Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for its innovation center in Chicago. The building features lighting and temperature sensors, as well as irrigation systems and all-natural cleaning methods.
Angus Thirlwell, founder of Hotel Chocolat, says he has reinvented the brand five times since its inception. The company has had to learn how to become a multichannel retailer, a manufacturer and even a farmer, he noted.
Sara Lee Corp. might sell its European household and personal-care business, with brands including Ambi Pur air fresheners, Sanex deodorant and Kiwi shoe polish. The company has been streamlined considerably since Brenda Barnes became CEO in 2005, dropping units to focus on food in the U.S.