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Natural/Organic Personal Care Shows No Sign Of Slowing

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The natural/organic personal-care sector is attracting new players despite the hampered economy and stiffening competition, according to Amarjit Sahota, president of Organic Monitor

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