Innovation insights: NYSCC Chair on Suppliers' Day trends and more

During NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, we interviewed Dr. Amber Evans to learn more about her key takeaways from this year’s convention.

We first spoke to Dr. Evans about the innovations that caught her attention on the show floor, which included “the number of ingredients with a sustainability story,” she shared. As an example, ingredients that utilized upcycling, or ingredients that use biotechnology provide “several opportunities to improve products by drilling down into the science” behind the formulation process, she explained. 

Innovations like these were showcased in the Inspiration Zone​, which highlighted ingredients like dsm-firmenich’s Eterwell Youth which incorporates regenerative farming in its supply chain. Sustainability was a key trend at this year’s show as suppliers continue to migrate to more natural ingredient options for product formulation, and advancements in biotechnology continue to be a driving force behind this evolution. 

The focus on the impact of scientific testing and research was also one of Dr. Evans key takeaways from the first day of the Suppliers’ Day show. “The industry is quite science driven,” she said, “and we’re seeing a lot more showcasing of data to show the unique performance of ingredients, and we’re seeing more of our service providers who provide testing services for ingredients,” which includes consumer testing, she shared. 

Dr. Evans also highlighted upcoming NYSCC initiatives to further enrich networking and leadership opportunities in the cosmetics and personal care product industries. One of those initiatives is the recently launched NYSCC Internship program, which will offer ten students summer internships at ingredient suppliers, contract manufacturers, and brands across the beauty industry and offers for some “their first exposure to the cosmetics industry,” she said. 

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