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Sephora Supports Relaunch Of Sephora Collection Private-Label Brand With Mobile Campaign

Beauty retailer Sephora is supporting the relaunch of its Sephora Collection private-label brand with a campaign on dating app Tinder and other mobile social media platforms. Sephora created 1,000 photographs of products and swatches and is running ads on the media-rich mobile sites and apps. Online store Sephora.com includes the “swipe it, shop it” feature, which is based on Tinder’s website design. Sephora said it will later be able to add photographs of consumers’ own looks.

"Sephora Is Driving Mobile Sales With Tinder-Like Features and Digital Mad Libs Plus actual ads on the dating app ", Adweek, July 21, 2016

Sales Up At Unilever During First Six Months Of 2016

Unilever posted first half sales growth of 4.7 percent with sales volume up 2.2 percent. Sales were up 5.4 percent at constant exchange rates, but down 2.6 percent at current exchange rates. Sales grew eight percent in emerging markets, while sales volume up 2.9 percent. CEO Paul Polman said the sales figures reflected ”consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth” in a tough global environment. The company said consumer demand is still weak, sales volumes continue to lag, and market volume growth is negative in Europe and in North America. Growth in personal care and foods improved growth and maintained ”strong profitability.” Profit margins in home care and refreshment improved.

"Consistent, competitive and profitable growth in challenging markets", Earnings release, Unilever, July 21, 2016

Procter & Gamble Rejects Class-Action Lawsuit's Claim Of False Advertising For Pampers Baby Wipes

Procter & Gamble is rejecting allegations by a class-action lawsuit in California, which claims the company's Pampers baby wipes are not natural products as advertised. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Veronica Brenner, the lawsuit claims the company broke the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act by falsely claiming its baby wipes were natural products. Brenner, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of others allegedly affected by the advertising claim, said the was misled by P&G's false advertising into buying the product.

"Procter & Gamble denies assertions in suit over baby wipes", Legal News Line, July 21, 2016

Coty Announces Appointment Of Camillo Pane As CEO And Election To Board Of Directors

Coty Inc. announced the appointment of Camillo Pane as chief executive officer and his election to the company's board of directors. Pane's appointment becomes effective upon the closing of the company's acquisition of P&G Specialty Beauty, expected to happen in October 2016. Interim CEO and chairman Bart Becht will remain as chairman of the company's board of directors. Pane has extensive experience in consolidation of acquisitions and is a veteran in the global consumer goods industry.

"Coty Inc. Names Camillo Pane as CEO", Coty, July 21, 2016

L'Oreal Opens Research & Innovation Center In South Africa

L'Oreal opened its Research & Innovation Center in South Africa. Built to study African hair and skin, as well as the beauty-related habits and expectations of consumers in the sub-Saharan region, the facility will focus on product development and evaluation. It will employ advanced research teams made up of scientists with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering, physiology, cosmetology, and biochemistry, the company said. L'Oreal first began research activities in South Africa in 2003 with its Evaluation Center aimed at consumer knowledge and product evaluation.

"L’Oréal accelerates product development for sub-Saharan Africa thanks to new Research & Innovation Center", L’Oréal, July 21, 2016

Unwash Signs Retail Deal With Ulta Beauty

Unwash said it has partnered with beauty retailer Ulta Beauty to sell its professional co-wash haircare products in stores across the US and online at Ulta.com. Seeking to strengthen its retail and salon presence, Unwash said it plans to support its business partners with education and innovations. According to the company, this will ensure the products and service it sells perform more than customer expectation. As part of the agreement, Ulta Beauty will carry all Unwash products, including the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner and Anti-Residue Cleanse.

"Unwash® Announces New Retail Partnership With Ulta Beauty", PR Newswire, July 20, 2016

Philips Sonicare Introduces FlexCare Platinum Connected Power Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare introduced the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, the company's first-ever connected power toothbrush for adults. According to the company, the toothbrush is designed to detect and deal with missed spots and excessive pressure and scrubbing. It also provides real-time feedback to help consumers improve their brushing technique. Its Smart Sensor technology monitors the location, scrubbing, and pressure applied when brushing then uploads the data using Bluetooth wireless technology with the Philips Sonicare mobile app. Users can also share data with their dental care providers who can design personalized advice through the Focus Area feature.

"Philips Sonicare reveals connected power toothbrush designed to revolutionize daily brushing habits", PRNewswire, July 20, 2016

Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club

Unilever said it has agreed to acquire Dollar Shave Club, a company that delivers shaving and other male grooming products directly to consumers by mail. Based in Venice, California, DSC has 3.2 members and reported $152 million in sales in 2015. Expected to close in the third quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory approval, the deal will see Michael Dubin remaining as CEO of DSC.

"Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club", Business Wire, July 19, 2016

Four Trends Expected To Set Future Directions For Asia's Skincare Market, Analyst Says

Four trends are expected to drive the skincare market in Asia in the coming years, according to Euromonitor International research analyst Joanna Chan. Speaking at the in-cosmetics Korea industry event, Chan said these trends are consumer demand for customization, or personalized skincare products; and well-being, which is the convergence of beauty and health as consumers prefer products designed for an active lifestyle and include natural ingredients. Also, digital marketing and retailing and consumer demand for ethical and sustainable products will set future directions for the market, Chan said.

"Top four consumer skin care demands from Asia Pacific", Cosmetics Design , July 19, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Reports Strong Sales Gains In 2Q 2016

Johnson & Johnson said sales grew 3.9 percent to $18.5 billion in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015. Operational sales results increased 5.3 percent, with the negative impact of currency at 1.4 percent. Sales in the US jumped 7.4 percent, while international sales rose slightly at 0.4 percent, with operational growth of 3.1 percent and a negative currency impact of 2.7 percent. Net earnings for the quarter reached $4.0 billion, with diluted earnings per share at $1.43.

"Johnson & Johnson Reports 2016 Second-Quarter Results", Johnson & Johnson, July 19, 2016

RB Plans To Build Research And Development Center In Hull

Reckitt Benckiser chose engineering and construction company M+W Group as the lead contractor to design and construct its proposed R&D Centre for Scientific Excellence in Kingston upon Hull. Worth ₤105 million, the proposed facility marks the company's single largest investment ever. It also highlights RB's commitment to the city where it has been operating since 1840. According to the company, the R&D center will be designed to be highly sustainable and energy efficient and will feature an industry-leading Good Manufacturing Practice healthcare development facility.

"M+W Group to build RB’s new Centre for Scientific Excellence, Kingston upon Hull, UK", M+W Group, July 19, 2016

HUL Cuts Ad Spending In 1Q Of FY 2017

Hindustan Unilever Ltd spent Rs 879.73 crore on advertising and promotions in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017, about Rs 13 crore lower than the Rs 892.73 crore it spent in the same quarter of the previous year. According to the company, its A&P spending is at 11 percent of sales, down 60 basis points. Starting in April 2016, HUL has revamped its businesses by grouping them under the home care, personal care, foods, and refreshments categories. Also, the company has adopted the Indian accounting system in reporting financial results since the first quarter of FY 2017.

"Ad spends at Hindustan Unilever shrink marginally in Q1-2017", indiantelevision.com, July 19, 2016

Revlon Posts Slightly Higher Net Sales In 2Q 2016

Revlon, Inc., said net sales grew 1.3 percent to about $489 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with $482 million in the same quarter of 2015. Without the impact of foreign currency, net sales growth would be 3.5 percent, the company said. Adjusted EBITDA declined 1.1 percent to approximately $89 million, compared with $90 billion in the previous year. Reported operating income was about $52 million, compared with $61 million in the second quarter of the previous year.

"Revlon Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2016 Results", Revlon, July 18, 2016

Unilever Nigeria Posts Strong Sales Gains In First Half Of 2016

Unilever Nigeria PLC reported sales grew 12 percent to N32.28 billion in the first half of 2016, compared with N28.72 billion in the first half of the previous year. According to the company, after-tax profit reached N1.094 billion, while cost of sales increased 16 percent to N22 billion during the same period. Also, net finance costs was reduced by 54 percent to N0.67 billion during the period.

"Unilever posts impressive first half year result", The Nation, July 18, 2016

HUL Announces Plan To Build New Factory In Assam

Hindustan Unilever Limited said it plans to build a new manufacturing facility near its existing factory in Doom Dooma, Assam. Subject to regulatory approvals and clearances, the proposed facility would cost about Rs. 1,000 crores and is expected to start operating in early 2017. Part of HUL's commitment to the Make in India initiative, the proposed factory is also in response to the Assam government's efforts to attract investments into the state.

"HUL to set up new manufacturing unit in Assam", Hindustan Unilever, July 18, 2016

Boots Signs Franchise Deal With South Korea's Emart

Boots signed a franchise deal with South Korea's biggest retailer, Emart. Part of the company's expansion plans in Asia, the deal will involve the opening of new retail stores in shopping centers, on high streets, and near Shinsegae department stores, as well as Emart hypermarkets. Boots said it plans to sell its No7 and Soap & Glory brands of beauty products in the planned store locations.

"Boots makes a push into South Korea with Emart expansion deal", Telegraph , July 18, 2016

RB Awards Lysol And Dettol Accounts To McCann

RB transferred the global advertising accounts for its Lysol and Dettol household cleaning brands from Havas to McCann Worldgroup. Havas will continue handling the advertising accounts for brands, including Resolve, Durex, and Easy-Off. Also, RB said Havas will work as lead strategic and creative partner on the company's new strategic initiatives.

"RB Moves Lysol and Dettol to McCann, Gives Havas 'New Initiatives' Role", Advertising Age, July 15, 2016

Rexona Launches Interactive Social Campaign In Malaysia

Rexona launched the “Rexona FreshMoves” social media campaign in Malaysia. Created in partnership with agency MullenLowe Malaysia, the campaign aims to provide local youth a chance to experience interactive brand experience in the real world. Also, the campaign features local celebrities and social media influencers, including Scha Alyahya and hip-hop artist SonaOne.

"Rexona gets Malaysian influencers moving for latest campaign", Marketing-Interactive.com, July 15, 2016

SK-II Launches R.N.A Power Eye Cream In Singapore

SK-II partnered with The Shilla Duty Free to launch its R.N.A Power Eye Cream skincare product at Singapore's Changi Airport. Celebrity make-up artist Wu Miao and SK-II brand ambassador and actress Rebecca Lim attended the product launch on July 15, 2016. Wu Miao offered tips on how to use the R.N.A Power Eye Cream in addition to his SK-II skincare regimen.

"SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream makes global debut with Shilla Duty Free", The Moodie Davitt Report , July 15, 2016

Beauty Brands Offer More Products For Women Of Color, As Consumers Demand More

Beauty brands in the US and UK are expanding their lines of products aimed at women of color. Casting aside their decades-long focus on serving fair-skinned women, mainstream brands, such as Neutrogena, Covergirl, and L'Oreal, are launching products designed to meet the beauty and personal care needs of women of color. For decades, independent brands, like Iman cosmetics and Black Opal, saw their products placed in ethnic sections and sold at higher prices. These changes in the market are driven by brands' discovery of the purchasing power of the African-American consumer, as well as by consumer demand for product diversity.

"Shades of beauty", The J. Walter Thompson , July 15, 2016

Tom's Of Maine Launches Campaign To Promote School-Based Sustainability Efforts

Tom's of Maine launched its “Green Your School Fund” campaign to promote school projects that aim to protect the environment. As part of the initiative, the company partnered with DonorsChoose.org to give $1 million to classrooms across the US to encourage students to support sustainability efforts. According to the company, more than 250 school projects from 40 states were submitted. Members of the panel of judges include celebrity Kevin Jonas, The Huffington Post enterprise editor and senior reporter Kate Sheppard, and TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. Cash prizes await the winning projects, including $25,000 for the project that will receive the most votes.

"Tom's of Maine "Green Your School Fund" Invites Public to Make a Difference for Communities and the Planet by Voting for Favorite Classroom Projects", PR Newswire, July 14, 2016

Unilever, IFF Partner With Nongovernment Groups To Support Haiti's Vetiver Farmers

Unilever and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. launched Vetiver Together, a partnership with leading nongovernment organizations to improve the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. Also, the program aims to improve food security, increase yields, and diversify farmers’ income in a sustainable way. At the same time, the campaign seeks to help empower women and promote protection of the environment. Haiti produces some of the world’s best vetiver, the source of oil commonly used in various fragrances Unilever uses in brands, including Axe and Impulse.

"IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti", Business Wire, July 14, 2016

Procter & Gamble Names Olympic Cyclist Laura Trott As #LikeAGirl Ambassador

Procter & Gamble named Olympic champion cyclist Laura Trott to represent the company for its #LikeAGirl campaign. According to the company, Trott’s appointment was prompted by its finding that almost two-thirds of girls want more female role models in sports. Academy Award nominee and documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein helped create the latest #LikeAGirl advertisements.

"Olympic cyclist Laura Trott becomes ambassador for P&G’s #LikeAGirl", The Drum, July 14, 2016

Deodorant Plays Big Role For Young People Living Through Puberty

In Germany, 83 percent of adolescents and young adults use deodorant once or several times a day, according to a study conducted for the IKW, the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery, and Detergent Association. Data also revealed that for 81 percent of respondents, deodorant can help enhance their self-esteem. Psychology explains this trend by looking at the close link between body odor and the emerging sexuality during puberty.

"Never without ... deodorant ", IKW, July 13, 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Wins Nielsen's Innovation Awards

Coty's Sally Hansen Miracle Gel has made it to the winners' list of the 2016 Breakthrough Innovation Awards. Published by Nielsen, the awards recognize products launched in 2014 and have recorded sales of more than $50 million in their first year, growing more than 90 percent in the next year. After Coty acquired Sally Hansen in 2008, the company started developing the Miracle Gel, a two-step at-home gel nail coloring product that does not need UV light to cure.

"Sally Hansen Wins Nielsen's Breakthrough Innovation Awards", Beauty Packaging, July 07, 2016

 
Companies, Organizations  

Unilever Reports Profit Gains Despite Revenue Decline In 1H Of 2016

Unilever PLC said profit increased 2 percent to €2.51 billion, or $2.77 billion, in the first half of 2016, although revenue declined 2.6 percent to €26.3 billion due to currency volatility. Underlying sales grew 4.7 percent, with volume rising 2.2 percent. At constant exchange rates, sales increased 5.4 percent and 2.6 percent at current exchange rates. According to the company, emerging markets sales grew 8.0 percent, with volume rising 2.9 percent. Core operating margin was at 15 percent, pushed by an increase of 80bps in gross margin.

"Unilever Reports Second quarter and half-year 2016 results", Unilever, July 21, 2016

Unilever Spain Appoints Antonio Casanova As EVP

Unilever Spain named Antonio Casanova its new executive vice president for the local market. He will succeed Jaime Aguilera, who was appointed as EVP for Unilever in Central and Eastern Europe. Casanova will continue performing his current duties at Unilever Jeronimo Martins, the company’s joint venture in Portugal.

"Antonio Casanova Named New President Of Unilever Spain", European Supermarket Magazine, July 19, 2016

Market News  

U.S. Beauty Market Expected To Reach $90 Billion In 2020, Euromonitor Says

From today's $80 billion, the U.S. beauty market is forecast to grow to $90 billion in 2020, according to Euromonitor International. According to the market research firm, if its forecast turns out correct, this means the market will have grown 45 percent in 10 years. Data revealed market growth has been driven by the luxury and makeup segments, with sales provided by BB and CC creams, lipsticks, high-end skincare products, and mascara. For example, sales of high-end beauty products jumped 7 percent in 2015, compared with the previous year. In the US, sales of color cosmetics reached about $14 billion, accounting for 25 percent of global sales.

"U.S. Beauty Market Is Poised to Expand to $90 Billion in 2020", Women's Wear Daily, July 15, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Reorganizes Lineup Of Global Agencies

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare revamped its lineup of global agencies for advertising, digital, content, public relations, expert marketing, and shopper marketing, in support of the company's major brands, including Sensodyne and Theraflu. After a review of its accounts, the company chose the following agencies: Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi for advertising; Weber Shandwick for advertising, digital, content, and PR; Havas for advertising, digital, and content; WPP Digital for digital work; Edelman for content and PR; McCann Health and Ogilvy Commonhealth for expert marketing; and Geometry for shopper marketing. All of the agencies are currently working with GSK; however, their duties and responsibilities were expanded. For... More

"GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Consolidates Global Roster to Nine Agencies", Advertising Age, July 18, 2016

Sephora Brings Interactive Beauty Exhibit To NYC's Panorama Music Festival

Sephora is bringing its Sephora Collection beauty exhibit to the 2016 Panorama music festival in New York City's Randall's Island Park. As the event's official beauty sponsor, the company will offer an interactive display of technology and products. During the three-day event, consumers can experience beauty as imagined by the Sephora Collection's team of artists. Also, the display will provide free WiFi access to allow guests to interact with the latest technology from the company's Innovation Lab.

"SEPHORA COLLECTION Joins Panorama As Official Beauty Sponsor For 2016", PR Newswire, July 15, 2016

Press Release  

HUL Reports Strong Growth And Profit Gains In 2Q 2016

Hindustan Unilever Limited said its domestic consumer business grew 4 percent for the second quarter of 2016. Operating profit rose 7 percent to Rs. 1,543 crores, with margin expanding by 70bps. Profit after tax increased 6 percent to Rs. 1,128 crores, with net profit growing 10 percent to Rs. 1,174 crores.

"Hindustan Unilever Limited JQ 2016 Results Presentation", Hindustan Unilever , July 18, 2016

Hindustan Unilever Announces Key Changes To Management Committee

Hindustan Unilever Limited announced the resignation of Punit Misra as Management Committee member, executive director, and vice president of sales and customer development. Current vice president of HUL’s Skin Care business, Srinandan Sundaram, will succeed Misra. Srinandan joined HUL as a management trainee in 1999 and rose through the ranks, occupying executive posts of increasing responsibilities and importance.

"HUL announces new appointment to Management Committee", Hindustan Unilever, July 18, 2016

PZ Cussons Elects Caroline Silver As Non-Executive Chairman

PZ Cussons PLC’s board of directors announced the appointment of Caroline Silver as non-executive chairman of the company. Taking effect by January 1, 2017, Silver succeeds Richard Harvey. Silver was appointed as a non-executive director of PZ Cussons in April 2014, and is currently the company’s senior independent director and chairman of the board’s Audit & Risk Committee.

"Directorate change Caroline Silver to succeed Richard Harvey as Chair of PZ Cussons", PZ Cussons, July 13, 2016

Products & Brands  

Johnson & Johnson Completes Purchase Of Vogue International LLC

Johnson & Johnson said Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. has acquired Vogue International LLC. Focused on the development, marketing, and distribution of salon-quality and nature-inspired haircare and personal care products, Vogue joins Johnson & Johnson's brand lineup through the $3.3 billion deal.

"Johnson & Johnson Announces Completion of Acquisition of Vogue International LLC", Johnson & Johnson, July 18, 2016

Scott's Liquid Gold-Inc. Buys Hair And Scalp Care Brands From Ultimark Products

Scott’s Liquid Gold-Inc. said it has acquired the Prell, Denorex, and Zincon brands of hair and scalp care products from Ultimark Products, Inc. Valued at about $9.1 million, the deal also saw SLGD terminating its revolving-credit facility with Summit Financial Resources, L.P. SLGD signed a credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

"Scott’s Liquid Gold-Inc. Acquires Prell®, Denorex® and Zincon® Brands", Business Wire, July 07, 2016

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