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. The Company has nine key brands representing approximately 80% of its consumer sales. These so-called "power brands" include ARM & HAMMER, TROJAN, OXICLEAN, SPINBRUSH, FIRST RESPONSE, NAIR, ORAJEL, XTRA and VMS. About 40% of the Company's domestic consumer products are sold under the ARM & HAMMER brand name and derivative trademarks, such as ARM & HAMMER liquid and powder laundry detergent, ARM & HAMMER DENTAL CARE Toothpaste and ARM & HAMMER SUPER SCOOP Clumping Cat Litter. The remaining eight power brands have all been added to the Company's portfolio since 2001 through several acquisitions.
The combination of the core ARM & HAMMER brands and the other eight power brands make 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.