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Cognis Nutrition and Health

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Executive Summary

Henkel Nutrition and Health Group, a division of Henkel Corp., is renamed Cognis Nutrition and Health as of Jan. 1, 2000. The company adopted the new name and logo under new VP Michael Sundos, PhD, with the hopes of reworking its image as a customer-oriented manufacturer; Cognis comes from the Latin root "cognoscere," meaning to realize or notice. The division is now concentrating on marketing products with lutein, including its Xangold brand and Whitehall Robins' Centrum and Centrum Silver, for which Cognis supplies lutein esters. The division also plans to release Prevastein, a product containing soy isoflavones, soon in collaboration with Central Soya

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Cognis

Most or all of the nutritionals, ingredients and chemicals company could be on the selling block, parent company Henkel Group announces Nov. 13. Dusseldorf, Germany-based Henkel split its chemical products business off to form Cognis earlier this year intending to seek a minority partner, but now says it has been unable to secure an advantageous deal (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 14, In Brief). Henkel wants to divert resources from Cognis - which accounts for 23% of the firm's worldwide business - to focus on consumer products. The firm stresses any moves made involving Cognis are unrelated to its desire to acquire the Clairol hair care franchise from Bristol-Myers Squibb (2"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 2, p. 5)

Cognis

Most or all of the nutritionals, ingredients and chemicals company could be on the selling block, parent company Henkel Group announces Nov. 13. Dusseldorf, Germany-based Henkel split its chemical products business off to form Cognis earlier this year intending to seek a minority partner, but now says it has been unable to secure an advantageous deal (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 14, In Brief). Henkel wants to divert resources from Cognis - which accounts for 23% of the firm's worldwide business - to focus on consumer products. The firm stresses any moves made involving Cognis are unrelated to its desire to acquire the Clairol hair care franchise from Bristol-Myers Squibb (2"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 2, p. 5)

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