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Period: April 23, 2016 to April 30, 2016
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Listerine Launches Marketing Campaign In Several Markets In Asia

Johnson & Johnson’s Listerine brand of mouthwash launched a campaign in several markets in Asia. Created in partnership with J. Walter Thompson, the campaign claims Listerine users are more adventurous than people who do not use the product. According to the company, the campaign’s message was based on the results of “The Study of Bold” consumer survey, which showed Listerine users “live bolder lives.”

"Want to live a bold life? Use Listerine.", Marketing Interactive, April 22, 2016

Private-Label Brands Gain Momentum And Here To Stay, Report Shows

In the United States, 32.2 percent of consumers said they are currently buying more private-label brands, according to the latest edition of “The Checkout” report by Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research. Among shoppers who buy private label, only 6.6 percent said they plan to return to name brands. Results of the study showed 74 percent of shoppers who bought a private-label product said it was better priced than name-brand products. Data also revealed that African-Americans expressed a stronger preference for name brands, being more likely to buy more name brands in the future, and avoid purchasing private label. According to the researchers, the report presents significant implications for brands and retailers: private label is here to stay; private-label brands are no longer just the “cheap” option, they now come with good-enough or comparable quality; African-Americans, as a target market, are a potential area for growth; “trust can be seen as a reflection of shared values with the ...  More

"The Checkout Identifies New Normal Of Private Label", The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C® Research , April 25, 2016

Korean Beauty Retailer Aritaum Launches In Canada, US

Beauty retail chain Aritaum is opening 70 stores across the US and Canada. Aritaum will sell only brands owned by parent company, South Korea-based beauty brand Amore Pacific. Also, the retailer plans to launch an e-commerce site for the US market by the end of 2016. Brands to be carried by the retailer include Iope skincare products, Hanyul line of skincare products made from traditional Korean ingredients, and Laneige facial care products.

"A New 70-Store Korean Beauty Chain Is Here", Racked, April 25, 2016

Revlon Enlists Model Nana Afua Antwi As Brand Ambassador

Beauty brand Revlon signed UK-based fashion model Nana Afua Antwi as its new brand ambassador. To be featured in the Revlon advertising campaign for 2016, the model will also headline the brand’s international campaign. Born in Ghana, she has blazed a path for other models of color following her, having appeared as the face for Swedish skincare brand FOREO.

"Stunning Ghanaian Model Nana Afua Antwi is the New Face for Revlon", Bella Naija, April 25, 2016

Head & Shoulders Nourishing Collection Takes Care Of Hair Naturally

Procter & Gamble said its Head & Shoulders Nourishing Collection of haircare products makes hair naturally beautiful that is completely free from flakes for life. According to the company, the product lineup relieves dandruff and related symptoms while cleaning and moisturizing the hair in a more natural way. Its lavender scent allows the collection to calm the user while taking a shower, while its blend of ingredients, including guar bean and cotton, is aimed at parts of the hair that need attention the most.

"Head & Shoulders Nourishing Collection Factsheet", Procter & Gamble, April 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble Names Ophir Guttman Head Of Israel Business

Procter & Gamble Israel appointed Ophir Guttman as general manager, marking the first time an Israeli has been named to the position. Active in Israel since 2001, Procter & Gamble has had only foreign managers before Guttman’s appointment. Guttman was marketing and commercial director at the company for four years and also served as marketing director for household care, brand operations, and trade marketing at Procter & Gamble South Africa.

"Ophir Guttman named P&G Israel head", Globes correspondent, April 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble Launches Olay Skin Whitening Bar In Philippines

Procter & Gamble launched the Olay Skin Whitening Bar in the Philippines. Part of the company’s Olay Total Effects line of skin-whitening products, Olay Skin Whitening Bar promises fair, radiant skin without the pain, P&G said. According to the company, the product comes with a triple whitening system that gently exfoliates, brightens, and evens the skin tone. It contains 90 percent of the active ingredients included in the Olay Natural White Day Cream, the company said.

"Get Snow White in one wash", The Standard, April 28, 2016

Axe Terminates Puerto Rico Campaign Described As Immature And Out Of Step With Brand's New Direction

Unilever’s male grooming brand Axe terminated the “Sexy Beast” advertising campaign in Puerto Rico the company described as not compatible with the brand’s new direction. Developed by agency DDB Puerto Rico, the campaign featured a survey aimed at women, asking respondents about the qualities of their ideal man. Magazine Adweek’s AdFreak blog criticized the campaign for dealing in “regressive, simplistic notions of male-female relationships.”

"Axe Kills 'Sexy Beast' Campaign, Calling It Out of Step With Its 'Progressive' New Direction ", Tim Nudd, April 28, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Sally Beauty Installs Profitect's Loss-Prevention System

Sally Beauty Supply implemented a prescriptive analytics system from Profitect in order to improve its loss-prevention practices. Upon implementation, however, the company realized the system is providing other benefits, such as enabling departments to look at point-of-sale data gathered by the system to analyze what customers are buying and how to upsell or cross-sell those customers. Another feature of the system that company executives like is that instead of generating huge volumes of reports, the system analyzes the data and informs store managers where losses occur and how to correct the problem.

"A Beautiful Solution", National Retail Federation, April 13, 2016

Estee Lauder Recognizes South Korea's Impact On World Beauty Market; Expands Presence In The Country

South Korea’s beauty brands are driving growth and innovation in the world cosmetics market, according to Estee Lauder Companies Korea general manager Christopher K. Wood. Speaking at the Conde Nast International Luxury Conference, Wood said Korean brands’ impact on the world market is highlighted by the growing popularity of BB creams and cushion compacts. Recognizing the importance of the country for Estee Lauder, the company opened in innovation hub in South Korea. In 2015, to expand its presence in the country, the company acquired a stake in local brand Have & Be Co. Ltd.

"Estée Lauder exec: Beauty industry is catching the Korean Wave", Luxury Daily, April 21, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Is Top Beauty And Personal Care Company On CR Magazine's List Of Top 100 Best Corporate Citizens For 2016

Johnson & Johnson was ranked number 4 on the Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2016 list of the top companies in terms of corporate social responsibility. With a weighted average score of 43.05 points, the company is the highest-ranked beauty and personal care company on the list. Ranking third in the climate change category, the company earned the fourth-highest rating in the employee relations and number 9 in the human rights criteria. Technology giants Microsoft and Intel landed on the list’s first and second places, respectively.

"Corporate Responsibility’s The 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2016", Corporate Responsibility Magazine, April 21, 2016

Procter & Gamble Sees Earth Day As Time To Reflect On Sustainability Achievements

Procter & Gamble said it sees Earth Day as an opportunity to reflect on the company’s achievements in terms of integrating sustainability into its business operations worldwide. According to the company, it has a long history of environmental stewardship, with P&G publishing its first environmental safety publication, which focused on surfactants in rivers, in 1956; developing the first method for evaluating chemical biodegradability in 1973; and creating a corporate sustainability department in the 1990s. Some of the company’s sustainability achievements include launching Tide purclean, the first bio-based laundry detergent with the cleaning power of Tide, in North America; making bottles from recycled content in Europe; and achieving advances in water purification and solar energy in China.

"Earth Day 2016: Everyday Changes That Make a World of Difference", Procter & Gamble, April 22, 2016

Unilever Extends Sponsorship Deal With JR Motorsports

Car racing team JR Motorsports and Unilever have agreed to extend their sponsorship deal through 2018. As part of the deal, which first started in 2009, the team, which is co-owned by racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., will carry Unilever sponsorship on its NASCAR Xfinity Series automobiles for 20 races in the 2017–2018 season. With the extension taking the team and the company into their 10th year of partnership in the NXS competition, the deal covers Unilever’s brands, including Suave, Degree, and Breyers.

"JR Motorsports and Unilever Extend Partnership to 10th Year", JR Motorsports, April 22, 2016

Procter & Gamble's Latest $10-Billion Cost-Cutting Move Fails To Impress Investors

Procter & Gamble Co.’s chief executive officer David Taylor said his company plans to implement another $10-billion cost-cutting program during the next five years. Presented during Taylor’s first public meeting with investors in February 2016, the cost-cutting plan follows the previous round of cost cuts, also valued at $10 billion, in 2012. Wall Street investors and analysts, however, are expressing doubts about the latest cost-cutting plan of the company. P&G’s failure to provide details about the plan is part of the reasons for the company’s failure to fully convince investors about its ability to implement more cost-cutting moves.

"Mystery on Wall Street: How P&G Will Deliver on Cost Cuts", Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2016

World Beauty Market Reached $425 Billion Value In 2015, Euromonitor Says

In 2015, the beauty care industry reached $425 billion in value, according to market research firm Euromonitor. Data revealed the market was able to sustain a relatively stable growth although important markets China and Brazil saw a slowdown. Growth in the world market was driven by color cosmetics and premium products. Also, the market’s premium segment posted record growth, driven by the US market.

"Strong Appetite for Luxury and Make-Up Drive Beauty Dynamics", Euromonitor Research, April 24, 2016

GSK Consumer India Names Sawan Malik As EVP Of Sales

GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. appointed Sawan Malik as executive vice president of sales in India. Sawan replaces Siddharth Singh who was earlier appointed as VP of commercial excellence for Asia, Middle East & Africa region. Malik will report to Manoj Kumar, managing director for India Sub-Continent.

"GSK Consumer appoints Sawan Malik as its new EVP-Sales", Business Standard, April 25, 2016

Unilever Reaches 2 Million Followers On LinkedIn

Unilever said its corporate page on the professional social networking site LinkedIn has reached 2 million followers. According to the company, it is the first FMCG firm to achieve the milestone, which can help Unilever to recruit potential employees who share its sustainability goals. Unilever said more than 84,000 of its employees are active users of the professional social networking platform.

"Why our 2 million followers on LinkedIn are worth celebrating", Unilever, April 25, 2016

Unilever Ghana Announces Two Senior Executive Appointments

Unilever Ghana Limited said it has appointed Nana Yaa Kissi as the company’s marketing director, succeeding Clarence Nartey who is leaving the company after 15 years of service. Also, Michael Otchere Duah was named as human resource director, replacing Stendert Krommendam who is returning to his home country after working for two years with the company.

"Unilever Ghana appoints 2 new directors", Graphic , April 25, 2016

Clorox Chooses FCB, McGarryBowen To Handle Advertising Accounts

Clorox Co. awarded its advertising accounts to FCB and McGarryBowen. FCB will handle the global cleaning brands, including Clorox, Pine-sol, Liquid-Plumr, and Poett. McGarryBowen will take care of specialty brands, such as Burt’s Bees, Kingsford, Brita, and Fresh Step. Clorox marketing officer Eric Reynolds said being part of Dentsu helped McGarryBowen win the account. FCB and MGarryBowen will also handle digital components of the accounts.

"Clorox Consolidates Agency Work With FCB, McGarryBowen/Dentsu", Advertising Age, April 26, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Acquires Skincare Technology Firm NeoStrata

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said it has agreed to acquire NeoStrata Company, Inc., one of the leading dermocosmetics companies in the world. As part of the deal, the acquisition will include NeoStrata’s affiliates and parent company, TriStrata, Incorporated, a privately held company. Noted for its innovation, including advances in research in Alpha hydroxy acids, which have anti-aging applications in the beauty market, NeoStrata makes and markets skincare products designed to meet the needs of every skin type.

"Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. to Acquire NeoStrata Company, Inc., a Leader in Dermocosmetics", PRNewswire, April 26, 2016

Procter & Gamble Posts Weaker Net Sales In 3Q Of FY 2016

Procter & Gamble Co. reported net sales dropped 7 percent to $15.8 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Diluted net earnings per share increased 29 percent to $0.97, with core earnings per share at $0.86, a decline of 3 percent. Core operating profit margin increased 300 basis points, driven mainly by productivity savings in gross margin.

"P&G ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2016 RESULTS", Procter & Gamble, April 26, 2016

Unilever Names Rahul Welde Head Of Global Digital Transformation

Unilever promoted Rahul Welde, currently VP of media in Asia, Africa, Middlle East, Turkey, and Russia, to global vice president for digital transformation. Welde joined the company in 1991. He will be based in London and will lead the company’s global digital initiatives.

"Unilever hands Rahul Welde global digital transformation role", Marketing-Interactive, April 27, 2016

Gillette Venus Names Gymnast Gabby Douglas Brand Ambassador

Gillette Venus named Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas as its brand ambassador. According to the brand, Douglas will be celebrated as a gymnast and as a person who “moves like no other.” Just like Douglas, the Gillette Venus Swirl razor features moves that are unlike those of other razor brands. Equipped with the proprietary Flexiball technology, the razor is capable of performing multi-dimensional movements, allowing women to shave even those hard-to-reach areas.

"Gillette® Venus Announces Gabby Douglas as the Brand’s Ambassador In Celebration of How She Moves Like No Other", Procter & Gamble, April 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble India Shifts Focus From Unprofitable Business To Improve Revenue Performance

Procter & Gamble said it plans to focus more on its profitable businesses in order to improve revenue performance in India. For the past three quarters, P&G’s skincare, haircare, and detergent businesses in India have been growing in single-digit rates. According to Edelweiss associate director of research Abneesh Roy, the company is expected to “de-focus” on its Duracell, AmbiPur air fresheners, Old Spice after-shave lotion, and Oral-B toothpaste brands.

"P&G shifting away from its 'unprofitable' India business", International Business Times , April 28, 2016

EPA Recognizes Personal Care And Household Care Companies For Supporting Safer Choice Standards

Several personal care and household care companies are among the Safer Choice Partner of the Year 2016 award winners announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Among the brands to be honored on May 9, 2016, for their efforts to support the agency’s Safer Choice standards are Clean Control Corporation, Clorox Co., Reckitt Benckiser, and Seventh Generation Inc. According to the EPA, the Safer Choice standards were created through a multi-stakeholder process. EPA evaluates product ingredients for the Safer Choice program based on a full chemical identification.

"EPA Administrator McCarthy Announces 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards", Environmental Protection Agency, April 28, 2016

Meet the Millennials

Unilever, April 22, 2016

The Checkout Identifies New Normal Of Private Label

The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C® Research , April 25, 2016

Get Snow White in one wash

The Standard, April 28, 2016


Kimberly-Clark Proves Sustainability Is Good For Business

Kimberly-Clark launched its Sustainability 2022 long-term sustainability strategy in 2016. Since recognizing the need to be socially and environmentally responsible since the mid-1990s, the company has integrated sustainability into all aspects of its business operations. Every five years, the company sets its sustainability strategies, which include specific targets under the People, Planet, and Products pillars. Its recently concluded Sustainability 2015 strategy, saw the company achieving 40 percent reduction in absolute water consumption and a 15-percent reduction in absolute greenhouse gas emissions in the Asia Pacific region. Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to sustainability has helped it emerge unscathed from consumer groups calling for boycotts of products linked to deforestation and the haze crisis in Southeast Asia.

"Kimberly-Clark: Why sustainability matters", Future Ready Singapore, April 19, 2016

Canadian Women Pay More For Personal Care Products Than Men Do, Study Reveals

In Canada, women pay an average of 43 percent more for personal care products, such as razors and shampoo, than men do, according to ParseHub. Results of a study by ParseHub revealed there is a six-percent average gap between prices for a range of men’s and women’s razors, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and shaving cream. Often referred to as “Pink Tax,” it sees women paying about $47.57 for similar products for which men pay $44.84. Market experts have different explanations for the price disparity, with ParseHub co-founder Angeline Fomina saying it is possible women’s toiletries cost more because higher marketing costs are built into the price and Athena Brand Wisdom, Research and Planning market researcher Sarah Johnson suggesting marketers might have determined that women are less price-sensitive than men.

"‘Pink tax’ has women paying 43% more for their toiletries than men", Financial Post, April 25, 2016

Brand Origin Most Important Purchasing Driver For 28 Percent Of Global Consumers, Nielsen Study Reveals

Brand origin is as important as nine other purchasing drivers for 46 percent of global respondents, with 28 percent saying brand origin is more important than other factors affecting purchasing decisions, according to Nielsen. Data from the market research firm’s “Made In Which… Country?” report revealed 59 percent of respondents said they buy local brands because they support local businesses, with 65 percent of North American respondents expressing the opinion. When buying online, respondents said they are more likely to buy global brands for durable and electronics and local brands for consumable products.

"Made in... Which Country? Nearly 75% of Global Consumers List Brand Origin as Key Purchase Driver", Nielsen, April 26, 2016

Earnings Release  

Kimberly-Clark Reports Weaker Sales In First Quarter Of 2016

Kimberly-Clark Corporation reported sales declined 5 percent to $4.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. Foreign currency exchange rates lowered sales 7 percent, with most currencies weakening against the U.S. dollar. Organic sales grew 2 percent due to increased volumes. Operating profit for the quarter was $804 million, compared with $748 million in 2015.

"Kimberly-Clark Announces First Quarter 2016 Results", Kimberly-Clark, April 22, 2016

Kao Posts Record Net Profit Growth In March 2016 Quarter

Kao reported net profit jumped 73 percent to 20.8 billion yen, or $187 million, for the January–March quarter in 2016, driven by recovering sales of profitable cosmetics. Net sales grew 1.7 percent to 335.1 billion yen, compared with the same quarter in 2015. Net sales would have increased 4.3 percent, if not for the effect of currency translation, the company said. Net sales overseas accounted for 37.3 percent of total net sales, compared with 38.3 percent in the previous year. Consumer Products Business posted sales growth of 3.4 percent to 276.6 billion yen. In Japan, sales increased 4.2 percent to 203.8 billion yen.

"Kao Consolidated Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016", Kao, April 27, 2016

Natura Cosmeticos Posts 2.9-Percent Net Revenue Growth In First Quarter 2016

Natura Cosmeticos reported consolidated net revenue grew 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015. International operations posted net revenue growth of 42.4 percent, accounting for 33.6 percent of the company’s total net revenue, compared with 24.3 percent in the first quarter of 2015. In Brazil, gross and net revenue contracted by 5.4 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively, compared with the same quarter in 2015. For the quarter, the company posted a consolidated net loss of R$69 million. Consolidated EBITDA reached R$217 million, dropping 24.1 percent compared with the first quarter in 2015.

"Natura Cosméticos Earnings Releases 1Q16", Natura Cosméticos, April 27, 2016

Innovation & New Ideas  

Several Trends Driving Growth In MENA Region's Beauty And Personal Care Market, Study Reveals

In the Middle East and North Africa region, 46 percent of Arabs believe that chemicals in cosmetics are toxic, according to “The Future 100: MENA Trends and Change to Watch in 2016” report by Innovation MENA Group. This belief is driving the trend among consumers to adopt natural beauty products, including those sold by global brands Naturisimo and Lush. Data from the study, which also highlighted trends in other market segments, such as technology, travel and hospitality, and retail, also revealed a growing trend among beauty brands involving the use of superfood ingredients to create products and recipes. Another trend in the beauty and personal care segment identified by the study involves the expansion of standard beauty treatments to include the use of biological elements, biological body fluids, and biological waste.

"Future 100: MENA Trends and Change to Watch in 2016", JWT The Innovation Group, April 20, 2016

L'Oreal Supports Hello Tomorrow Innovation Competition

L’Oreal agreed to support Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016, an international competition for world-changing scientific and technological innovations. As part of the partnership deal, L’Oreal will collaborate with Hello Tomorrow to evaluate the latest trends and define the Beauty & Wellbeing category scope in the competition. Working with the Hello Tomorrow group of investors, researchers, and entrepreneurs, L’Oreal will invite its best international experts to evaluate the projects.

"L’Oréal partners with Hello Tomorrow", L’Oréal, April 28, 2016

Vapor Communications' Cyrano Gives Scent To The Digital

Vapor Communications sees applications for its Cyrano digital scent speaker in the health and wellness market. Based on a concept developed by Harvard professor and company founder David Edwards, the Cyrano is wirelessly controlled through an iPhone app. Designed to work in relatively small spaces, the device fires up sequences of scents the company describes as mood medleys. Available with a starter kit collection of “Natural Moods” cartridges, the device is priced at $149.

"Cyrano lets you smell what's on your iPhone", USA TODAY, April 28, 2016

Incubators develop the future of beauty

San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2016

Market News  

India's Beauty Market Expected To Reach $17 Billion By 2020, Report Says

India’s beauty and personal care market, currently valued at $10 billion, is forecast to expand at a 10 percent compounded annual growth rate to $17 billion by 2020, according to the Indian Beauty and Hygiene Association, Bain and Co., and Google India. Data from the report released in February 2016 revealed growth is expected to be driven by manufacturers’ plan to launch budget brands. Also, the market is forecast to benefit from India’s economic growth, which reached 7.6 percent in the year ending March 31, 2016, as well as by the slowdown in China.

"Cosmetics sector to see pickup in sales as firms line up budget brands", Livemint, April 20, 2016

Organic Personal Care Market To Grow To $13.2 Billion By 2018, TMR Says

By 2018, the world’s organic personal care products market is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 9.6 percent to $13.2 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. Accounting for 32.1 percent of the organic market, skin care is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.9 percent during the period covered by the study. Grand View Research, in comparison, estimated the skin care segment grew to $2.5 billion in 2013, and will grow at a CAGR of 9.6 percent through 2020. North America accounted for 35 percent of demand for organic personal care products, according to TMR, with the U.S. market growing at a CAGR of 10.2 percent.

"Natural & Organic: How Big is Big?", GCI Magazine, April 22, 2016

Men's Haircare Market In UK Forecast To Grow 11 Percent By 2020, Mintel Says

In the UK, the men’s haircare market is forecast to grow 11 percent over the next five years to £94 million by 2020, according to Mintel. Data from the market research firm revealed the market remained stable at £85 million in 2014–2015, with sales of treatments reaching £14.9 million in 2015, compared with £14.7 million in 2014. Mintel said 20 percent of men who use haircare products carry styling products with them for when-needed fixes, with another 20 percent saying they use styling products throughout the day. Also, 30 percent said, on special occasions, they prefer to visit a professional hairstylist for their styling needs.

"Because he’s worth it: Men’s haircare market in the UK to grow 11% by 2020", Mintel, April 27, 2016

Procter & Gamble India Sees Sales Growth Stall As Company Focuses On Margins

Procter & Gamble India’s strategically important brands posted high single-digit sales growth in the January–March 2016 quarter, while sales for the rest of its local businesses, which make up about 15 percent of its brand lineup, dropped 30 percent. With the company’s push to improve margins hampering total sales, Procter & Gamble saw growth rates that were slower than the 15–20 percent recorded in the past decade, even for the core brands. In the past three years, the company invested more than Rs 2,000 crore to expand local manufacturing capability and reduce dependence on more expensive imports.

"Procter & Gamble India’s focus on margins weighs on sales", Economic Times, April 28, 2016

What sells for FMCG

Hindu Business Line, April 24, 2016

Ophir Guttman named P&G Israel head

Globes correspondent, April 27, 2016

Marketing & Advertising  

JCPenney, Sephora Mark 10 Years Of Joint Concept Sephora Inside JCPenney

Retailer JCPenney and beauty retailer Sephora are celebrating the 10th year of their collaborative retail concept Sephora inside JCPenney. As part of the celebration, the companies are opening 60 new Sephora inside JCPenney stores, including a new flagship location in Salinas, California. Sephora inside JCPenney is a major feature in more than half of JCPenney’s 1,000 stores. Almost half of the 60 new locations will open on April 29, 2016, with the remaining branches scheduled for opening by June 17, the companies said.


Procter & Gamble Adds New Video To "Thank You, Mom" Campaign

Procter & Gamble released the video, “Strong,” the latest addition to the company’s “Thank You, Mom” Olympic Games-related campaign. Highlighting the courage that mothers show daily at critical times in their children’s lives, “Strong” joins a long list of critically acclaimed films from the company’s previous Olympic Games campaigns. Directed by Hollywood movie maker Jeff Nichols, the campaign focuses on the idea that behind every athlete is an amazing mom,” according to Marc Pritchard, P&G global brand officer.

"Strong Moms Inspire Latest P&G “Thank You, Mom” Campaign", Procter & Gamble, April 27, 2016

Toni & Guy Reveals New Packaging At Singapore Show

Unilever International Global Travel Retail plans to unveil a redesigned packaging for the company’s Toni & Guy haircare brand at the 2016 TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition in Singapore. According to the company, the packaging design aims to help consumers discover relevant products depending on their preferred “end-look.” At the same time, the new packaging is developed to maintain the brand’s “cool attitude,” the company said.

"Toni & Guy illuminates Singapore show with new look packaging", The Moodie Davitt Report, April 28, 2016

Old Spice Welcomes New Football Players To The NFL

Procter & Gamble’s male grooming brand Old Spice said it will give “Smellcome to the NFL Kits” to rookie football players who will be drafted during the 2016 NFL Draft week. According to the Official Deodorant and Body Wash of the NFL, the welcome kit will include products from the brand’s Hardest Working Collection line of deodorants and body washes. Also, the brand will partner with expected top draft picks Ezekiel Elliott and Laquon Treadwell to share 2016 Draft week experiences with Draft Day Facebook Live chat.

"Old Spice Gives 2016 NFL Draft Class a “Smellcome to the NFL” with the Legendary Performance of the New Hardest Working Collection Lineup", Procter & Gamble, April 28, 2016

Digital IQ Index Beauty U.K. 2016

L2 Think Tank, April 21, 2016

Want to live a bold life? Use Listerine.

Marketing Interactive, April 22, 2016

Press Release  

Unilever Announces Membership Changes To Its Board Of Directors

Unilever announced several changes to its board of directors at the company’s 2016 annual general meeting in London. John Rishton was named chairman of the board’s Audit Committee, with Nils Andersen, Judith Hartmann, and Mary Ma as committee members. Ann Fudge was elected chairman of the Compensation Committee, with Vittorio Colao, Marijn Dekkers, and Strive Masiyiwa as members. Also, Louise Fresco was named chairman of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, while Feike Sijbesma was elected chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

"UNILEVER N.V. and UNILEVER PLC: Notification of changes to membership of Board Committees", Unilever, April 21, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Posts Stronger Sales In 1Q 2016

GlaxoSmithKline said group sales grew 8 percent to £6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter in 2015. New product sales reached £821 million during the period, compared with £269 million in the same quarter of 2015. According to the company, core EPS for the quarter was 19.8 pence, an increase of 8 percent. Full-year core EPS percentage growth is expected to be 10–12 percent CER.

"GlaxoSmithKline Results announcement for the first quarter 2016", GlaxoSmithKline, April 27, 2016

L'Oreal Rolls Out Employee-Benefit Program Across 67 Countries

L’Oreal said it has expanded the coverage of its L’Oreal Share & Care employee-benefit program to include employees in 67 countries. Offering a universal set of social benefits covering health, welfare, parenthood, and quality of life at work, some of the measures include payment of at least 24 months of salary in the event of death or permanent incapacity, access to major treatments with a reimbursement of at least 75 percent of related costs, and a paternity leave of at least three days paid at 100 percent of the salary. L’Oreal’s subsidiaries have also put in place initiatives, making the company one of the leading employers in each of the countries in terms of social policy.

"The “L’Oréal Share & Care” social programme extended to employees across the Group’s 67 countries", L'Oréal, April 27, 2016

Products & Brands  

Products Sold In UK Supermarkets Become Smaller, But Not Cheaper

Many products sold in UK supermarkets have become smaller although their prices remained the same. Among the products are the toilet paper products Standard Andrex, which has 221 sheets, down from 240 sheets; and Andrex Puppies On A Roll, which used to have 221 sheets, but now has 190. Several manufacturers justified their move to reduce the sizes of their products, with Andrex saying it has invested significantly to improve the quality of its products; Percol said recyclable packaging costs more; and MCVities said its new pack size means it can offer lower prices and more promotions.

"Discover the latest supermarket products that have shrunk", Which?, April 20, 2016

Demand For Environment-Friendly Beauty Packaging Drives Growth For PET In Western Europe

PET bottle packaging is forecast to expand at a 3 percent CAGR, or 174 million units more, in Western Europe during the years 2015–2019. Driven by demand for premium and sustainable packaging, PET is expected to be the most popular packaging for the beauty care market. With Western Europe expected to see more growth in beauty and personal care packaging, beauty brands need to provide consumers with an enhanced buying experience while continue pushing for environment-friendly packaging.

"Beauty Packaging in Western Europe: PET Meets Growing Demand for Greener Solutions", Euromonitor International, April 24, 2016

Premium Beauty Outpaced Rest Of Market Worldwide, Euromonitor Report Shows

In 2015, the world beauty market’s premium segment grew 6 percent to almost reach $100 billion, according to Euromonitor International. Data from the market research firm’s Beauty and Personal Care 2016 report showed discretionary categories, color cosmetics, fragrances, and skin care, pushed the premium segment’s growth, outpacing the rest of the market. North America led growth in the segment, with premium color cosmetics and fragrances growing 12.9 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively in 2015, compared with 2014. Segment leader Estee Lauder’s sales grew 7.4 percent in the US, boosted by its MAC brand, and fast-growing Smashbox and Bobbi Brown. Global skincare’s growth slowed down in 2015, but demand stayed strong at 4.6 percent. After slowing down in previous years, premium skincare grew faster at 4.7 percent

"Beauty and Personal Care Latest Research Highlights: Discretionary and Premium in the Limelight", Euromonitor International, April 25, 2016

US Beauty Market Expected To Grow Significantly, Boosted By Demand For Premium Products, Euromonitor Says

In the United States, the $80-billion beauty market is forecast to add $18 billion to its value by 2020, according to Euromonitor. Data from the market research firm revealed market growth is likely to be driven by increasing demand for premium products. Color cosmetics grew faster, but there is still room for further growth in the premium skincare segment.

"US Beauty Market Gets an Uplift from Luxury and Make Up", Euromonitor international, April 27, 2016

EPA Gives RB 2016 Safer Choice Partner Of The Year Award

RB was named a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding achievement in the manufacture of products that are safe for consumers, workplaces, communities, and the environment. EPA created the Partner of the Year Awards to highlight companies’ efforts to support the agency’s Safer Choice Program, which seeks to promote chemical and product safety. According to RB, consumer safety and well-being are its top priorities, and the company has been a leader in chemical safety in the industry for a long time already.

"RB Wins EPA 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award", PR Newswire, April 28, 2016

Beauty Brands Eye Up In Iran

Fortune, April 17, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Feels a Price Squeeze in China

Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2016

Top 10 Beauty Brands in the U.K.

L2 Think Tank, April 25, 2016

For Clarins, China is a pioneering digital market

Premium Beauty News, April 26, 2016

What’s New at La Prairie?

Household and Personal Products Industry, April 30, 2016

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