When it comes to the professional cleaning of commercial kitchens, key market trends including control of foodborne illness, food safety, and strict sanitation regulations are all drivers propelling growth of foodservice cleaning products. Regulations increase cleaning frequency for end users but also push manufacturers to develop new products that protect human health and the environment. Food safety and prevention of foodborne illness are concerns for all end users but particularly those serving the public. These have led to improved sanitation practices and include higher cleaning standards, sanitizing of hands, sanitizing of dishes and other kitchen wares, and hygiene programs and training for employees. Continue reading
This year’s ISSA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada was well-attended and featured hundreds of booths displaying new products, with many showcasing how technology is being used to improve cleaning and efficiency. From augmented reality to robotics, many technologically advanced tools are being offered to cleaning professionals to help them clean more efficiently and educate cleaning staff. Optisolve showed a device that, when attached to a tablet, reveals in real time invisible surface contamination and can be used to benchmark and track improvements in cleaning thoroughness. Continue reading
The market for janitorial cleaning chemicals in Europe, which until recently was flat to declining, posted modest growth of 1.6% in 2014, according to Kline’s recently published study Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities. Improving economies, end users’ preferences for multipurpose product features, and the need to maintain clean and germ-free facilities contribute to the market’s growth.
Commercial and institutional end users in Europe consumed an estimated EUR 1.5 billion worth of janitorial and housekeeping cleaning products in 2014. Building and contract cleaners are the leading end-use segment in Europe and performed above the overall market growth due to a growing number of end users outsourcing their cleaning to contractors.
Hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities are among the end-use segments that are driving gains in the dollar volume of janitorial cleaning products. The market for janitorial cleaning products accounts for about one-third of the overall market for industrial and institutional cleaning products and is estimated at $4 billion in 2014.
The use of janitorial cleaners in acute care settings, such as hospitals, are increasing as these facilities aim to maintain cleanliness, kill germs, and reduce patient readmission rates. Hand-care products are the primary drivers of janitorial cleaning products growth in the hospitals. Demand for hand-care products that spiked in 2009 following the outbreak of the H1N1 virus began to drop significantly in post-pandemic period through 2010, but still outpaces all other product categories as hospitals try to reduce the presence of pathogens and infectious diseases.Continue reading