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March 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Colgate-Palmolive Co. said Tuesday that it was buying Tom's of Maine, the leading maker of natural toothpaste, which used to tweak big toothpaste makers for putting artificial additives such as saccharin in their products. The $100-million cash deal for privately owned Tom's of Maine, which got its start in 1970 by producing a phosphate-free laundry detergent, reflects Colgate's strategy of focusing on the higher-margin oral and personal-care businesses.
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March 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Colgate-Palmolive Co. said Tuesday that it was buying Tom's of Maine, the leading maker of natural toothpaste, which used to tweak big toothpaste makers for putting artificial additives such as saccharin in their products. The $100-million cash deal for privately owned Tom's of Maine, which got its start in 1970 by producing a phosphate-free laundry detergent, reflects Colgate's strategy of focusing on the higher-margin oral and personal-care businesses.
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December 29, 1986 | MARK POTTS, The Washington Post
Now that our national sweet tooth has been attacked by premium ice cream and cookie brands such as Haagen-Dazs and Famous Amos, is it time to brush with a premium toothpaste? Tom Chappell hopes so. Chappell is the owner and namesake of Tom's of Maine, a small Kennebunk, Me.-based company that is going national with its brand of toothpaste, mouthwash and deodorant. The gimmick: They're all healthful and natural.
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April 6, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly three decades ago, when Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine seeking a simpler life and a deeper connection to the land, they began using natural foods and products. But they found little on the personal care rack to suit their lifestyle. The solution? They founded Tom's of Maine and, in 1974, launched the first toothpaste made entirely from natural ingredients. The company, based in Kennebunk, Maine, expanded into other products and soon grew quite prosperous.
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April 6, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly three decades ago, when Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine seeking a simpler life and a deeper connection to the land, they began using natural foods and products. But they found little on the personal care rack to suit their lifestyle. The solution? They founded Tom's of Maine and, in 1974, launched the first toothpaste made entirely from natural ingredients. The company, based in Kennebunk, Maine, expanded into other products and soon grew quite prosperous.
OPINION
July 25, 1999
I didn't need to read much of the July 15 article on cell phones before wanting to respond. Every day I see some cell phone incident that makes me laugh out loud. Cell phones have only been a status symbol in the minds of people who have them. They are certainly not a "necessity," as the article states. Believe or not, there is an existing cell phone etiquette; it is called common sense. Here is one simple example. If you had friends over for dinner and the phone rang, you wouldn't think of sitting at the dinner table with your guests while talking on the telephone.
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October 5, 1994 | From Reuters
In the 1960s, it was parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Today, it's cinnamon, sage, lemongrass and fennel-toothpaste. It comes from Tom's of Maine, the tiny company biting into larger corporations' market share of the $1.5-billion toothpaste industry. The reason, say the company and analysts: a winning combination, especially for Baby Boomer customers, of all-natural products and the firm's donations to environmental and social justice causes. "Who says capitalism must be as it's been practiced?"
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April 6, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES
Here is a sampling of the scores of recent books dealing with spirituality in the workplace, the search for happiness on the job and the quest for more community-minded corporate leadership. "Aiming Higher: 25 Stories of How Companies Prosper by Combining Sound Management and Social Vision," by David Bollier (Amacom, 1997, $24.
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January 21, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's been more than 30 years since John F. Kennedy inspired a nation brimming with youthful, postwar idealism and heralded in the wrenching decade of the 1960s. But all these years later, the period--which historians say didn't really end until the mid-'70s--apparently is still considered by some people to be too hot to touch.
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December 29, 1986 | MARK POTTS, The Washington Post
Now that our national sweet tooth has been attacked by premium ice cream and cookie brands such as Haagen-Dazs and Famous Amos, is it time to brush with a premium toothpaste? Tom Chappell hopes so. Chappell is the owner and namesake of Tom's of Maine, a small Kennebunk, Me.-based company that is going national with its brand of toothpaste, mouthwash and deodorant. The gimmick: They're all healthful and natural.
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