Thank you for your e-mail. I’m glad to provide you with information about this new partnership.
Here are the facts about this partnership. Colgate-Palmolive now owns 84% of our company; but Tom’s of Maine will remain an independent, stand-alone subsidiary based here in Maine.
This means that we will are still doing business the same way we have for the last 36 years. Tom and Kate will continue to lead our company. Tom’s of Maine products, formulations and ingredients will remain the same as they have always been. We will continue to make products that are natural, free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners and dyes. And we will continue to make safe, effective products without the use of animal ingredients and without the use of animal testing. Further, we will remain in Kennebunk, Maine, and our employees will remain in their jobs here in Maine.
As you know, testing our natural products for safety and efficacy without the use of animals has been a central value for Tom’s of Maine from the beginning in 1970. In 1984, we even challenged the FDA and created the first ever non-animal testing toothpaste approval process. Our commitment to no animal ingredient and no animal testing policies, and all of our standards for natural and sustainable, are part of the agreement with Colgate. They remain intact and unchanged.
We are excited and confident in this agreement with Colgate-Palmolive. We see a growing number of consumers like you changing the rules of the economy and making natural mainstream. We hope you’ll stay interested and in touch. Over time, we think you’ll find that nothing you like about Tom’s of Maine or our products has changed. As always we remain interested in hearing from you.
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