versed's cleansers, serums, moisturizers, treatments for under US$25
PR Newswire (02/01)

Starbucks set to open 2,500-sq-ft store Easton, Massachusetts, in mid-February after common victualler license approved by local government
The Enterprise (02/01)

Viking Masek Packaging Technologies launches 4SC-235 automated pouch packaging machine for small businesses; machine allows Viking to serve new customer market with its compact, productive, premade pouch packaging solution
PR Newswire (02/01)

Madrid-based Ghop, an AI-based, cashierless supermarket model that aims to compete with Amazon Go in Spain, plans to open its first physical stores in 2022
CE Noticias Financieras (02/01)

New Strategy/Strategic Change

New Ford Pro group to make US$45B by 2025 with E-Transit EV van, F-150 Lightning EV pickup, and half of group's revenue to come from software, services, says CEO; Pro Intelligence program to reduce out-of-service time 40% and total ownership costs 10%-20%
Detroit Free Press (02/01)

Awards & Recognition

Nominees for Cars.com Best of 2022 Awards are Ford Bronco SUV, Ford Maverick pickup, Genesis GV70 SUV, Honda Civic sedan, Hyundai Santa Cruz sport adventure vehicle, VW ID.4 EV SUV; award judges new and redesigned vehicles for quality, innovation, value
Cars.com LLC (02/01)

SCREEN wins third place EDP 2021 Best Label Printer award from European Digital Press Assn. for its Truepress Jet L350UV SAI S label inkjet technology; press prints on substrate widths up to 350mm wide, with a print speed up to 60 meters per minute
Screen Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (02/01)

Kraton announces RecyClass approval of its CIRKULAR+ Performance Enhancement Series C2000 and C3000 polymer additives; products are fully compatible with recycling of PP containers in Europe
Kraton Corp. (02/01)

Mutoh Europe wins EDP award from European Digital Press Assn. for its VerteLith RIP software in Workflow Technologies category; software includes halftone screening tech specifically developed for inkjet, supports soft proofing, on-screen RIP previewing
Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd. (02/01)

Keypoint Intelligence names Epson WorkForce ST-C8000 Supertank Color MFP as Buyers Lab Winter 2022 Pick Award winner for Outstanding Tabloid Color Inkjet All-in-One for Small Workgroups
Epson America Inc. (02/01)

Kodak wins 2021 EDP Award from European Digital Press Assn. in Industrial Print & Finishing Solutions-Best Folding Carton Solution category for its new Kodak ASCEND Digital Press; electrophotographic press prints heavy weight substrates with CMYK
Eastman Kodak Co. (01/31)

Subaru.com ranks highest in mass market automotive websites in J.D. Power survey of 11,150 consumers for information/content, visual appeal, navigation, speed; website ranks 22 points higher than average mass market retailer site with 733 score
PR Newswire (01/31)

Material Substitution

Finnish retail chain Kesko reportedly replaces plastic packaging for tulips sold under its Pirkka private label with recyclable paperboard boxes by Stora Enso; with the move, Kesko will save 27 tonnes of plastic/year
M-Brain Nordic News (01/31)

Estonia-based Tere Dairy switches to Elopak’s 1 liter and 500ml Pure-Pak cartons made from forest-based raw materials for its Hellus Kefir range in 2021; the polymer layer in the carton and its cap are based on tall oil, a residue from the pulp industry
Elopak AS (01/28)

Aldi switches to fully recyclable MonoFlexE packaging by Coveris for its own-brand 1kg basmati rice and 1kg brown rice SKUs; Aldi previously used a non-recyclable OPP to PE mixed laminate
Coveris Holdings S.A. (01/27)

Two Sides: Ikea has always been ahead of rivals in retail innovation, and now with its aim to be plastic-free by 2028 and use more renewable materials like paper, Ikea's shift toward circular economy could provide blueprint for other companies to follow
Two Sides Ltd. (01/26)

Neenah Filtration says NeenahPure polycarbonate series for meltblown media in air filtration applications offers advantages and diversified filter portfolio compared to common media made out of PP; media types are available for bag and pleatable filters
Neenah Inc. (01/26)

Material Reduction

Klabin produces new packaging for Vedacit waterproofing additive for concretes, mortars; the new packaging is made from biodegradable corrugated board, reduces amount of plastic material, also reduces 'dead space' by 3:1, is lighter than original package
Brazil Business News (01/31)

Product Safety

Michelin introduces award-winning Pilot Sport 5 high-performance summer tire with longer life, maximum wet, dry performance, Dynamic Response belt technology; Primacy 4+ sedan, SUV summer tire offers EverGrip technology for better wet braking
Michelin (01/31)

New Use

Merck announces European Commission approval of Keytruda as adjuvant treatment of adults with renal cell carcinoma
Merck & Co. Inc. (01/27)

New Feature/Product Update

Glebe Farm redesigns PureOaty packaging despite winning IP infringement case against Oatly; packaging emphasizes Glebe Farm and its British heritage instead of the PureOaty name, uses less blue, integrates a QR code linking to brand's sustainability story
FoodNavigator.com (02/01)

Dermalogica to integrate recyclable pumps by Aptar into its facial cleansers; the monomaterial pump consists of a plastic spring, which, like its bottle, is made of recyclable PE, making it possible to dispose of the bottle and pump as one unit
PR Newswire (02/01)

BASF to launch several PA and polyphthalamide engineering plastic grades in Europe that it acquired as part of takeover of Solvay’s PA66 business; products will join BASF's Ultramid brand
BASF SE (02/01)

Andersen Windows expands its legacy 400 Series casement windows line to include a new contemporary profile option; new contemporary stop option features an updated contemporary stop, grille profile and hardware design
PR Newswire (01/31)

PepsiCo's packaged oats brand Quaker reveals new brand identity in the Indian market, changing its packaging design and adopting a new global logo; new pack comes with a QR code that gives consumers easy access to recipes on YouTube
Mint (01/31)

Baralan announces its range of beauty and cosmetics closures will now be available in three PCR levels--a base level of 30%, an intermediate level of 60% or a full level of 100%; new closures offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional PP components
Baralan International SpA (01/31)

Canada-based Mercier Wood Flooring releases updated flooring collections; new species offered include White Ash, Red Oak and White Oak, while new colors include Breeze, Gleam, Silk, Halo and Charm, available across certain collections
Floor Covering News (01/31)

New Products/Services

Saudi Arabia and UAE agtech company Red Sea Farms eyes water-scarce US states for overseas expansion; University of Arizona to evaluate technology that enables commercial farming of produce using low energy, zero freshwater sustainable climate control
Red Sea Farms (02/01)

Bel Brands plans continued growth in plant-based cheese category, debuts Babybel Plant-Based, set to hit shelves nationwide in February; company to add new Nurishh plant-based flavors, formats this spring, launch The Laughing Cow Plant-Based in 2023
PR Newswire (02/01)

Animal health firm W.F. Young and wholesale distributor Pet Food Experts expand partnership to add brands for nationwide distribution; W.F. Young owns The Missing Link, Pet Kelp supplement lines and Silver Honey line of topical skin, wound care products
Pet Plus Magazine (01/31)

Finland's Nordic Bioproducts, proprietor of patented AaltoCell technology, develops new plant-based textile fiber Norratex, using no toxic chemicals or solvents; the Aalto University spinoff partners with CMPC Ventures on intensive product development
Nordic Bioproducts Group (01/28)

Starbucks, PepsiCo collaborate to launch Starbucks-branded BAYA Energy drinks, available in grocery stores in 12-oz. cans, three flavors--Mango Guava, Raspberry Lime, Pineapple Passionfruit; launch marks Starbucks' entry into energy drink category
WITI-TV (01/28)

Damn Right Cocktails launches its low-alcohol, USDA-certified organic, canned Tequila sparkling cocktails in Texas, California; line has two SKUs--Devil of a Lime margarita, Son of a Basil strawberry basil cocktail
PR Newswire (01/28)

California activewear brand Alo Yoga, which launched skin-care, bath products in 2020, expands again into hair care, with debut of shampoo, conditioner; vegan, cruelty-free products feature clean formula powered by Amla berry, with light grapefruit scent
Hypbebae (01/26)

Products & Services

Novolex brand Waddington North America awarded a new patent for Cutlerease, a dispenser for foodservice establishments that offers customers one disposable utensil at a time; the system cuts waste, reduces spread of germs, saves space, offers convenience
PR Newswire (02/01)

D-to-c sexual-wellness brand Maude launches at Sephora; 20 SKUs across brand's product line, including devices, lubricants, bath and body, now available through Clean at Sephora program across beauty retailer's website
PR Newswire (02/01)

BASF’s vegetable seeds business's tearless onion variety Sunions now being launched at supermarkets in France, Germany, Italy, UK; the yellow onion variety was already launched in US and Canada in 2017 and in Spain in 2020
BASF SE (02/01)

Liquibox’s Liquipure ultra monomaterial flexible packaging now available to global markets; the bag-in-box solutions are designed to meet recyclability guidelines, are said to provide better drop and flex crack performance, offer improved sealing, more
Liquibox Corp. (02/01)

UK hair-care brand Imbue expands to US, launches inclusive, vegan hair care, styling products in Target stores nationwide, on Target.com; celebrity hairstylist-backed textured hair-care brand offers products designed for curly, coily, 3A-4C hair community
PR Newswire (01/31)

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing awards Canon with 2021 Excellent Production Support Award for its contributions to semiconductor manufacturing, including provision of semiconductor lithography systems that achieve high precision, productivity
Canon Inc. (01/31)

Agfa wins three awards from European Digital Press Assn. for its Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED hybrid large-format printing press for signs, displays, InterioJet water-based decor paper printing press for laminate surfaces, Lussa leather printing system
Agfa-Gevaert NV (01/31)

 Bioeconomy

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Hospeco releases Enviro Gards Organic Maxi Pad Vend Pack for away-from-home market; pads have 100% organic cotton top sheet and are chlorine-, dioxin- and fragrance-free; pads come in compostable box with biodegradable bioplastic barrier film and wrapper
HOSPECO (02/01)

Eastman highlights research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution showing company's Naia cellulosic fiber disintegrates, biodegrades in the ocean within months; product is derived from sustainably sourced pine and eucalyptus
Eastman Chemical Co. (02/01)

WIPO posts Clorox patent application for pre-dosed wipes and packaged systems including nonwoven substrate formed of natural pulp fibers, synthetic thermoplastic binder fibers; compostable nonwoven has low extensibility: Publication No. WO/2022/020115
U.S. Fed News (01/31)

Sirane adds Earthcling Pallet Wrap to its range of sustainable packaging solutions; the product is both home and industrially compostable and suitable for both manual and machine wrapping processes
Sirane Ltd. (01/31)

Danimer Scientific and Hyundai Oilbank to jointly develop new market opportunities for biodegradable PHA biopolymers; near-term focus will be Danimer’s signature Nodax PHA for single-use packaging, other applications in South Korea and Asia
Business Wire (01/26)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Life Elements introduces new zero-waste mushroom packaging by Paradise Packaging for its CBD Bath Bomb Collection; the mushroom packaging is created using Ecovative’s MycoComposite Technology
EINPresswire.com/ (02/01)

Archroma introduces EARTH SOFT, a new softening system for textile and fashion applications based on company's new vegan silicone softener, Siligen EH1; product features 35% plant-based active content
Archroma (02/01)

Gmund Papier, VPF are developing first self-adhesive label stock made from 100% European hemp fiber, a sustainable paper alternative to conventional papers made of wood; hemp has four to five times the yield of a forest of same size, grows quickly
Label & Narrow Web (01/31)

Researchers study use of leaves extract from plant Dolichandra unguis-cati, or DUCLE, as a corrosion inhibitor for mild steel in acid medium; data show DUCLE forms a light coating on surface of metal, which helps control corrosion
Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry (01/28)

Stora Enso's Q4 profit surges 160% year-over-year to €616M, sales up 26.3% to €2.72B; record results driven by growth across all business segments and containerboard sales, as company transitions from mainly paper to renewable products made from trees
Stora Enso Oyj (01/28)

Renewable/Green/Clean Energy

Werner Enterprises starts validation, integration of Cummins new heavy-duty 15-liter natural gas, 15-liter hydrogen engines in its fleet later this year; natural gas engine uses purpose-build driveline, hydrogen engine compatible with existing drivelines
Business Wire (01/31)

Bioeconomy

Chinese officials release Klabin's patent filing for paper made with microfibrillated cellulose; adding microfibrillated cellulose to pulp increases strength, density of kraft and sack paper: Patent Application Number CN20198035507 20190517
Paper and Pulp Patent News (02/01)

Hemp hurd can produce dissolving-grade pulp suitable for textile fiber production, nanocellulose, high yield of bio-oils for green chemicals if processed with reductive catalytic fractionation; hemp hurd is mistakenly treated as low-value material: study
Economics Daily Report (02/01)

Mondraker to ship, package all of its bikes in a 100% recyclable box; the packaging will be 100% plastic-free, with adhesive tape made from rice, a security seal made using potato pulp and organic adhesives, and reusable Velcro straps
Blue Factory Team SLU (Mondraker) (01/26)

Scientists at Switzerland's EPFL develop new method for obtaining solid biochar and hydrogen gas, two of the cleanest and most efficient fuels, from biological waste such as banana peels and coffee beans using a photothermal chemical process
CE Noticias Financieras (01/26)

Inkjet printability improves up to 80% after coating paper with translucent laminae of fibrils from palm fruit microfibers; coated virgin pulp network reveals improved nano-enabled coverage by significantly reducing stray and by print uniformity: study
Nanotech Daily (01/26)

 IR & ESG

Dow Chemical Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (02/01)

Chevron Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (01/31)

United States Steel Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (01/31)

K-C Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (01/27)

3M Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (01/27)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: TriMas 2021 Sustainability Report
TriMas Corp. (01/26)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Kodak 2021 Sustainability Report
Eastman Kodak Co. (01/26)

 Sustainability

Macfarlane Packaging launches Packaging Optimiser software, designed to calculate possible cost and CO2 savings for its customers; the software assesses packaging materials, storage productivity, damages/returns and delivery fleet utilization
Packaging News (02/01)

GAF showcases new offerings at the International Roofing Expo; highlights include new GAF Commercial products including the EverGuard SA TPO self-adhering roofing membrane, system offerings meeting FM's Very Severe Hail classification, shingle recycling
PR Newswire (02/01)

Henkel says it’s vital to avoid seeing any one sustainability approach as the ultimate answer to packaging, such as reuse versus compostables and biodegradables; Henkel also says transparency in certification and testing methods are necessary
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (02/01)

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