Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is one of the world's leading producers of sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda, a natural product which cleans, deodorises, whitens and freshens. The company's original Arm & Hammer brand is one of the most trusted trademarks in the USA for a broad range of consumer and speciality products developed from a base of bicarbonate and related technologies.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.'s consumer products division now encompasses three categories: household products including laundry, personal care and international which includes the UK business. While approximately 50% of the domestic products are sold under the Arm & Hammer brand name and derivative trademarks, including Arm & Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste, Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent and Arm & Hammer Super Scoop Clumping Cat Litter, the company has focused in recent years on expanding its presence in household and personal care categories, with brands not included in the
Arm & Hammer portfolio. In fact, the company's Total Shareholder Return (TSR) has been more than double the S&P 500 since 1996.
Today, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.'s global annual sales are approximately $2.4 billion and growing. The International division had revenues of $440 million in 2009, of which Europe comprised 40%. New acquisitions in 2001 included the laundry brands Xtra and Nice n' Fluffy, both a part of the acquisition of USA Detergents, and later that year Church & Dwight Co., Inc. also acquired the consumer products businesses of Carter Wallace.
In 2003 Church & Dwight Co., Inc. agreed to purchase Unilever's dental care business in the US and Canada, and in 2005 purchased the Spinbrush toothbrush business from the Proctor & Gamble Company. In 2006, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. purchased Orange Glo, including OxiClean and in 2008 the Orajel brand for baby teething and adult dental pain relief from Coty Inc.
Combining these products with the company's existing product lines makes Church & Dwight Co., Inc. one of the leading consumer package goods companies in the United States. As a result of its performance over the previous several years, as well as its increasing stable of well-known consumer brands across several categories, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is poised for continued growth. At the forefront of the company's strategy is an objective to increase the size and scope of its international business.