Church & Dwight Co., Inc., founded in 1846, is the leading U.S. producer of sodium bicarbonate, popularly known as baking soda, a natural product that cleans, deodorizes, leavens and buffers. The Company's ARM & HAMMER brand is one of the nation's most trusted trademarks for a broad range of consumer and specialty products developed from the base of bicarbonate and related technologies.
Church & Dwight's consumer products business is organized into two segments: Consumer Domestic, which encompasses both household and personal care products, and Consumer International, which primarily consists of personal care products. About 40% of the Company's U.S. consumer products are sold under the ARM & HAMMER brand name and derivative trademarks, such as ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Toothpaste and ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP Clumping Cat Litter.
In 2001, Church & Dwight expanded its household products business with the acquisition of the laundry brands XTRA and NICE'N FLUFFY, as part of the acquisition of USA Detergents, Inc.
Later that year, Church & Dwight acquired the consumer products business of Carter-Wallace, Inc., purchasing the ARRID Antiperspirant and LAMBERT KAY Pet Care brands outright, and the remainder of the business, including such brands as TROJAN Condoms, NAIR Depilatories and FIRST RESPONSE Home Pregnancy and Ovulation Test Kits, through Armkel LLC, a 50/50 joint venture with a private equity company. In May 2004, Church & Dwight acquired the 50% interest in Armkel that it did not already own, and merged Armkel into Church & Dwight.
In 2003, the Company acquired the former Unilever oral care business in the United States and Canada, comprising the MENTADENT, PEPSODENT and AIM Toothpaste brands, and exclusive licensing rights to CLOSE-UP Toothpaste. Late in 2005, the Company expanded its oral care business with the acquisition of the SPINBRUSH battery-operated toothbrush business from Procter & Gamble.
In August 2006, the Company expanded its household brand portfolio with the acquisition of the net assets of Orange Glo International, which included such brands as OXI CLEAN, a premium-priced leader in the fast-growing laundry pre-wash additive category, KABOOM bathroom cleaners, and ORANGE GLO household cleaner products.
The combination of the core ARM & HAMMER brands and the acquired businesses makes Church & Dwight one of the leading consumer packaged goods companies in the United States. Church & Dwight's third business segment is Specialty Products. This business is a leader in specialty inorganic chemicals, animal nutrition, and specialty cleaners.
The ARM & HAMMER® Brand has been a fixture in American homes for over 160 years.